Saint Louis University

One Grand Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63103-2097

School Details

Saint Louis University is a private, not-for-profit, co-educational Jesuit university located in St. Louis, Missouri that was founded in 1818.


Originally, the school was called the Saint Louis Academy, the first students attended school in a private home, located along the Mississippi River. By 1889, the campus relocated to its permanent home, first constructing DuBourg Hall. Though the college continued to evolve, adding to the physical campus and expanding curriculums, SLU retains its Catholic, Jesuit heritage. Today, SLU is the oldest higher educational institution located west of the Mississippi River, and is one of 28 total schools affiliated with the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. SLU also maintains a campus in Madrid, Spain. The first sentences of Saint Louis University’s mission statement is “the pursuit of truth for the greater glory of God and for the service of humanity. The University seeks excellence in the fulfillment of its corporate purposes of teaching, research, health care and service to community…”

There is a current enrollment of more than 13,900 students. Of these students, about 8,800 are undergraduate students and an estimated 5,100 are graduate students (including medical and law students). An estimated 59 percent of students are from out-of-state. Additionally, the student body population represents all 50 states and approximately 70 different countries. The campus is located on 235 acres. The campus features four libraries and two museums: the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art and the Saint Louis University Museum of Art. The school also provides apartment and dorm style housing, and major buildings on campus include the Edward A. Doisy Research Center, Saint Louis University School of Law, and the Chaifetz Arena.

Apart from academics, SLU offers many extracurricular opportunities which include a large number of clubs and organizations. There are also social and non-social Greek organizations, including 10 fraternities and 6 sororities on campus. SLU’s 18 collegiate athletic teams are members of NCAA Division I athletics and compete in the Atlantic Ten Conference. Teams include baseball, basketball, cross country, field hockey, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.

Saint Louis University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Added honors include, but are not limited to, the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and recognition by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. SLU has also been named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs.


The university offers about 100 undergraduate programs and more than 70 graduate programs. The school’s academic programs are divided into the following colleges: the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Philosophy & Letters, John Cook School of Business, Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology, Saint Louis University School of Social Work, and the College of Education and Public Service. Programs affiliated with the medical center are housed in the Saint Louis University School of Public Health. Graduate and professional programs are divided into the following colleges: The Graduate School, Saint Louis University School of Law, John Cook School of Business, School of Social Work, and School of Professional Studies. In addition, there is the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and the Doisy College of Health Sciences. Centers include the Center for Sustainability, Center for Outcomes Research, the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics, and the Center for Advanced Dental Education. The average class size is 24 and the student-to-faculty ratio is 12:1. Furthermore, an estimated 99 percent of tenured and tenure-track faculty retain the highest degree in their respective fields. SLU has a school application but also accepts the Common Application.


For added convenience for working professionals and non-traditional students, Saint Louis University supports a distance education campus, offering online bachelor’s degrees, minor and certificate programs, and master’s programs. Students may also enroll in individual online classes through the SLU School for Professional Studies. Online bachelor’s programs include degrees in Computer Information Systems, Criminal Justice & Security Management, General Studies, Organizational Studies, Aeronautics, Organizational Leadership & Technology, and Nursing - RN to BSN degrees. About fourteen online minor and certificate programs are available extending from studies in Data Analytics and Web Technologies to Industrial Psychology and Contemporary Adult Spirituality. Online master’s programs feature a M.A. in Leadership & Organizational Development and a M.S. in Applied Analytics. Accelerated bachelor’s to master’s degrees are also supported through online learning, and include the Leadership & Organizational Development Bridge Program and the Applied Analytics Bridge Program. Online programs feature an asynchronous learning environment, and maintain similar standards to on-campus counterparts.


The estimated annual cost of tuition and fees is $36,616 for undergraduate students. Graduate students pay an estimated $1,010 per credit hour, and adult education professional studies range from $610 to $745 per credit hour.

Financial aid is available to those students who qualify, and students will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Institutional scholarships are based on academic achievement, talent, service, leadership, among other factors. Supported grant programs include the SLU Grant, MAGIS Award, Missouri State Grants, Federal Pell Grant, and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant. Students may also qualify for Federal Work Study and loan programs include the Federal Direct Stafford Loans, Federal Perkins Loan, and the Federal PLUS Loans. VA benefits for eligible students include the Post 9/11 GI Bill.




School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Catholic / Jesuit

  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
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