The University of Missouri-St. Louis is a public metropolitan research university located in Missouri's most populous and economically important region. UMSL is the largest university in the St. Louis area, and the third largest in Missouri, conferring over 3,000 degrees in 2010.
UMSL offers 54 bachelor's degree programs, 37 master's degree programs, 15 doctoral degree programs, 24 graduate certificate programs, two education specialist programs, and the only professional optometry degree in Missouri. Classes are taught by outstanding faculty, and many programs are highly ranked nationally.
UMSL also boasts the Pierre Laclede Honors College, a collection of the highest academic achievers across all subjects, devoted to exceptional students, with small class sizes and an intimate liberal arts setting.
The University of Missouri–St. Louis is situated on 350 rolling acres in north St. Louis County. Natural Bridge Road runs between North Campus and South Campus, which are both dotted with native Missouri trees and a mix of interesting architecture. – Take a Tour
More than 70 structures account for more than 3.5 million square feet of building space. Among those structures is the Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center. Designed by world-renowned architectural firm Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, the center opened in 2003 and features two performance halls. – See the Touhill
UMSL offers traditional residence hall, and apartment living. Nearly 1,000 students reside in on-campus housing. – Learn About Living on Campus
T he Community
From the swank Delmar Loop, full of great restaurants and theatre, to the nationally acclaimed Saint Louis Art Museum, to sporting events like Rams, Cardinals, or Blues games, St. Louis has a lot to offer, and UMSL is near it all. – See What the City Has to Offer
Metro, the region's public transportation system, operates two bus and rail stops at UMSL. Students receive an unlimited Metro pass, which can be used at any Metro stop in the city. Metro travels all over St. Louis, so even without a car, UMSL students can experience the city. – Plan to Ride the Metro
Campus is right near 70 and 170 in north St. Louis County, putting downtown St. Louis, the Saint Louis Galleria, and the Delmar Loop, all within a 15-minute drive. The 9.5-mile North County Bikeway connects UMSL with charming Ferguson, Mo., and the North County Recreation Complex
The University of Missouri–St. Louis offers students an unparalleled educational experience enhanced by our safe, diverse, and thriving campus. UMSL is home to over 100 student clubs and organizations, has an active greek life presence, and incredible leadership and community service opportunities for all students. Over 1,000 events are hosted on campus each year, packing UMSL's social calendar with concerts, athletic events and social events like homecoming and Mirthday. UMSL's campus ensures each student will have a safe an engaging, fun and memorable college experience.
As a parent, you know the importance and long-term value of your child's education. UMSL is committed to providing each student with an exceptional education at an incomparable value, enhanced by our award-winning faculty and nationally-ranked programs.
At UMSL, we understand that parents and students look at numerous universities before selecting their best fit. You may be asking, why should my child attend UMSL?
- Value : UMSL offers the most affordable tuition of the St. Louis region's four-year universities. In addition to excellent tuition, UMSL provides numerous outstanding scholarships, grants, job opportunities and internships.
- Quality : UMSL's faculty members are consistently recognized for being among the best in the United States in a number of disciplines. Top nationally ranked programs and schools include criminal justice, business, psychology, philosophy, biology, counselor education, teaching and learning and others.
- Location : UMSL is in suburban St. Louis County on 350 acres in Missouri's most populous and economically important region. Just five minutes from Lambert St. Louis Airport, campus is served by two MetroLink light rail stations and is a short ride away from St. Louis' greatest attractions, including the Delmar Loop, the Central West End and downtown.
- Networking : UMSL prepares each student to successfully enter the work force upon graduation, at which point they join the more than 58,000 UMSL alumni living and working in the St. Louis area. Our alumni are among the leadership and the driving force for most of St. Louis' most successful businesses and organizations.
As a student of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, you will have the opportunity to grow, learn and lead in a public metropolitan research university that is consistently recognized for its excellence. UMSL offers 54 bachelor's degree programs, enhanced by our award-winning faculty and nationally-ranked programs.
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Financial Aid Tips
- File your FAFSA by March 1 for incoming freshman and transfer students and April 1 for all continuing and graduate students. Students filing after that date will be applying for remaining financial aid funds available (typically Pell grant and Stafford loans.)
- Be accurate and complete when filing FAFSA. Don't leave a field blank. If a question doesn't apply, enter "0".
- Students who have a federal pin number may use the pin number as their signature. Students who do not have or don't know their PIN and parents of dependent students can obtain a PIN to use as a signature at the Department of Education PIN site.
- Allow 3-5 business days for the Student Financial Aid Office to receive your electronic FAFSA. Once it has been received please allow 1-2 weeks minimum for application processing.
- Review your student aid report (SAR) carefully, follow any instructions provided.
- Accept or decline your awarded financial aid promptly on MyView to allow for quicker processing.
- Set up direct deposit to have any excess federal Stafford loan funds automatically deposited to your checking or savings account. You can initiate direct deposit in MyView.
- Notify the Financial Aid Office immediately of any scholarships, grants, stipends, fellowships, or other awards that you will be receiving if they are not listed on your award. Remember, we may be required to make adjustments to the financial aid offered to you. If you receive money from other sources at any time during the year, your awards may be reduced.
- Be sure to update your current mailing address on the MyView system under "Self Service" to ensure you will receive your mail in a timely manner.
Financial Aid Basics
What is financial aid?
Financial aid is any assistance given to a student to help pay for the cost of college. The assistance can take the form of gift aid, which does not have to be repaid. Scholarships and grants are gift aid. Financial aid can also take the form of self-help aid--money that has to be paid back or earned. Loans and federal work study employment are examples of self-help assistance.
Who gives financial aid?
Financial aid can come from many sources. The federal government funds need-based financial aid programs such as the Pell Grant, the Perkins Loan, and Federal Work Study. Some states also offer grants and scholarships to residents of their states (see MDHE ). Scholarships are sponsored by corporations, private non-profit foundations, professional organizations, and often, the student's own university.
Who is Eligible
Scholarship eligibility requirements are determined by the sponsors. In order to be considered eligible for federal student aid, the student must:
- Be enrolled in a degree granting program
- Be a citizen, national, or a permanent resident of the United States
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress toward a degree
- Not be in default on any federal student loan (Perkins, Stafford, PLUS, or SLS)
- Not owe a refund or repayment on any aid program
- Be enrolled for sufficient hours
- Minimum of 6 credit hours for undergraduates and 5 credit hours for graduate/professional
What is 'need'?
The federal, and most state, aid programs exist to supplement a family's own resources to help pay for education. The financial aid office determines a student's eligibility for these programs based on guidelines established by Congress and the Department of Education. A student submits information about his family resources by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). That information is then analyzed based on a standard formula that determines how much the student and the family can contribute toward a student's educational costs. That contribution is referred to as the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) . Students with very low EFCs can qualify for certain grants like the Pell Grant, SEOG, or other available aid.
The financial aid office of your school subtracts the EFC from the estimated cost of attendance (COA) . The cost includes charges billed directly by the university, such as tuition and fees, but also includes other costs, such as the cost of transportation to and from school, books and supplies, meals, and other miscellaneous expenses. The difference is called a student's need . The amount of any gift aid you receive combined with any other need-based assistance, such as a federal work study job, cannot exceed your need. The financial aid office will offer you as much assistance as is possible--this financial aid is often a combination of federal grants, state grants, university funds, employment, and loans.