Founded in 1870, Missouri S&T was originally called the University of Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy. The school was the first technological institution west of the Mississippi River. Early on, the School of Mines focused primarily on mining and metallurgy, but by the 1920s it had expanded into civil, electrical, mechanical, and chemical engineering, in addition to chemistry, physics, mathematics and geology.
Starting in the 1950s, the institution began to develop its research and graduate programs. The school was one of four campuses in the University of Missouri System, and in 1968 it changed its name to the University of Missouri-Rolla. The curriculum was expanded to include social sciences and liberal arts, and in the years following, business and management programs were added.
On January 1, 2008, UMR became known as Missouri University of Science and Technology, or Missouri S&T. Although known for being its engineering programs, Missouri S&T offers majors across a wide range of academic disciplines.
Near the center of Missouri S&T’s campus is Toomey Hall, the new mechanical and aerospace engineering complex. Most of the engineering buildings are in the middle of campus, as are the visitor center and administrative buildings. The residence halls are clustered in the southwest corner of the school grounds.
A notable landmark on S&T’s campus is Stonehenge, a partial reconstruction of the original Stonehenge monument located on Salisbury Plain, England. S&T's version of the ancient structure is located on the northwest corner of campus, and was dedicated on June 20, 1984, during the summer solstice. It features a 50-foot diameter ring of 30 stones around a horseshoe of five trilithons through which various sightings of sunrise and sunset can be made. About 160 tons of granite were used to construct the monument.
Another building of note is the Millennium Arch sculpture. S&T worked with the artist Edwina Sandys to develop a new way to make deep cuts in granite, and used the method to create this large arch, across the campus from Stonehenge. The Arch is a single trilithon with a vague silhouette of a man and a woman on each of its supporting megaliths several meters from the arch.
The Curtis Laws Wilson Library is the main academic library on the campus, and it is located in central campus near a number of departmental buildings.
Rolla, Missouri is located in Phelps County between three cities: Jefferson City, St. Louis, and Springfield. As of the 2000 census, there were 16,367 people living in the city.
Rolla is an important center for education and research in science and technology. In addition to the university, the US Geological Survey operates a large regional facility in Rolla with various centers including the National Geospatial Technical Operations Center III, the Missouri Water Science Center, the Mid-Continent Geographic Science Center, National Spatial Data Infrastructure Partnership Office Liaisons, and the Rolla Science Information and Library Services office.
The headquarters of the only United States National Forest in Missouri -- the Mark Twain National Forest -- are also located in Rolla.
S&T’s motto is Salus Populi , which in Latin means “The Welfare of the People”
S&T’s mascot is Joe Miner
S&T’s school colors are silver and gold
St. Patrick's Day is the largest annual celebration and predominant cultural event at Missouri S&T. Among fraternities, a popular tradition is the "killing" of rubber snakes in commemoration of St. Patrick's mythical banishing of snakes from Ireland. Another S&T tradition is that of Follies. Students meet daily at "the Hockey Puck" (a short cylindrical stage bearing a large shamrock) to hear jokes and participate in short competitions. On the third day of Follies, students move to the Rolla’s band-shell to participate in the ceremonial arrival of St. Pat's Court.
After Follies finish, students participate in Gonzo and Games. Gonzo and Games are two days of elaborate games in which different organizations compete. Friday of St. Pat's week is concluded with Coronation, a ceremony where the Queen of Love and Beauty is announced. The final event of St. Pat's week is a Saturday morning parade on Pine Street, which is painted green by St. Pat's Board Alumni. This parade is known throughout the United States and boasts well over one hundred floats and participating groups.
The rationale for the Patty’s Day celebrations is the notion that St. Patrick is the patron saint of engineers. Among Missouri S&T students, St. Patrick is more often recognized as an emblem for the university than the official mascot, Joe Miner.
Janet Kavandi (1982)- Astronaut whose debut space shuttle flight in June 1999 was the final Mir-shuttle docking
Gary D. Forsee - Former CEO of Sprint; became the 22nd president of the University of Missouri System on February 18, 2008
Ted Weise (1967) - Former president of FedEx, one of the first employees of FedEx when the company started in the early 1970s, and worked his way up to the position of president
Greg "Fossilman" Raymer - 2004 World Series of Poker champion who won $5 million.
Bruce L. Edwards, served as general editor for the recently published four volume reference set, C. S. Lewis: Life, Works, and Legacy (Praeger Perspectives, 2007).
Steve Sullivan - 2001 Academy Award winner for visual effects; a principal engineer with George Lucas' Industrial Light & Magic special effects company
Joe N. Ballard - Retired Army General and former commander of the United States Army Corps of Engineers
Dr. Joan Woodard - Executive Vice President and Deputy Laboratories Director for the nuclear weapons program at Sandia National Laboratories
Richard R. Paul - Retired Air Force General and commander of Air Force Research Laboratory
Farouk El-Baz - Supervisor of Lunar Science Planning in NASA's Apollo Program
Daniel C. Jackling - Discovered the porphyry copper deposit that created the Bingham Canyon Mine and later founded the Utah Copper Company
Thomas Akers - Retired Air Force Col., a veteran of four space flights. Also, he is currently a professor at Missouri S&T
The Miners compete in the NCAA Division II, in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
Men’s varsity sports include Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country/Track & Field, Football, Soccer, and Swimming. Women’s varsity sports include Basketball, Cross Country/Track & Field, Soccer, Softball, and Volleyball.
Intramural sports are popular at the Missouri S&T, with over 60 men's teams and over 10 women's teams. Sports are arranged into divisions, and there are 19 different ones contested: Golf, Softball, Swimming, Ultimate, Cross Country, Football, Billiards, Badminton, Volleyball, Darts, Racquetball, Bowling, Basketball, Table Tennis, Tennis, Track, Washers, Weightlifting, and Soccer. In addition to intramurals, there are a number of club sports that include Ultimate, Lacrosse, Hockey, and Rugby.
S&T is the only university in the country to offer a minor in explosives engineering.
S&T houses and operates its own nuclear reactor, which was the first built in Missouri.
S&T operates its own experimental mine and is the only university in the nation with a mine rescue team. The team competes regularly against professionals in simulated mine disasters.
S&T has a “Solar Village,” a complex of homes on campus that rely on renewable energy.
S&T’s Solar Car Team has won two world championships and is regularly competitive.
S&T graduates (more than 95 percent of them) report securing a position in their preferred field within three months of graduating.
S&T is 10th in the nation when it comes to the number of PhDs granted to female engineering students.
S&T ranks as one of the 25 largest universities in the United States in number of engineering bachelor's degrees awarded.
The average ACT score for first-time freshmen was 27.4 in 2007, significantly above both the state (21.5) and national (20.9) averages.
S&T's Concrete Canoe Team designs and constructs a concrete canoe and races it on a lake in regional and national competitions. The team has participated in concrete canoe competitions since the 1970s. The entire project, including fundraising and construction, is completed by the students. The team took third place in 2004.
The Residential College is S&T’s newest residential facility. It is located on the west side of campus and is the home to six learning communities and 540 residents. In this complex, there are several large meeting rooms, a computer lab, and two laundry facilities.
There are roughly 850 students who live in the Thomas Jefferson Complex, which also has recreation rooms, a computer lab, a fitness room, an outdoor pool, laundry facilities, group meeting rooms and a Residential Learning Center.
On the west side of campus lies the Nagogami apartment complex. This complex is made up of three apartment buildings, a playground area, and a courtyard. All Nagogami apartments are two bedroom units, and students can find both furnished and unfurnished units. Priority for the apartments go to married students or students with dependent children living with them, and then are determined by class level.
Another main residential area is the Quadrangle Complex, which consists of Holtman Hall, Kelly Hall, McAnerney Hall, and Farrar Hall.
Holtman Hall House 7 is for students over 21 years of age, and Holtman Hall House 8 is designed as a “Holistic Living Community.” The building consists of 60 student rooms and a Club facility, which includes a study area, computer services, a kitchen, a game room, a commons, and a TV area.
The Holtman Hall basement is also home to the Quadrangle complex’s computer lab, laundry facilities, and kitchen.
Kelly Hall was constructed in 1949 and is Missouri S&T's oldest residence hall. The rooms are spacious and the building has a unique design. Kelly Hall also has study and TV lounges on each resident floor. About 150 students live in the double rooms of Kelly Hall.
McAnerney Hall is home to approximately 100 students. Most McAnerney residents live in double rooms and share a TV/Study lounge area.
Farrar Hall is a unique residential community. Most students here live in one of five cooperative suites. Each co-operative consists of 5 double bedrooms, a bath, a kitchenette and a living room. Students in Farrar Hall often prepare their own meals, and residents of the co-operatives are allowed to choose a reduced meal plan.