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Student Activities and Involvement at UMSL

The UMSL Experience ensures a wide variety of opportunities both inside and outside the classroom for students to become engaged with new ideas, people and experiences. Our diverse students take part in more than 100 student organizations – or start their own. Embodying the university’s mission of community engagement, many students volunteer and have class experiences or internships working with local organizations. UMSL’s academic resources provide a welcoming environment for adjusting to college, exploring online courses, learning about different cultures and much more.


In addition, a regional Great Rivers Greenway bike trail runs through campus, and a new, state-of-the-art Wellness Center, which opened in 2015, expanded opportunities for on-campus activity. UMSL's calendar is packed with concerts, athletic events, cultural exhibitions and social events. And with two MetroLink stops adjacent to campus, all of the major attractions and events St. Louis has to offer are within easy reach of UMSL students. In short, the UMSL Experience ensures a safe, engaging, fun and memorable college experience.


To assure quality improvement, UMSL measures student involvement on campus using the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).  As part of our commitment to transparency, the most recent responses of UMSL seniors who participated in the survey are reported below.

Institutions participating in the VSA program measure student involvement on campus using one of four national surveys. Results from the one survey are reported for a common set of questions selected as part of VSA. Following are the selected results from the National Survey of Student Engagement v2 (NSSE2). The questions have been grouped together in categories that are known to contribute to student learning and development. The results reported below are based on the responses of seniors who participated in the survey.

Group Learning Experiences

  • 92% of senior worked with other students on course projects (1h)
  • 95% of seniors explained course material to one or more students (1f)
  • 14% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week participating in co-curricular activities such as student organizations and intramural sports (15b)

Active Learning Experiences

  • 88% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week preparing for class (15a)
  • 18% of seniors worked on a research project with a faculty member (11e)
  • 41% of seniors participated in an internship, co-op, field experience, student teaching, or clinical placement (11a)
  • 19% of seniors spent at least 6 hours doing community service or volunteer work (15e)
  • 7% of seniors participated in study abroad (11d)
  • 84% of seniors made at least one course presentation last year (1i)

Institutional Commitment to Student Learning and Success

  • 91% of seniors who believe this institution emphasizes providing support to help students succeed academically (14b)
  • 71% of seniors who rated the quality of interactions with academic advisors to be positive (13b)
  • 62% of seniors reported that this institution provided help in coping with work, family and other non-academic responsibilities (14g)
  • 90% of seniors reporting that their course challenged them to do their best work most of the time (10)

Student Interaction with Campus Faculty and Staff

  • 91% of seniors reported that faculty members provided prompt and detailed feedback on tests or completed assignments (5e)
  • 70% of seniors discussed course topics, ideas, or concepts with a faculty member outside of class (3c)

Experiences with Diverse Groups of People and Ideas

  • 70% of seniors reported that they often tried to understand someone else's point of view (2e)
  • 88% of seniors reported their experiences at this institution contributed to their understanding people of other backgrounds (17h)
  • 79% of seniors often had serious conversations with students of a different race or ethnicity (8a)

Student Satisfaction

  • 79% of seniors would attend this institution if they started over again (19)
  • 83% of seniors rated their entire educational experience as good or excellent (18)
  • 82% of seniors who rated the quality of interactions with other students to be positive (13a)
  • 81% of seniors who rated the quality of interactions with faculty to be positive (13c)

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