University of Missouri in St Louis, MO

Learn about the University of Missouri in St. Louis, Missouri. Read about its admission info, financial aid, and degree programs to make an informed education decision.

About the University of Missouri - St. Louis

The University of Missouri - St. Louis (UMSL) is a 4-year, public research university located about 12 miles northwest of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, also known as The Gateway Arch. USML is one of the newer campuses of the University of Missouri system, with origins tracing back to1958 when land was bought to build the Normandy Residence Center. The college was purchased by the University of Missouri in 1963 and received its formal name at the same time. The campus currently spans over 300 acres and houses 50 buildings. In fall 2011, it enrolled over 16,000 students.


UMSL has nine colleges and schools offering students 54 bachelor's degree programs, 37 master's degree programs, 15 doctoral degree programs, and one professional degree program. The university also offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate certificate programs. Students can take advantage of online courses as well as several partially or fully online degree programs, which are available to all admitted students.

Degree completion data from 2010-2011 indicated the most popular bachelor's degree programs were business and commerce with 393 degrees awarded, registered nursing with 201 degrees awarded, and elementary education and teaching with 148 degrees awarded. The data also revealed that, during the same academic year, the most popular master's degree program was business and commerce with 121 degrees completed, and the most popular doctoral degree was optometry with 44 degrees awarded.


Students can submit their applications for fall admission starting on October 1 the year prior to desired admission with all applications and accompanying materials due August 20 the year of desired admission. Prospective undergraduate students can apply directly through the school's website or print a paper copy to mail to UMSL, but all prospective graduate students must apply online. Applicants are required to pay a $35 application fee ($40 for international students) and to submit official transcripts and SAT or ACT scores.

Admission is determined using a combination of SAT or ACT scores, core GPA, and high school percentage rank. Automatic admission is granted to Missouri high school graduates if they ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class, completed a college preparatory curriculum, and submitted their SAT or ACT scores. Requirements are slightly more rigorous for home-schooled and high school equivalency or GED applicants. For fall 2011, 69% of applicants were accepted, and 41% of those admitted chose to attend. The university accepts Advanced Placement (AP) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam scores for college credit.

Tuition & Financial Aid

For the 2012-2013 school year, tuition for an undergraduate student was based upon a $265.60 per credit hour fee for Missouri residents and a $717.90 per credit hour fee for nonresidents. Some courses required additional or supplemental tuition costs or fees. In addition to tuition, the school assesses per credit hour mandatory fees. Therefore, in fall 2012, a full-time (taking 12 credit hours) undergraduate Missouri resident paid about $3,187.20 in tuition and around $634.20 in mandatory fees. A nonresident, full-time undergraduate student paid about $8,614.80 in tuition and approximately $634.20 in mandatory fees during the same period. For the 2011-2012 school year, books and supplies were estimated at $930, and, depending upon their living arrangements, students could expect to spend between $8,376 and $9,444 on room and board for the year. Additionally, parking was available at a tiered rate ranging from $18 to $288 in 2012, depending on the number of semester hours in which a student was enrolled.

A wide variety of scholarship opportunities are available through the institution or through various university departments. Beginning full-time students received over $1.8 million in university scholarships and grants for the 2010-2011 school year, with 89% receiving scholarships or grants. Some scholarships are automatically awarded based upon grades and test scores. Others require students to fill out an application and provide supporting materials by the scholarship's deadline, which varies depending upon the scholarship. Some scholarships may require the student file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

School Type 4-year, public research university*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, post-master's certificates, doctorates*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semester**
School Setting Large suburb*
Student Body 13,151 undergraduates and 3,658 graduate students in fall 2011*
Student Housing There are four living halls on-campus; each hall serves different students according to age, program, and class year; housing deposits are due July 1**
Schools and Programs Nine colleges and schools; 54 bachelor's degree programs, 37 master's degree programs, 15 doctoral degree programs, one professional degree program**
Student-Faculty Ratio 17 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Business and Commerce (393)
Master's: Business and Commerce (121)
Doctorate: Optometry (44)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 21% in four years
41% in six years
45% in eight years*
Admission Rate 69% in fall 2011*
Entering Class Size 480 full-time, 24 part-time in fall 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates 78% (full-time students)
50% (part-time students)*
Average SAT and ACT Score of Admitted Students In 2011, the middle 50% earned SAT Math scores between 460 and 610 and ACT Composite scores from 21-26*
Application Due Date August 20 the year of desired admission****
Decision Notification Date Within 10-14 days of application receipt**
Tuition In 2012-2013 Missouri residents paid $265.60 per credit hour and nonresidents paid $717.90 per credit hour (excluding fees, books, housing, and other school-related expenses)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Federal grants (42%), state and local grants/scholarships (48%), institutional grants/scholarships (72%), federal student loans (54%), other student loans (3%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 95% in 2010-2011*

Sources: *College Navigator, NCES; **University of Missouri-St. Louis; ***IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics; ****The College Board.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, 351 Millennium Student Center, One University Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63121-4400
  • Phone: (888) 462-8675
  • Website:

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