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Be a Billiken

At a glance
Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution that values academic excellence, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service.

Founded in 1818, the University fosters the intellectual and character development of more than 13,000 students. Building on a legacy of nearly 200 years, Saint Louis University continues to move forward with an unwavering commitment to a higher purpose, a greater good.

With nearly 100 undergraduate majors and nearly 80 graduate and professional programs, students from all 50 states and 75 countries travel to SLU to pursue a top-notch education in a broad range of studies. Students take advantage of SLU’s highly ranked programs in business, law, and engineering; special opportunities such as direct-entry nursing and health sciences programs, and early admission to the University’s medical and law schools; and an extensive list of study abroad programs.

Beyond the classroom
SLU offers students something rare in higher education: the opportunity to study at a place where academic achievement and scientific advancement unite with a commitment to community. Here 99% of faculty members hold the highest degrees in their fields. SLU students get to do more than just attend class—they collaborate with premier scholars and researchers and conduct research that will transform their disciplines and the lives of others.

Around the world, SLU students are putting their education into practice. Six months after graduation, 96% of our graduates are either working or in graduate or professional school.

SLU encourages its students and graduates to broaden their community boundaries and explore, and it offers opportunities for them to do so. The University expanded internationally in 1968 by establishing a campus in Madrid, Spain. The first fully accredited U.S. university recognized by Spain’s higher education authority, SLU-Madrid offers a complete range of undergraduate programs, as well as two graduate degrees. Each semester more than 670 students study at the Madrid campus.

Our dynamic city
The St. Louis metro region boasts nearly three million people, with approximately 320,000 residents in the city itself. World-famous cultural gems, an active and diverse population, and a vast array of internship and other professional opportunities—St. Louis has all this and more packed into a large city that ranks as one of the most affordable places to live in the United States, according to a 2014 survey by Forbes magazine. The city is home to the famous Gateway Arch, a number of Fortune 500 companies, and a variety of cultural, historical, and sporting attractions. SLU’s very own Chaifetz Arena adds to this list as it draws in thousands of people year-round for various entertainment and sporting events.




College for Public Health and Social Justice
• Biostatistics
• Criminology and Criminal Justice
• Emergency Management
• Health Management
• Public Health
• Social Work

College of Arts and Sciences
• African American Studies
• American Studies
• Anthropology
• Art History
• Biochemistry
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Classical Humanities
• Communication
• Communication Sciences and Disorders
• Computer Science
• Economics
• English
• Environmental Science
• Environmental Studies
• Forensic Science
• French
• Geology
• Geophysics
• German Studies
• Greek and Latin Languages and Literature
• History
• International Studies
• Italian Studies
• Latin American Studies
• Mathematics
• Medieval Studies
• Meteorology
• Music
• Neuroscience
• Philosophy
• Physics
• Political Science
• Psychology
• Russian Studies
• Sociology
• Spanish
• Studio Art
• Theatre
• Theological Studies
• Women’s and Gender Studies

School of Education
• Early Childhood Education
• Early Childhood Special Education
• Education (without certification)
• Elementary Education
• Elementary Education with Special Education for Mild/Moderate Disabilities
• Middle School Education
• Secondary Education

Doisy College of Health Sciences
• Athletic Training
• Cytotechnology
• Health Information Management
• Health Sciences
• Investigative and Medical Sciences
• Magnetic Resonance Imaging
• Medical Laboratory Science
• Nuclear Medicine Technology
• Nutrition and Dietetics
• Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
• Physical Therapy
• Radiation Therapy

John Cook School of Business
• Accounting
• Economics
• Entrepreneurship
• Finance
• Information Technology Management
• International Business
• Leadership and Human Resource Management
• Marketing
• Sports Business

Pre-Professional Preparation
• Pre-dentistry
• Pre-law/Legal Studies
• Pre-medicine
• Pre-optometry
• Pre-pharmacy
• Pre-physician Assistant
• Pre-podiatry
• Pre-veterinary

Parks College of Engineering, Aviation, and Technology
• Aerospace Engineering
• Aviation Management
• Biomedical Engineering
• Civil Engineering
• Computer Engineering
• Electrical Engineering
• Engineering Physics
• Flight Science
• Interdisciplinary Engineering
• Mechanical Engineering
• Physics

School of Nursing
• Nursing


College for Public Health and Social Justice

College of Arts and Sciences

College of Philosophy and Letters

Doisy College of Health

John Cook School of Business

Parks College of Engineering, Aviation, and Technology

School for Professional Studies


School of Law

School of Medicine

School of Nursing

Visit Opportunities

At Saint Louis University, students are in the center of everything. SLU’s campus in Midtown St. Louis stretches across more than 271 acres. Students and visitors alike appreciate the beauty and unique community in the middle of a bustling city.

A variety of programs are offered throughout the year to meet your needs. View a calendar of available dates at

Personalized Visits
Customize your visit to fit your needs. Come back and take a deeper look at areas that interest you. You can supplement your admission presentation and campus tour with other opportunities such as an admission interview, an academic or student services meeting, or even a chat with a Jesuit.

Billiken for a Day
Experience the life of a SLU student firsthand. As a Billiken for a Day, your itinerary might include any of the above plus shadowing a current student in classes or an overnight stay where you can see what it’s like to live in SLU’s residence halls.

Come see us!
We are excited to show you around SLU! Get a taste of campus and schedule your own visit at

Location: St. Louis, Missouri

Size: 8,564 undergraduate students and 4,723 graduate and professional students

Gender: 59% female, 41% male

Geographic diversity: 50 states and nearly 75 foreign countries

Student-faculty ratio: 12:1

Average class size: 25.6

Faculty excellence: 99%
of full-time faculty hold
terminal degrees.

Student involvement: Nearly 200 organizations to join

Athletics: SLU competes in 18 NCAA Division I sports and is a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference.

Greek life: Eight fraternities and six sororities

Jesuits: Nearly 30 Jesuit priests live, teach, and minister
at SLU.

Service: SLU has been named seven consecutive times to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to community