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University of Missouri–St. Louis

University of Missouri–St. Louis
Motto Salus Populi (Latin)
Motto in English The Welfare of the People[1]
Established 1960 (Normandy Residence Center)
1963 (UMSL)
Type Public Research
Land grant
Endowment US 281.3 million[2][3]
Chancellor [4]
Provost Glen Hahn Cope[5]
Academic staff 1,325 (Fall 2013)[2]
Admin. staff 1,371 (Fall 2013)[2]
Students 16,809 (Fall 2013)[2]
Undergraduates 13,569 (Fall 2013) [2]
Postgraduates 3,068 (Fall 2013) [2]
Doctoral students 172 (Fall 2013) [2]
Location St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
Campus Urban, 350 acres (141.6 ha)[2]
Colors Red and Yellow         [6]
Nickname Tritons
Affiliations NCAA Division II
UMSL logo

The University of Missouri–St. Louis (UMSL) is one of four universities in the University of Missouri System. Established in 1963, it is the newest university in the UM System. As of 2013, it is the largest university by enrollment in the St. Louis area with 16,809 students.[2] UMSL's campus is located on the former grounds of the Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis County, in the U.S. state of Missouri, stretching into the municipalities of Bellerive,[7] Bel-Nor[8] and Normandy.[9] However, the campus's mailing address says St. Louis City. Additional facilities are located at the former site of Marillac College and at Grand Center, both in St. Louis city.

Bachelor's, Master's, and doctoral programs are offered through the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business Administration, the College of Education, the College of Fine Arts and Communication, the College of Nursing, and the College of Optometry. The business school is AACSB-accredited and is the only university in the St. Louis area to also be AACSB-accredited in accounting. Preprofessional, a joint engineering program with Washington University in St. Louis, and evening programs are also offered. UMSL is home of an optometry school, providing its students with a doctorate (OD). Only 17 optometry schools exist in all of North America including Puerto Rico. The Pierre Laclede Honors College is UMSL's honors program.

The university contains two libraries: The Thomas Jefferson Library which is the main library of the university and the St. Louis Mercantile Library which was founded in 1846 and is the oldest library west of the Mississippi River. The campus contains two stops on MetroLink, St. Louis' regional light rail system. A student center, academic buildings, parking structures, a performing arts center, and residential housing have been constructed over the past ten years as part of campus improvement programs. The university has a dual-enrollment agreement with Gulf University for Science and Technology, Kuwait. St. Louis Public Radio (90.7 FM), which is the flagship National Public Radio station in St. Louis, Missouri and known on-air as St. Louis Public Radio, is owned by and licensed to UMSL.

71.6% of its undergraduate classes have 29 or fewer students, and 46.2% have 19 or fewer students. The student-faculty ratio is 16:1 (2013).[2]


The move for a college campus in its current location began in 1957 when members of the Bellerive Country Club put their 53-year-old club house and 125-acre (50.6 ha) grounds on the market for $1.3 million as they planned to move to larger quarters in Town and Country, Missouri. At the same time members of Normandy, Missouri School District began debating the need of creating an affordable junior college to offer an alternative to the much more expensive privately owned Saint Louis University and Washington University in St. Louis. Country Club members approached the Board and the asking price was dropped to $600,000. A bond issue on September 30, 1958, received the necessary two-thirds majority and the golf club was turned over to Normandy on May 31, 1960. A group of board members and citizens popularly referred to as "The Committee of Twenty-eight" began the process to set up the junior college. The group was to meet with Elmer Ellis, president of the University of Missouri.

At the time, MU was responsible for accrediting junior colleges. Ellis suggested that the University of Missouri supervise the educational program at the school. The terms required that 100 students attend the school. 140 students applied on the first day. The Clubhouse was renovated with 15 classrooms, two laboratories, a large lecture room, a library and a cafeteria. The "Normandy Residence Center under the auspices of the University of Missouri" opened in September 1960. Enrollment increased to 300 in 1961 and 550 in 1962.

Interest in a four-year school immediately arose. In 1963, the original MU campuses in Columbia and Rolla were merged with the privately owned University of Kansas City to form the present day University of Missouri System. The newly formed system immediately won permission to upgrade the Normandy center to a full-fledged four-year institution. The transfer from the Normandy school district to the University of Missouri System was delayed when the Missouri Supreme Court in 4–3 decision ruled that the school could not transfer the property without a formal open bid process. The Missouri General Assembly enacted legislation signed by Governor John Dalton on October 13, 1963, enabling the transfer and the university bought the property for $60,000 from unallocated funds at the university's disposal.[10]

With expanding enrollment classes were held in a laundromat building at Natural Bridge and Hanley and in a church basement across from the campus while buildings were built on the site of the former Bellerieve Country Club. Benton Hall opened in 1965, Clark Hall and the Library were the next buildings built. On July 23, 1973, an Ozark Airlines Fairchild Hiller FH-227B Flight 809 from Nashville International Airport crashed into the campus just east of the Mark Twain complex while attempting to land at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. 37 passengers and one crew member were killed although four passengers and two crew members including the captain survived.[11][12] There had been reports of a tornado at Ladue at the time but the Weather Service did not confirm it.[13][14] In 1976 Marillac College was acquired. It is now called the "south campus."


Provincial House, home of the Pierre Laclede Honors College

Academic units

Divisions of the university include: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business Administration, the College of Education, the College of Fine Arts and Communication, the College of Nursing, the College of Optometry, the Pierre Laclede Honors College, the School of Social Work, Continuing Education, the Graduate School, and the UMSL/Washington University Joint Undergraduate Engineering Program.

The College of Arts and Sciences has these divisions:

Research and Public Service Centers

The university's centers include: the Center for Business & Industrial Studies, the Center for Character and Citizenship, the Center for Emerging Technologies, the Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education, the Center for Ethics and Public Life, the Center for Eye Care, the Center for Excellence in Financial Counseling, the Center for Human Origin and Cultural Diversity, the Center for the Humanities, the Center for International Studies, the Center for Nanoscience, the Center for Neurodynamics, the Center for Transportation Studies, the Center for Trauma Recovery, the Children's Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis, the E. Desmond Lee Regional Institute of Tutorial Education, the E. Desmond Lee Technology and Learning Center, the German Cultural Center, the International Business Institute, the Missouri Institute of Mental Health, the Nicholas and Theodora Matsakis Hellenic Culture Center, the Public Policy Research Center, St. Louis Public Radio, the Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life, and the Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center.


  • U.S. News & World Reports' America's Best Graduate Schools 2009 ranks its doctoral degree program in Criminology & Criminal Justice 4th in the US.[15] The Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice was also ranked 2nd for scholarly research by the Journal of Criminal Justice.[16]
  • The Philosophical Gourmet Report lists UMSL's terminal Master's program in Philosophy in the top 10 nationally. This report is widely cited as a primary source in ranking Philosophy graduate programs and publishes biennially.[17]
  • In 2007 UMSL's Information Systems business faculty were ranked 3rd in the nation in productivity.[18]
  • The university's counselor education faculty have been ranked in the top ten by Academic Analytics.[19]
  • Academic Analytics' Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index ranked UMSL 5th in the category of universities with less than 15 doctoral programs, just behind Georgetown University.[19]
  • U.S. News & World Reports ranked the International Business Undergraduate program 15th for 2010. That was the 7th time the program was ranked in the top 20.[20]
  • The Journal of Communication ranked the Communication program 5th nationally for faculty productivity.[19]
  • The evolutionary biology faculty at UMSL have been, by productivity, ranked in the top 20 by Academic Analytics.[19]


UMSL provides 11 Division II sports teams ranging from Soccer and Basketball to Golf and Softball.


The Campus is divided into two parts, a North Campus and a South Campus. UMSL can be visited using the St. Louis MetroLink light rail system which has two stations on the campus: UMSL North and UMSL South.

Some key buildings are the Thomas Jefferson Library, the Mercantile Library, Center for Transportation Studies, University Meadows Apartments, Millennium Student Center, Residential Life and Housing, Clark Hall, Lucas Hall, Touhill Performing Arts Center, Express Scripts Hall (Formally CCB) and the Social Sciences Building. The Ward E. Barnes Library is located on the south campus and serves the College of Education and the College of Optometry. Finally, there is currently a campus recreation center being built. According to the University's web page, the center is projected to be opened in the Fall of 2015.


Dr. Thomas F. George, Current Chancellor

Chancellors of the school are:[21]

  1. James Bugg, 1965–1969
  2. Glen Driscoll, 1969–1972
    Everett Walters, interim, 1972–1973
  3. Joseph Hartley, 1973–1974
    Emery Turner, interim, 1974–1975
  4. Arnold Grobman, 1975–1985
    Arthur MacKinney, interim, 1985–1986
  5. Marguerite Ross Barnett, 1986–1990
  6. Blanche Touhill, 1990–2002
    Donald Driemeier, interim, 2003-2003
  7. Thomas F. George, 2003-incumbent

Student life


'Campus Housing: Villa North Hall (Ages 23+) and Oak Hall.

Additional Campus Living: University Meadows Apartments (independently operated, gated, apartment style living), The Mansion Hills (Ages 21+ )

Student Government Association

The [22]

Greek life

There are six social fraternities and sororities on campus. The Fraternities are Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Tau Gamma, Sigma Pi. Sororities include: Alpha Xi Delta, Delta Zeta, Zeta Tau Alpha.

There is also a number of city wide fraternities that recruit from UMSL and a music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and a sorority for mothers Mu Tau Rho.

Student media

The student newspaper,

Nickname and Mascot

In May 2007 the UMSL board of curators approved a change of nickname from the Rivermen (first used in the 1960s) to the Tritons. The new mascot was revealed at the 'Pack the Stands' night, Fall 2009 and was named Louie by the student body at the annual Mirthday celebration, Spring 2010. The Rivermen/Riverwomen nickname seldom had popular support, primarily for its unwieldy gender constructions.[23]

Official song

The university song is "With Majesty," featuring words and music by John Francis Dill and Diane Ceccarini.

Rising high between two rivers history yet to tell,
Dreaming dreams about tomorrow as I've learned today.

Stands an honored Alma Mater our U M S L.
Now this heart deep in Missouri seeks a better way.

Came to seek more understanding for my life to be.
When at last my journey's over may its value be,

Found my need for knowledge answered gratefully by thee.
That it honors state an nation but above all thee.


The university features multitude of places to eat, particularly in the Millennium Student Center. The NOSH, the most popular dining facility, has a sushi station, an international food station, a salad bar, a special station, a wing station, and a burger station. Subway is located in the Pilot House and Pony Expresso in the Social Sciences & Business building (SSB).


The university has over 88,000 graduates,[2] with 77% of them in the metropolitan St. Louis area.[24]

Notable faculty

Notable alumni


  1. ^ Official Seal of UM System guidelines
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "About UMSL". University of Missouri. 2013. Retrieved October 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ "University of Missouri System Facts and Figures 2013". Curators of the University of Missouri. Retrieved October 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Chancellor's Office". 
  5. ^ "Office of the Provost". 
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ "Bellerive city, Missouri." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on June 13, 2009.
  8. ^ "Bel-Nor village, Missouri." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on June 13, 2009.
  9. ^ "Normandy city, Missouri." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on June 13, 2009.
  11. ^ Accident Details – -Retrieved February 9, 2007
  12. ^
  13. ^,-mo-airliner-crashes-landing,-july-1973
  14. ^ A brief history of time: UM-St. Louis – – Retrieved February 8, 2008
  15. ^ "Best Criminology Programs | Top Criminology Schools – US News Best Graduate Schools". US News and World Reports. Retrieved May 13, 2011. 
  16. ^ "UMSL Rankings and Honors". UMSL. Retrieved May 13, 2011. 
  17. ^ "The Philosophical Gourmet Report: M.A. Programs in Philosophy". 
  18. ^ Chronicle Facts & Figures: Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index
  19. ^ a b c d "Academic Analytics". 
  20. ^ "U.S. News & World Reports' America's Undergraduate International Business Programs 2011". 
  21. ^
  22. ^ UMSL Student Government Association
  23. ^ Rivermen washed away, chancellor approves Tritons – News
  24. ^ "Bulletin 2012-2013". UMSL. Retrieved March 20, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Commencement: Commencement Speakers: Gary Belsky". UMSL. Retrieved May 24, 2011. 
  26. ^ "UMSL grad returns as new business school dean".  
  27. ^ Internationalization of General Education Curricula in Community Colleges: A Faculty Perspective Gavin C. O'Connor, Kent A. Farnsworth, Mary E. Utley Community College Journal of Research and Practice Vol. 37, Iss. 12, 2013
  28. ^ "Baylor Law School". Baylor. Retrieved May 30, 2011. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Official athletics website

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