Academic advising at University of Missouri-St. Louis empower students to create a personal plan that identifies their path to academic success. We encourage students to make informed responsible decisions that that are appropriate for their academic goals, and we connect students to resources for additional information and support.
To find the name of your academic advisor, log into MyGateway, click on the MyView tab and then on Self Service > Student Center. Finally, under the Advisor box, the Program Advisor will have your academic advisor's name. You may also call the College of Arts and Sciences at (314) 516-5501 to request an appointment (M-F, 8am – 5pm).
To schedule an appointment with your academic advisor, go to MyGateway and click on the 'MyConnect' box. You will be able to schedule an academic advisor appointment in MyConnect.
You can change your major by contacting your academic advisor. The advisor will submit a Program Change form to change your major or to declare a minor. The program change approval will be sent to your student email account to approve the change then it goes to the Registrar’s Office for processing. In most cases, you will need to schedule an appointment to meet with your new advisor to discuss the requirements for the new major and the impact on your current academic plan and anticipated graduation date. You can email your advisor, or log into the Zoom advising lounge during drop-in hours to make the change.
You can access your degree audit by logging into MyGateway and clicking the box that says MyDegree. MyDegree is an academic planning and degree progress tool that reflects your academic progress toward degree completion (graduation) from UMSL. This document lists the requirements for a selected degree and academic program of study, among other things.
If you are a full-time student, you will take 12-18 credits per semester. Advisors typically recommend that you complete 30 credit hours each academic year if you are wanting to graduate in four years. For example, you may take 15 hours a semester each fall and spring, or if less hours are taken, also take hours as needed in the summer. For students who transfer 60 hours, 30 hours may be taken each year to graduate in two years, or other options may be needed depending on the number of hours transferred. If you are a part-time student, you will take less than 12 hours a semester.
Registration for fall and spring classes is completed through Myview and is arranged by your enrollment appointment dates. An enrollment appointment date will be mailed to you directly from the Registrar’s Office and tells you the earliest day and time you are eligible to register for classes. Enrollment dates are based on your level of completed credit hours, and are usually emailed the first week each March for fall and October for spring.
Registration for fall and spring classes is completed through MyView and is determined by your enrollment appointment date. An enrollment appointment date tells you the earliest day and time you are eligible to register for classes. Because it is your responsibility to select appropriate courses in order to graduate in a timely manner, you should meet with your academic advisor every semester for a pre-registration appointment prior to registering for classes. We strongly encourage students to browse the course schedule before their appointment.
Each year summer registration opens in January. Because it is your responsibility to select appropriate courses in order to graduate in a timely manner, you should meet with your academic advisor prior to registering for summer classes.
If the course is full, you will not be able to register for it. Some courses are set up with wait lists but not all. If you have a question about a course that is full or has a wait list, you can contact your academic advisor. Without the instructor’s permission, academic advisors do not have the ability to put you in a course that is full.
You can place yourself on a wait list for a course, if available, when you register for your classes online through Self Service in MyView. Your advisor may also assist by placing you on a waitlist, if available.
If enough seats in the course open to reach your name on the wait list, you will receive an email from the registrar's office letting you know that you have moved from the wait list and have successfully been added to the course. There is no guarantee that you will get into a wait listed course. If another section of the course is available, we recommend that you drop the wait list course and add the other section to your schedule to assure that you get it.
If you have an advising hold on your student account, you will not be able to make changes to your schedule without the assistance of an advisor. You can contact your academic advisor via email or schedule an appointment through MyConnect. In some cases, a faculty advising appointment may also be needed.
Please complete the withdrawal survey to withdraw from all of your courses. If you are enrolled in one class for the semester and want to drop that class, you must complete the withdrawal survey.
When you access MyDegree, you will find your cumulative GPA at the bottom of your degree audit in the UMSL GPA section. If you are interested in your major GPA, then you can view that in the major area section
To take the foreign language placement test, please contact the Language and Cultural Studies Department.
To request a foreign language waiver, please contact the Language and Cultural Studies Department.
Depending on which math course you are trying place into, the math placement test can be completed online. Certain math courses require a proctored exam through the Testing Center.
If you took an AP (Advanced Placement) class in high school, you must have taken the AP exam and received a certain score in order to be given college credit. AP Score Reports are sent to the college or university designated on the answer sheet. If UMSL was not a designated university listed on your answer sheet, request that your score reports be sent to UMSL.
If you took a dual credit course through your high school for college credit, you may receive credit by transferring the class to UMSL. You must earn a passing grade in courses for them to transfer to UMSL. Your academic advisor can help you determine how courses will apply (to the core curriculum, major(s)/minor(s), or as elective credits toward graduation). You will need to have an official copy of your college transcripts sent to UMSL in order to transfer any credits.
If you took a course at another college or university, you may be eligible to receive college credit by transferring those credits to UMSL. Your academic advisor can help you determine if and how courses will apply (to the core curriculum, major(s) / minor(s), or as elective credits toward graduation). You will need to have an official copy of your college transcripts sent to Office of Admissions in order to transfer any credits.
If you are a current UMSL student, you will need to have an official copy of your college transcripts sent to the Office of Admissions in order to transfer any credits. You can also check with your academic advisor or use the Transfer Equivalency Database to see if the courses you completed will transfer or not.
If you are not yet an admitted student to UMSL, you should start the transfer process by requesting an application from the Office of Admissions at UMSL. Admissions has Transfer Advisors available to review your transfer credits prior to transferring. Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to schedule an appointment with a Transfer Advisor.
All questions about courses transferring from UMSL to another college or university should be answered by academic advisors at that school. You can begin the process by getting an application from the intended school, fill it out and then have UMSL send a transcript of your records if it is required by the target school.
Yes, if approved first by your academic advisor, with whom you should meet to discuss your options for summer classes at another college. Your academic advisor can help you determine how courses will apply (to the core curriculum, major(s) / minor(s), or as elective credits toward graduation). Your advisor can then help you to determine which classes would be acceptable choices at another college or university. If you take a course over the summer from another college or university, you must transfer the credits after you have received a grade in the course.
Transcript ordering information can be found on the Registrar’s Office webpage.
To apply for graduation, please log into Myview. Next you will click Self Service > Degree Progress / Graduation > Apply for Graduation.
You can visit the Office of Student Financial Services for more information about financial aid and scholarships.