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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 2015 Enrollment
6,839 undergraduate students
90% of undergrad students are full time
77% male — 23% female
18% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
404 full-time faculty
138 part-time faculty
19 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

40% of students live on campus.

Retention Fall 2015

87% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

65% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 7%
Hispanic/Latino 3%
Black or African American 3%
White 77%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 4%


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, priming them to be successful scholars throughout their undergraduate careers.

Hit the Ground Running (HGR)

Hit the Ground Running (HGR) is a summer program that allows incoming freshmen to get a sneak peek of college life. Participants come to campus for a three-week program to  explore areas of math, chemistry, and English. Students are also introduced to the campus, helpful 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. Students in the program conduct their research under the supervision of a faculty member after presenting their proposals at the Annual Undergraduate Research Conference. A panel of judges selects the proposals that they find promising and then provide them with the outlets through which to pursue their curiosities in research.


Missouri S&T views service-learning (SL) as a valuable and integral part of the undergraduate experience, expanding its efforts to provide SL opportunities to all students. There are many fulfilling benefits to participating in SL courses; students are given the chance to apply what they have learned in the classroom, all while making positive contributions to community organizations. In SL courses, students are pushed to reflect upon their work, drawing connections between their service and academics in order to understand how they can enact change as responsible citizens.

Learning Enhancement Across all Disciplines (LEAD)

Missouri S&T observes “Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education.” Each principle outlines a specific sector of the University experience in order to ensure a fulfilling experience.

  • Principle 1 – Encourage Student-Faculty Contact: This first principle is vital to a quality education; faculty contact increases students’ motivation as well as their comprehension of course material. Faculty are encouraged to maintain an open line of communication among all students, both in group settings 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 also 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, so S&T faculty push them 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 their 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: This fifth principle is all about time management. It’s incredibly important that students learn how to use their time effectively so that their tasks may be completed on time.
  • Principle 6 – Communicate High Expectations: It’s vital that students set goals that are high (yet realistic and attainable!). 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 not all students learn the same way. 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 their full potential. On-Track seminars explore topics of self-management, study habits, and the efficient utilization of campus resources. This program requires a small time commitment that produces major results, including a significant increase in GPA.

Experiential Learning

Experiential learning (EL) is an educational approach that functions outside of 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, internships, externships, and study abroad. S&T embraces all of these methods, aiming to involve each and every student in a handful of EL practices prior to graduation.

The Second-Year Experience

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

Learning Communities

Living-Learning Communities: LLCs connect students through an integration academics into residence life. In an LLC, students benefit from academic and personal support form their peers and professors alike. Missouri S&T encourages students to participate in an LLC in order to build their leadership skills and form community bonds with peers, all while excelling in their major field of study.

Connections Communities: Connections Communities are residential experiences typically offered to upperclassmen. This LLC focuses on a specific theme or interest, structured to make it easy to organize events and activities.

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

Voyager: The Voyager LLC is exclusive to first-year students. Participants in this community live with one another and take classes structured in block scheduling. Through their shared experiences and lifestyle, freshmen are able to thrive in a safe and supportive environment in which they can explore their passions get comfortable at the University.


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, immersing them in projects that grant them industry knowledge as well as hands-on experience in their field of interest.


Admissions Fall 2015

3,592 Total Applicants 
3,164 Total Admissions 
1,489 Total Freshman Enrollment

88.08% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 520 660
SAT Math 560 640
SAT Writing 490 640
ACT Composite 25 31
ACT Math 26 30
ACT English 26 30
ACT Writing 7 8


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Expenses In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $8,286 $24,810
Fees $1,342 $1,342
Total $9,628 $26,152
Room and Board (on campus) $9,725 $9,725
Room Only $6,165 $6,165
Board Only $3,560 $3,560
Estimated Total On Campus $19,353 $35,877 


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

96% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
54% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$8,805 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$6,873 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates