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Here it is—your first college book! It has many authors: People from more than 15 departments across campus contributed to it with the hope that any information you learn now about the University of Missouri-St. Louis will help make your transition to college life a smooth one. This book is designed in sections to support your transition – Life at UMSl, Learning at UMSL, and Making the Transition. It will introduce you to some of the University’s departments and services – the people, places, and daily life at UMSL. In order for you to thrive, you need to understand how to navigate the campus and its many resources. This guide will introduce you to the resources that will help you understand academic expectations. You will learn where to go for help with everything from studying to writing papers. You also will discover ways to get involved on campus and in the community.

The goal of this publication --- and of everyone on campus --- is to help you thrive in this great living and learning environment so you feel like you belong here. You will have access to endless resources, starting with UMSL’s huge website. Every section in this book includes links to guide you to more information. A PDF of this publication --- with active links—will be available at At the end of most sections you will find a list of reminders ---things that you should know or do before you arrive for your welcome program. Here’s your first list: • If your parent/or family members are not with you today, make sure you share this publication with them. • Bring this book with you when you come back to campus and use it as a reference at the beginning of the semester. • Seek new friends! Orientation is the ideal time to start making connections. So, read this manual carefully—and then read it again. You will use this as a workbook during Orientation, Triton Take-Off Weekend, and into the beginning of the semester. Knowing how to access resources from the very beginning of your college career can lead to excellent outcomes.


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LIFE AT UMSL So you are here for your education but faculty and staff know you have other things on your mind right now. Where will you live? Where will you eat? How will you get to class? It will be much easier to focus on academics if you have a basic understanding of what to expect each day—outside of the classroom. Being at UMSL means you can meet people from all 50 states and 112 countries. So take the opportunity to build a sense of community that creates a sense of belonging for yourself and others. We encourage you to talk to your peers in class, meet the people living around you, respect each other on social media, and watch out for each other. In this section, you will find lots of opportunities to get engaged with campus whether that is through a student group, a job on campus, or a recreation team. Remember that tip to read through this book a second time? It might be wise to start here. If you’re confident in your knowledge about these things, your transition to UMSL is likely to be less stressful.

Booklet Sections:

TritonCard ..............................................4 Where You Live ..................................5-7 Eating on Campus ............................8-15 Getting Around Campus .................16-18 Your Safety .....................................19-22 Financing Your Education ...............23-26 Technology .....................................27-31 Being Healthy .................................32-37 Getting Involved .............................38-46 UMSL Pride ....................................47-50 Learning at UMSL ..........................51-71 Making the Transition ....................72-78 3

TritonCard The TritonCard is the Official University of Missouri – St. Louis Identification Card Your TritonCard is used for… • • • • • •

UMSL Student Identification Access to dining meal plans Checking out books from the library Access to the Recreation & Wellness Center Attending UMSL athletic events FREE Charging purchases at the TritonStore to your student account • Access to residence halls • Check-in for appointments with advisors


The Accounts on Your TritonCard…

• Student Account Access your eTritonCard at • Meal Plan • Flex Dollars • Sodexo Dining Dollars View your balances for your meal plan, flex dollars, and sodexo dining dollars at

Deactivating Your TritonCard…

• Deactivate your TritonCard immediately if it is lost or stolen • You can deactivate your TritonCard at the TritonCard Office or online at • Replace your TritonCard at the TritonCard Office --$15.00

Getting Your TritonCard…

• Bring a government issued photo ID (ie. Driver’s license, state ID, passport, etc) • Get your picture taken in the TritonCard office or submit your own photo at • Your first TritonCard will be issued free of charge. • View your account meal plan balances at umsl. • You will get your TritonCard at the end of your Orientation

Taking Care of Your TritonCard… Do:

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Store your TritonCard in a protective sleeve Keep you TritonCard in a secure place Monitor your TritonCard account balances Carry your TritonCard with you on campus

Do Not:

• Lend your TritonCard to anyone • Scratch the magnetic stripe • Put your TritonCard near a magnet

For more information visit the TritonCard Office in 190 Millennium Student Center, go online to, or call at 314-516-8680.


Where You Live

There are many housing-related resources for students –no matter where you live. At the University of Missouri–St. Louis, students have many opportunities to grow, challenge themselves, and become the successful young adults they have set out to be. There is no experience that compares to that of living on-campus. It’s one that builds character and independence for each of our students. With all that is has to offer, it’s no wonder the students at UMSL are eager to take advantage of our residential living opportunities. On-campus living fosters a sense of inclusion and belonging among students at the university. This is evident in the rates of retention found here at UMSL.











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Where You Live

Residential Life and Housing C103 Provincial House 314-516-6877

The Office of Residential Life and Housing is committed to designing and maintaining a learning environment that encourages academic success, student engagement, personal growth, and personal responsibility. We firmly believe that living on campus significantly contributes to the educational and developmental growth of students. We create a safe, clean, and comfortable environment that is a student’s home away from home while fostering their collegiate development. Where you live will vary during your time at UMSL. Some of you may live on campus in a residence hall while some may be traveling to campus. Many of you may live within a mile or two of campus and walk, bus, or bike to class. No matter where you live, there are great resources available to make the University of Missouri-St. Louis feel like Home.

On-Campus Housing

Welcome to your new home away from home. Housing and Residential Life offers lots of extras to make your residence hall room feel like home. Read on for lists of what to bring, what to not bring, and details on programs and policies designed to help students thrive in a safe, nurturing environment. Here are some details on how rooms are assigned – and when you can move in.

Housing Assignments

You will get your room assignment by late July. Students can now view their housing assignment and who they will be living with through self-service (the same location they filled out an application/contract).

Move-In dates • August 1, 2017: All Mansion Hill Apartments –Move-In begins at 8:00 am

• August 18, 2017: New Student Move-In for Oak Hall, Villa, Villa

North Hall –Move-In begins at 8:00 am; First year students, please refer to the housing assignment letter you will receive in late July for specific details regarding move-in details.

• August 19, 2017: Returning Students Move-In begins at 8:00 am TO DO:

nn Watch for your housing assignment (Mid-July) and remember your move-in day and time. nn Make a lists of what you have for your room and what you need. Be in touch with your suitemates to avoid bringing duplicate items. nn Familiarize yourself with the community policies and standards nn Check your (parent’s) homeowner’s insurance coverage information and/or look into renter’s insurance. 6

Move-In: Roll up, unload, roll-out

Where You Live

Move-In can be exciting and stressful, both for students and parents. Expect a busy exciting day, and try to relax and enjoy the experience. Welcome Volunteers and University staff will be available to assist with the move-in process, give directions, and answer questions. Moving carts will be available- first come, first served basis. Bring a dolly of your own if you wish.

Parking during Move-In:

There will be unloading zones near most buildings. After you have unloaded, please move your vehicle to designated parking, which will be clearly marked. Do not bring a trailer or over-sized vehicle. Please refer to the housing packet for maps and more details for parking on move-in.

Your living space will have: • • • • • • • •

An extra-long twin bed (80 inches) A closet or wardrobe (expanded spaces may have a clothes rack) A desk and chair (expanded spaces may have tables) A dresser Window coverings (blinds or drapes) Smoke detectors An in-room cable TV connection Ethernet and wireless connections

The following appliances are allowed: • • • • •

Clothes iron Hair dryer Drip coffee maker Espresso maker Blender


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Fill My Fridge

Move-in Day is hectic. That’s no surprise. Let us tackle one of your to-dos so you can get on with your Weeks of Welcome experience. Fill My Fridge allows you to pre-order grocery packages for move-in day. Whether you want your fridge crammed with healthy options or a little bit of everything, there is an option that fits your needs. Order online before you come to campus at


Eating On Campus Get the Where, When, How

Dine with Dining Dollars on campus at Café TJ, WOW Café & Wingery, Pizza Hut, Einstein Bros, Southside Café, and more!

You can get meals at many campus dining locations from our Simply to Go coolers - offering snacks, salads, sandwiches, and beverages conveniently packaged to grab and take to class.

MEAL PLAN QUESTIONS For information about Meal Plans, visit

Craving pizza? Call the Provincial House Dining Hall to order a pizza for pick up during regular hours.



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Meal Plans ....................................................................9-11 Dining Options .................................................................11-12 Healthy Eating .................................................................13 Sustainability ...................................................................14 Student Care Packages ..................................................15


Eating On Campus

Eating on campus will be an integral part of your life at UMSL. Campus Dining locations can be found all around campus with more popping up every year. And there are lots of options when it comes to meal plans, too, so you can make the choice that best fits your needs. If you will be living in a campus residence hall (Oak Hall or Villa Hall), you already chose one of our residential meal plans when you applied for housing. If you are a commuter or will live in a campus apartment, UMSL offers a variety of supplemental meal plans. Residential Meal Plans come with two dining parts - meal blocks for all-you-care-to-eat meals at the Provincial House Dining Hall and Declining Balance for any Sodexo operated location on campus including Cafe TJ (proudly serving Starbucks), Einstein Bros. Bagels, Pizza Hut, and more! Keep reading for more information about specific meal plans.

Students living in residence halls

Each time you eat in the Provincial House Dining Hall (or use a meal equivalency in the Nosh), one meal block will be subtracted from your meal plan balance. You are limited to two meals per meal period. All you need to use your meal plan is your TritonCard, which will be swiped upon each entry into the dining hall. Meal plans can only be changed during first two weeks of each semester. The Standard Meal plan change fee is $25. If a student requests a change to be made for a second time, a $50 fee will be charged to the student account. To change your meal plan, fill out the Meal Plan Change Form with the Office of Residential Life & Housing, C103 Provincial House.


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Meal blocks do not roll to the spring semester, whereas declining balance left at the end of fall semester will be added to your spring balance.

$1,750 per semester / $3,500 per year *not available for first year students

For current meal plan pricing, go to and click ‘Dining Plans’.


A magnetic strip on the back of your TritonCard works with our computer system to identify you as a meal plan holder. If you are dining in a Sodexo Campus Dining location, you can’t eat without your TritonCard-unless you have cash or credit. Checks are not accepted.


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Students living in campus apartments or commuting

Apartment residents and commuters have the option to choose a meal plan, but it is not required. You may choose the meal plan that best fits your needs:

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Red and Gold Meal Plan

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Declining balance meal plan charged to your student account. 15% administrative fee. Must have TritonCard to purchase. Available during the first four weeks of the semester.

Condo Meal Plan

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Declining balance meal plan charged to your student account. Purchases using this plan are tax exempt. The condo meal plan request form can be found on the Website here: current/forms.html

Sodexo Dining Dollars



Cash or credit required to purchase. Can be used at all Sodexo Campus Dining Locations. Bonuses added to account based on amount purchased. Purchase through any Sodexo cashier or online at shop


Students can add Dining Dollars to their account as needed throughout the year at any Sodexo campus dining location or online at Cash or credit is required to purchase.


Hey, parents - and grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends - Dining Dollars make a great gift! Treat your student to a Starbucks coffee or help load up their residence hall room with essentials from the on campus C-Store. For more information, contact Campus Dining at 314-516-6619 or visit


Declining balance makes your TritonCard work like a debit card. When purchasing food, present your TritonCard to the cashier and let them know you want to use declining balance. They will swipe your card and deduct your purchase. Students can add to their declining balance account as needed throughout the year at any Sodexo campus dining location or online at A credit card is required to purchase these. Residential students may request additional declining balance dollars through the Office of Residential Life & Housing, C103 Provincial House. You can check your declining balance account at at any time. Unused declining balance dollars from your meal plan carry over from Fall to Spring but expire at the end of the Spring semester. These will expire on June 30th of each year. If you have Sodexo Dining Dollars, these don’t expire until you aren’t active on campus for a full year. Anyone can purchase Dining Dollars at any time:

DINING OPTIONS Residential Dining Hall

Residence hall students with meal plans can eat at the Provincial House dining hall for lunch, dinner, and late night. Enjoy a dynamic menu with our innovative Food on Demand technology. All of the food here is made-toorder with vegan, gluten free, and vegetarian selections available daily along with salads, deli sandwiches, grill items, and entrée specials.

Other campus dining options

If you are in the mood for a quick meal, our campus dining locations are the places you will meet and eat at between classes. North Campus: The Nosh (Far East Fusion stir fry & sushi, WOW Café & Wingery, Daily Dish, Pizza Hut, Soup, Sandwich, & Salad Bar), Einstein Bros. Bagels, Triton Treats, Café TJ (Proudly Serving Starbucks®), Simply to Go Cafe, Subway*, Pony Espresso* *Cash or credit only, these locations do not accept the UMSL meal plans South Campus: Southside Café

Campus coffee

Looking for the perfect study spot? Do you want a latte and scone while you get some reading done? Try out Café TJ. We proudly serve Starbucks® brand beverages alongside fresh baked goods. Simply to Go items are available at this location, as well.

Convenience store

Oak Hall’s C-Store offers everything from snacks to hygiene essentials. Stock up using your declining balance dollars!


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What are Declining Balance Dollars?

Along with access to the resident dining hall, each meal plan comes with declining balance that can be used at any on-campus Sodexo operated dining location. These locations include: The Nosh (including Far East Fusion stir fry and sushi, WOW Café & Wingery, Pizza Hut, the Daily Dish special bar, and Soup, Sandwich, & Salad Bars), Café TJ, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Triton Treats, Simply to Go Cafe, Southside Café, and the Oak Hall C-Store.


Monday through Thursday, students may use one meal swipe between 10:30 am-2:30 pm at the Nosh Food Court in the Millennium Student Center. The value of the swipe is $7.50 and there is a maximum of two equivalency swipes per meal period. If the amount is exceeded, the cashiers will be happy to take cash, credit card or declining balance for the remaining balance.

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Eating On Campus

Healthy eating on campus has never been easier. Campus Dining offers a variety of healthy options including low-fat, vegan, and vegetarian foods and beverages. Made-to-order meals and garden-fresh salad bars let you customize your meal to fit your lifestyle. • Campus Dining offers individualized help if you are on a special diet. Students can meet with our chefs to discuss special dietary needs and dining options. Please contact our Resident Dining Manager at 314-516-7400 to address your needs. • Nutritional information is available at all campus dining locations. • Look for the Mindful by Sodexo logos to help identify nutrition choices on campus. Counting calories and tracking your exercise and activity level is a great way to help you make good choices and live a healthy life. MyFitnessPal can help! MyFitnessPal is a free app that makes finding nutrition information and counting your calories quick and easy on any smartphone, tablet, or computer. As part of our campus dining program, you can search for all of our food on MyFitnessPal by typing in the name of the item and “Sodexo Campus”.

Environmentally Conscious & Local Foods

All of the coffee served on our campus is certified as Fair Trade. When available, our produce comes from local farms like Theis Farm and Greenhouses.

Better Tomorrow Plan

Your dining experience is more than great food, just like sustainability is more than simply saying we are going “green.” At Sodexo, we understand the best way to have a better today and a better tomorrow is to be proactive for your health, for your community, for your planet, and for our people.

For Your Health

Providing you with healthy options is something your Sodexo team proudly does every day. Sodexo helps guests on our campuses select delicious, nutritious and satisfying meals, snacks and desserts by highlighting well-balanced menu choices and providing nutritional information and tips to help guests make choices that fit their needs. An important part of our focus on health and wellness is the use of seasonal menus, featuring fresh and healthy ingredients many of which are grown by local or regional farmers. Every season has its own unique produce that is showcased in delicious signature dishes to highlight the distinct flavors and natural appeal of seasonal items. Enjoy healthy choices on your campus throughout the year.

Making Healthy Choices Second Nature with Mindful

Mindful by Sodexo is making the healthy choice, the easy choice by providing menu items that balance nutrition and indulgent flavors. With these menu items, you won’t feel like you’re sacrificing flavor or taste. Look for the Mindful icon to indulge in the healthy and delicious items offered at each meal.

Sodexo’s nutrition icons make it easy to identify healthy choices Look for the following nutrition icons on the foods being served on your campus to help you meet your dietary needs or desires:

If you need additional assistance finding the right types of foods for you, please reach out to us at 314-516-6619.

For Your Community

Your Sodexo dining team is made up of people right from your local community who are proud to serve you every day. From menu and event planning, to community food drives and wellness education, your local dining team wants to make sure you have an exceptional experience whenever you dine with us.


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For Your Planet

We recognize we have a responsibility to use our resources wisely and to protect them for future generations. As demonstrated in our Better Tomorrow Commitments, we have an unwavering dedication to creating exceptional experiences for you that result in increased personal health, as well as a sustainable environment and strong communities in which we live and serve.

Sustainable Seafood

One specific example of a healthy choice we provide that is good for both you and the planet is with the seafood offered on your campus. Your Sodexo team is committed to sourcing 100% of our contracted seafood from sustainable source.

Waste Reduction

Reducing organic and inorganic waste are other areas in which we are committed to working with our campus partners to make a real difference. We offer reusable mugs and takeout containers, train employees on waste reduction, and offer trayless dining to reduce the amount of food, packaging, energy, and other resources that are wasted. Additional ways we strive to minimize our environmental footprint and to promote sustainable practices include:

Sustainable supplies

• Source local, seasonal, humane, fair, and sustainably grown or raised products • Have relationships with over 2000 local farmers nationally • Support hyper local campus hydroponics and garden operations

Energy and emissions

• Evaluate kitchen efficiencies and recommend equipment specifically designed to reduce energy and water use • Offer solar charging stations at outdoor seating venues • Offer energy meters at our kitchen stations

Water use and effluents

• Engineer water reclamation • Defrost food in the refrigerator and not under running water • Plan just one time schedule for turning on dishwashers and other kitchen equipment

Materials and waste

• Offer filtered water from hydration stations • Work with suppliers to reduce packaging and to use environmentally friendly packaging • Donate leftover food to community food banks

For Our People

Sodexo is first and foremost a people company. As an employer, Sodexo is committed to providing employees with the means to grow and develop throughout their career and to foster diversity and inclusion. Sodexo fully respects its employees’ fundamental rights and is committed to ensuring their safety.


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GIFTS AND MORE Student Care Packages

Gifts & More

From birthday cakes to get well packages, we have a gift that is sure to give you that warm, care package feeling. Always available online at Feeling under the weather? The Feel Better Bundle will get you feeling great in no time. Is a friend’s birthday coming up? Order a Birthday Party To Go package for everything you’ll need to celebrate.

Visit Campus Dining online to stay up-to-date with important announcements and promotions: Reminders

ªª Residential students can make changes to their fall meal plan during the first two weeks of the semester. ªª Commuter students, take care of your meal plan now so your TritonCard is ready for the start of the year. ªª Need a job? Campus Dining hires lots of students. Visit to see current openings.


Getting Around Campus



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It’s easier than ever to get around campus on the free UMSL shuttles. Just download the UMSL Mobile app to view routes, and real-time shuttle locations. Friday and Saturday Shopping Shuttles are available to students. Download the UMSL app for these schedules.



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Green Transit Options: By Foot, Carpool, Bike ...........17-18 Metro Program .................................................................18 Vehicle Assistance Program .........................................18 Campus Shuttle Service .................................................18

Save money, avoid traffic and parking hassles, and prevent pollution by leaving your car at home. With all the modes of transportation UMSL and St. Louis have to offer, traveling alone by car may soon be a thing of the past. For more information on alternative transportation, contact

By Foot

Sometimes the simplest solution is the quickest! Walking is always an option. Faculty and staff should check their health benefits; sometimes there are incentives offered for reaching a certain number of “steps” in a year.

By Carpool

RideFinders helps you find carpool partners by searching for other other employees or students who live near you and have similar schedules and lifestyle preferences. You’ll even get to see a map of the general area showing carpoolers near you.

By Bike Bicycling is an excellent way to minimize car use and get exercise at the same time. It will also get you to class faster than walking! Register it! Worried about bike theft or maintenance? The Campus Police Department offers bicycle registration in order to aid in recovery in the case of bicycle theft. To register your bicycle, simply stop by the Campus Police office next to the North Metrolink station in the Gallery 210 building. Bike Trails The St. Vincent Greenway runs directly through the UMSL campus. This paved greenway runs North South, through St. Vincent County Park and the UMSL campus all the way to the North Hanley Metrolink stop. The part of the greenway actually on campus is called the Wayne Goode Trail. The Ted Jones Trail splits from the Wayne Goode Trail by the Campus Recreation Center (and runs northeast of the greenway) to connect the UMSL campus to Ferguson. Where can I get a bike? Students sell their bikes all the time on and through the TradePal app. St. Louis has a lot of used and new bicycle shops as well. The Ferguson Bicycle Shop offers a discount to UMSL staff & students. Bike Shops Ferguson Bicycle Shop 429 S. Florissant, 63135

Big Shark Bicycles Mesa Cycles 6133 Delmar Blvd, 63112 1035 S. Big Bend, 63117

South City Cyclery 6969 Gravois Ave, 63116

Hub Bicycle Company 40 W. Lockwood, 63119

St. Louis Bicycle Works 2414 Menard St, 63104

By Rental Car If you need a vehicle for a specific errand or trip, you still don’t need to have your own car. Enterprise offers a discount to UMSL staff and faculty who wish to to rent a car for longer trips. For shorter trips, anyone can register to access the ZipCar or Enterprise CarShare vehicles, which are available at an hourly rate and located downtown. 17

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Green Transit

Getting Around Campus

By Metro Riding the bus or train is good for people watching, listening to music, and reducing pollution and traffic. Public Transit UMSL students can pick up a Metro Pass FREE. (The pass is included in the tuition and fees for students.) UMSL staff and faculty can purchase a Metro Pass at a discounted rate. Passes are available at the Cashier’s Office in 285 Millennium Student Center. The Metro Pass can be used on both the Metrobus and Metrolink (train). The UMSL campus is most easily accessed using the Metrolink, via the UMSL North or UMSL South stops. The campus is also accessible via MetroBus lines #4 and #45. The Metro Transit app you can see where your bus or train is in real time. You can also plan your route using the Metro TripPlanner website.

METRO Pass Program

Currently enrolled students are eligible to receive a METRO Pass at no additional cost. This pass gives unlimited access to both METROBus and METROLink to students during the academic semester. Passes can be obtained in the Cashier’s Office in 285 Millennium Student Center.

Parking and Transportation 44 Campus Police Building 314-516-4190

The University of Missouri–St. Louis Parking and Transportation Department is responsible for: • Parking enforcement: student parking, overnight parking, lot maps, parking violation appeals, rules and regulations • The issuance of permanent and temporary parking permits for students, faculty, staff and visitors • Limited motorist assistance • South campus residential students have access to guest passes through the Oak Hall front desk so family & friends can visit without fear of a ticket.

Emergency Vehicle Services

Emergency Vehicle Services can recharge your battery, refill your fuel (fuel costs applicable), repair a flat, or assist you in calling an off-campus tow truck if they cannot help you with your vehicle problem.

Campus Shuttle Service

The university provides students, faculty, staff, and visitors free access to campus shuttle services. Shuttle service is available Monday-Thursday (7:30 a.m.–10:45 p.m.) and Friday (7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.) • Campus shuttles transport students around campus and between North and South campuses. Look online for the shuttle schedule. • Friday shopping shuttle provides service to local grocery stores. • Saturday shopping shuttle was introduced last year on a trial basis and will continue through the current school year. Please review the times and locations listed. • Visit the website for the current schedule,

If you are in need of motor assistance, would like a walking escort, or see suspicious activity on campus, please call the UMSL Police Department at 314-516-5155. 18

Your Safety

The UMSL Police is a 24/7, 365 days-a-year police department with 24 Police Officers whose mission is to keep the University and it’s people safe

There are 68 Blue Light Emergency Phones on campus. Pushing the button on the Blue Light is just like dialing 911.

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When calling from a non-university phone, a faster response will be provided if you dial directly to the Police Department at 314-516-5155. They will respond quicker and won’t have a delayed response.


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The most common crime on campus is theft. It is crime of opportunity. The bad guys wait for students to leave their personal belongings unattended. Take that opportunity away from the bad guys. Take your stuff with you everywhere you go. Including inside your vehicles parked around campus. Don’t leave anything visible that you wouldn’t want taken.

Campus Police ................................................................20 Safety in Residence Halls .............................................20 What to Do in case of an Emergency ..........................21 Campus Resources .........................................................22


Your Safety

The University of Missouri-St. Louis is a safe learning environment for students. The safety of those on campus is not only the responsibility of the UMSL Police Department, but also the students, staff, and faculty.

Campus Police

44 Campus Police Building 314-516-5155 The Campus Police Department remains unwavering in support of the students, faculty, staff, and visitors to UMSL. The police department serves as the anchor to the Division of Institutional Safety working closely with its co-departments; Departments of Environmental Health and Safety, Parking and Transportation, and Campus Locksmiths. Working in concert with the entire campus community, the police department strives to ensure that UMSL is a safe and pleasant place where people can live, work, and pursue their educational endeavors. It is the sworn duty of every campus police officer to preserve the peace, maintain order, and expel from campus buildings and grounds those persons who violate the rules and regulations prescribed by the Curators of the University of Missouri System. The department fulfills its duty with fully certified and empowered full-time law enforcement officers who serve UMSL’s campus 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


• Dial 314-516-5155 goes directly to UMSL Police Department • There are 68 Blue Light Emergency Phones on campus. Pushing the button on the Blue Light is just like dialing 911, and will go immediately to the UMSL Police Department.

Safety in the Residence Halls

• Locked Doors • All doors leading to residence hall rooms and apartments are locked 24 hours a day. Access to your residence hall is controlled by your TritonCard. If your TritonCard is lost or stolen, deactivate it online right away and obtain a replacement. • The Information Desk in each residence hall building is open 24 hours a day during the academic term.

Safety around Campus

Did you know about the police and safety escort service? It’s a free service offered through the campus police department. The program provides police and safety escorts 24 hours a day for students walking on both south and north campus. Trained police officers will walk or bike with you anywhere on campus. Call the police department directly (314-516-5155) or call from campus blue phone.

Emergency Notification System

The University of Missouri System has provided an emergency notification system on its four campuses. To be warned of any pending danger through this warning system, please update your cell phone and/or text messaging contact information. This is an opt-in system, you have to take the next step to register in this system. We strongly encourage your participation in the emergency notification system in order to be kept informed at all times while on and off campus. These emergency notifications can we be sent to multiple email accounts, cell phone, and landline phone numbers. Visit the website to register.


Severe Weather/Natural Emergencies Tornado

• Take shelter in safe areas of your building • Exit gymnasiums and lecture halls, avoid glass doors and windows • If necessary, sit or kneel on the floor under heavy furniture or against an interior wall with your hands on your head • Do not leave your place of safety until the storm passes or you are instructed to do so • Be prepared to change location if directed by the Building Emergency & Safety Team (BEST) Evacuation Team member or other authorities


Fire/Explosion/Hazardous Material Release • • • • • •

Activate the nearest fire alarm Evacuate the building immediately and close doors behind you Call Campus Police Do not return to the building unless you are instructed by someone in authority Assist or report any persons who need help evacuating Be prepared to change location if directed by the BEST Evacuation Team or other authorities

Suspicious/Criminal Activity General

• Immediately call Campus Police • Describe the event, location and the person(s) involved • Do not approach or confront the person(s)


Medical Incidents

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If you hear gunfire, leave the building and call Campus Police If you cannot leave, lock or barricade yourself in the nearest room - hide and be quiet If a violent person threatens you in your hiding area, take actions to save your life Follow the ALiCE training used on campus (Alert/Lockdown/Inform/Counter/Evacuate-Pro-active response options in the event of an active shooter incident)

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Immediately call Campus Police Only move the patient [an injured/ill person] if the current location places them in danger Stay with patient until help arrives Stay on phone with dispatcher until medical personnel arrive

Elevator Malfunction/Utility Failure Elevator Malfunction

Campus Police-call 314-516-5155


• Drop to the floor, take cover under sturdy furniture or brace yourself in an interior door or hallway - hold on until shaking stops • Cover your head with your arms • Avoid glass or objects such as light fixtures or furniture that could fall • Stay inside until after the shaking stops then pursue the safest evacuation route • Be prepared to change location if directed by the BEST Evacuation Team or other authorities • Do not enter buildings that are damaged

Your Safety

What to do in an emergency

• If confined inside the elevator, use the emergency telephone and activate the elevator emergency bell • If you are outside the elevator and hear the elevator emergency bell, call Campus Police • Police dispatcher will send appropriate assistance

Utility Failure (electric, gas, water)

• Call Campus Police • During short interruptions, remain in place unless notified to leave • During prolonged utility failure, exit corridors and stairs while temporary emergency lights are on

Call Campus Police

• Call 314-516-5155 (pre-program/speed dial in your phone) • Use Red Phones located inside buildings • Use Blue Light Emergency Phones located outside of buildings throughout campus

Emergency Notification To assure that you are notified in an emergency, verify your contact information is current: • Students should go to and employees should go to • Sign in, click on “Personal Information”, click “UM Emergency Information” • Enter all phone numbers and e-mail addresses where you wish information to be sent

ADA Assistance

• Students are encouraged to self-identify their special needs and develop a plan with University Disability Access Services • You have the right to make your own decisions about your life-safety evacuation assistance. • If assistance is needed during an emergency, call or ask someone to call the Campus Police.


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Counseling Services 314-516-5711 Human Resources** 314-516-5805 (confidential resource)

Health Services 314-516-5671

Disability Access Services Department 314-516-6554 Chair or Dean

Serious on Safety -

**Human Resources can provide consultation about safety or behavior concerns exhibited or expressed by a staff or faculty member. Additionally, faculty or staff members who are interested in short-term confidential counseling or referral assistance can contact UMSL Employee Assistance Program Counselor at 314-516-7210. **Justin Lacy, Title IX Coordinator, is designated to coordinate the university’s compliance with laws governing sex discrimination in higher education. If you have any questions about unequal treatment based on sex, sexual harassment, or sexual violence, please contact 314-516-7219.

Disability and access-related issues

Sexual harassment or other forms of discrimination

Difficulty due to the illness or death of a friend or family member

Orders of protection

Relationship abuse or intimate partner violence

Violence, stalking or intimidation

Sexual assault

Other topics of concern students, staff or faculty may have

Violates principles of community; exhibits discriminatory behavior

Is the subject of complaints or concerns expressed by others

Is often disruptive and does not modify behavior when corrected

Shows signs of alcohol or drug abuse

Exhibits behavior that seems to interfere with job or class work

Displays anger or hostility

Expresses (written or spoken) a threat to harm self

Expresses (written or spoken) a threat to harm others

Makes immediate threat to harm self or others and/or has weapon

Behaviors of concern from students, staff or faculty

Office of Student University Affairs Police* 314-516-5155 314-516-5211

(From a campus extension: 911 or x5155 -- From cell or off-campus phone: 314-516-5155) 911 calls from cell phones go to St. Louis County Police, so it’s important to have 314-516-5155 programmed into your cell phone for campus emergencies. UMSL University Police are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can access a psychologist from Health, Wellness & Counseling Services at any time.


Compiled by: UMSL Safety Committee

Campus Resources: Behavior, Safety and Other Concerns

Your Safety

Financing Your Education

MyView @UMSL UMSL E-mail is your source for financial aid notifications and monthly billing statements

Manage your Campus Finances on MyView

Need to grant account access to a parent or guest? Learn how here:

Want to learn how to manage finances wisely throughout college? Visit


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Financial Aid ....................................................................24 Cost of Attendance .........................................................24 Scholarship and Grant Information .............................25 Student Loan Information ..............................................25 Federal Work-Study .......................................................26 Receiving Your Aid .........................................................26 Checklist ..........................................................................26


Financing Your Education

Office of Student Financial Aid 314-516-5526 327 Millennium Student Center

Cashiers Office

314-516-5151 285 Millennium Student Center

Financial Aid

Beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year, to apply for financial aid: Students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1st for priority consideration of federal, state, and institutional aid. The FAFSA must be renewed for each academic year. The UMSL school code is 002519. The General Scholarship application is accessible by visiting the Financial Aid homepage and due by April 1st. Students will be notified over the summer via their UMSL email account of their financial aid award package for the upcoming academic year. The award package may include grants, scholarships, work-study, and/or federal student loans.

Undergraduate Tuition Missouri/Metro Residents

$335.50 per credit hour*


$875.90 per credit hour*

*There may be additional fees or rates that apply. See the course catalog in the MyView student system to find out if a course has a Course Fee, Supplemental Fee, or Special Rate. Rates current as of March 31, 2017. NOTE: The cost of attendance presented is a standardized estimate of various University charges and educational expenses. Our office subtracts the EFC (expected family contribution deteremined by your FAFSA) from the estimated cost of attendance (COA). The difference is called a student’s need. The amount of any scholarships and grants you receive combined with any other need-based assistance, such as a federal work study job, cannot exceed your need. COA - EFC = NEED

Financial Aid Shopping Sheet

The financial aid shopping sheet is a consumer tool to notify students about their financial aid package and easily compare institutions to make informed decisions about where to attend school. A link to the Shopping Sheet is available to you in MyView on your Accept/Decline Awards page.

Estimated 2017-2018 Cost of Attendance ( Costs are based on 14 credit hours per semester)

Living on Campus

Living with Parents

MO Resident


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Estimated Cost




$35,526 *cost of food only


These are some of the scholarships and grants you may see on your award letter. Scholarships and grants may require full time enrollment (at least 12 credit hours). All awards are contingent on funding.

Federal Pell Grant

Amounts vary and are based on enrollment and Expected Family Contribution (EFC). It is awarded to students with exceptional need who are seeking a first bachelor’s degree.

Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

For undergraduate students who are Pell eligible. Funding is very limited and awarded as available.

Federal TEACH Grant

Available to students pursuing a teaching degree. Visit for eligibility criteria and other information.

UMSL Grant

For undergraduate students with exceptional need. Funding is limited and awarded as available to full time students. A 2.5 or higher GPA is required for renewal.

Bright Flight Scholarship & Access Missouri Grant

For undergraduate students who meet the eligibility criteria listed at, are enrolled full time, and maintain a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA.

Non-Resident Scholarships

Applied to non-resident fees only and cannot exceed the actual amount of eligible non-resident fees assessed any semester.

Student Loan Information

All loans listed require you to be enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours) in a degree seeking program. Loan Name


Payment Begins

Interest Rate*



Origination Fees*

Subsidized Stafford Loan


Six months after leaving school or enrolled less than 1/2 time.

Fixed 3.76% for loans made on or after 7/1/2016. Starts accruing at repayment.

Federal Direct Loan Prgram



Unsubsidized Stafford Loan

Non Need-Based

Six months after leaving school or enrolled less than 1/2 time.

Fixed 3.76% for loans made on or after 7/1/2016. Starts accruing at disbursement.

Federal Direct Loan Prgram



Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)

Non Need-Based, final approval based on credit check.

Sixty days after fully disbursed.

Fixed 6.31% for loans made on or after 7/1/2016. Starts accruing at disbursement.

Federal Direct Loan Prgram



*the actions of Congress can affect the interest rates and origination fees. Please check for the most up-todate information.


Financing Your Education

Scholarship & Grant Information

Financing Your Education

Federal Work-Study

Federal Work-Study is awarded based on a student’s financial need and academic level. Most jobs are on campus and you must work to earn these funds like any part-time job. Please contact our office for a separate application. If you do not qualify for Work-Study, check for other on-campus opportunities at Please contact Financial Aid for a separate Work-Study application.

Receiving Your Financial Aid

• All funds (except Federal Work Study) will be credited to your student account no sooner than 10 days before the semester starts. • The amount of accepted aid will be split in half between the fall and spring semesters. • Financial Aid will automatically apply to tuition, fees, and housing charges on your student account. You must consent for it to cover other charges, like bookstore purchases, in MyView. • Refunds will be processed through the Cashier’s Office. You can set up direct deposit in MyView to have any excess funds automatically deposited into your account.

Financial Aid Checklist:

Have you completed the following?

¨¨ Complete all of the items found on your To Do List in MyView ¨¨ Check your student e-mail regularly and respond to requests for additional info quickly ¨¨ Accept or Decline each award in MyView ¨¨ Provide our office with information about any outside scholarships you will be receiving ¨¨ All UMSL first-time borrowers of Stafford and PLUS loans must complete Loan Entrance Counseling & Master Promissory Note at before we can disburse any funds ¨¨ If you are looking for more information on Parent PLUS or private alternative loans, please contact our office. ¨¨ Be sure to review your financial aid renewed criteria. ¨¨ Review the Cashier’s Guide to Paying Fees at

I’M STILL LOST! WHAT DO I DO? Mark Your Calendar!

Every student has their own personal Financial Aid Advisor! Contact us to find out who your advisor is and let us know how we can help you!

You must reapply for financial aid every year! Be sure to renew your FAFSA and scholarship applications. • The 2018-2019 FAFSA will be available October 1, 2017. Priority deadline is February 1st. • Priority deadline for continuing students is April 1, 2018 for scholarships and grants. Submitting after this date may cause you to lose your eligibility. For the 2018-2019 FAFSA, you and/or your parent will use 2016 tax information.



MyView allows you to: • Pay your bill • Enroll in Classes • Residential Life and Housing Information • View and Request a Transcript • Update Personal Information

UMSL Email Your UMSL email address is: To log into your email, visit

Download the UMSL App MOBILE at


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Canvas allows you to: • Check email • Communicate with Professors • View class documents, assignments, and syllabus

Get Technology Help – Informational Technology Support ITS provide friendly technical help and support on campus including email setup, account information, and password assistance. Call, visit, or chat. Visit umsl. edu/technology/

SSO ID & Password .......................................................28 University Email ..............................................................28 MyView ............................................................................29 Technology Support Center ...........................................30 Computer Labs ................................................................30


You will probably refer to this section often before school starts and well into your first semester. This is where you will learn how to set up your University email account. There is information on technology help and support, discounted software, and important reminders about using social media.


Before you arrive to Campus


In your admission letter, you received information about activating your SSO ID (single sign-on identification) and your Student Number. You will use your SSO ID to log into the following UMSL systems: You will use your SSO ID to log into the following UMSL systems: • MyGateway • MyView • Email • Computers on Campus • Tritonsync


Please visit: and click the “Look up My User ID (SSO ID).” You will need to enter your Employee ID or Student ID, your birthday and Captcha. Write down your SSO ID. *If you do not know your Student ID, please contact the Registrar’s Office at 314-516-5545. To set your SSO ID password go to and click “Create a Password.” Complete the SecureAuth registration. Then go to and click “Forgot Password.” After you have a working SSO ID and password, you need to set up your Office 365 email account. Do this by going to . Log in with SSO ID and password, click “Reset Office 365 Password.” *You can use the same password for your O365 and SSO ID but remember these passwords do not synchronize so if you change one the other does not automatically change.


Please visit: and click the “Look up My User ID (SSO ID).” You will need to enter your Employee ID or Student ID, your birthday and Captcha. Write down your SSO ID. *If you do not know your Student ID, please contact the Registrar’s Office at 314-516-5545.


Please visit: and click the “Forgot My Password” link. You will need to follow the instructions carefully to create a new password using this process. Be mindful of the password requirements.


As part of your admission to UMSL, you are provided with an email account for your use. All official University communication is directed through the UMSL email account. It is very important that you check this account regularly for important information regarding registration, University events and emergency notification. You can access your account through the Canvas portal or directly at the UMSL website at .


Please visit to . Log in with SSO ID and password, click “Reset Office 365 Password.” *You can use the same password for your O365 and SSO ID but remember these passwords do not synchronize so if you change one the other does not automatically change.


Remember, University passwords are case-sensitive. (If you are having any problems, looking up your SSO ID or resetting your password please contact the Technology Support Center at (314) 516-6034.



MyView is a self-service system which enables students to access campus finances, academic records, personal information and enrollment.

Grades, Academic Advisors

Financial Info, Pay your Bill

Residence Life Roommate Info


Class Schedule, Registration

Mailing Address, Contact Number

Canvas is where our students will be able to access their professors syllabus, assignments, discussion boards, and much more. You are able to access Canvas on a computer and on a mobile device by downloading the app. Canvas will replace MyGateway entirely will no longer be in effect after December 2017. In the meantime, your classes maybe in both MyGateway and Canvas portals.

Student Email Communication Tools

Semester Courses

Happenings on Campus

Boxes are Customizeable



Technology Support Center

211 Lucas Hall 314-516-6034 knowledge@UMSL or (Password-related requests are best handled over the phone or in person) technology/tsc/info.html Our mission is to provide the University of Missouri–St. Louis community with solutions to help them adapt and learn in the changing environment of information technology. We strive to exceed expectations and provide for the future growth of UMSL.

We will be happy to assist you with: • • • • • • • • • • • • •

University-provided Operating Systems. (Windows, Mac OS X) University-provided Software. (Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Chrome) Secure FTP & Telnet (SSH Secure Shell, Fetch, JellyfiSSH) Virus Protection (Microsoft Security Essentials) Compression Utility (WinZip, Stuffit Expander) Third Party Applications (Adobe Reader) University-provided computing services MyGateway(Blackboard), MyView, Office 365, Exchange mail and Canvas Status of campus systems Account requests Password resets University approved Software installs Wireless Networking (Please drop by the office for this)

We are unable to assist with:

• Software not provided by the university • Student Web pages • Personal computers, unless inquiries are related to University

How to reach us:

• Phone us at 314-516-6034 • Drop by 211 Lucas Hall • Email us at (Password-related requests are best handled over the phone or in person)


103 Social Sciences and Business Building (Main Lab): 516-6061 232 Benton Hall: 516-6778 316 Thomas Jefferson Library: 516-6634 E. Des Lee Technology & Learning Center (TLC): 516-4800 Math Technology Learning Center (MTLC): 516-4388

There are computing labs available to students on campus. Instructional support has consultants available in several of the labs who will orient students to the available hardware and software, upon request. The consultants can also assist with many software issues, but they will not do student homework nor assist with programming problems. Students may use the computer labs for instruction on new and existing technologies available. Support is provided for MyGateway, Single Sign On ID and passwords. There are also short courses for students during the fall and spring semesters. These courses are free and designed to introduce students to a variety of campus software and computing topics. Some labs do provide special services, such as assistance with writing and math.


Classes might meet in seven types of classrooms: Technology

Technology enhanced classrooms TECs have individual networked computer stations for all students, an instructor station and a ceiling-mounted data projector. Some rooms are also equipped with Apple TV. Learning studios Learning studios are innovative classrooms designed to help meet various pedagogical needs. The rooms feature flexible technology and room arrangements to include wireless student laptops, an instructor station with dual monitors and SMART software, multiple instructional points, multiple LCD projectors, advanced lighting and projector control systems, movable furniture, digital document cameras, and advanced audio and visual systems. Some rooms are also equipped with Apple TV. Stick rooms Stick rooms have one networked computer station and a ceiling mounted data projector. Some rooms are also equipped with Apple TV. Interactive two-way video classrooms Interactive two-way video (ITV) classrooms are equipped to transmit and receive audio and video to and from a variety of sources. ITV classrooms are available for instructional use and video conferencing. Open classrooms Regular open classrooms have permanently placed overhead projectors. Closed classrooms Closed classrooms are rooms used and maintained by individual departments. There is NO instructional support, technical or audiovisual support in these rooms. Although specific configurations vary from location to location, TECs, stick rooms, technology enhanced lecture halls, ITVs, and computing labs are fully connected to UMSL’s network and are internet accessible.

Gateway for Online and Adult Learners (GOAL)

Online education requires different learning and technology skills than those found in traditional classes. The staff in the Gateway for Online and Adult Learners (GOAL) will support and guide you through the online course environment, and direct you to valuable resources on campus. We know that students in an online class, or adults returning to education after time away from the classroom, may appreciate the flexibility of the online schedule, but feel uncertainty with the transition. We can relate, and we can help. GOAL provides support in the online class to enrich the learning experience and help students achieve academic success at UMSL.


Being Healthy

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students are diagnosed with a mental health condition

DON’T SIT IN SILENCE. Change the conversation about mental health.

Feeling sick? Make an appointment and visit the Health Services on campus in 131 Millennium Student Center



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different intramural leagues

weekly group fitness classes

Health Services ...............................................................33 Counseling Services ..................................................33-34 Triton Health Educators .................................................35 Campus Recreation ...................................................36-37 Intramurals ........................................................................37

You will get sick: It’s inevitable. The good news is that you will have access to great health care while you are at UMSL. this section will tell you what services you can find and where. It covers wellness (exercise) and mental health, too.

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University Health Services 131 Millennium Student Center 314-516-5671

Health Services is dedicated to promoting wellness through care and education for the university community. Health Services, an ambulatory care clinic, is under the direction of a nurse practitioner with a doctoral degree. Care is provided by nurse practitioners. Referrals to medical facilities are provided when deemed necessary.

Services Provided

Allergy injections, blood glucose check, blood pressure checks, contraception/birth control, illness visits, immunizations, injury visits, laboratory testing, physical examinations, pregnancy testing, referrals, sexually transmitted illness testing, student health insurance information and claim assistance, weight check, and well woman exams are provided to students by Health Services.

Health Insurance

Students are encouraged to have health insurance while enrolled at UMSL. Health insurance is available for students attending UMSL through Aetna Student Health. For complete information, please visit the health services website. To find a physician or for questions regarding health insurance, please visit the website at or call 1-877-375-7905.

Immunization Requirements

All students must complete and submit a student Immunization Form, even if you are considered exempt. If you do not submit an immunization form, a hold will be placed on your account and you will be unable to register for classes until the form is submitted. All forms must be turned in prior to the first day of classes. They can be mailed, faxed, or hand delivered to Health Services located in 131 Millennium Student Center. For more information on immunizations requirements, visit

Counseling Services

131 Millennium Student Center 314-516-5711

Counseling services can help you: • • • • •

Learn effective coping skills Overcome barriers to success Build self-confidence Clarify values and set priorities Build healthy relationships

Personal counseling

Personal counseling can help you navigate through times of stress and/or overcome barriers to your success. It often helps to discuss issues with someone who is objective and can help you look at your situation from a new angle. Our approach is to focus on your strengths and help you to help yourself. Some of the common issues for which students seek counseling include stress or anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, relationship or family issues, loss or grief, a history of abuse, etc. We take the confidentiality of your contacts with us very seriously. Except for the case of very extreme situations, both the content of counseling sessions and the fact that a student has used our services are kept strictly confidential.


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Alcohol and marijuana use assessment

The Counseling Services website provides free and anonymous online surveys that gather information and give you feedback about your drinking and marijuana usage. Find the surveys at: The programs, “e-CHUG” and “e-TOKE” provide you with information about how your drinking or marijuana habits compare to other people and to assist you with making responsible choices about usage. After completing the questions, you will receive personalized feedback about your usage and how it compares to other students both nationally and at UMSL. You are also eligible for a follow-up appointment(s) with a counselor to process your results and/or support behavior changes. For questions or more information, contact Dr. Chris Sullivan at 314-516-5711 or at

Workshops and presentations

Counseling Services offers special programs and workshops on a variety of topics throughout the year. Student groups and faculty are invited to call us for speakers on such topics as suicide prevention, healthy relationships, dealing with difficult people, personality styles, etc.

Student opportunities

Graduate students in counseling, psychology, social work, or a related field are invited to apply for our internship/practicum program. Interested students should contact Dr. Erin Vasconcelles, at 314-516-5711.

Scheduling appointments

The receptionist will be glad to arrange an appointment for you to meet with a counselor. Call 314-516-5711 or drop by our office. In an emergency, students can usually be seen immediately. After hours and weekend crisis assistance is available at 1-855-275-0210 or UMSL Campus Police at 314-516-5155.


Counseling Services staff is also available to consult with parents who are concerned about a son or daughter. If you are wondering how to assist your child or are wondering if your child could benefit from counseling, feel free to call us. Because of confidentiality, we are not permitted to disclose whether or not a particular student is being seen for counseling or what is discussed during sessions unless we get written permission to do so from the student. For consultation, call 314-516-5711.


144C Millennium Student Center 314-516-5380

The Wellness Resource Center provides information on a variety of health issues with a goal of raising awareness and encouraging healthy lifestyle choices for the university community. Information is available for smoking cessation, meningitis, STD,s and a variety of other health- related issues. HIV testing is available monthly. We are committed to providing the best resources to make sure that the campus community.

Student Social Services

“Encouraging health and wellness in the UMSL community through education, awareness, and prevention.” Triton Health Educators is a group that is BACHUS trained, certified peer educators who help to develop and improve their communication, leadership and presentation skills while also educating the campus community on important health and wellness topics

CHOICES! Tritons Think First! is a current NCAA funded effort at UMSL whose mission is “Bringing UMSL athletes to the forefront of prevention and empowering fellow peers to make healthy and safe CHOICES.”

In order to meet the growing needs of our students, Student Affairs provides current students with assistance in identifying community resources such as temporary housing, financial support, government assistance, and legal services. For more information, please contact or call 314-516-6369.

Not Anymore (Title IX) Program

Not Anymore is an online, interpersonal violence prevention program that provides critical information about: consent, bystander intervention, sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, stalking, and much more. To successfully complete the program, you will need to earn at least 80% on the post-test, which you may retake until you achieve this score. The training will take about one hour. All UMSL students are required to complete this program prior to the first day of classes. If at any time you have general questions and/or concerns regarding the program requirements or UMSL’s violence prevention efforts, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at 314-516-5211 or


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Wellness Resource Center

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Recreation and Wellness Center

314-516-2348 Passed by a student referendum in the 2011-2012 academic year by an overwhelming majority of students, the Student Recreation and Wellness Center (RWC) is a building central to the continued campus development at UMSL. As the Recreation and Wellness Center was built at the request of the student body, it is important to highlight that student input was key in shaping the amenities available. The RWC added approximately 100,000 square feet of space for open recreation, intramural sports, and wellness education. The Recreation and Wellness Center, also known as Campus Recreation, offers a first class recreation facility to students and the UMSL community. Student membership is included in your student tuition. A membership gives you more than just access we have a wide variety of equipment, classes, programming, and recreational opportunities.

100,000 square feet of dedicated recreation space • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

14,000 square feet of open fitness space Variety of cardio equipment including treadmills, ellipticals, and much more Top of the line strength and functional training equipment 2 hardwood gym courts for basketball, volleyball, badminton, and open recreation 1 multi-activity court with dasher board system for indoor soccer and floor hockey Scenic indoor track with short and long loop as well as an incline/decline feature 2 story climbing wall and adjacent bouldering wall, both with multiple user routes State of the art aquatics facility to meet both your fitness and leisure needs Lap lanes for exercise and lessons Zip line and bouldering wall Vortex for aquatics classes and aqua therapy Leisure space for lounging, aquatics sports, whirlpool, and more Multi-purpose rooms for fitness classes, dance, and other activities Locker rooms with day and rental lockers and dry saunas Jamba Juice Express Bar with full smoothie menu and Pro Shop for apparel and supplies

Climbing Wall

The Climbing Center is located on the 1st floor of the Recreation and Wellness Center. The wall was designed by Entre Prises USA out of Bend, Oregon. The Climbing Wall measures at 32’ tall and features two Tru Blue Auto-Belays and four top-rope anchors. The Bouldering Wall boasts a 20’ traverse and multiple routes going up to 12’ tall. The Bouldering Wall is open during all Recreation and Wellness Center hours of operation. The Climbing Wall is open at specific scheduled hours when Climbing Wall Attendants are present (see Climbing Wall hours of operation). Shoes, harnesses, helmets, chalk, carabiners, and belay devices are provided at no additional charge. Have never climbed before? No problem, our Climbing 101 course teaches the fundamentals of top-rope climbing including an overview of equipment used, climbing safety, climbing rope knot tying, use of the belay device, and standard climbing communication so that you can climb unguided on top-rope routes.



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Campus Recreation offers a state of the art aquatics facility to meet both your fitness and leisure needs. This facility includes: • Lap lanes for exercise and lessons • Zip line and bouldering wall • Vortex for aquatics classes and aqua therapy • Leisure space for lounging, aquatics sports, whirlpool, and more Aquatic programming includes group and private swim lessons, group fitness, and fee based programming as well as special events. Occasionally you will be lucky enough to be able to view a movie while floating!

Fitness and Wellness

Along with state of the art equipment throughout the facility, both cardiovascular and muscular, Campus Recreation offers a variety of group fitness classes which are included in your membership. Wellness programming is offered in collaboration with the Health, Wellness and Counseling department in the form of smoking cessation, stress management, nutrition, and much more! Personal training and fee based fitness classes are offered at a discounted rate for students and RWC members.

Competitive Sports

The Intramural Sports program at the University of Missouri – St. Louis provides a variety of activities to meet the needs of a diverse UMSL community. The program offers both competitive and recreational activities that focus on getting students, faculty, staff, and affiliates of the university involved in activities that promote lifelong fitness and wellness practices. Participating in Intramural Sports does not require any prior experience and it is a great way to become involved while in college.

The Whole U

“The Whole U, located in the Millennium Student Center, is an open space for students, faculty and staff to incorporate all aspects of wellness into their busy lives at UMSL. The space includes napping cots, activities to relieve stress, and programs based around all dimensions of wellness. Whole U is a space that is operated as an extension of the Recreation & Wellness Center. An active Triton Card will allow you to access the space during operating hours.”

The University of Missouri-St. Louis is committed to protecting the health and wellbeing of all campus community members. Because we all “share the air”, the University is smoke and tobacco-free, which includes all University facilities, buildings, and grounds.





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Getting involved allows you to gain a sense of belonging and explore new ideas and experiences that enable to you appreciate differences and acquire new skills. Involvement is the best way to connect to the university and to extend your education beyond what you learn in the classroom. You may join a student group or find a great place to volunteer in the community. You may participate in campus ministry or work as an office assistant in the student center. Or you may start out by attending campus programs. No matter how you choose to be involved, the University of Missouri – St. Louis believes that these types of engagement opportunities add real value to your education. Getting involved will allow you to meet new people, discover new passions, grow as a leader and as a person, and connect your creativity, heart, and intellect to the causes that need it the most. You are off to a good start! Orientation is your first involvement experience at UMSL. Welcome Week will be your next. This section will highlight a number of ways that UMSL supports your growth and development including campus programming, student organizations, community service opportunities, and more.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED Student Organizations You have four exciting years ahead. Make the most of them inside and outside the classroom. Getting involved can be intimidating, but joining a student organization is one of the best ways to meet new people in an open and friendly environment. Student organizations are always looking for new members! No matter what your interest area, you can probably find a student organization that fits you. If you can’t find a related group, it’s easy to start one yourself! Colleges and departments also offer student engagement opportunities outside of the classroom. There are professional honor societies, service groups, and leadership opportunities within departmentally-sponsored groups. You can search student organizations by your interest at


University Program Board The University Program Board gives students the power to plan events for the student body, provides students with event management experiences, and creates a way to form new friendships. You can gain valuable leadership experiences and pride in knowing you are part of something bigger than yourself. Plan events such as concerts, lectures, games, and more! For more information visit

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Fraternity and Sorority Life at UMSL provides engagement opportunities to more than 250 students and honors more than 50 years of tradition. We seek to encourage members to become contributing and productive members of the campus and community. Fraternity and Sorority Life cultivates scholastic excellence, develops leadership skills and provides opportunities for community involvement and philanthropic pursuits while forging lifelong brotherhood and sisterhood. Women who wish to join a Panhellenic (PHA) sorority participate in a formal recruitment process that begins in September. To participate, you must register online. During formal recruitment, you will visit with every chapter and meet women from each organization. To register or learn more about the PHA sorority community visit Men who wish to join an Interfraternity Council (IFC) fraternity can participate in chapter recruitment events throughout the first several weeks of the semester. To learn more about the recruitment process or the IFC fraternity community visit umsl. edu/go/thinkgreek. Men or women interested in joining a Multi-Greek Council (MGC) or National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) fraternity or sorority can learn about each specific organization’s process by visiting their national organization and local websites. Click on “Multi-Greek Council” at to learn more about the process for joining an MGC or NPHC fraternity or sorority.

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UMSL believes that leadership training is a critical part of a student’s experience in college as well as an important tool to bring to your personal life and career. We are proud to offer numerous leadership opportunities to all of our students which include programs designed specifically for students in all walks of their leadership journey.

Emerging Leaders

Emerging Leaders is a selective, co-curricular leadership program designed specifically for first-year students (freshmen or first-year transfers) to get on the fast-track to student leadership and campus and community involvement. Applications go live in the fall and the program runs during the spring semester.

Advanced Leaders

Advanced Leaders is an 11-week program hosted during the fall and designed to enhance the skills of student leaders beyond the introductory level leadership topics. Membership is limited to UMSL students of junior and senior status. Sophomore students who have completed the Emerging Leaders Program are also invited to apply.

Leadership Diversity Institute

The Leadership Diversity Institute is a free one-day leadership conference open to all UMSL students that focuses on engaging and educating participants in the areas of diversity and social justice.

Women’s Leadership Institute

The Women’s Leadership Institute is a one-day leadership conference designed to enhance the leadership ability, increase awareness of personal abilities, and assist women in developing learning strategies to help them create positive sustainable change in their communities. For more information about any of these programs visit

Community Service UMSL believes that volunteering is an essential component of a well-rounded and fulfilling college experience, and we would like to help you get connected and make a differece. Whether you are interested in volunteering for fun or personal fulfillment, to earn service hours, or as part of a group or organization, we can connect you to opportunities in the St. Louis community. UMSL Students of Service is the service programming board in the Office of Student Involvement. UMSL SOS engages students through service and leadership opportunities by fostering collaboration between campus and community organizations. The organization aims to enhance students’ awareness of community needs through programming and education.


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We are now partnering with United Way’s Volunteer Center to connect students, staff, and faculty to opportunities outside of the university. To find a list of individual or group projects tailored to your interests, or to search a list of hundreds of local non-profits visit

Students Who Are Parents (SWAP)

Students Who Are Parents (SWAP) is an organization that provides resources and support to students who are juggling parenthood and college coursework. UMSL is committed to supporting parenting student populations. As part of that effort, this initiative was created to connect parenting students with services available on the UMSL campus and the surrounding community, as well as develop targeted programs to meet this population’s needs. From student meet ups to family-oriented programming; SWAP connects parenting students who understand the challenges of raising a family while working toward a college degree.

PLACES TO GATHER AND CONNECT Office of Student Involvement

A portion of the tuition you pay to attend UMSL funds the Office of Student Involvement. The office serves students – and the campus community in general – by providing programs, services, leadership, and involvement opportunities that enhance the social, educational, recreational, and cultural environment of the university. To learn more about the Office of Student Involvement, its programs, or its services, visit

Millennium Student Center

On top of the great events, involvement opportunities, support, and leadership roles, don’t forget about the student center itself. Nicknamed, “the living room on campus,” the Millennium Student Center (MSC) is a great one-stop shop for a ton of services. • Hungry? There are many options from the Nosh food court to Einstein Bagels and Triton Treats. For a full list of food services see the EATING ON CAMPUS section. • Have questions? The Information Desk offers campus maps, information about the UMSL shuttle, and other helpful campus information. • Looking for something to do between classes? Grab a snack, watch TV, or play a board game in the Fireside Social Lounge. The MSC is where you will find great services and conveniently located offices such as the TritonCard Office, Career Services, Financial Aid, US Bank, ATMs, the TritonStore, and Health, Wellness and Counseling Services.

Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center The Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center is a world-class performance facility with two primary performance spaces: the Anheuser-Busch Performance Hall (seating 1600) and the flexible E. Desmond and Mary Ann Lee Theater (seating 350). The Touhill is the performance home for the School of Fine and Performing Arts at the university. Students have the opportunity to learn and perform in the very same space that hosts some of the most talented and recognizable professional performers in their fields. The Touhill also hosts the best in professional performing arts in the St. Louis region. Primarily focusing on theater, dance, and music, the Touhill also hosts several university events, student activities, and national popular touring artists each year. Students can access tickets for many of these events for $10 or less.


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GOVERNANCE Student Government Association Joining Student Government Association (SGA) is a great way to help shape the university from the student’s point of view. You can also have the power to influence change for the university’s policies and operations that impact the student body. SGA serves as the collective voice for the student body and covers an extremely wide range of topics in an effort to enhance the college experience for students at UMSL. This diverse agenda allows students of all interests and talents to easily find a fit for themselves within SGA.

Associated Students of the University of Missouri ASUM is a non-partisan, non-profit student lobbying organization that has been the student voice in government since 1975. Every student enrolled in a University of Missouri campus is a member. ASUM is involved in many political events on campus, assisting with voter registration, helping students with absentee ballots, organizing candidate forums, student issue surveys, and the state internship program. ASUM´s mission is to advocate and lobby for student interests while educating students on the importance of involvement in government. ASUM provides meaningful student leadership and hands-on learning experiences in the area of policy development, higher education concerns and processes, and day to day operations of state and federal government.

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UMSL’s fraternity and sorority community is made up 16 organizations, many of which have been at the university since its founding in 1963. The Interfraternity Council (IFC), Multi-Greek Council (MGC), and Panhellenic Association (PHA) communities are governed by different councils that develop policies related to academics, programming, recruitment, campus traditions, and much more. Reporting to different national bodies, these organizations meet to discuss community business, plan events that engage students, and provide resources to the various chapters. To learn about the governing councils, click on “Councils and Chapters” at CO







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The UMSL Safe Zone program provides a visible network of allies for Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally individuals. Safe Zone’s purpose is to produce an environment based on dignity and respect in which every student and employee is free to thrive academically, professionally, and personally. For more information contact University Heath, Wellness, and Counseling Services, 131 Millennium Student Center, 314-516-5711,

Study Abroad International Studies & Programs 304 SSB 314-516-5229

Why study abroad?

Study abroad is one of the most exciting opportunities available to UMSL students and is described by many as the experience of a lifetime. This global outlook prepares UMSL students for leadership roles in society and gives them a competitive advantage in today’s workplace. Study abroad is also affordable – depending on the destination, a semester abroad is comparable to a semester in St. Louis! For most programs, students continue to pay UMSL tuition. Financial aid and scholarships can apply toward study abroad, and International Studies and Programs awards additional study-abroad scholarships for semester, year and summer programs. There are also outside funding sources available for study abroad.The decision to study abroad takes careful consideration and planning. Details on all programs and many scholarships are available on the website and in the Study Abroad Office, 304 SSB. After reviewing the website, students should call to make an appointment with a study abroad adviser as early as possible to find the program best suited to their personal, academic, and career goals.


What UMSL students say about study abroad: “I am not a very independent person, but going to a new country all alone really pushed me to try out being independent. I was shocked at how I could plan trips to other countries, book hostels, figure out maps and transportation, etc. It was such a good chance to learn more about myself.”

It was the best semester of my entire life! It gave me a chance to truly be myself. “I highly recommend that any student with even the faintest interest in studying abroad do so. I would even venture to say that it matters very little where one goes just as long as one goes ... It is a highly enlightening experience.”

Study Abroad Resource Library

The Study Abroad Resource Library is in Room 304 in the Social Sciences Building. There are many resources available regarding study abroad programs around the world, including non-UMSL programs. The most comprehensive information about study abroad programs is on the study abroad website.The Study Abroad Office has course catalogs, flyers and guidebooks for many programs. Here are some reasons why students just like you study abroad: • Explore a new country or learn about your heritage • Learn a foreign language • Gain a deeper understanding of global issues and events • Study international aspects of your field of study • Fulfill graduation requirements • Build important skills such as independence, creativity, flexibility and intercultural communication • It will never be easier or less expensive to go abroad than when a you are a college student, and it’s a lot of fun!

FAQs about studying abroad Do I have to speak a foreign language? No! Many programs are taught in English, even in non-English speaking countries. However, study abroad IS the best way to learn a foreign language! Is study abroad expensive? For most programs, you pay UMSL tuition and you can use your financial aid, making study abroad as affordable as studying at UMSL. Will the credit apply toward my degree? All study abroad programs are for academic credit. By planning in advance with your academic adviser and the Study Abroad Office, you can find a program that fulfills degree requirements. Are there scholarships? Yes! International Studies and Programs offers merit-based scholarships, and several other campus departments and private organizations also provide study-abroad scholarships. 45

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UMSL Veteran and Military Servcies

211 Clark Hall 314-516-5705

UMSL is committed to supporting our nation’s veterans, servicemembers, and their families in their pursuit of higher education. The Student Veterans Center was established in 2012 to assist veterans in their transition from the military to campus life. We are your first-stop resource center that provides access to GI Bill benefits, academic support, and employment opportunities. Services Available: • Admissions support including military-transcript evaluations • G.I. Bill advising and certification • Veteran-to-veteran tutoring in Mathematics, Sciences, and Writing. • Various workshops on academic and career skills • Networking events and job search support Our lounge is a designated place on campus where you can study, relax, socialize, and access available veteran resources. The office is staffed by the VA certifying official and VA work-study students who are well-versed in UMSL and VA policies and procedures. Visit for more information.

UMSL Student Veterans Association (SVA)

UMSL Student Veterans Association (SVA) is an active organization whose goals are to advance the interests of veterans on UMSL’s campus, build a community of veterans to support each other academically and socially, and give back to the community through volunteer service projects. Check the Veterans Center website at www.umsle.du/veterans/ for a schedule of meetings and events.


UMSL Pride Show Some Spirit!

Alma Mater: Heart of Missouri Rising high between two rivers history yet to tell, Stands an honored Alma Mater, our UMSL. Came to seek more understanding for my life to be. Found my need for knowledge answered gratefully by thee. Dreaming dreams about tomorrow, as I’ve learned today. Now this heart deep in Missouri seeks a better way.


When at last my journey’s over may its value be, That it honors state and nation but above all, thee. Words and music by John Francis Dill and Diane Ceccarini


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Meet Louie UMSL Pride

the Triton

Arising from the Mighty Mississippi River, Louie the Triton [newt] is the perfect embodiment of UMSL’ s strength, spirit, and ability to inspire others. With toxic skin, lightning agility, and wielding his powerful trident, Louie takes on any challenge with unstoppable confidence. Like the Greek god, Triton, before him, Louie blows a horn to raise waves of energy, leading UMSL to victory! The Triton is a newt that makes his home in both the Mississippi and the river city, St. Louis.

School Colors: Red

and Gold

UMSL’s official color is red. Red symbolizes the strength and passion of our students and alumni. It conveys that this esteemed group is the lifeblood of our city, and points beyond. UMSL’s official secondary color is gold. It is the common color of all four of the universities in the Missouri System, and relates to the optimism, imagination, success, and hope that are fostered by these quality institutions. Together these colors represent the best aspects of our school and the student body it serves.

Points of Pride

1. Forbes Magazine has named UMSL one of “America’s Best Colleges” 2. UMSL ranks 1st in Missouri and 14th overall among the nation’s high research activity universities 3. The doctoral program in Criminology and Criminal Justice was ranked 4th nationally 4. The first-time pass rate for UMSL nursing graducates on the state licensure exam consistently surpasses 90% 48

5. The International Business Undergraduate program was ranked 16th nationally by U.S. News & World Report 6. UMSL’s Optometry students’ pass rate for the combined three phases of the national licensure exam was 100% 7. UMSL online programs rank 1st among Missouri public universities for master’s in education and 2nd overall for bachelor’s programs


UMSL Pride

225 Mark Twain Building 314-516-5661 University of Missouri–St. Louis Athletics offers young men and women outstanding learning and competitive experiences, and our student-athletes provide fans of the UMSL Tritons with an exciting brand of intercollegiate athletics. The university fields 13 athletic teams and offers scholarships in each sport. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, swimming, and tennis. Women’s sports include basketball, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, and volleyball. And our student-athletes are successful academically as well. The Tritons consistently have a high graduation rate and have established a cumulative grade point average of a 3.2. Visit our website at for up to date news, results and schedules, and come out to a game to cheer on your Tritons!

FREE tickets with your TritonCard.

Triton Store

209 Millennium Student Center 314-516-5763 Textbook Department: 314-516-4279 The UMSL Triton Store is located on the second floor of the Millennium Student Center and serves as the campus headquarters for course materials, technology, supplies and officially licensed UMSL and Triton spirit wear. The UMSL Triton Store accepts cash, checks, major credit cards, Triton Store gift cards, and student charge. Enrolled students can charge up to $1,250.00 on their UMSL student ID card for books and merchandise. Purchases made with the TritonCard will appear on the monthly bill from the Cashier’s Office. The UMSL Triton Store carries a variety of products and services to meet the needs of the campus community: • • • • • •

Textbooks/course materials (rental, new, used, and digital options) University apparel and gifts School and office supplies Study guides and test preps General reading books/popular magazines Art supplies

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Computer supplies/hardware/software Snacks/beverages Toiletries/over-the-counter medications Graduation regalia Fax services USPS 1st class stamps UPS shipping service


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LEARNING AT UMSL In order to succeed academically in college, you need to apply and build upon the skills and habits that helped you succeed in the past. In college, as in life, you must define what success means to you. Asking questions, cultivating creativity, and exercising self-discipline will help you meet and exceed your expectations. Even in your academics, there will be lessons to learn outside the classroom. For some students, managing their time and learning how to study for college courses rather than high school classes can be stressful. There are many resources—and specific courses, even—to help students with those issues, and you will learn about them here. Read through the following section for a clear understanding of what will be expected of you academically. You will learn what to expect from the University too. A good portion of this section is a guide to the many resources on campus—people, places, courses, and services—in place to help you. The number of resources available should be a clear indication that everyone at the University wants you to succeed. As a matter of fact, everyone at UMSL is counting on your success. Proof is in the form of the many career-related services on campus starting with major exploration and career planning. You are on your way. Familiarize yourself with the following information now so that you know where to go for help when you need it.


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The University’s Expectations Learning at UMSL

Integrity and caliber of work

Promoting academic achievement and integrity is everyone’s responsibility. You are expected to read your syllabus (a course outline or description), attend class regularly, participate in class discussions, and ask questions. Faculty members are expected to set clear guidelines, give honest feedback, and uphold standards. Achieving a degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis is a prestigious accomplishment. It signifies that you have met all of the requirements and learned the body of knowledge necessary for the discipline you chose. The value of your degree is greatly diminished when grades are not achieved honestly.

Student Conduct and Community Standards

The University of Missouri-St. Louis Code of Student Conduct established academic and behavioral standards for students. As a student, you are responsible to the academic community of the University as well as the broader community of which you are a part. A student at the University assumes an obligation to behave in a manner compatible with the University’s function as an educational institution and voluntarily enters into a community of high achieving scholars. Consequently, students must adhere to community standards in accordance with the University’s mission and expectations. Any student who commits, aids, or attempts to commit any of the acts below will be subject to disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct. If you observe such behavior, please notify Student Conduct & Community Standards (314-5165211) or Academic Integrity (314-516-5304). These expectations have been established in order to protect a specialized environment conducive to learning which fosters integrity, academic success, personal and professional growth, and responsible citizenship. The Dean of Students office administers the student disciplinary process using educational and developmental strategies. If you violate the Student Conduct and community standards, you will likely meet with someone from this office. Examples of behaviors that will not be tolerated include: • Sexual misconduct, intimate partner/dating violence, and/or stalking • Suggestive or insulting sounds or obscene gestures • Off-color jokes • Cheating, plagiarism, or sabotage • Other physical, verbal, graphic, or written conduct of a sexual nature • Unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual activity by a person or persons in a position of power or authority over another person • Engaging in or encouraging underage drinking • Hazing for the purposes of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in a group or organization • Treating someone inequitably on the basis of sex, gender identity, or gender expression • Bullying or mistreating someone on the basis of actual or perceived membership in a protected category (e.g., religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, veteran-era status, age, disability, etc.). • Threatening or intimidating behaviors • Physical abuse or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person

You can find the Student Conduct and Community Standards and listings of all of these policies online at


Everyone needs support to succeed. At UMSL you will have support in abundance. Staff, faculty, and administrators are here to guide you through your educational journey and help you make informed decisions based on accurate information. It will be your job to get to know these campus professionals and utilize their resources throughout your college career. Take time to find the resources and people who will support you. This section is a starting point.

Degrees and Programs

The University of Missouri–St. Louis is well known for its exceptional academic programs. UMSL offers 46 bachelor’s degrees, 37 master’s degrees, 15 doctoral degrees, and the only professional optometry degree in Missouri. Each of our colleges provides academic advising to help you plan and explore career paths.

College of Business Administration Dean Charles Hoffman

487 Social Sciences & Business Building 314-516-5888

• Accounting (BS) • Business Administration (BSBA) • Finance (BSBA) • International Business (BSBA) • Logistics and Operations Management (BSBA)

• Management (BSBA) • Marketing (BSBA) • Information Systems (BS)

College of Optometry • Doctor of Optometry (OD) 317 Marillac Hall 3+4 programs available with the 314-516-5606 departments of biology, chemistry and physics

Dean Larry Davis

UMSL/WUSTL Joint Undergraduate Engineering Program Dean Joseph O’Sullivan

228 Benton Hall 314-516-6800

• Civil Engineering (BSCIE) • Electrical Engineering (BSEE) • Mechanical Engineering (BSME)

School of Social Work Dean Sharon Johnson 121 Bellerive Hall 314-516-6385

• Social Work (BSW) • Social Work Cooperative • Program: UMSL-Mineral Area College • Community College (BSW)


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College of Arts and Sciences • Criminology and Criminal • Justice Cooperative Program: • UMSL-St. Charles Community • College (BS) • Criminology and Criminal • Justice Cooperative Program: Dean Ron Yasbin • UMSL-Jefferson College 303 Lucas Hall (BS) 314-516-5004 • Economics (BA, BS) • English (BA) • French (BA) artscience • History (BA) • Anthropology (BA) • Interdisciplinary Studies • Astronomy (BA, BS) (BIS) • Biochemistry and • Japanese (BA) • Biotechnology (BS) • Liberal Studies (BLS) • Biology (BA, BS) • Mathematics (BA, BS) • Chemistry (BA, BS) • Computer Science (BS) • Philosophy (BA) • Physics (BA, BS) • Criminology and • Criminal Justice (BS) • Political Science (BA) • Psychology (BA)

• Public Policy and • Administration (BSPPA) • Spanish (BA) • Sociology (BA, BS) Pre-Professional Programs * • Pre-Chiropractic • Pre-Clinical Lab Science • Pre-Dentistry • Pre-Engineering • Pre-Law • Pre-Medicine • Pre-Occupational Therapy • Pre-Optometry • Pre-Pharmacy • Pre-Physician Assistant • Pre-Physical Ttherapy • Pre-Veterinary

School of Fine and Performing Arts • Art (BA) • Art History (BA) • Music (BA, BM) • Music Business (BM) • Music Education (BM) • Music Performance (BM) • Studio Art (BFA) • Studio Art Cooperative Program: UMSL-St. Louis Community College (BFA) • Theatre and Dance (BA)

* Pre-professional programs require an emphasis area of study (e.g., Pre-Medicine

College of Education Interim Dean Ann Taylor, Ph.D.

201 Education Administration Building 314-516-5109

• Early Childhood Education

Special Education Emphasis

• Physical Education (BSED) • Art Education (B.F.A.) • Music Education (B.M.Ed.) • Secondary Education (BSED) • Middle School Education (BSED) • Educational Studies (BES) • Elementary Education (BSED)

3 Emphasis Options: ӽӽ Special Education ӽӽ Special Education and TESOL* ӽӽ TESOL* * Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

College of Nursing Dean Susan Dean-Baar 150 Nursing Administration Building 314-516-6066

• Nursing (BSN) BSN degree tracks Traditional four-year degree for incoming freshmen and some transfer students. Accelerated 15-month degree program for students with a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than nursing and for outstanding transfer students. Part-time three-year evening and weekend degree option designed to fit around busy schedules. RN to BSN program offering traditional, telecommuting and online learning.


Interim Dean Dan Gerth The Pierre Laclede Honors College offers students a unique learning C109 Provincial House 314-516-5243

environment that can be described as a small liberal arts college within a large university. Students experience UMSL by taking courses that meet both core university requirements and some basic requirements in their major. Classes are small and taught seminar style, with an emphasis on reading, discussion, and writing.

Academic Advisors

The advisor and student are engaged in a collaborative, respectful relationship, and learning process with one another. Both the student and advisor have responsibilities in their shared partnership as noted below: Advisors’ responsibilities: • Be accessible to students during posted office hours, by telephone, and by email. • Explain the university’s programs, requirements, policies, and procedures. • Provide timely and accurate information. • Listen carefully to students’ questions and concerns. • Assist students in planning realistic programs consistent with their abilities and interests. • Make referrals based on students’ needs and available resources. • Assess progress and communicate it clearly. • Encourage students to develop a collaborative, professional relationship with assigned advisor(s). Students’ responsibilities: • Contact advisors by telephone, email, or during posted office hours. • Prepare a list of questions and concerns for each advising session. • Acquire knowledge about the university’s programs, requirements, policies, and procedures. • Provide honest, accurate information to the adviser such as: transfer credits, complete transcript information from other educational institutions, advanced credit, placement test results, etc. • Clarify personal values and goals and interact in the decision-making process. • Follow through with suggestions, referrals, and resources. • Keep a record of academic progress and accept responsibility for academic decisions and performance. • Work to develop a mutual relationship with assigned advisor(s). Campus advising resources and information: Students have access to several resources on campus for selecting a major, discussing career options, and planning a curriculum appropriate to their needs, interests, and academic strengths. Through the advising program, students develop a working relationship with assigned advisor(s). Students who are exploring majors work individually with advisors in the College of Arts and Sciences and may utilize assessments to assist them in determining how their own personalities and interests can influence decisions regarding majors or career fields.

For additional information about the academic advising process, locations or contact information for your advisor visit


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Learning at UMSL

Registration Tools

Registration for your first semester will be finalized during Orientation. For future terms, you will register using the “MyConnect� link. Your registration appointment time will indicate when you can begin to register. Talk to your academic advisor each semester and use the tools available in the University Bulletin to assist with course selection. Search for classes: Locate classes by subject, title, and other identifying criteria. Preview class times, dates, locations, instructor, and section status. Updates show when openings available. Schedule Builder: This tool helps students put together a schedule of classes.

Registration Holds

A registration hold can be placed on your record by various campus offices for a variety of reasons. These holds are intended to help you take care of tasks or obligations that are critical to your success at the University. An example is a hold that will prevent you from registering for classes until you have had an academic advisor appointment. If you have a question about a registration hold and how to resolve it, you can start by asking your college academic advisor. They will either resolve the hold or direct you to the office that can.

Dates and Deadlines

Stay current with important academic dates and deadlines including term start/end dates, cancel/add deadlines, billing due dates, and holidays by checking the academic calendar. To view some of these important dates, turn to page 78 in this booklet.

















Classroom Expectations

For each course, your first day of class will be somewhat similar. Instructors are required to cover ground rules, so to speak. You will learn about expectations for classroom participation and attendance and how those things will affect your grade. You will learn how your grades will be determined and how you can get help outside of class. The course syllabus includes the most pertinent information about the class. You will read about it below.


UMSL is a Research I institution and many of the professors have doctoral degrees. Learning to navigate their expectations both inside and outside the classroom can be difficult, but one of the biggest tools to utilize is the syllabus! For each course you take at UMSL, the instructor will provide you with a syllabus. The syllabus outlines the course objectives, expectations, reading and paper assignments, dates or exams, University policies and your faculty’s contact information. The syllabus may also include information about how to access additional academic and health support resources. Whether the instructor references it many times throughout the semester or never brings it up again, the syllabus provides you a framework for success within the course. Use a planner and write in all assignments and due dates from each syllabus. It is a good idea to keep your syllabi, especially the ones from your major, which you may want to refer to later on. Below, see a sample syllabus. We have also included a tool to help you dissect and reflect on each syllabus on the best ways to be successful in the course.


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Schedule Sample

This schedule is for a 15-credit week (or credit load). Remember the general rule to budget two hours a week (or more) of study time for each hour of coursework. In this example, that means a total of 45 hours for class and study time. You may also have other commitments that will take up time in your weekly schedule such as work, student group meetings, or volunteering. It is important that you budget enough time each week to manage not only your coursework but to take care of your other commitments as well.

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Sample Syllabus

Triton 1003 INSTRUCTOR Danielle Smarty

M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration Office Location: 459 Triton Hall Office Hours: By Appointment (314)xxx-xxxx Email:


This course, required of all incoming students in the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Fine Arts and Communication, is designed to assist students in their transition to the university experience and to UMSL by giving students the knowledge and tools needed to succeed as scholars. The course will also familiarize students with the relationship between their education and their career and personal goals and will assist in developing positive connections with faculty, staff, and peers at UMSL. Students will learn about faculty expectations, support services, and student life, as well as academic disciplines. The course counts toward the 120 credit hours needed for graduation and is offered for one credit hour.


• To assist students in making the transition to the university experience and to UMSL. • To familiarize students with the purpose of higher education and the relationship of their education to their career and personal goals. • To strengthen student knowledge of academic policies, especially those procedures and regulations most important to their success at UMSL. • To facilitate the development of skills that will make the student a more successful learner and university student. • To familiarize students with strategies and support services to ensure academic success. • To establish the values of academic integrity. • To connect students with faculty, staff, and fellow students.

Class information:

This includes a description of the course and the material covered as well as the prerequisites necessary to enroll and be successful in the course. A list of the course objectives and goals for this course as also listed.


• Attend class and participate in discussion consistently. Unexcused absences and/or lack of class participation will result in a grading penalty. • Complete all assignments as posted on class schedule. An assignment that is submitted on time with strong effort will be considered complete. Assignments submitted late or with poor effort will be considered incomplete. Except where noted, all assignments are due before the beginning of class. • Check UMSL email regularly for class updates. We will communicate with you via UMSL email, so please check this account regularly. Page 1


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• Complete the FOCUS II online. The link to this assessment is posted on the Assignments page of the Canvas course site. • Students are required to attend the Study Hall session during Week 9. University Studies will offer an optional Study hall session during Week 15. • Complete the Resource Passport. Detailed expectations and the grading rubric are posted on the Assignments page of the Canvas course site and will be discussed during class. • Complete all assigned online course surveys. Surveys are accessible via Canvas, and a class announcement will be posted and sent to you via email when the surveys are available. • Meet with an academic advisor. This is something you should be doing anyway. We require you to meet with your advisor at least once during the semester.


As instructors we will be understanding, respond to email, helpful, give advice, and help facilitate any questions you may have.


As peer mentors, we will show up, stay supportive, keep in touch, be helpful, and answer questions.


As students we will show-up, be respectful of classmates, share when possible, make an effort, be engaged and have contained fun, be successful, enjoy the snacks, and have appropriate energy.


This section outlines the requirements and expectations of the student and of the instructor. It briefly outlines the participation, coursework, and projects that will be expected in order to succeed in the course.


Your grade for this course is based on the instructor’s assessment of your work in the following areas, as well as your attendance and participation.


Point Breakdown


2pts x 14 class meetings


Writing Reflection

3pts x 10 assigned writing prompts, etc.


Academic Advising Meeting

10pts x 1 appointment


Discomfort Zone

2pts x 3 presentations


Focus 2 Assessment

14pts x 1 required online survey and discussion


Resource Passport

12pts x 1 booklet


Total Points Guidelines and grading rubrics for all categories are posted on the Assignments page. **Extra Credit may be available throughout the semester at the instructors discretion**

Point Total


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GRADING SCALE: 90 and above A 89 - 80 B 79 - 70 C 69 - 60 D 59 and below F

Class work, grading policies, and other grade issues:

This section outlines how you will be assessed in the course, the grading scale, and how individual assignments and exams are weighted. You can see that this particular course includes attendance points, online surveys, classroom activities, and writing reflections.


Emails should be sent through the Canvas course site using the email tool or through your UMSL student email account.


Reasonable accommodations are available for students who require auxiliary aids and other services that may be necessary for those with disabling conditions. Please notify the instructor(s) during the first week of class if any accommodations will be needed for this course. All accommodations must be approved through the director of Disability Access Services in the Millennium Student Center Building, Room 144.


Academic Dishonesty is defined by Collected Rule 200.010 STANDARD OF CONDUCT. The Board of Curators recognizes that academic honesty is essential for the intellectual life of the University. Faculty members have a special obligation to expect high standards of academic honesty in all student work. Students have a special obligation to adhere to such standards. In all cases of academic dishonesty, the instructor shall make an academic judgment about the student’s grade on that work and in that course. The instructor shall report the alleged academic dishonesty to the Primary Administrative Officer.


Turn off all cell phone ringtones and other electronic devices during class. Tardiness to class is disruptive to the instructor(s) and to fellow students, and will negatively impact your grade. Part of the undergraduate experience may entail exposure to differing opinions and beliefs than those of your own. Be respectful of others’ unique backgrounds and life experiences. Personal attacks are strictly prohibited.

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Academic integrity:

This includes the instructor’s policy on how they will handle scholastic dishonesty and potential outcomes for the situation. It may also include the definition and Standard of Conduct.

CAMPUS RESOURCES: • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Calendars & Schedules Campus Maps Career Services: 278 Millennium Student Center Cashier’s Office: 285 Millennium Student Center College of Arts and Sciences: 303 Lucas Hall Financial Aid: 327 Millennium Student Center Office of the Registrar: 269 Millennium Student Center Office of Student Involvement & Office of New Student Programs: 366 Millennium Student Center Technology Support Center: 211 Lucas Student Retention Services (study skills, workshops): 225 Millennium Student Center College of Fine & Performing Arts: 300 Touhill performing Arts Center Health, Wellness and Counseling Services: 131 Millennium Student Center Multicultural Student Services (Academic Coaching, Tutoring, Mentoring, and workshops): 107 Lucas Hall

IMPORTANT: UMSL Student Planner, a great one stop shop for information concerning UMSL academics, student services, campus life, policies, procedures and much more. Help: This section includes information about how you can access tutoring and assistance that will help you to be successful in the course.

Class schedule or important dates:

This final section outlines dues dates or important dates for assignments, readings for each class meeting, and dates of exams. This section can be especially useful in helping you map out your semester and manage your time.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR FALL SEMESTER: Sunday August 27 Monday September 18 Monday November 13

Last day any student may enroll (enter a course for credit). Last day to drop a course or withdraw from school without receiving a grade. Last day to change a course to Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Last day to change a course to Audit. Instructor and Dean’s approval required. Last day a student may drop a course. Instructor’s approval is required. A grade of EX or F will be assigned.

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Strategy for Success

Use this strategy tool to help identify the professor’s priorities, define your course goal, and develop a strategy that will allow you to be successful.

Course: ______________________ Course/Syllabus Details

Course Priorities/Areas of Emphasis: 1. 2. 3. Additional/Special Things I Noticed About the Syllabus or Course:

Expected Level of Course Difficulty (circle one):




My Grade Goal for the Course: Strategy for achieving my goal I will spend _________ hours per week studying or preparing for this course. I plan to study for this class (circle one):


With a Study Group


I plan to study in this location: ___________________________________________________ I expect that the following 3 strategies will allow me to successfully achieve my course goal (e.g. reading required readings before class, reviewing lecture notes each night, forming a study group, etc.). 1. 2. 3.

Sources of Support

I am going to consider using the following resources to help meet my class goal (e.g. professor, TA, Success Coach, classmate/ study group, tutoring, family, etc.). 1. 2.


Managing your time wisely is critical to your success. You have control over how you use your time, your commitments, and the decisions you make regarding your time management.

Setting Priorities

Former US President Dwight D. Eisenhower is said to have organized his workload and priorities based on two categories: important and urgent. Important activities help us achieve our goals, while urgent activities demand immediate attention. When we categorize activities by urgency and importance, we are able to identify tasks that waste time.




Quadrant 1: Crises

Quadrant 2: Goals/Planning

• Requires IMMEDIATE attention • Works toward fulfulling long-term goals

• Centered around planning • Helps achieve important goals


STRATEGY - Schedule It



Quadrant 3: Interruptions

Quadrant 4: Distractions

• Requires attention, but doesn’t help achieve goals • Often involves helping other people meet their own goals

• Typically characterized as “time wasters” • Does not help achieve long-term goals

STRATEGY - Delegate/Push back

STRATEGY - Don’t Do It

*Matrix attributed to President Eisenhower and popularized by Stephen Covey.


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Time Management

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Enter the estimated time you spend on each of the following activities:

SleepingPersonal Activities (shower, hair, etc.)

___Hrs/day x 7 days = ___Hrs/week

Eating (including prep time and clean up)

___Hrs/day x 7 days = ___Hrs/week

Travel to/from school

___Hrs/day x 7 days = ___Hrs/week

Time in Classes/Labs


Study Time (recommended 2 hours for every hour in class)


Travel to/from work




Activities (volunteering, church, etc.)




Leisure Time (TV, internet, etc.)





___Hrs/week ___Hrs/week Total Hours Spent on Activities


Number of Hours in a week

168 Hrs/week

Less Total Hours Spent on Activities – ___Hrs/week = TOTAL:


If you ended up with a negative total, you do not have enough time to accomplish everything. You need to evaluate how you are spending your time and if there are activities you can cut back on. If you ended up with a positive total, then this is the extra time you have each week for additional activities.

Important Time Management Tips 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.


Take control of your time Overcome procrastination Set Priorities Stay Focused Create a workable weekly schedule

6. Use a planner 7. Maintain a To-Do list 8. Organize your day 9. Don’t overextend yourself 10. Reduce distractions

• • • • • • •

Identify fixed commitments such as classes, meetings, work, and other regular activities. Set aside time for eating, sleeping, and exercising. Block out study times on your schedule; making sure to keep in mind what time of day you study best. Balance your activities: don’t forget to schedule time for yourself to relax and unwind. Schedule social activities. Be realistic. Accept your habits (good or bad) and schedule accordingly. Think of making schedules as practicing a skill.








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Schedule Your Time

Making a weekly schedule allows you to better manage your time. Successful time management leads to a more balanced life, helps you achieve more, and reduces stress. Here are some tips for creating a weekly schedule:

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Major Exploration and Career Planning

Deciding on your major or career can feel like an overwhelming decision at times. It is important to understand that making those decisions is actually a process, and it will take some time. The University of Missouri-St. Louis has many great resources on campus to help you along the way. Two key resources that all students should use to explore majors and careers are your college’s advising office and career services. • Your academic advisor can suggest classes that will help you explore your interests, and is knowledgeable about majors and requirements for graduation. • Career services staff are available to all students to assist with self-exploration, career assessments, resume writing, searching for internships, and much more. The checklist on this page includes some ways that you can jump-start your major and career exploration during your first year at UMSL.


¨¨ Explore your options: To explore your interests, strengths, personality, and values, and how these relate to your major and career options, make an appointment with a career counselor. ¨¨ Decide on a major: Review the list of majors on the following pages. Cross off all the majors you know you are not interested in. Begin more in-depth research on remaining majors. ¨¨ Get involved: Join at least one student club or volunteer with a local organization. Choose organizations that you are passionate about. ¨¨ Register for a major or career exploration course. Learn about tools that will help you explore major and career options. ¨¨ Visit the Career Services Office. ¨¨ Create a CareerKey account to look for employers, or internships.

Career Services

278 Millennium Student Center 314-516-5111 Hours: Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Degree-seeking students and recent graduates receive a number of free services designed to help achieve professional goals. Career services professionals are committed to supporting our diverse and talented student and alumni population.

Career development

Meet with a professional to discuss the tools that will be most helpful in your career development. We offer career assessments, online resources, and individual support to guide you in your career decision-making. Assessments offered include the Strong Interest Inventory, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and FOCUS2. Some assessments are fee-based.


Career readiness/coaching

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Get ideas for how to target your resume, achieve interview success, and how to access our job and internship database. Participate in a workshop or employer program and attend our Fall Internship & Job Fair and Spring Career Fair. A professional is available to assist with your search for internships/ co-op and part-time and full-time degree-related positions.


Career tools

Visit our website to access a variety of career development and job-search-related information. We have links to O-Net (includes job outlook and salary information on a national and state level), “What can I do with this major?,” GoingGlobal (an online resource that provides professional advice and employment information for over 28 countries and 40 U.S. cities), and to a variety of short and informative videos on career-related topics.

Internship & job leads

Access our online database of employers, internships/co-ops, and jobs. Start your profile and upload your resume. We will review your resume the first time you upload it into the system.


It’s risky to get career advice from your Facebook friends. Having a ten-page resume is not a good idea “Attractive” is not a job skill You can’t wear flip flops forever Friendly office staff is ready to help!

278 MSC • 314-516-5111 •

Career fairs & events

Gain access to employers by stopping by employers tabling on-campus, attending career events, participating in on-campus interviews, and attending our fall and spring career fairs.


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Academic Support

College is challenging. Seeking help early and often can support your academic goals. Don’t struggle through a course without seeking help. It’s everywhere and all you have to do is ask. Many academic departments offer tutoring services. Resources such as the chemistry department are staffed by tutors and teaching assistants. They offer drop-in course assistance throughout the day.


Thomas Jefferson Library 314-516-5060

St. Louis Mercantile Library 314-516-7240

Bulletin Board /Display Counters:

Patrons may request that fliers, handouts, or other printed materials be displayed in the libraries. The reference librarians or the libraries’ administrative office will approve materials prior to posting. The materials will be posted on the bulletin board at the Thomas Jefferson Library or on the display counters at the St. Louis Mercantile. If materials are posted on walls, glass, elevators, or any other surface, they will be immediately removed.

Circulation Desks:

The Thomas Jefferson Library has a circulation desk (located just inside the entrance) where you can check out books, laptops, reserve items, pick up MERLIN/MOBIUS or Interlibrary Loan books and speak to someone about overdue or lost/damaged items. Interlibrary Loan is also located behind the Thomas Jefferson Circulation Desk if you need to talk to one of the ILL staff members.

Copiers & Scanners:

The Thomas Jefferson Library has several options for scanning and copying materials for your research. Bookeye scanners are available for free at the Thomas Jefferson Library (3rd and 5th floor). You can either email your scans or save them to a flash/thumb drive. For large (or color) scans, a flash/thumb drive is recommended. Copiers are available for a fee at the Thomas Jefferson Library. The cost is $0.10 per copy and the copiers accept dollar bills and change. A bill changer is available in the Thomas Jefferson Library that accepts $1, $5, and $20 bills. Flatbed scanners are available in the computer labs. Please ask a lab consultant for assistance.


(Thomas Jefferson Library only) Laptops may be checked out at the circulation desk on the main floor (third level). A limited number of laptops are available for a two hour, in-library checkout to current University of Missouri–St. Louis students. Library Instruction Room #315 (Thomas Jefferson Library): The Library Instruction Room #315 is located on the entrance floor of the Thomas Jefferson Library (North Campus), near the large stairwell visible from the building’s entrance. Library instruction sessions are held there upon faculty request.

Library Research Commons (LRC):

The LRC is one of many computing labs available to faculty, staff, students, and other authorized users at the Thomas Jefferson Library. The LRC is staffed by student consultants who can orient you about the hardware and software that are available. They can also assist with many software issues. Users must log in using their SSO ID. Please refer to UMSL’s Information Technology Services site for additional information.


There are 10 study rooms on Level 5 of the Thomas Jefferson Library that are available for UMSL student use only. Keys to the rooms may be checked out at the current periodicals desk (fifth level), with a valid UMSL ID card, for a two-hour period. Study Rooms are available 30 minutes after the Library opens, and close 30 minutes before the Library’s posted closing time: 2 large study rooms (7-10 people) 2 medium study rooms (4-6 people) 6 small study rooms (1-3 people)

Video and media equipment:

Thomas Jefferson Library has a media room on the fifth level with a TV and players for DVDs & CDs. The room is for UMSL students only. A key to the room may be checked out at the current periodicals/microform desk with a valid UMSL ID card, for a two-hour period. The room is checked out on a first come, first-served basis. DVDs and CDs can be played on any computer in the Library Research Commons (LRC). Headphones are available for checkout from the lab consultant.

Math and Writing Academic Center 222 Social Science Building 314-516-6863

Students needing help to improve their mathematics or writing skills are able to receive free assistance in the Math and Writing Academic Center.

Multicultural Student Services 107 Lucas Hall 314-516-6807 Hours: Monday–Thursday: 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

The Office of Multicultural Student Services is committed to creating a strong sense of community among students, faculty, and staff that personifies respect, accountability, and acceptance of all individuals. Services provided by our professional team are intentionally developed to enhance a student’s academic skills, professional and leadership development, networking, cultural enrichment and campus engagement. Students will be assigned a counselor to assist with navigating the college campus successfully. The Office of Multicultural Student Services is committed to providing comprehensive services as outlined below: • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Academic coaching Academic tutoring Peer mentoring Diversity training, cultural enrichment programming and off-campus educational activities Professional development and networking seminars Educational and career planning Individualized prescriptive plans Leadership development Post-baccalaureate planning Effective study skills development Guest speakers and student recognition activities Male and female mentoring programs Speaker series


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Study Rooms:

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NetTutor The university pays for an online tutoring service called NetTutor. It is free and available to all UMSL students. This service can be accessed by logging into MyGateway and accessing the Blackboard Tools menu in the current courses.

Science and Technology Center

125 Stadler Hall This facility lets students have informal learning experiences in science areas. Tutors are free and available to students in areas of chemistry, biochemistry, biology, physics, and psychology.

Student Retention Services 225 Millennium Student Center 314-516-5300

Student Retention Services provides guidance and support for UMSL students to promote academic success and progress toward degree completion. This office enhances student success by offering a variety of programs and services which include: personal academic coaching, developmental workshops, and referrals to other campus resources. The SRS staff is committed to assisting students in meeting their academic and professional goals.

Disability Access Services

144 Millennium Student Center 314-516-6554 The mission of Disability Access Services is to acknowledge the uniqueness of each student as a valuable member of the UMSL community. Recognizing UMSL’s commitment to equal access to education, we strive to ensure full and equal participation in all education opportunities by: • Providing individualized, appropriate accommodations, and services; • Maintaining a high level of involvement with campus administrators, faculty, and staff; • Helping students with disabilities develop and maintain independence and self-advocacy skills for college and beyond.

Student Responsibilities:

If you are a student with a disability, you are expected to complete the same degree requirements as your peers. We are here to provide reasonable accommodations to support your academic success.

Registering Procedures:

• Complete the DAS application and registration form and schedule a meeting with the office • Provide appropriate documentation of your disability

Services available through DAS include: • • • • • • • •


Pre-admission counseling Specialized testing accommodations (extended time, quiet environment, etc.) In-class accommodations Alternate textbook resources Certified interpreters for deaf students Special furniture accommodations Transcription upon request Emergency location procedures for mobility-impaired students

Campus Accessibility

All buildings on the UMSL’s campus are architecturally accessible. They contain elevators and an accessible entrance for students with mobility impairments and wheelchairs. Structural accessibility is an on-going process on the UMSL campus. The program coordinator of DAS will assist in making all programs and academic courses accessible to students with disabling conditions. Doing this, however, sometimes involves creative scheduling of classes or occasionally moving a class to another classroom. The campus is divided into two sections, North Campus, and South Campus. The interactive campus maps, available on the UMSL website, offer useful information for accessibility purposes, identified of buildings, and accessible parking. The maps will only detail information on those buildings where a student would need access to either classes or meetings with staff or faculty. Accessible parking areas are indicated on the maps by the handicap symbol. Disability Access Services is committed to improving the total university experience for all students with disabilities. Students who are interested in registering for possible accommodations through DAS are encouraged to call or e-mail the office to make an appointment.

Quick List of Tutors, Study Spaces and More Department/Course





Accounting Resource Lab


489-Social Science Building (SSB)


Economics Resource Center


452- Social Science Building (SSB)


Finance Tutors


502-Social Science Building (SSB)

Information Systems

IS Lab


200-Express Scripts Hall (ESH)




213-Express Scripts Hall (ESH)




103-Social Science Building (SSB) /003-Express Scripts Hall (ESH)




103-Social Science Building (SSB)

INFSYS3806/INFSYS3816/INFSYS3844 Tutors


003/200-Express Scripts Hall (ESH)

Business Statistics



232-Express Scripts Hall (ESH)

Operations Management



240-Express Scripts Hall (ESH)


Mathematics and Writing Academic Center


222-Social Science Building (SSB)

College Algebra

Math Technology Learning Center


50-JCPenney Building




222-Social Science Building (SSB)


Study Spaces

Seton Hall/Nursing Admin Bldg

Math and Writing Academic Center

Study Spaces, Tutors, Academic Coaches, Workshops

222 Social Science Building

Multicultural Student Services

Study Spaces, Tutors, Academic Coaches, Workshops

107 Lucas Hall

Science and Technology Center

Study Spaces, Tutors, Academic Coaches, Workshops

125 Stadler Hall

Student Retention Services

Study Spaces, Tutors, Academic Coaches, Workshops

225 Millennium Student Center


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• Computers equipped with adaptive software • Coordination with community resources including Vocational Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Services for the Blind, and Paraquad

Making the Transition Successfully navigating the transition to college involves knowing where to turn for help when you need it. To maximize your education, challenge yourself not only to access resources and create a support system, but also to build friendships with students whose experiences are different from yours. The community that you build here will prepare you for a diverse and global work place. The mission of the Office of New Student Programs (NSP) is to provide quality transitional experiences that maximize students’ potential for personal and academic success. Our goals are to help students understand their transition and how to thrive in it, communicate academic expectations and pathways, share information on how to navigate resources, foster community, and convey the importance of student engagement. NSP will be a constant support in your first year at the University of Missouri-St. Louis – long after you have completed Orientation and experienced Weeks of Welcome. This publication will answer your questions and help you navigate the vast resources on campus. Use this booklet into your first semester to ensure a successful first year at UMSL.

New Student Programs

366 Millennium Student Center 314-516-5291



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Welcome Programs .......................................................73-74 Triton Take-Off Weekend Schedule at a Glance .......75 ....................................................76-77 Tips for Your First Year Important Dates ..............................................................78

Whether you are a freshman or a transfer student, these programs are designed to meet your needs. By the time school starts, our hope is that you will be confident about starting the school year and that you feel you belong here at UMSL.

Triton Take-Off Weekend

Triton Take-Off Weekend is the second step of your transition. While you will get a glimpse into your individual UMSL experience at Orientation, Triton Take-Off Weekend provides you the opportunity to see yourself as a member of the UMSL community. You will end the weekend with new friends, confidence in navigating campus, and knowledge of how to leverage resources to ensure a successful transition.

Weeks of Welcome

To continue with the transition and learn more about the academic and social opportunities on campus, students are invited to attend a wide variety of events during the first six weeks of classes know as Weeks of Welcome (WOW). These events are sponsored by several campus departments, academic colleges, student organizations, and community vendors, all designed to help students transition to life at UMSL. These workshops will help you: • Develop confidence and competence as a university student • Establish positive connections with faculty, staff, and classmates • Understand the impact of your personal choices • Engage in behaviors that promote your personal health and well-being • Recognize yourself as a member of a diverse campus community During the first six weeks, we challenge all new students to complete at least eight events around campus. These events highlighted will allow you to swipe at these events to upload and tally your attendance. These events will be a part of your cocurricular experience in your first year experience courses known as the “Triton Challenge”. Throughout the Weeks of Welcome booklet you will notice color logos that represent the following categories: Blue: Academic Green: Social and Traditions: Campus Traditional Programming Red: Personal Development: Health and Wellness, Career, Financial Literacy Orange: Diversity, Community and Service For a complete schedule and more information about Triton Take-Off Weekend and Weeks of Welcome:


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Welcome Programs

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Extend Your Community/Connections Beyond Orientation Triton Take-Off Weekend and Weeks of Welcome introduce and build upon various communities within the University. Here are some ways you will build on your Orientation experience.


Small group community:

You are grouped with other students from your college of enrollment and have an Orientation Leader to lead you through the program.

You will be assigned to a small group with other new students led by a Weeks of Welcome crew leader. You will have an opportunity to connect with all new students during this program. Event Highlights: Kickoff Meeting, small group discussions

College community:

You have a college meeting and meet with your academic advisor to select your courses for the semester.

You will spend a half day (College Day) with your college of enrollment meeting faculty, staff members, and other peers. Event Highlights: Serendipity Sendoff, College Day Welcome Meet and Greet

UMSL community:

You have the option to explore parts of campus but the focus will be on a few buildings.

You will explore UMSL campus in its entirely by learning to navigate the North and South campus. This includes utilizing the Campus Shuttle and Metro in order to reach scheduled events. There are many events during Triton Take-Off Weekend where all new students will be together in one space. Event Highlights: Keynote Speaker, Olympics, Campus Tour, Welcome Back Picnic

There will be plenty of opportunities to gather as a new student cohort and learn more about the UMSL campus. Event Highlights: Campus Safe Walk

STL community:

You do not have the opportunity to explore the STL community.

Your UMSL community extends to local businesses and non-profit organizations throughout St. Louis. You will attend Explore STL and explore areas off campus so you can learn to take advantage of all the STL has to offer. Event Highlights: Shopping Shuttle, Explore STL College 101 session, WOW Adventures

During WOW you will have an opportunity to explore the STL community led by WOW leaders. There is one WOW Adventure each week and requires a registration for each event with some fees that may apply. Event Highlights: UMSL Night at the Ballpark, City Museum, Six Flags Frightfest, Balloon Glow


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Friday, August 18, 2017 New Student Move-In Day Honors Orientation Meet your WOW Crew Leader Kickoff and Keynote Speaker: Ryan Penneau

Saturday, August 19, 2017 Donuts with the Deans Strange Like Me Books, Business & Brunch STL Metro Link Scavenger Hunt Residential Life and Housing Mandatory Meeting Welcome Back Party at Oak Hall

Sunday, August 20, 2017 Find Your Faith Meet & Greet Morning Motivation Pinterest Party UMSL Student Sessions/Class Tours Serendipity Sendoff Welcome Back Picnic

Check your UMSL-Email in early August, to meet your WOW Crew Leaders and Team Number. Visit for detailed schedule for Triton Take-Off Weekend and Weeks of Welcome Events!


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New students often hear that in college, “You can go to class anytime you want.” NOT TRUE. Some classes may seem less interesting than others, but college is not for entertainment. Experienced students often say that the more time they spend in class, the less time they need to study outside of class.

Tip #2: Learn the campus

One campus tour seldom provides the geographical knowledge necessary to get around a major university. Become an explorer and spend time locating major academic and service departments. Don’t become a senior who is still trying to find the library.

Tip #3: Know the university has academic rules

No one memorizes all the rules — but have a copy available. Academic policies are usually found on the web page and almost always in the student handbook or catalog. Do not become one of those who says, “But nobody told me …”

Tip #4: Check out rumors

Rumors of all types fly across a campus. While almost all do have a particle of truth, most rumors are largely fiction. Check program or academic rumors with professors or advisers before changing anything related to class preparation or scheduling.

Tip #5: Budget time

Have a social life, but plan for your study time. Do not begin to study for a test or write a paper the night before things are due. Read syllabi early for dates and note them on a calendar. Remember, sleep is also necessary, so budget for that as well.

Tip #6: Accept constructive criticism

Keep in mind that when a professor critiques your work, he or she is doing you a favor. This is not personal; any work can be improved. The more “red marks” you see on a paper, the more time the professor took to point out ways for you to improve. It is very frustrating to see a grade assigned to a paper or test and no comments or feedback as to how that grade was determined or how you can do better next time.

Tip #7: Realize that being a student is a full-time job

You can’t work hard only one day a week and earn acceptable grades. Look at collegiate life as a full-time career for the present. Focus on good academic habits, social skills and balancing priorities. Now is the time to develop skills that will be expected after graduation in your selected career.


Tip #8: Develop an appreciation for the mastery of language

No matter what your major or discipline of interest, the single most important skill for life success is communication. Understand what language is acceptable and in what situations. How you communicate your skills and thoughts demonstrates the depth of your education. Even if your grades in technical courses get you that first job, it is your communication skills — usually in writing — that get you that promotion.

Tip #9: Become a part of university life

Becoming part of the campus community is just as important as going to class, writing papers, and taking exams. Don’t join every group, but be selective and participate in activities that will offer balance to your life. Take advantage of the variety of university experiences.

Tip #10: Get to know your professors before you graduate Begin by targeting some faculty that you think are

worth knowing before you graduate. Who are you likely to have in more than one course? These are the professors who will evaluate your work, supply references for future career options or graduate school, and help guide your intellectual development. Most faculty are very approachable. These are the people who will help you attain the goals you have set for yourself.

Tip #11: Have the courage of your confusions

In high school, a good student is supposed to know all the answers and get everything right. But in college, you take on more difficult challenges and more demanding material. It is no longer possible to have “all the answers.” Beyond college, that kind of high school perfection isn’t even remotely possible. Learn to be patient with others and with yourself. Learn to function well in situations where 100% success isn’t possible; seek out and value the big questions which are more important than answers.

Tip #12: Be patient with yourself

You will make errors or mistakes during your collegiate career. Please be assured that you are not DOOMED. When you realize or even think you have goofed, set out to correct it.

Tip #13: Make your own decisions

Seeking advice is always nice. Trying to play it safe and avoid making decisions can lead to as many problems as making uninformed or risky choices. Weigh options and gather as much information as possible. Accept responsibility for your decisions.

If you enter college just to please everyone else, or even anyone else, you will end up pleasing no one. If you let others decide what you are going to study, where you attend college, and what you are going to be; you have ignored your responsibility to yourself.

Tip #15: Know your academic situation before the withdraw period

If you have a question or concern about how you are doing in a class, go to the professor and discuss it. Keep yourself informed and record all grades received for each assignment. Read each syllabus carefully and pay attention to the weight of all assignments as they determine the final grade in each course. Keep all grades updated.

Tip #16: Learn to communicate in the classroom

There are no dumb questions concerning subject matter. If you don’t know or don’t understand something, chances are several of your classmates don’t either. Learning to ask questions is a skill. Develop it!

Tip #17: Safeguard your physical and mental wellbeing

When exhausted, rest. Eat proper food and know when to relax. Plan exercise into your schedule. No one is going to thank you for working yourself into a frazzle or getting ill, let alone for staying up all night. It is amazing how many students demand their independence and simply do not know how to take care of themselves.

Tip #18: Accept responsibility for yourself and your behavior

If what you say and do is prompted by others, or if nothing is ever your fault because others “pushed” you, you cannot claim to be an adult, just an immature follower.

Tip #19: It does not help to blame others for your academic problems

If you are not doing well academically, get help. Very few students get through college without some assistance. If it takes you longer to learn material or even to graduate, so what? Remove distractions when studying. Go to review sessions and use tutoring services. Go to class and participate.

Tip #20: Locate and use all university services

The university does want you to succeed and will help you any way it can. Services offered by the university range from math and writing skills centers to personal counseling. Let the university serve you. After all, it is your school. You are paying for these services anyway, in the form of tuition and fees.

Tip #21: Write home

It may sound silly, but parents and family can prove to be the best support service. Families honestly want to know how you are doing. They may not be able to do more than listen, but that act alone is essential to your well-being. Siblings, grandparents, and neighborhood friends are in your corner and want you to succeed. Let them share in your new life. P.S. email works great!


Making the Transition

Tip #14: You are in school for your education, not someone else’s


Check your University email account or your MyView self-service student center for your enrollment date

Newly Admitted Freshmen and Transfers

Fall 2017: April 18 or later

Finalize at Orientation

Spring 2018 Nov. 21 or later

Finalize at Orientation

Fall 2017: April 4

Continuing Students

Spring 2018 Nov. 7

AVAILABLE ONLINE TO VIEW Five Business Days After the End of the Term


MidMarch 2017

Schedule of Classes

MidOctober 2017



Monday Aug. 21 2017

Tuesday Jan. 2 2018

Tuesday Jan. 16 2018

Labor Day

Monday Sept. 4 2017


Saturday Dec. 9 2017

Saturday Jan. 13 2018

Saturday May 5 2018

Fall Break

Saturday Nov. 18-26 2017

Final Exams

Monday Dec. 11-16 2017

Monday May 7-12 2018 Dec. 16 2017 - Jan. 15 2018


LAST DAY TO... Add courses online

Monday Aug. 27 2017

Saturday Jan. 22 2018

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday Jan. 15 2018

Drop with 100% Reassessment *

Sunday Aug. 27 2017

Monday Jan. 22 2017

Spring Break

Mar. 24 - Apr. 1 2018

Drop without a grade

Monday Sept. 18 2017

Monday Feb. 12 2018

Changing grading option (Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory)

Monday Sept. 18 2017

Monday Feb. 12 2018

Applications for graduation due

Two Terms Before Anticipated Graduation Date

Date to have balance paid to enroll for a new term

Monday Nov.1 2017

Monday Apr. 1 2018


Saturday Dec. 16 2017

Withdraw from course with an excused/or failing grade

Saturday Nov. 12 2017

Monday Apr. 16 2018



FALL 2017


Sat. May 12 & Sun. May 13



*If your Fall semester classes do not start on 8/22/17 and end on 12/17/17 or your Spring classes do not start on 1/17/18 and end on 5/13/18, please contact the Cashier’s Office as your fee reassessment for withdrawal or dropping may differ from the regular reassessment. Fee reassessment for short classes or classes not in the regular session will be based on the course’s total number of calendar days (weekends and holidays included) and the number of calendar days that the student was enrolled in the class.



















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