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Missouri University of Science and Technology
Missouri S&T is a leading research institution that brings together the collaborative efforts of...

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Rolla, Missouri

Missouri S&T is a leading research institution that brings together the collaborative efforts of both faculty and students. The University’s commitment to technological and scientific discovery has led to amazing achievements, both in the realms of academia as well as return on investment.

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
6,520 undergraduate students
89% of undergrad students are full time
77% male — 23% female
17% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
364 full-time faculty
103 part-time faculty
18 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

40% of students live on campus.

Retention Fall 2014

86% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

63% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 8%
Hispanic/Latino 3%
Black or African American 4%
White 77%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 3%

First Year Experience

The First Year Experience (FYE) is the backbone of S&T’s undergraduate education. In order for students to be successful, they need to develop and master certain foundational skills. The FYE introduces students to college-level academics, and builds upon skills in critical thinking and writing. 

Hit the Ground Running (HGR)

HGR is a summer program that allows incoming freshman to get a sneak peek of college life. Participants come to campus for a three-week program and explore areas of math, chemistry, and English. Students are also introduced to the campus, research tips, and leadership opportunities. As an added bonus, participants earn credit for their work.

OURE Fellows Program

The OURE Fellows Program allows undergraduates to engage in interdisciplinary research projects. In order to be considered for the program, students must conduct their research under the supervision of a faculty member. Participants must also present their proposals at the Annual Undergraduate Research Conference. A panel of judges selects certain proposals to be turned into projects.

Service Learning

Missouri S&T views service learning as a valuable and integral part of the undergraduate experience. The University has been expanding its efforts to provide service learning (SL) opportunities to all students. There are many benefits to participating in SL courses. Students are given the chance to apply what they have learned in the classroom, and community organizations benefit from student involvement. In SL courses, students are pushed to reflect upon their work and draw connections between their service and academics.

Learning Enhancement Across all Disciplines (LEAD)

7 Principles: Missouri S&T observes “Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education.” Each principle outlines a specific sector of the university experience.

  • Principle 1: Encourage Student-Faculty Contact: The first principle is vital to a quality education. Faculty contact increases student motivation and comprehension of course material. Faculty are encouraged to maintain an open line of communication among all students, both in a group setting and individually.
  • Principle 2: Encourage Cooperation among Students: Collaboration and cooperation among students is highly beneficial. Not only do students retain more of the course material, but they learn to work among peers with different ideas and backgrounds.
  • Principle 3: Encourage Active Learning: Education must be active. Students gain nothing when they are not engaged with the material. S&T faculty pushe students to get involved with their education and take ownership of their academic journey.
  • Principle 4: Give Prompt, Frequent, Informative Feedback: Faculty are responsible for providing feedback to students regarding potential and academic performance. By giving feedback, students are able to gauge where they stand and where they need to improve.
  • Principle 5: Emphasize Time on Task: The fifth principle is all about time management. It’s incredibly important that students learn how to use their time effectively so that tasks are completed on time.
  • Principle 6: Communicate High Expectations: It’s important that students set goals that are both high, but within reason. Faculty can assist in this process by guiding students’ objectives and creating a timeline for achieving those goals.
  • Principle 7: Respect and Encompass Diverse Talents and Learning Styles: Faculty need to be aware that all students do not learn the same. In fact, learning styles can vary drastically among individuals. With that in mind, faculty should work to incorporate several different methods into their teaching style.

On-Track Program

The On-Track program is an awesome resource for at-risk students. An “at-risk” student is one whose personal and academic motivation needs a little extra boost in order to reach full potential. On-Track seminars explore topics of self-management, study habits, and utilization of campus resources. The program requires a small time commitment of 12-15 hours a semester. There are major benefits to participation, including a significant increase in GPA and networking.

Experiential Learning

Experiential learning (EL) is outside the traditional lecture structure. EL pushes students beyond rote memorization and into the application of concepts and ideas. EL methods include: research, student design, service learning, leadership learning, Co-Op, internship, externship, and study abroad. S&T embraces all of these methods, and aims to involve each and every student in a handful of EL practices prior to graduation.

The Second Year Experience

The SYE is just as important as the FYE. Sophomores have plenty of decisions to make and new challenges to overcome. Second year students must narrow down major and career options, which can be incredibly stressful. The SYE aims to keep students connected to the campus and to one another so that they do not feel alone in their journey.

Learning Communities

Living Learning Communities: LLCs connect students by pairing residence life with academics. In an LLC, students benefit from academic and personal support form peers and faculty. Missouri S&T encourages students to participate in an LLC in order to build leadership skills and form community bonds with peers.

Connections Communities: Connections Communities are typically offered to upperclassmen students. The LLC focuses on a specific theme or interest, and the structure allows students to direct most of the programming and activities.

Holistic: In the Holistic LLC, students agree to live a substance-free life. The goal of the community is to promote healthy choices in all areas of one’s life. Students will learn how to maintain a healthy balance in their academic and social endeavors. 

Voyager: The Voyager LLC is only open to first year students. Participants in this community live with one another and take classes structured in block scheduling. Voyager gives freshman a safe and supportive environment where they can explore their passions and thrive in school.


S&T students are eligible for Co-Op experiences when they enter their second year. A Co-Op is a great way to get a leg up on the competition. Students that participate gain industry knowledge, as well as hands-on experience in their field of interest. Students that are preparing for a Co-Op should clean up their resume and attend workshops at COER.


Admissions Fall 2014

3,577 Total Applicants
3,071 Total Admissions
1,288 Total Freshmen Enrollment

85.85% of applicants admitted

Freshmen Profile Fall 2014

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 540 670
SAT Math 600 700
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 26 31
ACT Math 26 31
ACT English 25 31
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator



  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $8,220 $24,087
Fees $1,317 $1,317
Total $9,537 $25,404
Room and Board (on campus) $9,425 $9,425
Room Only $5,975 $5,975
Board Only $3,450 $3,450
Estimated Total On Campus $18,962 $34,829


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

95% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
55% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$8,531 Average amount of federal state local or institutional grant aid received
$6,884 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

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