Center for Student Success
Strategies for Success While Attending UMSL
- Your UMSL Bulletin is your guidebook to the university. Know where you can access important information in this book. Once you have chosen a field of study, carefully read the information on your major in the Bulletin. You are responsible for knowing your degree requirements.
- Each semester you will receive pre-registration appointment times via your University e-mail account. New students will still receive registration information via U.S. mail. The longer you wait to register, the less chance you have of getting the classes you want on the days and times you prefer.
- Refer to the General Fee Information available from the Cashier's Office and located with the online course schedules. It is important to become familiar with the university's policy regarding reassessment. The Fee Reassessment Schedule explains how much money you will still owe the university depending on the date you drop classes. Remember, this policy is strictly enforced. If you do not take a minute to review it, you could lose money!!
- Get involved in student organizations on campus by visiting Student Life, 366 MSC (314.516.5291). Prospective employers are not just interested in the education you have, but in the experience you have in your field of study and in your level of campus involvement.
- Visit the University's web site Choosing a Major. This site is designed to help you think about degree options. If you need further assistance in choosing your major, please see a Student Development Coordinator in the Center for Student Success, 225 MSC (314.516.5300).
- To avoid potential academic disaster, always remember:
Seek advising assistance when you are experiencing academic difficulty
Talk to faculty concerning problems you are facing in class
Pay close attention to course syllabi
- While in pursuit of your degree, consider early on whether obtaining a minor and/or a certificate is something of interest. Though minors and certificates are not mandatory, they can help you to enhance or complement career/academic goals.
- When selecting elective classes, choose those that are interesting and those that complement your degree program. It is not always best to opt for what you believe to be the least demanding classes.
- Visit the Career Services Office 278 MSC (314.516.5111) early. Career Specialists can help you with job search strategies and resume development.
- Specialized student services are available to all eligible students with disabilities. When a student with a disability is admitted to the University, it is the student's responsibility to notify the Administrator for Special Programs in the Disability Access Services Office, 144 MSC (314.516.6554).