North Star Goals

Missouri S&T’s strategic vision is focused on achieving three “North Star” goals by 2030:

Dr. Jenny Liu, professor of civil, architectural  and environmental engineering


Attain Carnegie R1 classification (very high research activity) as determined by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. This is the highest classification for doctoral universities. Missouri S&T is currently classified as a Carnegie R2 (high research activity) doctoral university.

Students on the Missouri S&T campus.


Grow enrollment to 12,000 students (8,000 undergraduate students and 4,000 master’s and Ph.D. students). Missouri S&T’s enrollment as of fall 2022 was 7,083 (5,501 undergraduate and 1,582 master’s and Ph.D. students).

Doctoral Graduation


Achieve a top 100 ranking among national doctoral universities as measured by U.S. News & World Report. Missouri S&T is currently ranked 182nd.

Key Indicators

Missouri S&T’s leadership team tracks performance related to these North Star goals using 10 key indicators.

  1. Undergraduate student recruitment
  2. Student success
  3. Graduate student recruitment
  4. Faculty recruitment and development
  5. Research, innovation and entrepreneurship
  6. Finances
  7. Development and alumni relations
  8. Marketing and communications
  9. Physical infrastructure
  10. Information technology