UMSL Points of Pride


  1. UMSL enrolls nearly 17,000 students from 49 states and more than 100 countries, with an additional 57,000 students participating in continuing education classes.
  2. UMSL has more graduates living and working in the St. Louis region than any other university according to the St. Louis Business Journal. More than 62,000 of UMSL’s 88,000 alumni live in the St. Louis area.
  3. UMSL ranks 3rd among the nation’s public research universities with fewer than 15 doctoral programs according to the Academics Analytics’ Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index. Other institutions in the top 10 are Boston College, Georgetown, Brandeis and William & Mary.
  4. Nine Individual programs were ranked in the top 50 nationally in their respective fields by Academic Analytics. They are counselor education 5th, information systems 7th, criminology and criminal justices 10th, evolutionary biology 18th, clinical psychology 23rd, logistics-supply chain management 30th, educational psychology 34th, applied mathematics 37th and industrial-organizations psychology 44th.
  5. The International Undergraduate Business program was ranked 14th nationally by U.S. News & World Report – its 11th consecutive year in the top 20.
  6. The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice is ranked 2nd nationally by the Journal of Criminal Justice for scholarly research, and 4th nationally by U.S. News & World Report for the department’s doctoral program.
  7. UMSL online programs were ranked 1st among Missouri publics for master’s in education and 2nd overall bachelor’s programs by U.S. News and World Report.
  8. Nine graduates programs made the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best” list. They are political science, psychology, biological sciences, chemistry, part-time MBA, public policy administration, social work, education and clinical psychology.
  9. UMSL has been named one of “America’s Best Colleges” by Forbes Magazine.  The magazine’s editors said they focus on the things that matter most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, graduation rates and low levels of debt. Just 9% of the 6,600 accredited postsecondary institutions in the U.S. made the list.  
  10. UMSL ranked as the 56th “Best Bang for Your Buck” national university by Washington Monthly and was one of only three Missouri universities to make the list.
  11. UMSL was one of four Missouri colleges and universities that had an annual tuition under $20,000 and an average starting salary over $40,000 according to the Online College Data Base.
  12. UMSL optometry students’ pass rate for the combined three phases of the national licensure exam was 98%. The national average was 95%.  
  13. The first-time pass rate of UMSL nursing graduates on the state licensure exam surpassed 90% for the 10th consecutive year. Pass-rate averages for the state and nation were 87.5% and 87%, respectively.
  14. Graduates of UMSL’s doctoral program in clinical psychology consistently score in the top 15% on the national licensing exam.
  15. UMSL is ranked 14th nationally in a survey of “Best College and University Civic Partnerships.” The survey measures economic, social and cultural impacts on metro regions.
  16. UMSL’s Whitney Harris World Ecology Center is the nation’s largest and most diverse program in biology conservation. Academic and research partners include the Missouri Botanical Garden and the St. Louis Zoo.
  17. UMSL received a Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHTS Into Diversity magazine for outstanding commitment to quality and inclusion. It was the only Missouri university so honored.
  18. UMSL was ranked 41st of 281 NCAA Division II universities in the ninth annual NCSA Collegiate Power Rankings – which assesses the academic  and athletic standards of all NCAA athletic programs across the country.