University of Missouri

University of Missouri Student Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

The University of Missouri - St. Louis is a regional campus of the University of Missouri system. Learn about its ranking, financial aid, and student life, and get the pros and cons of studying at UMSL.

Should You Attend UMSL?

UMSL is a public 4-year university located in a suburban setting 11 miles northwest of downtown St. Louis. Founded in 1963, UMSL is one of four campuses in the University of Missouri (UM) system. Read the information below to find out if UMSL is right for you.


  • Has Top 25 individual programs
  • High number of academic programs
  • Student debt following graduation is $1,156 lower than the national average
  • Acceptance rate is 5.2 percentage points higher than the national average
  • Accepts AP and dual credits
  • Located 11 miles from downtown St. Louis


  • Graduation rate is 15 percentage points lower than the national average
  • Student to faculty ratio is 17:1, which is higher than the national average

About UMSL

UMSL offers 54 bachelor's, 37 master's, and 15 doctoral degree programs. In addition, UMSL provides 24 graduate certificate programs, as well as the only professional optometrist training program in Missouri. In 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked the graduate criminology program 4th nationally. Also, the undergraduate international business program was ranked 15th best in the country. UMSL houses the St. Louis Public Radio station, an affiliate of National Public Radio (NPR).

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reports that UMSL has a student-faculty ratio of 17:1, which compares to the national average of 16:1. Of full-time bachelor's degree seeking students who began their studies at UMSL in the fall of 2005, 25% graduated within 4 years, and 51% graduated within 6 years, as reported by NCES. Additionally, 78% of full-time and 50% of part-time students returned to the university for a second year of studies.

The total cost of attending UMSL is slightly higher than the national average. However, U.S. News & World Report notes that the average UMSL graduate has student debt of $25,504, which is less than the national average of $26,660. Approximately 17,000 students, including more than 13,000 undergraduates, were enrolled at UMSL in 2011, according to NCES. The most popular undergraduate programs that year were business and education.

Admissions & Financial Aid at UMSL

In addition to submitting a completed application to the Office of Admissions, you'll need to supply official transcripts and ACT or SAT scores. You can submit an online or paper application, unless you're a graduate student, in which case you can only submit an online application. UMSL evaluates undergraduate applicants on a sliding GPA/test score scale. NCES reports that 93% of applicants submitted ACT scores in the fall of 2012.

There are various financial aid options available, and 95% of undergraduates received some form of financial aid in 2010, according to NCES. U.S. News & World Report discloses that 60% of students received need-based grants or scholarships in 2011. USML automatically considers students for some scholarships at the time of admission.

Application and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2013-2014) August 20***
Application Fee (2011-2012) $35**
Acceptance Rate (2011-2012) 69%**
All Tuition & Living Expenses (2012-2013) $24,078 for MO residents, $37,647 for non-residents**
Average Need-Based Financial Aid Package (2012-2013) $6,091***
Percent of Students with Need Met (2012-2013) 6%***
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2010-2011) $25,504***
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 7.5%**

Life at UMSL

As part of the UMSL student body, you'll have the opportunity to participate in more than 120 student clubs and organizations. Media organizations on campus include The Current, a student-operated newspaper, and the UMSL radio station, The U. UMSL provides academic and career counseling, as well as job placement services and on-campus daycare. You might choose to live in one of the three residence halls located on-campus or, if you're 21 or older, in Mansion Hills Condominiums.

UMSL has three fraternities and three sororities, as well as 11 athletic teams that compete in the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference. The university's Touhill Performing Arts Center hosts a number of performances throughout the year.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Suburban**
Student Population (2011) 13,151 undergraduates, 3,658 graduate students**
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011) 41% to 59%**
% of Full-Time Students (2011) 46%**
% of In-State Students (2011) 87%**
% of International Students (2011) 6%**
Retention Rate (2011) 78% for full-time and 50% for part-time students**
Campus Housing Available Yes**
% of Students Living on Campus 9%***
Number of Libraries 2*
Extracurricular Activities More than 120***

Sources: *University of Missouri - St. Louis, **NCES College Navigator, ***U.S. News & World Report.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, University of Missouri - St. Louis, 351 Millennium Student Center, One University Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63121
  • Phone: (314) 516-5451