Introduction to UM-St. Louis
The University of Missouri-St. Louis is one of four campuses that constitute the University of Missouri. Established in Columbia in 1839 on the ideals of Thomas Jefferson, the University of Missouri became a land-grant institution upon passage of the Morrill Act by Congress in 1862.
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 University of Missouri-St. Louis is a product of that educational development. Two campuses were added in 1963. The private University of Kansas City became the university's Kansas City campus, and an entirely new campus was started in St. Louis.
The notion of a major public institution serving the St. Louis area evolved from a dream to a solid reality, which today exceeds the expectations of those who created it. Since the doors of the old Administration Building opened nearly 40 years ago, UM-St. Louis has become the largest university serving St. Louisans and the third largest university in the state. The university faculty has grown from 30 in 1963 to more than 900 members, committed to the future of the St. Louis area through teaching, research, and service.
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 health of Missouri 's largest metropolitan area. From its beginning on what was once the site of a country club with a single building, UM-St. Louis has grown to a large modern campus of almost 300 acres with 58 buildings used to support academic and other University activities.
The curriculum has grown to include 47 undergraduate programs, 33 master's programs, seven preprofessional programs, 2 education specialists, 14 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.
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 St. Louis region promote seamless educational opportunities.
UM-St. Louis consists of the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business Administration , College of Education , Evening College , College of Fine Arts and Communication, Graduate School , Pierre Laclede Honors College , College of Nursing, College of Optometry, UM-St. Louis/Washington University Joint Engineering Program, and Continuing Education and Outreach.
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 or other appropriate terminal degrees. The College offers a wide range of accredited baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees and multi-disciplinary certificates through 15 departments, the School of Social Work and the Institute for Women's and Gender Studies.
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 College of Arts and Sciences include physicians, lawyers, teachers, political leaders, scientists, corporate executives, college and university faculty, psychologists, social workers, and a host of other professionals.
College of Business Administration
College of Education
College of Fine Arts and Communication
College of Optometry
Pierre Laclede Honors College
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 U.S., its territories, and recently Canada.
Students have gone to Florida to study marine biology, to the University of Alabama to study criminology and to the University of Montana for Wilderness Studies. UM-St. Louis students have attended a variety of schools in all regions of the country for academic, personal, and social reasons; NSE students from an equally diverse number of campuses have enriched our classes and residence halls and contributed vitally to on-campus life.
College of Nursing
UM-St. Louis/Washington University Joint Undergraduate Engineering Program
Division of Continuing Education and Outreach
Continuing Education & Outreach provides a wide variety of credit courses and noncredit professional development programs that can help adults keep abreast of new developments in their field, prepare them for a career in a new field of endeavor, or enrich their personal and family life. Courses leading to degree-completion programs are also offered at the St. Louis Community College South County Education and University Center and on the campuses of St. Charles Community College, Jefferson College and Mineral Area College.
Office of International Student and Scholar Services of the Center for International Studies
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 St. Louis area offers still more recreational, sports, and cultural events.
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.Graduates
The graduates of UM-St. Louis reflect the diversity found in a metropolitan community. The university has more than 70,000 graduates living in all 50 states and several foreign countries. Of these alumni, more than 80 percent continue to live and work in the St. Louis metropolitan area.
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 4,540 accountants, 4,761 nurses, and 794 doctors of optometry. With the granting of 17,187 education degrees, the College of Education is the largest educator of teachers in the St. Louis metropolitan area.