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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have some unanswered questions before applying or coming to University of Missouri - St Louis? Well we can answer those most common asked questions. Please review the categories of  Courses & Degrees, Financial, and Services.

Still have questions? Contact us at:  (314) 516-5162 or by email at:  transferservices@umsl.edu



Do students receive UMSL credit for courses?
Yes. All courses offered at the community colleges are credit courses through UMSL.

Will courses be taught by UMSL instructors?
Yes. Courses will be taught by UMSL instructors, and you will receive UMSL credit for the courses in which you are enrolled.

What is the difference between degrees that offer a "2 + 2" format vs. "courses leading toward a degree"?
The difference between the "2 + 2" format and the "courses leading toward a degree" format is that the 2 + 2 includes all courses required to finish a degree offered in a two year format and the other does not. Essentially, "2 + 2" means that students take their first 2 years at a community college and then their second 2 years through the UMSL Off-Campus Degree Completion Program to complete their degree. During the second 2 year term, the UMSL Off-Campus Degree Completion Program offers some degrees that will require 8 semesters (fall and spring), and some degrees that will require more semesters in which we utilize summer semesters as well. We guarantee that that the UMSL degree can be completed in 2 years, provided that students come to us with the required pre-requisites from their Associate's degree. These 2 year UMSL programs are offered in a cohort model, whereby students all start at the same time and proceed through the program together.

The "courses leading toward a degree" format means that we offer many required degree courses through the UMSL Off-Campus Degree Completion Program, but we do not offer all of the courses required to complete the degree off-campus. Therefore, there is not a cohort and students can take the courses on an individual basis. Students who choose this format will need to take some classes at the UMSL campus to complete their degree.

The formats offered vary by degree and by college. Please click on the left menu links for the individual degree programs for more information about required courses. If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email the contact person listed for your program by clicking on the Contacts and the Community College Partners links.

How do I purchase textbooks for my community college course?
Option One: Order your books by e-mail or by phone. Contact Tim Grumich, (314) 516-5767, tgrumich@umsl.edu  or Teri Vogler, (314) 516-5764, teri@umsl.edu , in the UMSL Bookstore. Use your student ID to charge books to your student account. Textbooks will be mailed to you.

Option Two: Go to the UMSL Bookstore website and follow the instructions for ordering books. A credit card is required to order books on the website.

Option Three: Go to the UMSL Bookstore in the Millennium Student Center on the UMSL main campus and purchase your books in person. You can use your student ID to charge books to your student account, pay with a credit or debit card, or pay with cash.

Textbooks are made available approximately two weeks prior to the start of each semester. Books for UMSL classes will not be available for purchase at the community college locations.

What fees do students pay? UMSL fees or the community college fees?
Students enrolling in UMSL courses at the community colleges pay the current UMSL fees, which are subject to change. Students may be responsible for other applicable fees, depending upon their course of study. To obtain more information about these fees, please click on the Contacts link and call an Academic Adviser.

Are library services available at the community colleges?
UMSL has an agreement with each of the community colleges to provide full access and borrowing privileges for UMSL students registered for classes held at these locations. In addition, students have full access and borrowing privileges at the UMSL Libraries. Contact the community college library (see numbers below) or the UMSL Library at (314) 516-5057 for details.

Jefferson College: (636) 481-3166
Mineral Area College: (573) 518-2141
St. Charles Community College: (636) 922-8434
St. Louis Community College South County Education and University Center: (314) 984-7200
St. Louis Community College at Wildwood: (636) 422-2012

Can I register for classes and add or drop a class at the community college?
Yes. Students can register for any UMSL class, regardless of where the class is located, and students can add or drop classes with the adviser. If you wish to withdraw from the University, you will need to visit your Dean's office at the main UMSL campus.

Can students use the gym, library, computer labs etc. at the UMSL main campus?
Yes. Any student enrolled has full privileges at all facilities at the main UMSL campus.

Do I need a parking permit to park at a community college location?
Jefferson College: Parking permits are required for all UMSL students and faculty/staff. Parking permits are available at the Jefferson College Cashier's Office, located in the Student Center Building. Parking permits are $10.00 per year and new ones are issued each year. Call the Cashier's Office at 636-481-3123 for office hours.

Mineral Area College: Parking permits are not required for UMSL students. You may park in designated MAC student parking areas. Be advised that unauthorized vehicles found parked in MAC staff, handicapped, and designated no-parking areas will be ticketed. Parking rules apply for both day and evening classes. Permits are required for UMSL faculty/staff. Please contact Tami Davenport at davenport@umsl.edu  or (573) 518-2324.

South County Education and University Center: Parking permits for UMSL students and faculty/staff are not required. There are designated faculty/staff parking areas.

St. Charles Community College: Parking permits are not required for UMSL students. Faculty and students may park anywhere on any of the parking lots on campus.

St. Louis Community College at Wildwood: Parking permits for UMSL faculty and students are not required. However, you will not be permitted to park in any spot that is designated for staff.