Missouri University of Science and Technology (commonly Missouri S&T and formerly known as the University of Missouri–Rolla and originally Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy) is an institution of higher learning located in Rolla, Missouri
Missouri University of Science and Technology is part of the University of Missouri System. Most of its 8,642 students (Fall 2014 enrollment) study engineering, computing, mathematics and the sciences. Although known primarily as an engineering school, Missouri S&T has numerous majors in humanities, social sciences, arts, sciences and business.
The school is known for its repeated success in national engineering design competitions and its century-long tradition of aggrandized celebrations surrounding Saint Patrick’s Day.
Missouri S&T was ranked as the 44th best public university, by U.S. high school counselors in 2012. In September 2010, Missouri S&T’s Experimental Mine was named the United States’ No. 1 “awesome lab” byPopular Science magazine. In 2010, the average ACT score for entering freshmen was 27.7 (90th percentile), considerably higher than both the state (21.5) and national (20.9) averages.
Missouri S&T’s residence hall system is widely recognized; the university was voted “School of the Year 2005” by the Midwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls, or MACURH (a regional subdivision of NACURH) and its honor organization, National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH), was chosen as the 2008 National Chapter of the Year.
The school operates the 200 kW Missouri S&T reactor on-campus for educational, training and research purposes. The Missouri S&T reactor is the first nuclear reactor to have become operational in Missouri, and first achieved criticality in 1961.