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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 and by U.S. News & World Report.

SLU boasts 17 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 78 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 “higher” 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.

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Overview

Applicants
12,737
Acceptance Rate
65%
Average HS GPA
3.89

GPA Breakdown

68%
Over 3.75
14%
3.50 - 3.74
10%
3.25 - 3.49
5%
3.00 - 3.24
4%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
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

Deadlines

Regular — August 20


Other Admission Factors

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Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
9:1
Total Faculty
1,221
with Terminal Degree
759

645
Women
576
Men
174
Minority
37
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
66%
Graduate in 5 years
76%
Graduate in 6 years
77%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • African-American/Black Studies.
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization.
  • Latin American Studies.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Biomedical Sciences, General.
  • Biostatistics.
  • Neuroscience.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business/Managerial Economics.
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies.
  • Finance, General.
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce.
  • Management Information Systems, General.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.
  • Organizational Behavior Studies.
  • Organizational Leadership.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Communication and Media Studies.
  • Communication, General.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • Computer Science.
  • Information Technology.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Education, General.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering.
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering Physics/Applied Physics.
  • Engineering, General.
  • Mechanical Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Russian Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist.
  • Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, Other.
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders, General.
  • Cytotechnology/Cytotechnologist.
  • Dietetics/Dietitian.
  • Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator.
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General.
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology/Technician.
  • Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist.
  • Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist.
  • Occupational Therapy/Therapist.
  • Public Health, General.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.
  • Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management.
  • Forensic Science and Technology.
  • Securities Services Administration/Management.

  • LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES.

  • Legal Studies, General.
  • Non-Professional General Legal Studies (Undergraduate).

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.
  • Environmental Studies.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General.
  • Chemistry, General.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • THEOLOGY AND RELIGIOUS VOCATIONS.

  • Theology/Theological Studies.

  • TRANSPORTATION AND MATERIALS MOVING.

  • Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music, General.
  • Theatre/Theatre Arts Management.


Students Say

At Saint Louis University, a Jesuit institution in Missouri, the focus is squarely on "educating the whole person and serving others to make the world a better place." In the Jesuit tradition, the school is about "shaping the whole person: mind, body, and spirit." The "generally open-minded, non-judgmental, and welcoming" campus, located in the heart of Saint Louis, is a "big-city school with a small-town feel," with approximately 7,500 undergraduates. The "small class size" is a big draw in academically rigorous courses, and student say, "SLU is all about having unique experiences that challenge preconceived notions and promote learning and growth." Professors on the whole "really engage the students and you can tell they are passionate about what they do," though some, as at any school, just "go through the motions and lack enthusiasm." Some students make it clear that SLU professors go above and beyond. One student notes, "Every single professor I've had, whether it is a 300-person lecture or a 30-student lecture, genuinely cares about you. They are accommodating and understanding of everyone's circumstances and are always willing to try to help you." According to some students, the school's academic strengths are not equally divided, as SLU "has great science/medical programs (e.g. nursing, pre-med track, engineering, etc.), but not as strong liberal arts or music."

Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral
Doctoral Other
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

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
66%
Graduate in 5 years
76%
Graduate in 6 years
77%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$53,100

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$92,400

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$54,400

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$97,300

Percent High Job Meaning
56%

Percent STEM
12%


Students Say

SLU students are looking for “careers that strive to improve our society and our own wellbeing.” The faculty are more than willing to help students outside of established hours and parameters, and many offer “valuable career advice, support, and connections.” In addition, the Career Services office offers career counseling, two career fairs, and a 16-week, hour-long class each semester called Career Decision Making, designed for first- and second- years who are unsure about their major or career direction.

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$24,456

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$22,446

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,793

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
58%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$33,299

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$25,668

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$40,100
Required Fees
$626
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$5,542
Transportation for Commuters
$1,022

On-Campus Room and Board
$10,640
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
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)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
7,454
Foreign Countries Represented
59

Demographics

9.36%
Asian
6.24%
African-American
5.07%
Hispanic
68.22%
Caucasian
1.21%
Unknown
5.44%
International

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

Students Say

While there's less emphasis on the Ugg boot-wearing, North Face jacket-toting girls and American Eagle jean-clad boys than in previous years, SLU still struggles with being a fairly homogenous campus. As some students bluntly put it, "We are too white," and "SLU could admit more students of color." Others counter that "The student body at SLU is extremely diverse, and no one is exactly the same. SLU encourages diversity and uniqueness." In keeping with the school's religious ideals, students say, "We are encouraged by the Jesuit Mission, being men and women for others to work on behalf of people whose voices are not ordinarily heard." Describing their peers as "insightful, intelligent, warm, and [caring] about the well-being of the world," SLU students emphasize that, "SLU is unique in that the community is exceptionally strong. There really is a palpable feeling of acceptance and support when you join the community in any capacity."

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
46%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
92%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

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

Students Say

The school's location in Saint Louis provides much of the off-campus entertainment for students. In fact, students "all receive Metro Passes to get around the city as much as [they] please." Popular spots include The Arch and Forest Park, "which is just a walk away from campus and is a massive beautiful park in the middle of Saint Louis." On campus, students note, "Intramurals are popular as is Greek life, but at SLU Greek life does not define your college experience." Even so, other students declare, "Greek life is very popular on SLU's campus." Despite SLU's city location, students emphasize that, "Although we are urban, our campus is very traditional in that there is a lot of green space, a traditional quad, and hammocks everywhere for studying/ relaxing." Service opportunities abound, as per SLU's Jesuit principles, and students praise the "emphasis on community service" on and off campus. Some students say that safety can be a concern, being in an urban environment like Saint Louis, cautioning that "during the day it is perfectly fine, but at night it is smart to have someone to walk with for safety." Overall, students say, "Clubs and extracurriculars are very popular, but people seem to put a greater emphasis on making friendships, seeking a faith or spiritual life, and definitely on working hard in school to achieve one's intended career path."

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Services in the Student Success Center

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Matt Sullivan

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Documentation: “Documentation should be from a medical provider and should confirm the diagnosis, indicate how the condition impacts the student, list any ongoing treatment, and include any history. It should be as current as possible and be typed on the medical provider's letterhead.” Testing: SLU Psychological Services Center offers testing for students: Testing Site: http://www.slu.edu/department-of-psychology-home/centers-and-clinics/psychological-services-center/psychological-assessment See Disability Services Website: http://www.slu.edu/retention-and-academic-success/disability-services

Documentation Required for ADHD

“Documentation should be from a medical provider and should confirm the diagnosis, indicate how the condition impacts the student, list any ongoing treatment, and include any history. It should be as current as possible and be typed on the medical provider's letterhead.” See Disability Services Website: http://www.slu.edu/retention-and-academic-success/disability-services

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
155
Number of Honor Societies
25

Number of Social Sororities
7
Number of Religious Organizations
17

15% join a fraternity
25% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

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

Men's Sports (Billikens)
9 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Billikens)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

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

Sustainability

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.

83/99

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: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

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: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

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

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Andrea Hitsman
Assistant Director of Campus Visits

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

Phone
314-977-2500

Email
admission@slu.edu

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)
314-977-2500

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Monday - Friday

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
visitslu@slu.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

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

Transportation

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 http://www.hotelignaciostl.com/ 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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