UMSL - University of Missouri-St. Louis Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

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UMSL Description:

UMSL, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, is a regional public university and the largest university in the St. Louis region. The 350-acre campus has ready access to public transportation and area restaurants, museums and sporting events. The school was founded in 1960, and continued to expand throughout the 1970s. About 80% of UMSL students come from greater St. Louis region. Students can choose from 54 bachelor's degree programs; professional fields in business, education, nursing and criminal justice are among the most popular with undergraduates. Classes are supported by a 17 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and about 70% of classes have fewer than 30 students. Outside of the classroom, students can join a number of clubs and activities, ranging from academic clubs, to recreational sports, to performing arts ensembles. On the athletic front, the UMSL Tritons compete in the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference. The university fields five men's and six women's intercollegiate sports. Popular sports include soccer, tennis, golf, basketball, and volleyball.

Admissions Data (2016):

  • University of Missouri Acceptance Rate: 71%
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 16,989 (13,898 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 43% Male / 57% Female
  • 39% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $9,394 (in-state); $24,525 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,000 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $10,032
  • Other Expenses: $3,038
  • Total Cost: $23,464 (in-state); $38,595 (out-of-state)

UMSL Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 93%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 90%
    • Loans: 50%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $12,546
    • Loans: $5,804

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Business, Communication, Criminology, Elementary Education, Nursing, Psychology

Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 79%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 29%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 53%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Basketball, Soccer, Tennis, Golf, Baseball
  • Women's Sports: Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Softball, Golf, Basketball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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UMSL Mission Statement:

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"The University of Missouri-St. Louis provides excellent learning experiences and leadership opportunities for a diverse student body. Outstanding faculty and staff, innovative research, and creative partnerships foster synergies that advance the welfare of our stakeholders and benefit the global society."

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