Classes began Aug. 20 at the University of Missouri–St. Louis and the fall semester is in full swing.
- First-day undergraduate enrollment (9,328 students) was up 1.5 percent, as the campus attracted its largest influx of new students (2,509) since 1999. UMSL is seeing a strong growth in nursing (up 20 percent), engineering (up 11 percent) and business (up 3 percent). The first-time freshmen class is larger (up 5 percent at 535 students) and smarter – at least test-wise. This year’s incoming freshmen set a record with an average ACT score of 24.
- Health conscious students can workout in the newly renovated fitness center in the Mark Twain Athletic & Fitness Center at UMSL. The new advanced motion trainers such as ellipticals, treadmills and stair steppers come with a TV in each of the machines.
- UMSL archaeologist Michael Cosmopoulos has been awarded a $275,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue his summer excavations in Greece. In 2010, Cosmopoulos and his team uncovered the oldest written record in Europe at an excavation site in Iklaina, Greece.
- Art and music are the great equalizers to language barriers, and the two played an important role when an official delegation from UMSL visited Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Dubrovnik in Croatia this summer. The trip included UMSL Chancellor Tom George. It was spearheaded by Rita Csapo-Sweet, associate professor of media studies at UMSL.
- UMSL finance senior and Florissant resident Jonathan McMiller did such a great job during his summer internship at Boeing that the company extended the internship through December, when he graduates. To learn more about McMiller and his Boeing internship click here.
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UMSL is the largest university in the region. More than 16,000 students from 48 states and 62 countries are enrolled with 50,000 additional students enrolled in non-credit continuing education programs. It employs more than 1,400 full-time and part-time teaching and research faculty members. While its graduates have taken leadership roles nationally and internationally, their influence remains centered in the St. Louis region. More than 75 percent of UMSL’s 80,000 graduates still live and work in the region.