University of Missouri--St. Louis
269 Millennium Student Center
St. Louis, MO 63121-4400
Phone: (314) 516-5451
August 22 application deadline
August 22 accepted
University of Missouri--St. Louis is a public institution that was founded in 1963. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 13,181, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 350 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Missouri--St. Louis's ranking in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $9,038 (2011-12); out-of-state tuition and fees are $21,206 (2011-12).
Undergraduates at University of Missouri—St. Louis (UMSL) can choose from more than 50 bachelor’s degree programs. Some may qualify to enroll in the Pierre Laclede Honors College (PLHC), which offers a more challenging curriculum, smaller class sizes, and a writing project that ends in a senior capstone. Graduate students can pursue nearly 40 master’s programs, including the highly ranked criminology program, as well as business and education, among others. On campus, UMSL students can get involved in more than 120 organizations, about six fraternities and sororities, and student government. UMSL students can also explore campus media opportunities by becoming a DJ on The U radio station or by writing for The Current newspaper. Student athletes can play recreational sports or try out for the UMSL Tritons varsity teams, which compete in the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference. Notable alumni include Gary Belsky, editor-in-chief of ESPN The Magazine, and actress Phyllis Smith, of NBC’s The Office.
School mission (as provided by the school):
The University of Missouri-St. Louis provides excellent learning experiences and leadership opportunities for a diverse student body through its outstanding faculty, ranked programs, innovative research and regional, national and international partnerships. Founded in 1963 on the grounds of a former country club, UMSL today is spread across 350 acres of rolling hills in suburban St. Louis County adjacent to two Interstate highways and five minutes from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The campus has 70 academic and general-purpose buildings as well as a variety of student residence halls, condominiums and apartments. UMSL has developed a business park that houses the world headquarters of Express Scripts Inc., and operates two business incubators concentrating on life sciences and information technology. UMSL employs more than 1,100 full-time and part-time teaching and research faculty members. More than 96 percent of tenure and tenure-track faculty hold doctoral or terminal degrees in their respective fields and edit or have articles routinely published in a variety of nationally renowned academic journals. Several of the university's 93 degree programs have attained national recognition for quality, including biology, criminology, education, information systems, international business, nursing, optometry, psychology, public policy and tropical ecology. The largest university in the region, UMSL enrolls more than 16,800 students from 49 states and 62 countries, with 40,000 additional students in non-credit continuing education programs. Nearly 1,000 students live on campus and 165 students participate in one of 11 NCAA Division II sports programs. While UMSL graduates have taken leadership roles nationally and internationally, their influence remains centered in the St. Louis region. More than 75 percent of UMSL's 80,000 graduates still live and work in the region, supporting the unofficial campus tag line "We Educate St. Louis."
Selected Points of Pride
* UMSL is ranked 14th nationally in a survey of "Best College and University Civic Partnerships." The survey measures economic, social and cultural impact on metro regions.
* UMSL was one of 115 colleges and universities selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the foundation's 2010 Community Engagement Classification.
* UMSL received a TOP 50 Award from the St. Louis Regional Commerce & Growth Association for its contributions in "shaping the future of St. Louis."
* The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice is ranked second nationally by the Journal of Criminal Justice for scholarly research and fourth nationally by U.S. News & World Report for the department's doctoral program.
* The International Business program at UMSL was ranked 20th nationally by U.S. News & World Report in 2010 - its eighth year in the top 20.
* Five UMSL programs are ranked among the top 20 nationally in the Academic Analytics Faculty Productivity Index. They are: counselor education, information systems, criminology, evolutionary biology and teaching and learning.
* UMSL optometry students earned a 98 percent pass rate for the three phases of the national licensure exam. The national average is 95 percent.
* The Whitney Harris World Ecology Center at UMSL is the nation's largest and most diverse program in biology conservation. Academic and research partners include the Missouri Botanical Garden and Saint Louis Zoo.
* Since its first Fulbright Scholar, graduate student William Maltby in 1966, UMSL has had 34 faculty members and 23 students earn Fulbright Scholarships. Women have earned 32 percent of the faculty Fulbrights and 65 percent of the student Fulbrights.
* Graduates of the doctoral program in clinical psychology consistently score in the top 15 percent on the national licensure exam.
School type - public, coed college
Year founded - 1963
Religious affiliation - N/A
Academic calendar - semester
Setting - urban
2010 Endowment - $42,480,853
Selectivity - selective
Fall 2010 acceptance rate - 73%
Application deadline - August 22
SAT/ACT scores must be received by - August 22
Class sizes -
Student-faculty ratio - 17:1
4-year graduation rate - 21% - Low
Five most popular majors for 2010 graduates -
Business/Commerce, General 19% Accounting 7% Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 7% Criminology 6% Psychology, General 6%