Discover the Rolla Community

Whether you are planning a campus visit, or are relocating to begin your education, Rolla has something for you.

Rolla (population 18,000) is a safe, clean, attractive community in which values of family, community, hard work and education remain strong. We are nestled in a haven of outdoor life sure to please everyone. We're surrounded by both the timeless beauty of the Ozarks and the hustle-and-bustle of a small, vibrant city. There are more than 25 public parks covering more than 235 acres across the city. And Rolla has a 63,000-square-foot water park and adjoining fitness and recreation center. Of course, road trips are fun too. You’ll find the zoo, museums, music, shopping, eating, and Cardinals and Blues games are just up the road in St. Louis.

Students collect water and soil samples at the Bohigian Conservation Area

An outdoor enthusiasts dream

Rivers, forested hills and bubbling springs are all part of the natural appeal of the Ozarks. For 140+ years, S&T students have enjoyed float trips, hiking, biking and jogging the trails and national parks around Rolla.

Students near the campus

This is a safe community

S&T is one of America's 30 safest college campuses (Reader's Digest, 2008). Rolla is also home to the region's premier healthcare facility.

St Pat's Parade


Community members are very supportive of the university and its students. S&T students are welcome at all city events and have full access to all city services. Historic downtown borders campus. Local cafes and restaurants are known for pie, pizza and sushi.

The Ballet and Dance Club performs Aladdin at Leach Theatre

There's always something to do

Rolla's bustling downtown business district is adjacent to campus. Route 66 runs right through town. Community events, campus activities and locally-owned restaurants, pubs, theaters, coffee shops, bookstores, pizza parlors and wineries provide a great diversion from studying.

  • More than 10 places to hear live music
  • 25 public parks covering +235 acres across the city Golf courses
  • Movie theatres
  • Places of worship for all major faiths
  • Plenty more that we just don’t have room to list!
Gateway Arch in st.louis

We're in the middle of everywhere

Located about 100 miles from St. Louis, Springfield and the 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. And anything you can't find in Rolla is just a short drive away.