Saint Louis University campus
Saint Louis University campus
Saint Louis University campus
Saint Louis University campus
Saint Louis University campus
Saint Louis University campus
Saint Louis University campus
Saint Louis University campus
Saint Louis University campus
Saint Louis University campus
Saint Louis University campus
Saint Louis University campus
Saint Louis University campus
Saint Louis University campus
Saint Louis University campus

From the School

Since 1818, Saint Louis University has been a home to innovators and pioneers, a community of scholars who push intellectual boundaries and seek creative, meaningful ways to impact the world.

WORLD-CLASS: SLU is a Jesuit, Catholic research university, highly ranked by the Princeton Review's "Top 380 Colleges" and by U.S. News & World Report.

SLU boasts more than a dozen academic programs in the top 50 in their fields and several in the top 10, along with accolades for campus sustainability efforts, military-friendliness and as a “best value” in private education. SLU is also the first Jesuit university to receive the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award.

URBAN AND INTERNATIONAL: With two dynamic, urban campuses — in St. Louis, Missouri, and Madrid, Spain — the university is home to nearly 13,000 students from 50 states and 70+ countries. SLU’s international focus and 45+ study abroad programs invite students to engage with and learn from the global community. The St. Louis campus is a welcoming residential oasis located steps from some of the region’s top art and culture venues, while SLU-Madrid puts students in the heart of one of Europe’s most vibrant, history-rich cities.

HANDS-ON: One of only nine Catholic universities with a “high” or “highest” research activity designation, SLU empowers students to collaborate with faculty mentors on groundbreaking research and gain hands-on experience. From developing systems to filter arsenic pollution out of water to exploring innovative ways to get fresh produce into low-income neighborhoods, students don’t just contemplate solutions to the day’s most challenging problems — they actively work to make those solutions reality.

SERVICE-MINDED: Jesuit tradition inspires the SLU community’s commitment to service and social justice. Designated a “character-building college,” SLU was also the first institution named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for nine consecutive years. Students cook meals in the Campus Kitchen, volunteer at student-run medical and law clinics, and work alongside dozens of community organizations to serve their neighbors.

A SLU education gives graduates not only the skills to succeed in their careers but also the wisdom to lead lives of meaning and purpose. SLU alumni have become mayors of major cities, helped put men on the moon, directed Hollywood blockbusters and worked side-by-side with Mother Theresa.


From The School

For information about the admission process at Saint Louis University or to schedule a campus visit, call the office of admission at 800-SLU-FOR-U, email, or check out


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

Learn about new SAT scores and college admission here
SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
550 - 660
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
570 - 670
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
24 - 30

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


August 20

Other Admission Factors


Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay

Selectivity Rating


From The School

Academic Programs

High-achieving young men and women come from around the globe to pursue a world-class education at Saint Louis University. SLU offers 90+ undergraduate programs of study and nearly 100 graduate and professional programs, with many ranked among the nation’s top 50 programs in their respective disciplines.

For the most up-to-date selection of majors and programs offered, visit


    Offered by the John Cook School of Business
    Accounting *
    Analytics and Enterprise Systems
    Entrepreneurship *
    Finance *
    Information Technology Management
    International Business *
    Leadership and Human Resource Management
    Sports Business

    Offered by the Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology
    Aerospace Engineering *
    Aeronautics/Flight Science
    Aviation Management
    Biomedical Engineering *
    Civil Engineering *
    Computer Engineering *
    Electrical Engineering *
    Engineering Physics
    Flight Science
    Interdisciplinary Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering *

    Offered by the Doisy College of Health Sciences
    Athletic Training *
    Communication Sciences and Disorders
    Health Information Management
    Health Sciences
    Investigative and Medical Sciences
    Magnetic Resonance Imaging
    Medical Laboratory Science
    Nuclear Medicine Technology
    Nutrition and Dietetics *
    Occupational Science
    Physical Therapy ^
    Radiation Therapy

    Offered by the School of Nursing
    Nursing *

    Offered by the College for Public Health and Social Justice
    Biostatistics *
    Criminology and Criminal Justice
    Emergency Management
    Health Management *
    Public Health *
    Social Work *

    Offered by the College of Arts and Sciences
    African American Studies
    American Studies *
    Art History
    Biology *
    Classical Humanities
    Communication *
    Computer Science
    English *
    Environmental Science
    Environmental Studies
    Forensic Science
    French *
    German Studies
    Greek and Latin Languages and Literature
    History *
    International Studies
    Italian Studies
    Latin American Studies
    Mathematics *
    Medieval Studies
    Philosophy *
    Political Science *
    Psychology *
    Russian Studies
    Sociology *
    Spanish *
    Studio Art
    Theological Studies *
    Women’s and Gender Studies *

    Offered by the School of Education

    Pre-Professional Preparation
    Pre-Physician Assistant
* Indicates post-baccalaureate program offered
^ Physical Therapy is a direct-entry doctoral program.

    Pre-Professional Preparation
    Pre-Physician Assistant
    Pre-Podiatry Pre-Veterinary

    Applied Analytics
    Applied Behavior Analysis
    Applied Financial Economics
    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
    Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness
    Business Administration
    Clinical Psychology
    Criminology and Professional Practice
    Curriculum and Instruction
    Dentistry (Endodontics, Orthodontics, Periodontics)
    Educational Foundations
    Educational Leadership
    Experimental Psychology
    Family Therapy
    Geographic Information Sciences
    Health Administration
    Health Care Ethics
    Health Data Science
    Health Outcomes Research and Evaluation Science
    Higher Education Administration
    Industrial-organizational Psychology
    Integrated and Applied Sciences
    International Business and Marketing
    Leadership and Organizational Development
    Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics
    Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
    Occupational Therapy
    Pharmacological and Physiological Science
    Physician Assistant
    Public Administration
    Public and Social Policy
    Public Health
    Public Health Studies
    Special Education
    Supply Chain Management
    Urban Planning and Development

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Students Say

"The Jesuit tradition really resonates in everything that happens at SLU," a place where "service, social justice, and political awareness are stressed at every level of your education." This "medium-sized Jesuit school with solid academic programs and a campus that feels close-knit" is best known for its "great premedical programs," which include "a great direct-entry physical therapy program" and "a well-respected accelerated nursing program" as well as the school's premed tracks. Students also speak highly of SLU's offerings in business and pre-law, as well as its unique programs in aviation and "the one-of-a-kind nutrition program with a culinary emphasis." Students praise the way this curriculum "forces you to examine your worldview from the moment you step on campus and helps you discover what your beliefs really are." Academics, especially in the high-profile departments, can be rigorous. In this regard, SLU is "perfect for high achievers and scholars who strive for the best. The professors are nice and professional but are very stern about assignments being turned in on time." One student says, "When it comes to natural sciences, particularly chemistry, biology, etc., I think SLU can be very hard. I guess it works, though. A nursing degree or physical therapy degree from SLU is very highly respected in the health care profession."


Doctoral Other
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Eleonore Stump, Ph.D.
Robert J. Henle Professor of Philosophy, Philosophy

Thomas Shippey, Ph.D.
Walter J. Ong, S.J., Chair of Humanities, English

Robert Belshe, M.D.
Professor, Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases

Prominent Alumni

Enrique Bolanos
Former President of Nicaragua

Kevin O'Malley
31st US Ambassador to Ireland

Gene Kranz
Former NASA Flight Director, instrumental in safely returning Apollo 13

Brian McBride
U.S. World Cup hero and Olympian

James Gunn
Screenwriter and Director of Guardians of the Galaxy and other films

Dr. Diana Natalicio
Pres. Of Univ. of Texas at El Paso & TIME mag. 100 Most Influential People

Garry Wills
Author, columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Colleges that Create Futures


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Annual tuition for full-time undergraduate students is $40,100. Room and board amounts to approximately $10,640 per student (depending on specific residence hall and board plan). Fees average $625 per year.

Financial Aid

Saint Louis University remains committed to keeping its one-of-a-kind education within reach and understands the sacrifices students and families make for quality education. SLU is dedicated to serving others, in part, by providing financial access to an unparalleled and life-changing educational experience.

In 2015, 97 percent of SLU’s first-time freshmen received some sort of scholarship or financial assistance. The financial aid package for first-time freshmen entering in 2015-16 averaged $28,037.

Scholarships are awarded based on academic merit, talents, service, leadership and financial need. In addition to SLU's financial aid programs, the state of Missouri and the federal government also provide assistance.

Contact SLU's office of student financial services at 314-977-2350, 800-SLU-FOR-U or


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 1

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

Students participate in more than 200 clubs, honor societies and service organizations; 18 NCAA Division I teams; intramural sports; and community service efforts that see more than 80 percent of SLU students volunteering at least once during the academic year.

Talent and commitment matter at SLU, and high levels of energy and dedication exist in everything Saint Louis University students pursue: academic societies, athletics, performing arts and media groups, student government, cultural and political organizations, and fraternities and sororities. SLU’s multicultural organizations highlight and celebrate the diversity of the University community, and a variety of faith-based organizations support and challenge students as they explore their own faith traditions.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



59% female
41% male
58% are out of state
91% are full time
9% are part time

Students Say

SLU "has a pretty homogeneous student population of white, upper-middleclass students coming from a private high school (usually Jesuit, and singlesex) or from the suburbs of bigger Midwestern cities. The girls wear Uggs and North Face fleeces and dye their hair, while the boys live in their…American Eagle jeans." Many "have been in the Catholic school system their entire lives," although there are also "quite a few kids who went to public school." Students are generally committed to the concept of service, and they "put forth a lot of community service hours into the surrounding area, from Habitat for Humanity to the Big Brothers/Big Sisters programs. There are plenty of clubs students use to help raise money for their organizations."


From The School


At Saint Louis University, students are in the center of everything, whether studying at SLU's Midtown St. Louis campus or SLU’s international campus in Madrid, Spain.

ST. LOUIS: SLU’s beautiful urban campus in Midtown St. Louis stretches across more than 230 acres of lush greenery, flowers and fountains. Students and visitors alike appreciate the unique vibe of a close-knit community nestled in the middle of a dynamic city.

The St. Louis metro region boasts nearly 3 million people. The city's mix of Midwestern friendliness and large-city amenities has helped St. Louis garner its ranking as one of the best cities for young professionals. In 2015, St. Louis grabbed the No. 1 spot on Popular Mechanics' "Best Startup Cities in America" list. The city also is home to the iconic Gateway Arch and a variety of cultural, historical and sporting attractions.

Students love cheering on the SLU Billikens. The only NCAA Division I school in town, SLU fields teams in 11 different sports, and the Billikens have earned many accolades, including 10 NCAA men’s soccer championships — more than any other team in the United States.

MADRID: In 1969, SLU became one of first American universities to establish a foreign campus. Each semester, 670+ students from more than 65 countries pursue their studies at SLU-Madrid. Southern Europe’s greenest city, Madrid offers refreshing parks and a beautiful riverside promenade. The historic central district is easy to cross on foot, and the barrios popular among students are only a few metro stops away — Madrid’s mass transit system is among the best in the world.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

During the past three decades, Saint Louis University improvements and expansions have totaled approximately $850 million. In recent years, the University completed some of the most significant building projects in its history, including the $82 million Edward A. Doisy Research Center, which offers SLU’s innovative researchers a world-class facility.

In 2016, SLU’s newest residence hall, a $43.8 million, eight-story, 153,000-square-foot facility opened to students. Construction is underway on a second new residence hall, scheduled to open in the fall of 2017.

Also on campus is the 10,600-seat Chaifetz Arena, which is the home of Billiken basketball and also hosts many of the country’s top entertainment acts, and SLU’s 70,000-square-foor Center for Global Citizenship. Students can enjoy countless recreational activities at the university’s 120,000-square-foot Simon Recreation Center, which features indoor basketball and handball courts, a bouldering wall and an indoor pool.

Off-Campus Opportunities

ST. LOUIS: Midtown St. Louis offers access to affordable living as well as the excitement of the Grand Center arts district, the cultural heart of St. Louis. The booming performing arts neighborhood features opportunities to experience world-class art, theater, dance and music just steps away from SLU's campus.

Minutes away by car, bus or light rail train, students can explore Forest Park, the 1904 World's Fair site that's larger than even New York City's Central Park and home to the city's world-class art museum, zoo, science center and history museum — all free to public. Check out the Delmar Loop, one of the "10 Great Streets in America," or head to "The Hill," a nationally noted neighborhood for authentic Italian cuisine, including St. Louis' famous toasted ravioli. Then go downtown to catch a game. St. Louis is noted for being one of the nation's best sports cities, and residents root for the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, St. Louis Blues hockey team, and a bevy of independent sports teams.

MADRID: The city of Madrid is home to 230,000 university students. It’s a cosmopolitan capital, a metropolis alive with learning and all that Spanish life has to offer, from flamenco shows to late-night tapas.

Madrid offers cultural experiences to rival any city in Europe, including a Royal Palace, a train station designed by Eiffel, countless theaters, museums and glorious churches. Gorgeous fountains with splashing waters can be found at the intersections of the city’s grand, tree-lined avenues, and the city’s beautiful parks are ideal for weekend picnics or morning runs.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student
Theme Housing

Students Say

"SLU manages to provide everything your parents wish for your college experience and still everything you wouldn't want them to know about," undergrads here confide. Campus life includes "a lot of fun activities the student government puts on…such as outdoor movies, balls, and dances." "Dorm life is very strict and not much fun." The party scene "is decent," because "there are a lot of off-campus living opportunities that are close by and great places to live. The Lofts and Coronado are two great off-campus apartments that are extremely close by." College sports are in the mix. "With the new arena, basketball games are becoming the thing to do." Greek life "is great at SLU." The fraternities and sororities "provide many parties and events for the students and activities such as laser tag and barbecue" to help the students "become involved" and "get to know each other." Being in St. Louis means "great city life around, but most of it is for students that are twenty-one and above," and "off-campus eateries that are close by and range from Drunken Fish Sushi to Rally's Burgers." Students tell us "safety is a huge importance in SLU since we are so close to the city, [and fortunately] there is usually a DPS officer that is always close by to help students in need." "SLU's Jesuit influence encourages the student body to become active in the community. SLU's efforts to encourage community service give many students their first taste of the real world and better prepare them to venture out into it after graduation."

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

15% join a fraternity
25% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division I

81% participate in intramural sports
5% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Billikens)
9 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Billikens)
11 Sports

Cross Country
Field Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Washington University in St. Louis
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus


Founded in 1818, Saint Louis University is the oldest university west of the Mississippi River. For this Catholic, Jesuit university, working to find environmentally friendly and sustainable ways to live on this planet certainly aligns with its mission to serve a higher purpose by contributing to the greater good. Recently, the Sierra Club named SLU as one of its “Cool Schools” for its commitment to sustainability. Food served on campus is purchased from many local family farms, and SLU attempts to purchase as much organic and sustainable food products as possible, such as cage-free shell eggs and organic produce. The University, and its dining services, take pride in both reducing waste and reinvesting in the community. Part of being green is avoiding as much landfill waste as possible. In an effort to increase campus recycling, SLU has a single-stream recycling service in which students and staff can easily place all recyclable materials in the same container. The University is planning to start a bike-sharing program in 2015, beginning with 10 campus bicycles. Currently, the University offers bike racks and showers for bicycle commuters at several facilities. On the academic front, the University has two degree programs that have sustainability learning outcomes: master of science in sustainability and master of arts in urban planning and real estate development. The University’s state-of-the-art Doisy Research Center - built in part with recycled steel, bamboo, and cork - was awarded LEED certification after it was constructed in 2007.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2016.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Agreements with Dell, CDW-G, HP, and the standard educational discount with Apple.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Andrea Hitsman
Assistant Director of Campus Visits

Office of Admission
One N Grand Blvd. DuBourg Hall, Rm 119
St. Louis, MO 63103



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
St. Francis Xavier Church
Busch Student Center
Pius Library
Simon Recreation Center
Chaifetz Arena
Center for Global Citizenship

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Fox Theatre
Busch Stadium
Forest Park
St. Louis downtown
Tower Grove Park

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and select Saturdays
8:30am-5pm (M-F) Call for hours (select Saturdays)

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Monday - Friday

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

Available only during fall & spring semesters, but not during exam periods


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is 13 miles from campus. Airport limousines, taxis, and rental cars are available for the ride from the airport to campus. The Metrolink (light rail) will take you directly from the airport to within three blocks of campus. The cost is around $4.00 each way. Metrolink leaves approximately every 10-20 minutes from the airport. The trip to Grand Blvd. station takes 30 minutes The campus shuttle is also available to and from the Metrolink station. Look for the metal SLU Escort call box on the backside of the East elevator shaft. Press the button to call the dispatcher. OR use your cell phone to call the dispatcher: (314) 977-3000. When the dispatcher answers, identify yourself as a SLU visitor (parent/student) who wants to be taken either to the north end of campus (Frost) or the south end of campus (Medical Center). If you’re going to the north end of campus, take the east staircase or elevator up to Grand Boulevard. If you’re going to the South end of campus, take the west staircase or elevator up to Grand Boulevard. Once you’re on Grand Boulevard, wait on the platform for the SLU car/van.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the northeast, take I-55/70 S. across the Poplar Street Bridge to I-64 W. Follow to the Grand Blvd. exit. Make a right on Grand Blvd. and proceed one block to campus. From the northwest, take I-70 E. to I-170 S. Proceed to I-64 E. and continue to the Grand Blvd. exit. Make a right on Grand Blvd. and follow one block to campus. From the South, take I-55 N. to I-44 W. Follow to the Grand Blvd. exit. Make a left at the stop sign and then a right on Grand Blvd. Follow two miles to campus. From the southwest, take I-44 E. to the Grand Blvd. exit. Make a left on Grand Blvd. and follow for two miles to campus.

Local Accommodations
Hotel Ignacio 3411 Olive St. St. Louis, MO. 63103 (314) 977-4411 Additional accommodations include the Drury Inn – Union Station (314-231-3900), the Drury Inn at St. Louis Downtown Convention Center (314-231-8100), the Pear Tree Inn-Union Station (314-241-3200), the Courtyard by Marriott St. Louis-Downtown (314-241-9111), the Hilton Ballpark (314-421-1776), the Holiday Inn St. Louis (314- 645-0700) and the St. Louis Union Station Hotel Doubletree by Hilton (314-621-5262).

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