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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.

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.

While UMSL graduates can be found in all 50 states and 63 countries, their greatest impact is felt right here in St. Louis. More than 73,000 UMSL alumni call the St. Louis region home. They drive the region’s economy and contribute mightily to its social well-being.


Our Mission: We transform lives.

As the metropolitan, land-grant, research institution serving the most diverse and economically important region in Missouri, the University of Missouri–St. Louis delivers exceptional educational, research and engagement experiences that inform, prepare, challenge and inspire.

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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 100,000 individuals – 73 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 16 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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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, Anheuser-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.