UMSL is a vibrant and diverse community that we are all proud of. From our outstanding students to our dedicated faculty and staff, we are a community of scholars who are committed to excellence.

The UMSL experience

With more than 16,000 students, UMSL is the largest public research university in eastern Missouri. It provides excellent learning experiences and leadership opportunities to a diverse student body whose influence on the region upon graduation is immense.

UMSL is spread across 470 acres in suburban St. Louis County. It has a mix of modern and historic academic buildings as well as a variety of student residence halls, condominiums and apartments. It’s the perfect setting for students to gain unique insights from outstanding faculty and work experience from internships at companies and organizations found only in this world-class metropolitan region.

While UMSL graduates can be found in all 50 states and countries around the globe, their greatest impact is felt right here in St. Louis. More than 73,000 UMSL alumni call the St. Louis region home. They drive the region’s economy and contribute mightily to its social well-being.


Our Mission: We transform lives.

As the metropolitan, land-grant, research institution serving the most diverse and economically important region in Missouri, the University of Missouri–St. Louis delivers exceptional educational, research and engagement experiences that inform, prepare, challenge and inspire.

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What Makes us #UMSLProud?

UMSL is one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse campuses in Missouri, enrolling more than 16,000 students from all 50 states and over 30 countries.

More than 1,200 Pell grant eligible students earn UMSL degrees every year as a result of increased investment in support services and need-based financial aid.

UMSL has issued nearly 108,000 degrees to more than 103,000 individuals – 72 percent of whom work and live in Missouri.

Military Times has named UMSL to its “Best for Vets” list for five consecutive years.

A dual AACSB accreditation in business and accounting places our business school in the top five percent internationally.

Value Colleges and Top RN to BSN both ranked UMSL nursing’s online RN to BSN program among the top 50 nationally.

UMSL’s Whitney Harris World Ecology Center is the nation’s largest and most diverse program in biology conservation. Academic and research partners include the Missouri Botanical Garden and Saint Louis Zoo.

The Higher Learning Commission recently reaffirmed UMSL’s full accreditation through 2028-29, with no need for follow-up.

 Washington Monthly names UMSL as one of America’s ‘Best Colleges for Student Voting,’ proving UMSL students are actively engaged in issues that matter in St. Louis and across the country.

UMSL is a three-time recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHTS into Diversity magazine – the oldest publication specializing in this area.

 A record 120 student athletes earned Academic All-Conference honors from the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

Forbes Magazine named UMSL one of “America’s Best Colleges.” The magazine’s editors said they focused on the things that matter most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, graduation rates and low levels of debt.

Business Insider ranked UMSL No. 1 in Missouri for affordability, proving that UMSL students enjoy the best educational value in the state.

U.S. News and World Report ranks UMSL’s graduate program in criminology and criminal justice as 5th best in the nation.

 UMSL’s international undergraduate business program has been ranked in the top 25 nationally by U.S. News and World Report for 16 consecutive years.

 UMSL is the only university in the nation with a Fortune 25 corporation headquartered on its campus.

 More than 94% of UMSL’s most recent graduates are employed, volunteering or continuing in higher education post-graduation. 

Great Value Colleges has highlighted UMSL’s commitment to nontraditional students, ranking the university 5th nationally in its “50 Best Colleges for Adult Education” survey.

UMSL’s teacher prep programs earned top ratings on the Missouri Department of Education’s Annual Performance Report.

UMSL is one of only two institutions in Missouri with the National Security Agency/Department of Homeland Security designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education.

UMSL is a primary partner in the first-ever accelerator to focus primarily on energy technologies. The Ameren Accelerator players include Ameren Corporation, UMSL Accelerate and Capital Innovators.

Licensed to UMSL, St. Louis Public Radio earned the first-ever Peabody-Facebook Future of Media Award for its “One Year in Ferguson” project and a national Edward R. Murrow Award for its website – one of the region’s leading sources of news.

UMSL researchers saw a nearly $5 million increase in grant money in the first quarter of FY 2018-19, bolstering the university’s steadfast commitment to academic research that impacts lives and enhances scholarship.

As the largest public research university in the state’s most populous and economically important region, UMSL's economic impact on Missouri exceeds $363 million.