This Bulletin includes a description of undergraduate and graduate policies and programs at the University of Missouri-St. Louis for 2017-2018. 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. This accreditation applies to all baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels. Our next scheduled comprehensive evaluation will be in 2018-2019. A successful review leads to the reaffirmation of our accreditation.

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.

2017-2018 Calendar

Fall Semester - 2017

Date Weekday Event
August 21 Monday Classes Begin 8:00 a.m.
August 27 Sunday Last day a student may enroll
August 27 Sunday Last day Registrar’s Office will automatically move students from the wait list to open sections
September 4 Monday Labor Day Holiday
September 5 Tuesday Classes Resume, 8:00 a.m.
September 18 Monday Last day to drop a course or withdraw from school without receiving a grade
September 18 Monday Last day any student may place a course on Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis
October 16 Monday Mid Semester
October 16 Monday Last day to drop a course or withdraw from school without instructor approval. EX grade will be assigned.
November 13 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 13 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 18 Saturday Fall Break (Thanksgiving holiday) Begins 5:00 p.m.
November 27 Monday Classes Resume, 8:00 a.m.
December 9 Saturday Classes End, 5:00 p.m.
December 11 Monday Final Examinations Begin
December 16 Saturday Fall Semester Closes, end of day
December 16 Saturday Fall Commencement

Winter Intersession - 2018

Date Weekday Event
January 2 Tuesday Classes Begin, 8:00 a.m.
January 2 Tuesday Last day to add a Winter Intersession course
January 4 Thursday Last day to drop a Winter Intersession course without receiving a grade
January 4 Thursday Last day to place a Winter Intersession course on Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis
January 8 Monday Last day to drop a course from the Winter Intersession without instructor approval. EX grade will be assigned.
January 11 Thursday Last day to drop a Winter Intersession course. Instructor's approval is required. Grade of EX or EX-F will be assigned.
January 13 Saturday Classes End, 5:00 p.m.

Spring Semester - 2018

Date Weekday Event
January 15 Monday Martin Luther King Holiday
January 16 Tuesday Classes Begin, 8:00 a.m.
January 22 Monday Last day any student may enroll (enter a course for credit)
January 22 Monday Last day Registrar's Office will automatically move students from the wait list to open sections
February 12 Monday Last day to drop a course or withdraw from school without receiving a grade
February 12 Monday Last day any student may place a course on Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis
March 12 Monday Mid Semester
March 12 Monday Last day to drop a course or withdraw from school without instructor approval. EX grade will be assigned.
March 24 Saturday Spring Recess Begins, 5:00 p.m.
April 2 Monday Classes Resume, 8:00 a.m.
April 16 Monday Last day student may drop a course. Instructor's approval is required. A grade of EX or EX-F will be assigned.
April 16 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 5 Saturday Classes End, 5:00 p.m.
May 7 Monday Final Examinations Begin
May 12 Saturday Spring Semester Closes, end of day
May 12 Saturday Spring Commencement
May 13 Sunday Spring Commencement

Summer Sessions - 2018

Summer Session I (4 Weeks)

Date Weekday Event
May 14 Monday Classes Begin, 8:00 a.m.
May 16 Wednesday Last day any student may enroll (enter a course for credit) for Session I
May 16 Wednesday Last day Registrar’s Office will move students automatically from the wait list to open sections
May 21 Monday Last day to drop a Session I course without receiving a grade.
May 21 Monday Last day to place a Session I course on satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.
May 28 Monday Memorial Day Holiday
May 29 Tuesday Classes Resume, 8:00 a.m.
May 29 Tuesday Last dat to drop a Session I course without instructor approval. EX grade will be issued.
June 4 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 9 Saturday Session Closes, end of day

Summer Session II (4 Weeks)

Date Weekday Event
June 11 Monday Classes begin 8:00 a.m.
June 13 Wednesday Last day any student may enroll (enter a course for credit) for Session II
June 13 Wednesday Last day Registrar’s Office will move students automatically from the wait list to open sections
June 18 Monday Last day to drop a Session II course without receiving a grade
June 18 Monday Last day a student may place a Session II course on Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis
June 25 Monday Last day to drop a Session II course without instructor approval. EX grade will be issued.
July 2 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 4 Wednesday Independence Day Holiday
July 5 Thursday Classes Resume
July 7 Saturday Session Closes, end of day

Summer Session III (4 Weeks)

Date Weekday Event
July 9 Monday Classes Begin, 8:00 a.m.
July 11 Wednesday Last day any student may enroll (enter a course for credit) for Session III
July 11 Wednesday Last day Registrar’s Office will move students automatically from the wait list to open sections
July 16 Monday Last day to drop a Session III course without receiving a grade
July 16 Monday Last day a student may place a Session III course on Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis
July 23 Monday Last day a student may drop or withdraw from a Session III course without instructor approval. EX grade will be issued.
July 30 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 4 Saturday Session 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 14 Monday Classes Begin, 8:00 a.m.
May 17 Thursday Last day any student may enroll (enter a course for credit) for Session IV
May 17 Thursday Last day Registrar’s Office will move students automatically from the wait list to open sections
May 28 Monday Memorial Day Holiday
May 29 Tuesday Classes Resume, 8:00 a.m.
May 29 Tuesday Last day to drop a Session IV course without receiving a grade
May 29 Tuesday Last day a student may place a Session IV course on Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis
June 11 Monday Last day a student may drop or withdraw from a Session IV course without instructor approval. EX grade will be issued.
June 25 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 Tuesday Final Examinations Begin
July 4 Wednesday Independence Day Holiday
July 5 Thursday Classes Resume, 8:00 a.m.
July 7 Saturday Session Closes, end of day

Summer Session V (8 Weeks)

Date Weekday Event
June 11 Monday Classes Begin, 8:00 a.m.
June 14 Thursday Last day any student may enroll (enter a course for credit) for Session V
June 14 Thursday Last day Registrar’s Office will move students automatically from the wait list to open sections
June 25 Monday Last day to drop a Session V course without receiving a grade
June 25 Monday Last day a student may place a Session V course on Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis
July 4 Wednesday Independence Day Holiday
July 5 Thursday Classes Resume, 8:00 a.m.
July 09 Monday Last day to drop a Session V course without instructor approval. EX grade will be issued.
July 23 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 1 Wednesday Final Examinations Begin
August 4 Saturday Session Closes, end of day

Summer Session VI (12 Weeks)

Date Weekday Event
May 14 Monday Classes Begin, 8:00 a.m.
May 18 Friday Last day any student may enroll (enter a course for credit) for Session VI
May 18 Friday Last day Registrar’s Office will move students automatically from the wait list to open sections
May 28 Monday Memorial Day Holiday
May 29 Tuesday Classes Resume, 8:00 a.m.
June 4 Monday Last day to drop a Session VI course without receiving a grade
June 4 Monday Last day a student may place a Session VI course on Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis
June 25 Monday Last day to drop a Session VI course without instructor approval. EX grade will be issued.
July 4 Wedensday Independence Day Holiday
July 5 Thursday Classes Resume, 8:00 a.m.
July 16 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 1 Wednesday Final Examinations Begin
August 4 Saturday Session Closes, end of day