This Bulletin includes a description of undergraduate and graduate policies and programs at the University of Missouri-St. Louis for 2015-2016. All statements in this publication concerning regulations, fees, curricula, or other matters are subject to change without notice. They are not to be regarded as offers to contract.

The University of Missouri-St. Louis is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. This accreditation applies to all baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels. Our next scheduled comprehensive evaluation will be in 2018-2019.

The policies of the University of Missouri-St. Louis comply with the provisions under those laws that forbid discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, handicap, or veteran status in any program or activity of the University.

Bulletins for the past five years are posted in the archives section of this site.  Older versions are available in campus advising offices and Academic Affairs. Program requirements are also available to students through Degree Audit Reports (DARS), which are available online or from an academic adviser, who will assist in the interpretation of the audit.

The University of Missouri-St. Louis is one of four campuses that constitute the University of Missouri. Established in Columbia in 1839 on the ideals of Thomas Jefferson, the University of Missouri became a land-grant institution upon passage of the Morrill Act by Congress in 1862.

When the University of Missouri System was organized in 1963, the St. Louis campus was the only one that started as an entirely new university. The University of Missouri-St. Louis began as a consequence of the national movement to create public universities in metropolitan centers. UMSL was designed to educate the area’s professionals through research, coursework, and hands-on experiences in the region’s businesses, schools, hospitals, agencies, and arts organizations.
 

According to the campus’s history, The Emerging University: The University of Missouri-St Louis, 1963-1983, faculty were hired from prestigious universities with a vision of creating a university where graduates would be able to confront urban issues through research, critical thinking, and creativity. More than traditional workforce development, these leaders’ vision for UMSL was to educate students for lifelong learning, which would produce good citizens and effective leaders in the region’s organizations. That legacy continues because those early leaders created a culture of faculty excellence that persists today.

Since the doors of the old Administration Building opened on a golf course almost 50 years ago, UMSL has grown to encompass 350 acres of beautifully landscaped rolling hills. The campus is now St. Louis's largest university in the number of students and is the third largest in the state.

The campus takes pride in the success of its students, faculty, and staff and highlights of these successes are posted regularly on the UMSL home page. Detailed information about the university is also available on the About UMSL site, and student achievement data can be found on the College Portrait.
 

Vision

The University Missouri-St. Louis will be known as a premier metropolitan public research university and as a university of choice for undergraduate, graduate and professional students.

Mission

The University of Missouri-St. Louis provides excellent learning experiences and leadership opportunities for a diverse student body. Outstanding faculty and staff, innovative research, and creative partnerships foster synergies that advance the welfare of our students and other stakeholders and benefit the global society.

Faculty Senate and University Assembly

The Faculty Senate has primary responsibility for making educational policy decisions to create a rigorous, innovative, student-oriented environment for learning, research, and community service. The Senate and University Assembly together and through their committees advise the chancellor and other senior administrators on matters related to students, faculty and staff.

The Faculty Senate has 40 faculty members, 30 representing departments and 10 members elected at large. In addition, three administrators are non-voting members. The voting members of the University Assembly consist of the elected members of the Senate; the president; the chancellor; the vice chancellor for academic affairs; the dean of the graduate school; the vice provost for student affairs; student representatives equal in number to one-third of the faculty members of the assembly; and three staff members, including the president of the Staff Association. Non-voting members consist of vice chancellors and vice provosts not already included, deans of all colleges, the dean of libraries, and the president of the Student Government Association. The Faculty Senate meets monthly between September and May and the Assembly meets in alternate months during the year. Information about the Faculty Senate and University Assembly are available on the Senate's web site.

Staff Association

The University of Missouri—St. Louis Staff Association is a body formed to consider, to recommend, and to take such other actions as are properly related to the common concerns and best interest of those personnel at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The Staff Association fosters a spirit of unity and cooperation among all employees of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, to consider methods and means by which employment conditions may be improved and the operating efficiency of the University of Missouri-St. Louis increased; to receive and consider matters concerning working conditions of membership; to make such recommendations that it deems appropriate, and to provide a means of communicating problems of mutual concern between the Staff Association and the University of Missouri-St. Louis administration. Representatives of the Staff Association serve as voting members of University Assembly committees.

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association (SGA) of the University of Missouri St. Louis, housed in 366 Millennium Student Center, 314-516-5105, is the student governance body at UMSL. SGA is comprised of elected student representatives and a general assembly which includes representatives from all recognized student organizations. The purpose of the SGA is to represent student concerns at every level of governance within the university. This is done by ensuring adequate and capable student representation within the University Assembly, the policymaking and governance body of the university.

2015-2016 Calendar

Fall Semester - 2015

Date Weekday Event
August 24MondayClasses Begin 8:00 a.m.
August 30SundayLast day a student may enroll
August 30SundayLast day Registrar’s Office will automatically move students from the wait list to open sections
September 7MondayLabor Day Holiday
September 8TuesdayClasses Resume, 8:00 a.m.
September 21MondayLast day to drop a course or withdraw from school without receiving a grade
September 21MondayLast day any student may place a course on Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis
October 19MondayMid Semester
November 16MondayLast day a student may drop a course. Instructor’s approval is required. A grade of EX or F will be assigned.
November 16MondayLast day a student may withdraw from school. Instructors’ and Dean’s approvals are required. Grades of EX or F will be assigned for each course.
November 21SaturdayFall Break (Thanksgiving holiday) Begins 5:00 p.m.
November 30MondayClasses Resume, 8:00 a.m.
December 12SaturdayClasses End, 5:00 p.m.
December 14MondayFinal Examinations Begin
December 19SaturdayFall Semester Closes, end of day
December 19Saturday Fall Commencement

Winter Intersession - 2016

Date Weekday Event
January 4MondayClasses Begin, 8:00 a.m.
January 4MondayLast day to add a Winter Intersession course
January 6WednesdayLast day to drop a Winter Intersession course without receiving a grade
January 6WednesdayLast day to place a Winter Intersession course on Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis
January 13WednesdayLast day to drop a Winter Intersession with a grade of EX or F
January 16SaturdayClasses End, 5:00 p.m.

Spring Semester - 2016

Date Weekday Event
January 18MondayMartin Luther King Holiday
January 19TuesdayClasses Begin, 8:00 a.m.
January 26MondayLast day Registrar's Office will automatically move students from the wait list to open sections
January 25MondayLast day any student may enroll (enter a course for credit)
February 15MondayLast day to drop a course or withdraw from school without receiving a grade
February 15MondayLast day any student may place a course on Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis
March 12SaturdayMid Semester
March 26SaturdaySpring Recess Begins, 5:00 p.m.
April 4MondayClasses Resume, 8:00 a.m.
April 18MondayLast day student may drop a course. Instructor's approval is required. A grade of EX or F will be assigned.
April 18MondayLast day a student may withdraw from school. Instructors' and Deans' approvals are required. Grades of EX or F will be assigned for each course.
May 7SaturdayClasses End, 5:00 p.m.
May 9MondayFinal Examinations Begin
May 14SaturdaySpring Semester Closes, end of day
May 14SaturdaySpring Commencement
May 15SundaySpring Commencement

Summer Sessions - 2016

Summer Session I (4 Weeks)

Date Weekday Event
May 16MondayClasses Begin, 8:00 a.m.
May 18WednesdayLast day any student may enroll (enter a course for credit) for Session I
May 18WednesdayLast day Registrar’s Office will move students automatically from the wait list to open sections
May 21SaturdayLast day to drop a Session I course without receiving a grade
May 30MondayMemorial Day Holiday
May 31TuesdayClasses Resume, 8:00 a.m.
June 6MondayLast day a student may drop or withdraw from a Session I course with a grade
June 11SaturdaySession Closes, End of Day

Summer Session II (4 Weeks)

Date Weekday Event
June 13Monday8:00 a.m.
June 15WednesdayLast day any student may enroll (enter a course for credit) for Session II
June 15WednesdayLast day Registrar’s Office will move students automatically from the wait list to open sections
June 18SaturdayLast day to drop a Session II course without receiving a grade
June 18SaturdayLast day a student may place a Session II course on Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis
July 4MondayIndependence Day Holiday
July 5MondayClasses Resume
July 5TuesdayLast day a student may drop or withdraw from a Session II course with a grade
July 9SaturdaySession Closes, End of Day

Summer Session III (4 Weeks)

Date Weekday Event
July 11MondayClasses Begin, 8:00 a.m.
July 13WednesdayLast day any student may enroll (enter a course for credit) for Session III
July 13WednesdayLast day Registrar’s Office will move students automatically from the wait list to open sections
July 16SaturdayLast day to drop a Session III course without receiving a grade
July 16SaturdayLast day a student may place a Session III course on Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis
July 30SaturdayLast day a student may drop or withdraw from a Session III course with a grade
August 6SaturdaySession Closes, end of day

Final examinations are held during the last class meeting of Summer Sessions I, II, and III.

Summer Session IV (8 Weeks)

Date Weekday Event
May 16MondayClasses Begin, 8:00 a.m.
May 19ThursdayLast day any student may enroll (enter a course for credit) for Session IV
May 19ThursdayLast day Registrar’s Office will move students automatically from the wait list to open sections
May 30MondayMemorial Day Holiday
May 31TuesdayClasses Resume, 8:00 a.m.
May 31TuesdayLast day to drop a Session IV course without receiving a grade
May 31TuesdayLast day a student may place a Session IV course on Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis
June 27MondayLast day a student may drop or withdraw from a Session IV course with a grade
July 4MondayIndependence Day Holiday
July 5TuesdayClasses Resume, 8:00 a.m.
July 6WednesdayFinal Examinations Begin
July 9SaturdaySession Closes, end of day

Summer Session V (8 Weeks)

Date Weekday Event
June 13MondayClasses Begin, 8:00 a.m.
June 15ThursdayLast day any student may enroll (enter a course for credit) for Session V
June 15ThursdayLast day Registrar’s Office will move students automatically from the wait list to open sections
June 25SaturdayLast day to drop a Session V course without receiving a grade
June 25ThursdayLast day to drop a Session V course without receiving a grade
July 4MondayIndependence Day Holiday
July 5TuesdayClasses Resume, 8:00 a.m.
July 25MondayLast day a student may drop or withdraw from a Session V course with a grade
August 3WednesdayFinal Examinations Begin
August 6SaturdaySession Closes, end of day

Summer Session VI (12 Weeks)

Date Weekday Event
May 16MondayClasses Begin, 8:00 a.m.
May 21SaturdayLast day any student may enroll (enter a course for credit) for Session VI
May 21SaturdayLast day Registrar’s Office will move students automatically from the wait list to open sections
May 30MondayMemorial Day Holiday
May 31TuesdayClasses Resume, 8:00 a.m.
June 6MondayLast day to drop a Session VI course without receiving a grade
June 6MondayLast day a student may place a Session VI course on Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis
July 4MondayIndependence Day Holiday
July 5TuesdayClasses Resume, 8:00 a.m.
July 25MondayLast day a student may drop or withdraw from a Session VI course with a grade
August 3WednesdayFinal Examinations Begin
August 6SaturdaySession Closes, end of day
August 6SaturdaySummer Commencement