2019-2020 University Bulletin

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 more than 50 years ago, UMSL has grown to encompass 470 acres in St. Louis County and has a mix of modern and historic academic buildings. 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 the Student Consumer Information site. Student achievement data can be found on the College Portrait.

The University of Missouri St. Louis is the metropolitan, land-grant, research institution serving the most diverse and economically important region in Missouri.

Mission

We transform lives.

Vision

The University of Missouri St. Louis will be a beacon of hope, a force for good, and a leader in the pursuit of excellence in education, impactful research and community service. We boldly assert that education is for everyone who is willing and able to seek it out. We honor the duties inherent in our land-grant beginnings by positioning ourselves as partners in the search for knowledge, progress and positive change for ourselves, our communities, our world.

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 includes a faculty member from each department and approximately 10 at-large faculty members, as well as three administrators who are non-voting members. The University Assembly consists of the elected members of the Senate, five administrators, student representatives, and staff members. 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.

2019-2020 Calendar

Fall Semester 2019 

16 Week Session

Date Weekday Event
August 19 Monday Classes Begin 8:00 a.m.
August 25 Thursday Last day a student may enroll (enter a course for credit).
August 25 Thursday Last day Registrar’s Office will automatically move students from the wait list to open sections
September 2 Monday Labor Day Holiday
September 3 Tuesday Classes Resume, 8:00 a.m.
September 16 Monday Last day to drop a course or withdraw from school without receiving a grade.
September 16 Monday Last day any student may place a course on Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis
October 14 Monday Mid Semester
October 14 Monday Last day to drop a course or withdraw from school without instructor approval. EX grade will be assigned.
November 11 Monday Last day a student may drop a course. Instructor’s approval is required. A grade of EX or EX-F will be assigned.
November 11 Monday Last day a student may withdraw from school. Instructors’ and Dean’s approvals are required. Grades of EX or EX-F will be assigned for each course.
November 23 Saturday Fall Break (Thanksgiving holiday) Begins 5:00 p.m.
December 2 Monday Classes Resume, 8:00 a.m.
December 7 Saturday Classes End, 5:00 p.m.
December 9 Monday Final Examinations Begin
December 14 Saturday Fall Semester Closes, end of day
December 14 Saturday Fall Commencement

Fall Semester 2019 

8 Week-1 Session

Date Weekday Event
August 19 Monday Classes Begin 8:00 a.m.
August 22 Thursday Last day a student may enroll
August 22 Thursday Last day Registrar’s Office will automatically move students from the wait list to open sections
September 2 Monday Labor Day Holiday
September 3 Tuesday Classes Resume, 8:00 am
September 3 Tuesday Last day to drop a course or withdraw from school without receiving a grade
September 3 Tuesday Last day any student may place a course on Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis
September 16 Monday Last day to drop a course or withdraw from the Eight week 1 session without Instructor approval. EX grade will be assigned.
September 30 Monday Last day a student may drop a course. Instructor’s approval is required. A grade of EX or EX-F will be assigned.
September 30 Monday Last day a student may withdraw from the session. Instructors’ and Dean’s approvals are required. Grades of EX or EX-F will be assigned for each course.
October 12 Saturday Fall Semester 8 Week 1 closes, end of day

Final Exams are held during the last class meeting of the Session

Fall Semester 2019

8 Week-2 Session

Date Weekday Event
October 14 Monday Classes begin 8:00 a.m.
October 17 Thursday Last day a student may enroll
October 17 Thursday Last day Registrar’s Office will automatically move students from the wait list into open sections
October 28 Monday Last day to drop a course or withdraw from school without receiving a grade
October 28 Monday Last day to place an Eight week 2 course on Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis.
November 11 Monday Last day to drop a course or withdraw from the Eight week 2 session without Instructor approval. EX grade will be assigned.
November 23 Saturday Fall Break (Thanksgiving holiday) begins 5:00 p.m.
December 2 Monday Classes Resume, 8:00 a.m.
December 2 Monday Last day to drop an Eight week 2 course. Instructor approval is required. A grade of EX or EX-F will be assigned.
December 2 Monday Last day to withdraw from the Eight week 2 session. Instructors’ and Dean’s approval are required. Grades of EX or EX-F will be assigned for each Eight week 2 course.
December 14 Saturday Fall Semester 8 Week 2 Closes, end of day.

Final Exams are held during the last class meeting of the Session

Winter Intersession - 2020

Date Weekday Event
January 6 Monday Classes Begin, 8:00 a.m.
January 6 Monday Beginning the first day of the term there will be a $250.00 late registration fee assessed for students who have not previously registered for the Winter Intersession Spring 2020 term.
January 6 Monday Last day to add a Winter Intersession course
January 8 Wednesday Last day to drop a Winter Intersession course without receiving a grade
January 8 Wednesday Last day to place a Winter Intersession course on Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis
January 11 Saturday Last day to drop a course from the Winter Intersession without instructor approval. EX grade will be assigned.
January 15 Wednesday Last day to drop a Winter Intersession course. Instructor's approval is required. Grade of EX or EX-F will be assigned.
January 18 Saturday Classes End, 5:00 p.m.

Spring Semester - 2020

Date Weekday Event
January 20 Monday Martin Luther King Holiday
January 21 Tuesday Classes Begin, 8:00 a.m.
January 27 Monday Last day any student may enroll (enter a course for credit)
January 27 Monday Last day Registrar's Office will automatically move students from the wait list to open sections
February 17 Monday Last day to drop a course or withdraw from school without receiving a grade
February 17 Monday Last day any student may place a course on Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis
March 16 Monday Mid Semester
March 16 Monday Last day to drop a course or withdraw from school without instructor approval. EX grade will be assigned.
March 21 Saturday Spring Recess Begins, 5:00 p.m.
March 30 Monday Classes Resume, 8:00 a.m.
April 20 Monday Last day student may drop a course. Instructor's approval is required. A grade of EX or EX-F will be assigned.
April 20 Monday Last day a student may withdraw from school. Instructors' and Deans' approvals are required. Grades of EX or EX-F will be assigned for each course.
May 09 Saturday Classes End, 5:00 p.m.
May 11 Monday Final Examinations Begin
May 16 Saturday Spring Semester Closes, end of day
May 16 Saturday Spring Commencement
May 17 Sunday Spring Commencement

Spring Semester 2020 

8 Week-1 Session

Date Weekday Event
January 20 Monday Martin Luther King Holiday
January 21 Tuesday Classes Begin, 8:00 a.m.
January 24 Friday Last day any student may enroll (enter a course for credit)
January 24 Friday Last day Registrar’s office will automatically move students from the wait list into open sections.
February 3 Monday Last day to drop an Eight Week 1 course without receiving a grade
February 3 Monday Last day any student may place an Eight Week 1 course on Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis
February 17 Monday Last day to drop a course or withdraw from the Eight Week 1 without instructor approval. EX grade will be assigned.
March 3 Monday Last day student may drop an Eight Week 1 course. Instructor's approval is required. A grade of EX or EX-F will be assigned.
March 3 Monday Last day a student may withdraw from the Eight Week 1 session. Instructors' and Deans' approvals are required. Grades of EX or EX-F will be assigned for each course.
March 15 Saturday Spring Semester 8 Week 1 Closes, end of day

Final Exams are held during the last class meeting of the Session

Spring Semester 2019 

8 Week-2 Session

Date Weekday Event
March 16 Monday Classes Begin, 8:00 a.m.
March 19 Thursday Last day any student may enroll (enter a course for credit).
March 19 Thursday Last day Registrar’s office will automatically move students from the wait list into open sections.
March 21 Saturday Spring Recess Begins, 5:00 p.m.
March 30 Monday Classes Resume, 8:00 a.m.
April 4 Saturday Last day to drop an Eight Week 2 course without receiving a grade
April 4 Saturday Last day any student may place a course on Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis
April 20 Monday Last day to drop a course or withdraw from an Eight Week 2 course without instructor approval. EX grade will be assigned.
May 4 Monday Last day a student may withdraw from an Eight Week 2 course. Instructors’ and Dean’s approvals are required. Grades of EX or EX-F will be assigned for each course.
May 4 Monday Last day a student may withdraw from the Eight Week 2 session. Instructors’ and Dean’s approvals are required. Grades of EX or EX-F will be assigned for each course.
May 16 Saturday Spring Semester 8 Week 2 Closes, end of day

Final Exams are held during the last class meeting of the Session

Summer Sessions - 2020

Date Weekday Event
January 6, 2020 Monday Registration begins for all students and all sessions

Summer Session I (4 Weeks)

Date Weekday Event
May 18 Monday Classes Begin, 8:00 a.m.
May 20 Wednesday Last day any student may enroll (enter a course for credit) for Session I
May 20 Wednesday Last day Registrar’s Office will move students automatically from the wait list to open sections
May 25 Monday Memorial Day Holiday
May 26 Tuesday Classes Resume, 8:00 a.m.
May 26 Tuesday Last day to drop a Session I course without receiving a grade.
May 26 Tuesday Last day to place a Session I course on satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.
June 2 Tuesday Last day to drop a Session I course without instructor approval. EX grade will be issued.
June 8 Monday Last day a student may drop or withdraw from a Session I course. Instructor's approval is required. EX or EX-F grade will be issued.
June 13 Saturday Session Closes, end of day

Summer Session II (4 Weeks)

Date Weekday Event
June 15 Monday Classes begin 8:00 a.m.
June 17 Wednesday Last day any student may enroll (enter a course for credit) for Session II
June 17 Wednesday Last day Registrar’s Office will move students automatically from the wait list to open sections
June 22 Monday Last day to drop a Session II course without receiving a grade
June 22 Monday Last day a student may place a Session II course on Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis
June 29 Monday Last day to drop a Session II course without instructor approval. EX grade will be issued.
July 3 Friday Independence Day Holiday
July 6 Monday Classes Resume
July 6 Monday Last day a student may drop or withdraw from a Session II course. Instructor's approval is required. A grade of EX or EX-F will be issued.
July 11 Saturday Session Closes, end of day

Summer Session III (4 Weeks)

Date Weekday Event
July 13 Monday Classes Begin, 8:00 a.m.
July 15 Wednesday Last day any student may enroll (enter a course for credit) for Session III
July 15 Wednesday Last day Registrar’s Office will move students automatically from the wait list to open sections
July 20 Monday Last day to drop a Session III course without receiving a grade
July 20 Monday Last day a student may place a Session III course on Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis
July 27 Monday Last day a student may drop or withdraw from a Session III course without instructor approval. EX grade will be issued.
August 3 Monday Last day to drop or withdraw from a Session III course. Instructor's approval is required. EX or EX-F grade will be issued.
August 8 Saturday Session III 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 18 Monday Classes Begin, 8:00 a.m.
May 21 Thursday Last day any student may enroll (enter a course for credit) for Session IV
May 21 Thursday Last day Registrar’s Office will move students automatically from the wait list to open sections
May 25 Monday Memorial Day Holiday
May 26 Tuesday Classes Resume, 8:00 a.m.
June 2 Tuesday Last day to drop a Session IV course without receiving a grade
June 2 Tuesday Last day a student may place a Session IV course on Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis
June 15 Monday Last day a student may drop or withdraw from a Session IV course without instructor approval. EX grade will be issued.
June 29 Monday Last day to drop or withdraw from a Session IV course. Instructor's approval is required. EX or EX-F grade will be issued.
July 3 Friday Independence Day Holiday
July 6 Monday Classes Resume, 8:00 a.m.
July 8 Wednesday Final Examinations Begin
July 11 Saturday Session IV Closes, end of day

Summer Session V (8 Weeks)

Date Weekday Event
June 15 Monday Classes Begin, 8:00 a.m.
June 18 Thursday Last day any student may enroll (enter a course for credit) for Session V
June 18 Thursday Last day Registrar’s Office will move students automatically from the wait list to open sections
June 29 Monday Last day to drop a Session V course without receiving a grade
June 29 Monday Last day a student may place a Session V course on Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis
July 3 Friday Independence Day Holiday
July 6 Monday Classes Resume, 8:00 a.m.
July 13 Monday Last day to drop a Session V course without instructor approval. EX grade will be issued.
July 27 Monday Last day a student may drop or withdraw from a Session V course. Instructor's approval is required. EX or EX-F will be issued.
August 5 Wednesday Final Examinations Begin
August 8 Saturday Session V Closes, end of day

Summer Session VI (12 Weeks)

Date Weekday Event
May 18 Monday Classes Begin, 8:00 a.m.
May 22 Friday Last day any student may enroll (enter a course for credit) for Session VI
May 22 Friday Last day Registrar’s Office will move students automatically from the wait list to open sections
May 25 Monday Memorial Day Holiday
May 26 Tuesday Classes Resume, 8:00 a.m.
June 8 Monday Last day to drop a Session VI course without receiving a grade
June 8 Monday Last day a student may place a Session VI course on Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis
June 29 Monday Last day to drop a Session VI course without instructor approval. EX grade will be issued.
July 3 Friday Independence Day Holiday
July 6 Monday Classes Resume, 8:00 a.m.
July 20 Monday Last day a student may drop or withdraw from a Session VI course. Instructor's approval is required. EX or EX-F will be issued.
August 5 Wednesday Final Examinations Begin
August 8 Saturday Session Closes, end of day