Campus Traditions

Since 1963, UMSL students have come together to build a unique experience you can't find anywhere else. From a week of events to ring in the new school year, to a celebration of just being happy, our campus is full of tradition for all to enjoy.  


The Homecoming celebration at UMSL is a tradition that began alongside the founding of the university. What began as two events – a basketball game and a dance – has grown into a week of events to celebrate umsl students and alumni.

To stay up to date with this year's celebration and to get involved with homecoming visit the homecoming website:


What started as a single day to help students relax during the end of the year and just be happy (mirth = happiness), has grown into a week of events to celebrate the most important part of UMSL...the students! You might find a carnival pop up, with rides, games and food. Or maybe get to see your favorite musician or comedian in a packed crowd at the Touhill. Mirthweek has fun for everyone.

Learn more about this year's events or to get involved.

Weeks of Welcome

At the start of every fall semester we partner with our New Student Programs crew to provide a variety of events to help student old and new get a strong start to their school year. These programs range from campus tours, to bingo nights, to UMSL soccer games. We make it easy to be a Triton and find your place in the UMSL community.

Learn more about the events for this year.

Welcome Back Bash

Starting a new school year, as a new or returning student, can be daunting, but that doesn't mean it can't be fun! Join us at the start of every fall semester for an afternoon of games, food, friends, and fun! The Welcome Back Bash gives students, staff, and faculty a chance to meet, mingle, and have fun before the start of classes.

Learn more about the schedule of events.