University of Missouri at Saint Louis Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (15)
If you have the opportunity, work with Dr. Bettina Casad. She was excellent to work with and I gained valuable lab experience as well as professional mentoring. Also, take any course in your field that will inform you more about career choices in your chosen major.
UMSL was a great school. My only concern was when I transferred from the University of Missouri Columbia to the St. Louis campus I had to change my major from early childhood to elementary education or I would have had to go an extra year. Instead, I still had to go an additional semester to graduate which caused me to graduate mid-year. I thought the field experiences were practical. I had the opportunity to tutor in a low-income area. I ended up getting hired at the school where I did my student teaching. I felt that my education prepared me well for my first job.
Umsl was a great university to attend. Very diverse, engaging with activities, and driven to see students succeed. Campus life was very safe, interesting, and exciting. Parking was the only downfall. Parking permits were very expensive and the book buy back program was not helpful with books being outdated by the end of the semester.
The University of Missouri in St. Louis was a great experience. The professors are very knowledgeable and care very much for their students. Research and real life intelligence is important and they make sure to get you prepared for the real world and how to deal with your major.
I received a thorough education and left prepared to be a teacher. The programs that UMSL had in place for teaching at other locations in surrounding counties was excellent. This allowed me to be able to attend UMSL close enough at home to be able to work and save money on gas, but still provided me with a quality education.
The school as a whole has a very caring, student-oriented nature. There are an abundant of "free" (your tuition pays for it) services and items, like Retention Services and Metro passes. The Office of Residential Life is a rip-off in more ways than one, though. These are the living areas: Oak Hall, Villa, Villa North, Mansion, and Meadows. The first three are residential halls; the last two are apartment buildings. I lived in Oak and Villa North and, through working two different ResLife jobs, have gone through each area and dealt with complaints. Oak and Meadows are better; Villa and Mansion are worse. The prices are all horrendous and one of the reasons we're a commuter campus. It is worth mentioning that Oak is the only residential option for anyone under 21 and the most expensive housing plan. If you live in Oak, you are required to have a meal plan, which is, at the cheapest leave, another $1,300 dollars. Nobody I knew lived there without a scholarship. The only good thing I can say about ResLife is that repairs for any housing-related damages are free and usually done within a day. Aside from ResLife, there are plenty of good things here. We have the only optometry school in Missouri. I hear we have an awesome College of Education and an intense nursing program. Most of the people I meet are nursing or some sort of science major. We have a huge population of international students, mostly from Asian cultures. We're heavy on student involvement. (We have the official Office of Student Involvement to prove it.)It's fairly easy to start an official club, but there are about a hundred to choose from. There are several events throughout the year that encourage students to bring their families. I honestly think the only downside of this place is all the goose poop you have to avoid.
The program demanded a lot of busy work but the assignments weren't incredibly difficult. The professors were very knowledgeable but difficult to get in touch with when needed. The coursework is very rigorous, and I do feel like I learned a lot. The advising is awful.
I graduated from the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL) in May of 2007. I am extremely satisfied with the education I received there. The required coursework and practicum experiences were invaluable. Further, the College of Education staff and instructors were supportive in every aspect of the program. I had multiple offers for employment and was hired by the school district of my choice before graduation. I began my first year of teaching with confidence in my own ability and found the effectiveness of my first year of professional practice exceeded that of many of my colleagues with more experience. My undergraduate education prepared me well for my first years of teaching, as well as provided a strong foundation for continued growth as a reflective practitioner and graduate and post graduate work. Additionally, I am particularly proud of the fact that my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education is a Bachelor of Science. Not only did I enter the field with a broad content and pedagogical knowledge base, I was adequately prepared to incorporate 21st Century Skills across subject areas while advocating for STEM education in my school/district.
I think it is a great school for Business and Nursing degrees, but probably not the right school for me if I had to do my pre-med degree over again.
Overall, the education I received at UMSL prepared me for teaching. The classes were beneficial for the most part. I do think that all universities should include, in their elementary education courses, more classes specifically focused on teaching kids how to read. There need to be more focus on different strategies such as phonics versus whole language. I received these in my reading specialist certification classes. However, i think ALL elementary teachers should have those classes. I do think the advising program could be better organized.