The University of Missouri-St. Louis started using the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) in Fall 2007 as the campus-level assessment of general education.  This test is given to first-time, full-time degree-seeking freshman in the Fall semester.  Graduating seniors are tested in the Spring term.  Student must have an ACT or SAT score to be eligible to participate.

During the 2013 academic year the goal was to have 100 freshmen and 100 seniors take the CLA.  A total of 457 freshmen were asked to participate and 89 completed the CLA.  Of the 743 seniors invited, 95 finished the assessment.

Eligible students receive an initial letter from the Chancellor inviting them to take the CLA.  A number of follow-up contacts are sent via email by the Testing Center.  Students completing the assessment are compensated.