Introduction to UM-St. Louis
The University of Missouri-St. Louis is one of
four campuses that constitute the
The university remained a single-campus
institution until 1870, when the Rolla campus was opened. In the 1960s
a movement began across the country toward creation of public universities
located within metropolitan centers. That movement marked the most significant
change in higher education in the twentieth century, and the
The notion of a major public institution
One of the keys to this university's development as an outstanding institution has been the careful selection of faculty over the years. UM-St. Louis has attracted some of the top authorities in many fields. More than 90 percent of the full-time regular faculty hold doctoral degrees, a figure that far exceeds the national average. These professionals develop new theories and new procedures, and in so doing attract millions of dollars each year in research funding.
Student enrollment has grown from 600
in 1963 to more than 15,000. The numbers have changed, but not the spirit.
Faculty and students are still most concerned with the education of new
talent, which is the basis for the future social, intellectual, and economic
The curriculum has grown to include more than 40 undergraduate programs, 30 master's programs, seven preprofessional programs, 12 doctoral programs, and one professional degree program. Programs address the particular needs of older students returning to school; of students pursuing pre-architecture, pre-law, pre-medicine, pre-pharmacy, pre-engineering, or pre-journalism courses, and of students interested in urban careers. Many opportunities exist for students to combine their academic course work with internships that often lead to job offers.
The University of Missouri-St. Louis
is the land-grant research institution committed to meeting the diverse
needs in the state's largest metropolitan community. It educates traditional
and nontraditional students in undergraduate, graduate, and professional
programs so that they may provide leadership in health professions, liberal
and fine arts, science and technology, and metropolitan affairs such as
business, education, and public policy. University research advances knowledge
in all areas, and through outreach and public service, assists in solving,
in particular, problems of the
Academic programs are enriched through advanced
technologies and partnerships that link UM-St. Louis to institutions and
businesses locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Its special
commitment to partnership provides UM-St, Louis with a leadership role
among public educational and cultural institutions in improving the region's
quality of life, while its relations with two- and four-year colleges
and universities in the
UM-St. Louis consists of the
College of Arts and Sciences.
The campus oldest and largest college, Arts and Sciences takes special pride in its professional faculty of nearly 200, all of whom hold earned Ph.D. degrees. The College offers a wide range of accredited baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees and multi-disciplinary certificates through 15 departments and the Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies.
Biology (B.A., B.S., M.S., Ph.D.)
Chemistry and Biochemistry (B.A.,B.S., M.S., Ph.D.)
Criminology and Criminal Justice (B.S., M.A., Ph.D.)
Economics (B.A., B.S., M.A.)
English (B.A., M.A., M.F.A.)
Foreign Languages and Literatures (B.A. in French and Spanish)
History (B.A., M.A.)
Mathematics and Computer Science (B.A., B.S., M.A., M.S., Ph.D.)
Philosophy (B.A., M.A.)
Physics and Astronomy (B.A., B.S., M.A., Ph.D.)
Political Science (B.A., M.A., Ph.D.)
Psychology (B.A., M.A., Ph.D.)
Social Work (B.S.W., M.S.W.)
Sociology (B.A., B.S., M.A.)
Women’s and Gender Studies (certificate)
Whether completing general education requirements or pursuing a specific degree, undergraduate students have the opportunity to learn from internationally renowned faculty such as E. Desmond Lee Professor Patricia Parker (Biology), Distinguished Teaching Professor J. Martin Rochester (Political Science), and Curators’ Professor Scott Decker (Criminology and Criminal Justice).
Student participation in internships with the university’s public and corporate partners paves the way for subsequent employment. Collaborative research by students and faculty similarly expands both intellectual horizons and prospects for graduate study and professional careers.
Alumni of the
its undergraduate and graduate degree programs, the
its undergraduate and graduate degree programs, the
Consistently one of the top two institutions
in the state in preparation of educators, the
The College includes the departments of Art and Art History, Communication, Music, and Theatre and Dance. The faculty and alumni of the College have distinguished themselves as scholars visual artists, teachers and performers. The University’s new $55 million
For students interested in traditional
university study, the
This degree option may also provide an alternative to traditional degrees, by allowing mature adults to develop an interdisciplinary program specifically tailored to their individual needs and interests.
Programs offered in the
The Pierre Laclede Honors College brings
together intellectually curious and gifted students who are pursuing various
career goals and earning degrees in disciplines offered by the university's
other undergraduate schools and colleges. Honors Scholars follow a special
curriculum that combines
The college also coordinates participation
in The National Student Exchange (NSE), an association of 174 colleges
and universities that have joined to provide tuition reciprocal exchange
opportunities for their students. Since 1968, over 70,000 students have
been placed at campuses across the
Students have gone to
The Barnes College of Nursing and Health Studies offers programs at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is available for a student wishing to pursue a program of study leading to eligibility to complete state licensure examinations to become a registered nurse (R.N.). In addition, an upper-level option designed for the associate degree or diploma-educated registered nurse avoids repeating basic nursing course work. The Master of Science in Nursing, a cooperative program with UM-Kansas City School of Nursing, offers studies in adult, children's, and women's health. Practitioner options are also available (adult, family, pediatric, and women) as part of the MSN program. The Ph.D. in Nursing offers studies focused on health promotion and protection, health restoration and support, and health care systems.
The Barnes College of Nursing and Health Studies also offers bachelor's programs in health studies with options in cytotechnology and clinical laboratory science. Both programs are accredited by the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation.
UM-St. Louis/Washington University Joint Undergraduate Engineering Program.
Division of Continuing Education and Outreach
Continuing Education and Outreach extends the university's expertise to the community by offering a variety of credit and noncredit courses, both on- and off- campus. It also sponsors programs in the community, such as the annual St. Louis Storytelling Festival.
Office of International Student Services of the Center for International Studies
The Office of International Student Services assists international students and scholars with undergraduate and graduate admission, credential and transfer credit evaluations, visa and immigration advising, pre-arrival and cultural adaptation assistance, new international student and scholar orientation, prospective student information requests, and personal advising. The office also coordinates activities for integration of students and scholars into the community by facilitating cultural events and activities, coordinating the annual International
Student Speaker's Bureau, and working closely with other campus and community organizations.
Although UM-St. Louis provides opportunities
for all students through a demanding curriculum, the life of the university
is not all work. There are a great many leisure-time activities, either
free or at reduced cost to students. Numerous student organizations, from
the Accounting Club to Zeta Tau Alpha sorority,
seek members-and leaders. Interesting speakers, concerts, film series,
plays, exhibits, recitals, and a host of informal gatherings crowd each
week's schedule. The
The university offers a wide range of varsity and intramural sports for students, whether as players or spectators. On the varsity level, Rivermen and Riverwomen compete in most major sports. UM-St. Louis men's soccer teams have participated in numerous NCAA Division II tournaments; the team won the national title in 1973. The men's basketball, baseball, and golf teams frequently play in national tournaments. The expanding women's program includes varsity competition in basketball, soccer, softball, volleyball, and tennis. The women's soccer team ranks annually in the top 20 teams nationwide.
The Mark Twain athletic facility offers a state-of-the-art fitness center, weight room, swimming pool, and basketball, volleyball, handball, and racquetball courts. Outdoor facilities include tennis and handball courts, a fitness trail, and baseball, soccer, and softball fields.
Students will find fitness activities, both organized and individual, to suit their interests and needs. Intramural sports are available to all students, with schedules designed for maximum participation.
The graduates of UM-St. Louis reflect
the diversity found in a metropolitan community. The university has more
than 62,000 graduates living in all 50 states and several foreign countries.
Of these alumni, more than 80 percent continue to live and work in the
The university is a major force in
providing the region with a highly educated and diverse work force. Alumni
can be found in companies and organizations throughout the region and
nation. UM-St. Louis has graduated more than 6,000 accountants, 4,600
nurses, and 400 doctors of optometry. With more than 8,000 graduates,