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Catholic Profile

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.

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

With nearly 100 undergraduate programs and almost 100 graduate and professional programs, students from all 50 states and 77 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 degree in their field. 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. It was the first US university to be recognized by Madrid’s Ministry of Eduction as an institution of higher education in the province. 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 2.8 million people, with approximately 320,000 residents in the city itself. From world-famous cultural gems to 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 US, according to a 2015 survey by Forbes magazine. It has also been ranked as the #1 startup tech city in America by Popular Mechanics magazine. The city is home to the famous Gateway Arch, nine 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 music, entertainment, and sporting events.


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: 8,248 undergraduate students and more than 4,650 graduate and professional students


Gender: 59% female, 41% male


Geographic diversity: 50 states and 77 foreign countries


Student-faculty ratio: 11:1


Average class size: 26


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


student involvement: More than 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 eight 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 engagement.

Undergraduate Majors

College of Arts and Sciences
• African American Studies

• American Studies

• Anthropology

• Art History

• Biochemistry

• Biology

• Chemistry

• Classical Humanities

• Communication
- Advertising and Public Relations
- Communication Studies
- Journalism and Media Studies

• 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


College for Public Health and Social Justice
• Biostatistics

• Criminology and Criminal Justice

• Emergency Management

• Health Management

• Public Health

• Social Work


Doisy College of Health Sciences
• Athletic Training

• Communication Sciences and Disorders

• 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

• Analytics and Enterprise Systems

• Economics

• Entrepreneurship

• Finance

• Information Technology Management

• International Business

• Leadership and Human Resource Management

• Marketing

• Sports Business


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 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


School of Nursing
• Nursing


Pre-Professional Preparation
• Pre-dentistry

• Pre-law

• Pre-medicine

• Pre-optometry

• Pre-pharmacy

• Pre-physician Assistant

• Pre-podiatry

• Pre-veterinary