St. Louis is more than a college town.

No other place blends the excitement of a metropolitan region with the vibe of a know-your-neighbors Midwest community like St. Louis. No university is a better conduit of that energy than the University of Missouri–St. Louis.

The largest public research university located in Missouri’s most populous and economically important region, UMSL provides excellent learning experiences and leadership opportunities to a diverse student body whose influence on the region upon graduation is immense. 

Founded in 1963, UMSL is spread across 470 acres with a mix of modern and historic 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.

And don’t forget the cultural and leisure options. Marvel at Monet at the Saint Louis Art Museum in the morning. Catch the Cardinals at Busch Stadium in the afternoon. Sing with Chuck Berry at Blueberry Hill late into the night. UMSL is more than just a serious education; it’s an experience – a serious metropolitan experience.

But words and pictures only go so far.

Visit UMSL and see for yourself. Take in a lecture. Talk with faculty and students. Take a look at Oak Hall and the Pierre Laclede Honors College. See first-hand what makes our metropolitan university so exceptional. 

Student profile 

  • 13,569 undergraduate; 3,068 graduate; 172 professional
  • Average age is nearly 28 years
  • Median age of undergraduates is 22 years
  • 83% from St. Louis region (88% from Missouri)
  • Students from 47 states and more than 100 countries
  • 60% are women [on-campus]
  • 32% are classified as a minority [on-campus]
  • Average freshman ACT score of 24 is above the state and national average 

Faculty profile

  • 1,325 full-time and part-time teaching and research professionals (includes graduate assistants)
  • 38 endowed or named professorships
  • 51% of full-time faculty are women
  • 22% are classified as a minority
  • 16 to 1 faculty to student ratio

Staff profile

  • 1,371 full-time and part-time staff
  • 59% are women
  • 28% are classified as a minority

Alumni profile

  • 3,100 degrees awarded last academic year
  • 88,000 alumni worldwide
  • UMSL is one of only two universities in the United States with two alumni serving as CEOs of Fortune 20 companies.
    • Joseph Gorder is President and CEO of Valero Energy Corp.
    • George Paz is President and CEO of Express Scripts Inc.