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UMSL is a vibrant and diverse community that we are all proud of. From our outstanding students to our dedicated faculty and staff, we are a community of scholars who are committed to excellence. No one knows this better than you. That's why we want to empower each and every Triton to be an UMSL Ambassador.

We invite you to explore this website to learn what makes UMSL such a special place. We all have opportunities throughout our day to share why we chose UMSL and to give compelling reasons why others should choose UMSL whether you're visiting with a prospective student, someone who is considering joining our faculty or staff, or a potential community partner. We invite you to share your own story: What made you choose UMSL? What makes you proud to be a Triton? Why should others join the UMSL community? Use the #UMSLproud to start sharing your UMSL pride today!

What Makes us #UMSLProud?

UMSL is one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse campuses in Missouri, enrolling 17,000 students from 44 states and more than 100 countries.

More than 1,200 Pell grant eligible students earn UMSL degrees every year as a result of increased investment in support services and need-based financial aid.

UMSL has issued nearly 108,000 degrees to more than 99,000 individuals – 72 percent of whom work and live in Missouri.

Military Times has named UMSL to its “Best for Vets” list for three consecutive years.

A dual AACSB accreditation in business and accounting places our business school in the top five percent internationally.

Value Colleges and Top RN to BSN both ranked UMSL nursing’s online RN to BSN program among the top 50 nationally.

UMSL’s Whitney Harris World Ecology Center is the nation’s largest and most diverse program in biology conservation. Academic and research partners include the Missouri Botanical Garden and Saint Louis Zoo.

UMSL is a three-time recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHTS into Diversity magazine – the oldest publication specializing in this area.

UMSL student-athletes are winners in competition and in the classroom. A record 101 student athletes [out of 191] earned Academic All-Conference honors from the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

Forbes Magazine named UMSL one of “America’s Best Colleges.” The magazine’s editors said they focused on the things that matter most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, graduation rates and low levels of debt.

Business Insider ranked UMSL No. 1 in Missouri for affordability, proving that UMSL students enjoy the best educational value in the state.

U.S. News and World Report has consistently ranked UMSL’s doctoral program in criminology and criminal justice among the best in the nation.

UMSL’s international undergraduate business program has been ranked in the top 25 nationally by U.S. News and World Report for 15 consecutive years.

Great Value Colleges has highlighted UMSL’s commitment to nontraditional students, ranking the university 5th nationally in its “50 Best Colleges for Adult Education” survey.

UMSL’s teacher prep programs earned top ratings on the Missouri Department of Education’s Annual Performance Report.

UMSL is one of only two institutions in Missouri with the National Security Agency/Department of Homeland Security designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education.

UMSL is a primary partner in the first-ever accelerator to focus primarily on energy technologies. The Ameren Accelerator players include Ameren Corporation, UMSL Accelerate and Capital Innovators.

Licensed to UMSL, St. Louis Public Radio earned the first-ever Peabody-Facebook Future of Media Award for its “One Year in Ferguson” project and a national Edward R. Murrow Award for its website – one of the region’s leading sources of news.

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Choose Your Word campaign

Diverse. Smart. Determined.

These are just a few of the most frequent terms used to describe the people of UMSL.

We asked the university community to give us one word to describe the people who choose UMSL. See what words made it to the top of our results.


UMSL's reputation is on the rise.

Of course we know UMSL is great. Recent external research shows we're not alone.

Check out the top line results from our recent opinion research.

What do they think of us