Saint Louis University

About Saint Louis University

Saint Louis University (SLU) is a Jesuit university located in the arts district of St. Louis, Missouri. Established in 1818, the university was the first to be founded west of the Mississippi River and the second Jesuit university to be founded in the United States. SLU was named among the top colleges schools in the country by publications such as U.S. News & World Report, Fiske Guide to Colleges, and the Princeton Review's Best 376 Colleges.


Saint Louis University awards undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates through 18 schools, colleges, and centers, including a professional studies school and a campus in Madrid, Spain. SLU also has about 40 on-campus centers and institutes as well as three libraries (the main library, the law library, and the medical library) on its main campus. The main campus also has a museum of art, a museum of contemporary religious art, three galleries, and a sculpture park.

SLU's honors program offers special honors classes and benefits, such as early registration and discounts for on-campus events like performances or sporting games. The university also has study abroad programs in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, among others.


Prospective students are encouraged to apply via the online application. A paper application can be used instead for a $25 fee. Applicants can also use the common application with SLU's supplement. Along with the application form, applicants must send in secondary school report forms, high school transcripts, and SAT/ACT scores. It's also recommended, though not required, that applicants provide resumes of their extra curricular activities and one or two letters of recommendation if they choose.

Admissions are rolling, with the exception of the nursing, physical therapy, and occupational therapy programs, for which the application deadline is December 1st. This is also the priority deadline for scholarship consideration. Applicants are also required to have graduated from an accredited high school or obtained their GED; it's recommended that applicants have taken at least five courses per academic high school year, including four years of English and math and three years of science, social science, foreign language, and electives.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Annual undergraduate tuition at SLU for the 2012-13 academic year was $34,740. Students were also charged fees totaling $506 per year. Rates for residence halls on campus ranged from $4,052 to $6,099 per semester, while rates for on-campus apartments and flats ranged from $2,713 to $5,450 per semester. Residence hall and apartment charges included a meal plan. Students in the apartments are automatically placed on the commuter & apartment meal plan, while residence hall students could choose from several plans.

The average financial aid package for students entering in the 2011-12 school year was $26,830, and 97% of freshmen at SLU received some type of financial assistance. Students at SLU can apply for financial aid in the form of loans, need-based grants, merit-based scholarships, and employment opportunities.

School Type Private, four-year**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctorates, certificates**
Religious Affiliation Jesuit*
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Large city**
Student Body 17,859 (12,531 undergraduate)**
Student Housing 91% of freshmen live on campus*
Schools and Programs 18 colleges, schools, and centers; almost 100 undergraduate programs and more than 50 graduate programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 12 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-11:
Bachelor's: Business administration (413)
Master's: Business administration (154)
Doctorate: Law (274)**
Graduation Rates (Students Beginning Study in 2005) 71% in 150% of normal completion time**
Admission Rate 62% in fall 2011**
Entering Class 1,756 in fall 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates (Full-Time) 85% from fall 2010 to fall 2011**
Average ACT Score of Admitted Students 27*
Application Due Date Rolling for most programs; December 1 for nursing, physical therapy, and occupational therapy programs*
Decision Notification Date January for the nursing program; February for the physical therapy and occupational therapy programs*
Tuition $34,740 per year (for undergraduates)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of First-Year Students Receiving It) In 2010-11: Federal grants (21%), state and local grants/scholarships (18%), institutional grants/scholarships (85%), federal loans (57%), other loans (6%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 86.5% in 2012*

Sources: *Saint Louis University; **National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator, ***National Center for Education Statistics, IPEDS Data Center.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Saint Louis University, Office of Admission, DuBourg Hall, Room 119, One North Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63103-2097
  • Phone: (314) 977-2500
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