St. Louis, MO
Established in 1963, the University of Missouri St. Louis is the largest public university in eastern Missouri and comes with a storied history. UMSL is an urban research and teaching institution consistently recognized for its strong academic programs across disciplines and is considered a primary driver of the St. Louis economy. Supported by nearly 800 faculty across nine schools and colleges, UMSL offers an array of degree options including doctoral and graduate degree programs, numerous bachelor and certificate programs, and is home to the only professional optometry school in Missouri.
With an ambitious goal to become the nation s premier public, urban university, UMSL has experienced unprecedented growth in recent years. In the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings, UMSL was once again regarded as a Tier 1 national university, moving up eight places to rank No. 118 among all public universities. UMSL climbed 19 places in the overall rankings, bringing its two-year rise to 42 places the sixth-highest improvement in the nation during that span.
UMSL serves more than 15,000 students annually and is committed to meeting the diverse needs of students in the state s largest metropolitan community, and as such, is focused on educating both traditional and nontraditional students. Because of our focus on student retention and academic supports open to all students, the UMSL graduates the most diverse college-educated workforce of any university in the state. UMSL continues to excel at helping students improve their socioeconomic status by achieving a college degree. In fact, UMSL was again ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the nation s Top Performers on Social Mobility, which highlights how well universities graduate students who receive federal Pell Grants.
UMSL provides excellent learning experiences and outcomes to thousands of students annually whose influence on the region upon graduation is immense. While UMSL's more than 108,000 graduates can be found in all 50 states and throughout world, their greatest impact is felt in the St. Louis region where 75% remain to live, work, lead and contribute to the state's most diverse and economically important region. Moreover, UMSL boasts the largest alumni network in the St. Louis region and our alumni contribute $13.4 billion in overall economic impact to the state of Missouri annually.
UMSL enjoys collaborative partnerships with civic, business and other regional and national organizations to provide tremendous opportunities for collaboration, research, knowledge creation and to build a thriving workforce pipeline. Many UMSL alumni find tremendous opportunity for their careers in St. Louis, close to their alma mater, as members of the regional workforce. Chief among those that employ UMSL graduates are the region s 14 Fortune 1000 companies and large private organizations. For example, the UMSL campus houses the headquarters of Express Scripts, one of the nation s leading companies, and we maintain strong ties to significant manufacturers and industry leaders in the St. Louis region such as Ameren, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Boeing, Edward Jones Investments, Enterprise, Emerson, and Wells Fargo Advisors, just to name a few.