Information for Sponsors

Thank you for your interest in Missouri University of Science and Technology! Missouri S&T offers an excellent education in a location that is safe, welcoming, and supportive of your students' educational goals at a cost that ranks as the #1 best investment among public universities for out-of-state students. We have over 8,800 students from the 50 U.S. states and 60 foreign countries. International students are especially drawn to Missouri S&T's exceptional degree programs in the sciences, mathematics, engineering, and business. We hope you will consider what Missouri S&T can offer as you plan placement of your students:

Missouri S&T offers 97 degree programs in 39 areas of study (at bachelor's, master's and PhD levels), including engineering, science, computing and technology, business, management systems, the humanities, and the liberal arts. Please note the following:

An April 2015 report published by the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. ranks Missouri S&T as one of the nation’s best universities in terms of “value added” – how much students’ university experience contributed to their success in their careers – giving S&T students added value on par with students at Harvard or MIT (see this write-up on the study). Consider the following:

  • More than 900 employers recruit on campus annually, and S&T is a "top key school" for many Fortune 500 corporations that recruit on campus
  • S&T is one of 12 colleges whose grads earn higher starting pay than Harvard's, according to ABC News (2012)
  • S&T average undergrad starting salary is $63,350 and average graduate starting salary is $75,182
  • Three of our grads have become NASA astronauts

S&T is one of the top technological research universities in the U.S. These are just a few of the reasons why:

  • More than 25 research centers, labs and institutes
  • Home to Innovation Park, a technology development center and tech transfer hub that is home to 10 new and established companies as well as 5 student start-ups
  • Starting Fall 2015, all undergraduate students are required to participate in undergraduate research, service learning or experiential learning

S&T offers the option to start classes in any of three semesters: Fall (August), Spring (January), or Summer (June) – please refer to our 2015-16 academic calendar

If students have not met the university's English proficiency requirement, they may pursue English language studies at our Applied Language Institute (ALI). Students may participate in full-time English language studies, or if their abilities allow, part-time academic and part-time English language studies. Students completing studies at the Applied Language Institute are evaluated for language skills by use of both the TOEFL iBT (institutional based) and teacher evaluation of written, spoken, and listening skills.

S&T offers every opportunity for students to get involved, including the following:

  • More than 200 student organizations and several sport teams
  • Our campus is home to 14 student design teams, including national champion solar car, advanced aero vehicle and human-powered vehicle team (any student from any major is welcome to join a design team)
  • Community service volunteer organizations, interest clubs like backpacking or Taekwondo, academic clubs like the Society of Petroleum Engineers, international student club, many national-based clubs, and much more!

Lastly, you may wish to check out Missouri S&T's Fact Book 2014-2015, an executive reference document that provides answers to many of the most commonly asked questions about the campus and serves as a source of comparative information over time.

  • Missouri S&T is located on a beautiful 284-acre campus in Rolla, a community of about 20,000 in the heart of the Missouri Ozarks.
    • Located about 160 km from St. Louis, Springfield and Lake of the Ozarks, Rolla blends the friendliness, safety and charm of a small town with the cultural and recreation options of a much larger city.
    • Rolla has been listed as one of the "best small towns in America" and one of Lumosity’s “smartest” cities in the nation.
    • Missouri S&T was just named the sixth-best small-town campus among public universities in the U.S. In addition to noting our rich academic heritage, the site praised our community: “The Meramec Valley boasts a diverse landscape, rich with rivers, natural areas, and pre-Civil War railroad history. ... Rich in arts and culture, shopping and more, Rolla offers something for every taste.”
    • We enjoy a low cost of living typical of Midwest small towns.
  • Due to our location in the heart of the U.S., it's a great location from which to explore - our students frequently travel across the U.S. during school holiday and breaks
  • Missouri S&T’s Office of International and Cultural Affairs hosts a Celebration of Nations each September, giving area residents and S&T students a chance to showcase and celebrate the vibrant cultural diversity that makes Rolla so unique.
  • Missouri weather has four seasons. Summer weather is warm and can sometimes reach temperatures up to 40 degrees Celsius. Spring and fall are generally mild, with only a light jacket or sweater being necessary. Missouri winters can get very cold. We advise students to bring warm clothes for the winter including a heavy coat, as we do experience snow and ice in the winter.

Missouri S&T has been hosting sponsored students for more than 10 years. We offer an experienced, dedicated team to assist you and your students. Services we provide include:

  • Specialized assistance through the application process (for student and sponsor as required) and pre-departure advising until arrival on campus
  • Shuttle service from airport in St. Louis upon arrival
  • Specialized welcome orientation
  • Personalized counseling and assistance regarding courses, housing, meal plans, student accounts, information about the community / liaising with campus offices and departments as needed
  • Fulfilling sponsor requirements, such as providing transcripts each semester or verifying information on students as requested
  • Local shuttle service twice per week in Rolla to take students for shopping or other local errands
  • Regular cultural trips and events, typically once per month. Some recent examples were a tour of the Capitol in Jefferson City, a visit to the famous St. Louis City Museum and tour of Busch Stadium (home of the St. Louis Cardinals), and a visit to an American rodeo.
  • To get an idea of our activities, connect with us on Facebook!

Contact us any time at iasss@mst.edu – we are happy to assist!

If you are interested in placing your students at Missouri University of Science and Technology or adding us to your list of approved schools to which your students may apply, please contact Sponsored Student Services at iasss@mst.edu. We look forward to hearing from you!