Where discovery, innovation and creativity are the norm

Founded in 1870 as one of the first technological schools west of the Mississippi, Missouri University of Science and Technology is one of the nation's top technological research universities. Today, Missouri S&T is focused on providing a top return on investment for students, research partners, employers and donors, as outlined in our strategic plan.

How we rate

Missouri S&T has a worldwide reputation for academic excellence. But don't just take our word for it. Here's what others are saying.

  • No. 1 "Best Investment" among public universities for out-of-state students (Newsweek, August 2012).
  • No. 1 "Awesome College Lab" for our Experimental Mine - four years running (Popular Science, September 2010-2013).
  • No. 1 teacher education program for secondary education in Missouri, according to the National Council on Teacher Quality (September 2015).
  • No. 3 on the College Factual/USAToday list of top engineering colleges (USAToday, July 2015).
  • No. 3 "Best Investment" among public universities for in-state students (Newsweek, August 2012).
  • No. 3 among national universities for percentage of degrees granted in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines (U.S. News & World Report, June 2013).
  • No. 3 public university for annualized return on investment and 14th overall, according to PayScale.com (March 2015). 
  • No. 4 all-time among NCAA Division II colleges and universities for Capital One Academic All-America selections with 80 student-athletes chosen as of January 2015.
  • No. 7 public university for starting salaries and top 15 in the nation, according to PayScale Inc.'s survey of the highest average starting salaries for graduates (PayScale.com, July 2013). Missouri S&T is also No. 3 among all universities in the Midwest.
  • No. 7 "Great Schools, Great Prices" among public universities (U.S. News & World Report, September 2013)
  • No. 7 on Affordable Colleges Online's list of "Million Dollar ROI" public universities (June 2013).
  • No. 7 on Affordable Colleges Online's list of "Affordable Colleges with High Returns" (June 2013).
  • 15 online programs ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report (January 2015).
  • No. 15 for career services in Princeton Review's "Colleges That Pay You Back" (February 2015).
  • No. 22 "smartest public college" in the U.S. (Business Insider, October 2014)
  • No. 47 "Best Bang for the Buck" among national universities (Washington Monthly, 2014 College Guide, August 2014).
  • No. 81 on Kiplinger's list of Best Values in Public Colleges (Kiplinger's Personal Finance, February 2014)

Experience S&T

  • No. 1 College Town in Missouri (Niche.com, 2015)
  • Nearly 8,900 students (about 6,900 undergraduate, 2,000 graduate) from 50 states and 62 foreign countries
  • Ninety-seven degree programs in 39 areas of study, including engineering, science, computing and technology, business, management systems, the humanities, and the liberal arts
  • 15 accredited undergraduate engineering programs (three times the average number found at U.S. universities)
  • 284-acre campus in Rolla, a community of 19,600 in the heart of the Missouri Ozarks. Rolla is also one of the "best small towns in America" and one of Lumosity’s “smartest” cities in the nation.
  • More than 200 student organizations
  • Seven men's varsity sports, six women's varsity sports, and 19 intramurals
  • 14 student design teams, including national champion solar car, advanced aero vehicle and human-powered vehicle teams
  • 25 research centers and institutes
  • 120 study abroad opportunities
  • Home to Innovation Park, a technology development center and tech transfer hub that is home to 10 new and established companies as well as five student start-ups


Degrees that make a difference
  • 78 percent medical school acceptance rate for S&T grads over the past decade
    More than 900 employers recruit on campus annually
  • One of 12 colleges whose grads earn higher starting pay than Harvard's, according to ABC News (2012)
  • Over $62,000 annual starting salary for undergraduates; $70,000 for master's and Ph.D. graduates
  • S&T is a "top key school" for many Fortune 500 corporations that recruit on campus
  • Three of our grads have become NASA astronauts

Energy and the environment

  • Winner of the 2013 Climate Leadership Award
  • Missouri S&T was the first U.S. university to attain ISO 14001 certification for environmental management
  • Missouri S&T’s unique Solar Village – a neighborhood of four student-built and-inhabited solar homes – features a “smart grid” allowing students and researchers to study sustainable energy
  • Two more solar houses are located adjacent to Innovation Park, the university’s technology development center.