This section includes admission, and academic policies for students seeking undergraduate degrees from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Admission and Application Procedures
Admission for First-Time Freshmen
Admission Procedure. Students applying as first-time freshmen (i.e., students without previous college work) need to submit to the Director of Admissions four items:
When to Apply. Qualified applicants are admitted and notified by letter of their admission in the order that completed applications are received. Applications are accepted after October 1 for the next fall semester on the basis of six or more high school semesters.
Admission Requirements. Any 1997 or later high school graduate is admissible with evidence indicating he or she meets both the following requirements:
In addition to the 17-unit requirement, each student will be evaluated on high school rank and test score (ACT or SAT). Students with a composite ACT score of 24 or SAT of 1100 will be admitted without regard to class rank. Class rank will be used to determine eligibility for admission when the student's ACT score is from 17 to 23 (SAT 800 to 1090).
If the ACT Composite score is 17 to 23 or the total of SAT Verbal and Math scores is 800 to 1090, the applicant must meet the following high school class rank requirement to be admitted automatically.
Applicants who do not meet these criteria may still be admitted, depending on other evidence of likely success and campus enrollment objectives. These applicants can apply to the Director of Admissions. Additional factors considered for admissions may include:
For additional information regarding admission requirements, contact the Office of Admissions at (314) 516-5451.
Acceptance. Upon graduation, students must submit a final high school transcript indicating their class rank and graduation date. First-time freshmen may be required to take a placement examination in mathematics.
Advanced Standing for Entering Freshmen. UM-St. Louis grants credit hours to entering freshmen who, through their performance on College Entrance Examination Board Advanced Placement Tests and faculty-administered tests, demonstrate proficiency in certain college-level courses, such as biology, chemistry, English, foreign languages, history, mathematics, political science, and physics. For further information and applications, write to College Board Placement Examinations, Box 592, Princeton, New Jersey 08540. The score-reporting institution code number for the University of Missouri-St. Louis is 6889. Test scores should be sent to the Director of Admissions. A brochure with detailed information is available in the Office of Admissions.
Dual Credit. Accredited programs such as the Advanced Credit Program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis enable qualified high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn college credits while completing high school. General education courses are offered through the University in the College of Arts and Sciences and through the College of Fine Arts and Communication. Information about the transferability of credits from dual credit courses is available from the Office of Admissions, and further information about the Advanced Credit Program may be obtained by calling (314) 516-7005.
Dual High School/University Enrollment. Superior high school students may be admitted in a special student category to take one or more university courses during their junior or senior years of high school or during the summers. Students must submit a dual enrollment application and a high school counselor's or principal's recommendation. Students are admitted on the evidence of academic excellence. Admission is limited and governed by available space, and students must meet the prerequisites for the course or courses. Students should contact the College of Arts and Sciences at (314) 516-5501 for more information.
College Level Examination Program Applicants may earn advanced credit through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). A maximum of 28 semester hours of credit may be earned. CLEP offers subject examinations for credit in specific areas. These examinations can be taken any time, provided the student has not taken a course in the test area. The student must earn a score at or above the 50th percentile to receive credit. Consultation with an adviser is recommended. CLEP tests are given by appointment in the university Assessment Center in room 412, Social Science and Business Building (SSB). Call (314) 516-6396 for complete information.
Credit for Military Service. Credit may be allowed for service training programs conducted by the various Armed Forces branches. The American Council of Education recommendations in A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services generally serve as a basis for granting such credit. To count toward a degree, the credit granted must be appropriate to the student's curriculum.
Trial Admission. Applicants who do not meet the regular admission standards may be admitted on a trial basis. Each student's academic record will be reviewed by the Director of Admissions and decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
High School Equivalency Applicants. Individuals may seek admission on the basis of passing the General Education Development (GED) tests. Applicants submitting GED scores are reviewed on an individual basis.
Home-Schooled Students. UM-St. Louis welcomes home-schooled students. The admission decision is largely based on the ACT/SAT test scores.
Veterans and Mature Adults. Applicant may be admitted as degree or non-degree-seeking students if they are veterans of the military service or over age 21 and have not previously earned college credit, have not been in school for several years, have not earned a high school diploma or passed the GED; or if they have a diploma but do not meet regular admission requirements from high school. Non-degree seeking students can become degree candidates on the basis of their performance in university course work.
Admission for Transfer Students
Students transferring from other colleges and universities must submit the following information to the Director of Admissions:
All credentials submitted for admission become the property of the university.
A transferring student who has completed fewer than 24 earned semester hours of college-level work must apply under the procedures for admission to the freshman class and must have at least a 2.0 overall grade point average (4.0 system) in all college-level courses attempted at previous institutions.
Suspended and Dismissed Transfer Students. Students under suspension or dismissal from another institution or whose previous record is of unsatisfactory quality may need to appeal to the Faculty Senate Committee on Admissions and Financial Aid.
CBHE Statement. Students transferring into UM-St. Louis and out of UM-St. Louis may use the Coordinating Board of Higher Education (CBHE) Articulation Agreement. The agreement outlines statewide undergraduate general education requirements which satisfy the general requirements for students transferring into UM -St. Louis and students transferring out of UM-St. Louis to other public higher education universities in the state.
The math proficiency requirements at UM-St. Louis that students must satisfy are not part of the general requirements covered by the CBHE requirement.
Transfer Credit. According to the articulation agreement among public institutions within the state of Missouri, the following guidelines will govern transfer of credit to UM-St. Louis from colleges and universities within the state of Missouri. These guidelines also apply to students transferring to UM-St. Louis from schools located outside Missouri. Advanced standing in the form of credit hours may be allowed for work satisfactorily completed in another college or university of recognized standing, public or private, located in the state of Missouri, as long as the work satisfies the requirements of the university division in which the student registers.
The academic record at a given institution will include all courses attempted. Grades of D or better earned in college-level work at an accredited or approved institution of higher education should receive full credit when transferred to UM-St. Louis. The university, however, will treat all grades on courses attempted on the same basis as that of a UM-St. Louis student. For example, if a UM-St. Louis student is required to repeat a specified course, having earned a D grade, a transfer student will also be required to repeat the same course if it carried a D grade.
Advanced Standing. Advanced standing includes credit by examination, such as Advanced Placement (AP), the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), and Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES). It also includes credit by portfolio review (Bachelor of Fine Arts only). These lower-division credits may not apply at the senior level. For examination credit, students should submit appropriate transcripts to the Office of Admissions before their first semester at UM-St. Louis. Likewise, the Fine Arts department should be consulted for portfolio reviews. Early attention to these matters is essential to avoid unnecessary course work or repeats that can lead to loss of credit. If examinations are completed at a later date, transcripts should be submitted as soon as they are available.
Shortly after all official transcripts are on file, a student's previous academic record will be evaluated to determine which courses are applicable. Should there be any question concerning applicability of any courses, students should contact the Dean’s office of their academic unit. Degree checks, determining whether courses meet a specific degree requirement and whether courses are accepted as a part of the student's academic major, are made in the office of the dean concerned.
Policy Regarding Final Examinations
Associate Degree Transfers from Community Colleges.
Transfers without an Associate Degree
Transfers Within the University of
Any course that leads to an undergraduate degree on any campus of the University of Missouri shall be accepted in transfer toward the same degree on any campus of the university offering that degree. Grades, including D and F grades, and honor points earned in such courses will also transfer and will be included in the cumulative grade point averages. Unresolved problems related to transferability of credit may be appealed to the Dean of the College or his representative.
Students within the last 30 hours of graduation may take a limited number of courses at another campus in the UM system, provided the last 15 hours are taken at UM-St. Louis and the work is approved by their respective deans and departments.
Midwest Student Exchange. The Midwest Student Exchange Program is an initiative designed by the Midwestern Higher Education Commission to increase interstate educational opportunities for students in its member states. The program enables residents of Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Nebraska to enroll in the institutions and specified programs located outside their home state at reduced tuition levels.
Students from Other Countries. Prospective
students living outside the
Since 1998, all students in F-1 and J-1 status have been required to purchase an inexpensive insurance policy with coverage for illness and accidents, billed directly to the student’s accounts. For details contact:
Returning Students. Former students not currently enrolled should file a returning student application with the Director of Admissions. The application is available on line at http://www.umsl.edu/admission or by calling The Office of Admissions (314) 516-5451.
Visiting Students. Students who are attending another college or university who do not wish to earn a degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis may register as visiting college students. Visiting student forms can be obtained from the Office of Admissions, the office of the Registrar or on -line at www.umsl.edu/admission or by calling (314) 516-5545. At the end of the session, students must request that their grades be reported by transcript to their respective schools.
Financial aid is not available for such students.
Non-Degree-Seeking Students. An individual wishing to enroll in a course who is not seeking a degree may apply to the university as a non-degree-seeking student. No transcripts are required; however, the admission applies only for that particular semester. To attend for another semester, the student must reapply. The non-degree application is available on-line at www.umsl.edu/admission or by calling (314) 516-5451. Financial aid is not available for such students.