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Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit University ranked among the top research institutions...

Saint Louis University

St. Louis, Missouri

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Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit University ranked among the top research institutions in the nation. The University fosters the intellectual and character development of more than 13,000 students. Founded in 1818, it is the oldest university west of the Mississippi and the second oldest Jesuit university in the United States. Through teaching, research, health care, and community service, SLU has provided a one-of-a-kind education for nearly two centuries.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
12,401 undergraduate students
56% of undergrad students are full time
41% male — 59% female

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
1,615 full-time faculty
628 part-time faculty
11 to 1 student/faculty ratio

School Location

St. Louis, Missouri

Retention Fall 2015

90% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

71% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 4%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Black or African American 6%
White 73%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 7%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 2%

Study Abroad

SLU collaborates with over fifty locations across the world, offering opportunities for study abroad in nearly every continent. Adventurous students immerse themselves in different cultures as they deepen their understandings of both their areas of study as well as the world around them. SLU even has its own campus in Madrid, Spain, which was the first U.S. university to be officially recognized by Madrid’s Ministry of Education. Offering over 200 courses, the SLU-Madrid campus hosts an academic environment just as excellent as the campus back at home.

If a full semester abroad does not fit into a student’s four-year plan, they may take advantage of the Summer Program in Madrid month-long trip of classes, excursions, and beautiful Spanish culture.

Undergraduate Research

Because Saint Louis University students are among the most curious in the world, they are given the opportunity to conduct research as early as their freshman year. With the aid of invested faculty mentors, students band together to hypothesize, experiment, and discover groundbreaking new information. Research can take place during the academic year or throughout a summer session. And, because there is so much that cannot be done within the borders of a college campus, SLU makes it easy to send undergraduate researchers out into the community and beyond to different countries.

University Honors Program

The Honors Program at SLU challenges students to look at problems with a number of different perspectives and form answers that are deep and comprehensive. It admits students who commit both to intellectual growth and community service.

Those in the University Honors Program get special access to their own exclusive residence hall and priority registration for their semester courses. They also get to work one-on-one with faculty mentors to help them make the most of their majors. In return, they are expected to excel as academics and serve as community leaders.  

University 101

Every new SLU student assimilates into the college culture with the help of University 101, a required course that introduces students to the resources they have on campus and the tools they need to set goals for their college careers. These classes usually consist of fewer than twenty students, which means that everyone has the opportunity to participate in class and form personal relationships with each of their classmates. Together, every UNIV 101 class member learns how to succeed at SLU, both academically and socially.

University Writing Services

Writing is a critical part of nearly every area of study, and so the SLU Student Success Center offers top-notch assistance to students with any stage of the writing process. Through the Success Center, the University Writing Service (UWS) trains skilled professors, undergraduates, and graduate students to give free consultations that not only help finish individual assignments, but also develop students into strong, independent writers. Help is always available, as students can make appointments to meet both in person and online.

Scholars Programs

The Scholars Programs at SLU exist to get students on the path to their master’s degrees as efficiently as possible. Throughout their undergraduate careers, students in a Scholars Program make early efforts to assure themselves success in graduate school. For example, Pre-Law Scholars are guaranteed admission to the SLU Graduate School of Law, while Medical Scholars can apply to the SLU School of Medicine as early as their sophomore year. Some Scholars Programs even set the course for students to get their master’s degrees in just five years.

St. Louis and SLU share more than just a name. They also both encourage intellectual, spiritual, and social growth. On and off campus, students find exciting opportunities for entertainment, internships, employment, and service.


St. Louis claims a number of significant cultural gems, including the famous Gateway Arch, the tallest monument in the United States; Forest Park, which is larger than New York’s Central Park and contains the city’s zoo, art museum, science center, and history museum; and the City Museum, which combines art and fun through recycled architecture, a huge outdoor jungle gym, and a rooftop Ferris wheel.

SLU’s neighborhood of Midtown is a booming performing arts district that features the historic Fox Theatre and Powell Symphony Hall, home to the second-oldest symphony orchestra in the nation. Midtown also has seen increase in development of both high-end and casual restaurants, which are packed when the Billikens host games in Chaifetz arena.

Residential Life

On average, 91 percent of Saint Louis University’s first-year students live on campus, and most off-campus residents live close by. First-time, first-year students can choose from seven different housing options. One of the most popular, Griesedieck Complex, houses over nine hundred students who live in the three buildings: Walsh Hall (all-female), Clemens Hall (all-male), and Griesedieck Tower (coed by floor). Living together enhances the first-year experience and helps students stay connected to one another and to the University itself. Upper-level students can live in coed residence halls or in a variety of on-campus apartments.

Themed Housing

Themed houses feature French, German, and Spanish language floors with resident faculty members. Other themed housing includes several floors for Micah Program participants and Learning Community options for students who prefer to live among peers who share the same major. These allow students to transition to SLU in a supportive, creative environment and offer them an early bond that will promote their comfort as well as encourage their excitement for learning. SLU’s variety of housing options contributes to the overall feeling of community.

Student Organizations

SLU offers more than 140 student organizations and clubs, providing many opportunities for students to make connections. The student activities board coordinates most of the musicians, comedians, and other entertainers who visit campus, presenting an array of events that reflects the diversity of students and interests on campus. Other students enjoy shaping University policy through SLU’s student government association, and about twenty percent are involved in Greek life through eleven fraternities and seven sororities. Students in the Greek system have the option of living in an all-Greek residence called DeMattias Hall.


Athletics at SLU are strong; not only does the University have 18 NCAA Division I sports teams in the Atlantic 10 Conference, but it also offers a wide range of intramural and club sports. The campus features a newly renovated recreation center and the 10,600-seat, state-of-the-art Chaifetz Arena. Chaifetz also hosts world-class concerts, comedy shows, and more throughout the year.

Men and Women for Others

Saint Louis University alumni are employed quickly after graduation. Seniors receive training to help them transition to postgraduate life, including interview preparation, etiquette lessons, and résumé reviews. In a recent survey of graduates, 94 percent reported that they were either employed or enrolled in graduate or professional school within six months of graduation, and 100 percent of physical therapy students had jobs shortly after graduating.

Major Exploration

The Student Success Center understands the difficulty that comes with choosing a major and establishing goals for the four-year collegiate journey. Through Major Exploration Advising, faculty members open up a space for students to express their interests, fears, and goals and collaborate with them to help the make decisions for their education and beyond. Major Exploration not only helps students decide what to study, but also how to transition in and out of college with a firm foundation.

Alumni Clubs

SLU boasts 21 alumni clubs across the country, from California to Boston, to help bolster students’ connections and networking opportunities. SLU also has three international club cities, Madrid, Taiwan, and Thailand, illustrating SLU’s commitment to broadening students’ horizons.

Career Services

Deciding to attend graduate school and choosing a degree program is complex, but SLU is there to help. Career services helps SLU students with the graduate school process. Representatives at career services provide informational resources about the breakdown of specific degrees, searching for graduate programs, graduate school admission timelines, financial aid, and more.


Admissions Fall 2015

13,464 Total Applicants 
8,527 Total Admissions 
1,641 Total Freshman Enrollment

63.33% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 530 660
SAT Math 560 680
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 25 31
ACT Math 24 29
ACT English 25 32
ACT Writing    

Admission Application Deadline

Decisions are made on a rolling basis for all programs except Physical Therapy

  • December 1 is the deadline for physical therapy applications
  • December 1 is the application and scholarship priority deadline
  • December 1 is the deadline for Medical Scholars, Pre-Physician Assistant Scholars and Honors Programs
  • May 1 is the deadline for tuition and housing deposits


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $38,700
Fees $526
Total $39,226
Room and Board (on campus) $10,640
Room Only $5,816
Board Only $4,824
Estimated Total On Campus $49,866


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

95% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
54% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$20,195 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$8,020 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates