University of Missouri--St. Louis

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1 University Boulevard

St. Louis, MO 63121-4400

Phone: (314) 516-5000
2013-2014 Tuition
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Aug. 19
application deadline

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University of Missouri--St. Louis is a public institution that was founded in 1963. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 13,349, 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 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $9,474 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $24,429 (2013-14).

Undergraduates at University of Missouri—St. Louis can choose from about 50 bachelor's degree programs. Some may qualify to enroll in the Pierre Laclede Honors College, which offers a more challenging curriculum, smaller class sizes and a writing project that ends in a senior capstone. Graduate students can pursue about 30 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, including 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, former editor-in-chief of "ESPN The Magazine," and actress Phyllis Smith, who appeared on NBC's "The Office."

School mission and unique qualities (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, and a variety of student residence halls, condominiums and apartments. UMSL has developed a business park housing the world headquarters of Express Scripts Inc., and operates two business incubators concentrating on life sciences and information technology. UMSL employs more than 1,000 fulltime and parttime teaching and research faculty. More than 96pct of tenure and tenure-track faculty hold doctoral or terminal degrees in their respective fields and edit or have articles routinely published in 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 16,700 students from 47 states and more than 70 countries, with 40,000 more students in non-credit continuing education programs. Nearly 1,000 students live on campus.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 75pct of UMSL's 85,000 graduates live and work in the region, supporting the unofficial campus tag line We Educate St. Louis. UMSL ranked in the TOP 10 among US research universities with fewer than 15 doctoral programs by Academic Analytics. Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index, along with institutions such as Boston College and Georgetown University. The doctoral program in Criminology and Criminal Justice was ranked 4th nationally by US News & World Report. The International Undergraduate Business program ranked 15th nationally by US News & World Report, its 10th consecutive year in the Top 20. Forbes Magazine named UMSL one of "America's Best Colleges." The magazine editors focus on what they say matters most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, graduation rates and low levels of debt. Just 9 percent of 6,600 accredited postsecondary institutions in the US made the list. UMSL 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 received TOP 50 Award for the 3rd consecutive year from St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association for contributions in "shaping the future of St. Louis." UMSL ranked in the Top 15pct among NCAA Division II universities in the 9th annual NCSA Collegiate Power Rankings, which assesses academic and athletic standards of all NCAA athletic programs in the US. 281 Division II programs exist nationally. UMSL optometry student pass rate for combined three phases of the national licensure exam was 98pct. National average was 94pct. First-time pass rate of UMSL nursing graduates on the state licensing exam surpassed 90pct for the 9th consecutive year.Pass-rate averages for the state and nation were 87.5pct and 87pct, respectively.Graduates of UMSL's doctoral program in clinical psychology consistently score in the top 15pct on the national licensing exam. The College of Education has consistently ranked 1st or 2nd statewide in number of certificates issued annually to teaching professionals.Express Scripts Inc. is the largest corporation in the US with its headquarters located on a college campus.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1963
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $53,494,739


When applying to University of Missouri--St. Louis, it's important to note the application deadline is August 19. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 19. The application fee at University of Missouri--St. Louis is $35. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 68.7 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 68.7%
Application deadline August 19
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 19

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Missouri--St. Louis is 16:1, and the school has 45.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Missouri--St. Louis include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Health Professions and Related Programs; Social Sciences; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 74.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate 22%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 25%
Education 11%
Health Professions and Related Programs 10%
Social Sciences 10%
Psychology 7%

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Student Life

University of Missouri--St. Louis has a total undergraduate enrollment of 13,349, with a gender distribution of 42 percent male students and 58 percent female students. At this school, 8 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 92 percent of students live off campus. University of Missouri--St. Louis is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 16,719
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

University of Missouri--St. Louis offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of Missouri--St. Louis also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of Missouri--St. Louis, 64 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at University of Missouri--St. Louis.

Students who have cars on campus 64%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Missouri--St. Louis, 70.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,760.

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In-state tuition and fees $9,474 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $24,429 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,830 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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