About UMSL




The UMSL experience

With nearly 17,000 students, UMSL is the largest public research university in eastern Missouri. It provides excellent learning experiences and leadership opportunities to a diverse student body whose influence on the region upon graduation is immense.

UMSL is spread across 470 acres in suburban St. Louis County. It has a mix of modern and historic academic buildings as well as a variety of student residence halls, condominiums and apartments. It’s the perfect setting for students to gain unique insights from outstanding faculty and work experience from internships at companies and organizations found only in this world-class metropolitan region.

UMSL graduates can be found in all 50 states and 63 countries. But their greatest impact is felt right here in St. Louis. More than 65,000 UMSL alumni call the St. Louis home. They drive the region’s economy and contribute mightily to its social well-being.

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At a Glance

  • Founded: 1963
  • On Campus Students: 10,848 (Fall 16)
  • Off Campus Students: 6,141 (Fall 16)
  • Degrees Awarded: 3,267 (FY15)
  • Faculty: 960 (Fall 15, excludes GAs)
  • Staff: 1,190 (Fall 15)
  • Budget: $201M
  • Alumni: 95,000
  • Mascot: Louie
  • Athletics: UMSL Tritons



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Not your typical college town.

St. Louis is an exciting metropolitan region with 2.8 million people, 18 Fortune 1000 companies and some of the largest private firms in the U.S. Among those industry leaders that maintain significant operations in St. Louis are Ameren, Anhueser-Busch In-Bev, Boeing, BJC Healthcare, Centene, Edward Jones, Emerson, Enterprise, Express Scripts, General Motors, Maritz, MasterCard, Monsanto, Olin, Peabody Energy, Sigma Aldrich and Wells Fargo Advisors.

St. Louis also is home to numerous small and mid-sized companies that find the region’s know-your-neighbor Midwest vibe refreshingly supportive – perhaps that‘s why Popular Mechanics Magazine named St. Louis one of the nation’s best places to start a business.

With a central location, infrastructure capacity, favorable cost structure and high-quality educational institutions, St. Louis’ $137 billion regional economy is broad and growing. It all adds up to a great location to live, work and learn. No university is a better conduit of that energy than the University of Missouri–St. Louis.