Science & Engineering 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

Location: St. Louis, Missouri

Size: 8,072 undergraduate students

Gender: 60% female, 40% male

Geographic diversity: 50 states and 78 countries represented

Student-faculty ratio: 9:1

Average class size: 27 students

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

Student involvement: More than 170 organizations to join

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

Greek life: 23 fraternities and sororities

Jesuits: 50 Jesuits teach, study, and minister at SLU.

Service: The Princeton Review ranks SLU #2 in the United States for community service engagement.

• 17 programs ranked in the top 50 for 2019 by U.S. News & World Report

• Ranked #1 in “Community Service Engagement” and #5 among “Best Schools for Making an Impact” by The Princeton Review

• One of only nine Catholic universities with a Higher or Highest Research Activity designation from the Carnegie Foundation

• Ranked among the top 100 national universities by U.S. News & World Report

• 10,000 square feet of new research space coming to campus

• 94% of recent SLU graduates are satisfied with their careers, volunteer work, or graduate studies.

• 81% of recent SLU alums reported completing at least one internship before graduation.

• “Most engineers can’t just sit in a classroom all day. We want to actually see how stuff works. SLU really caters to the hands-on experience environment.”
— Laura Bultus
Mechanical Engineering


A comprehensive, doctoral degree–granting institution with high research activity, SLU is ranked amongthe top 100 national universities byU.S. News & World Report. Foundedin 1818, the University fosters the intellectual and character development of nearly 13,000 students. As we enter our third century, Saint Louis University continues to move forward with an unwavering commitment to serve a higher purpose while seeking a greater good.

With nearly 90 undergraduate programs and more than 100 graduate and professional programs, students from all 50 states and 78 countries travel to SLU to pursue a top-notcheducation in a broad range of studies.

All of SLU’s undergraduate majorsare direct entry, including programs in Business, Education, Engineering, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy. Competitive scholars programs offer highly qualified students early notification of acceptance to SLU’s graduate and professional programs in Accounting, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Law, Medicine, and Physician Assistant. Many programs also offer accelerated bachelor’s-to-master’s tracks, which allow students to complete a graduate degree with only one additional year of coursework.

Graduate ready for your career in STEM
As a STEM major at SLU, you’ll haveplenty of opportunities to practice the skills you learn starting your freshman year. Whether that meansusing C/C++, Eclipse, Java, and Python on our department systems orusing virtual reality to control dronesused in research, your professors not only embrace technology—they’re helping invent it.

Past STEM students at SLU have worked alongside faculty researcherson single X-ray photo detectors, designed a chemical vapor deposition system for synthesis of nanoscale carbon materials, and built and designed small satellites launched by NASA.

Internship opportunities with airlines, technology companies, and labs in St. Louis abound, leading to jobs for SLU’s alumni in STEM fieldsafter—or even before—graduation. You’ll find recent SLU graduates at leading companies in STEM around the globe.

Opening in 2020, SLU’s Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Building will be a home base for STEM majors. And several STEM majors offer accelerated programs that let you get both your undergraduate and graduate degrees in a compressed timeframe.

Beyond the classroom
SLU offers students something rarein higher education: the opportunity to study at a place where academic achievement and scientific advancement unite with a commitment to community. Ninety-nine percentof tenured and tenure-track facultymembers hold the highest degree intheir 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, 94% of our graduates are working, volunteering, or attending graduateor professional school. SLU encourages its students and graduates to broaden their community boundaries and explore, and it offers them opportunities to do so.

The University expanded internationally in 1967 by establishing a campus in Madrid, Spain. It was the first US university to be recognizedby Madrid’s Ministry of Education as an institution of higher educationin the province. SLU-Madrid offers a complete range of undergraduate programs as well as two graduate degrees. The Madrid campus is home to more than 800 students from over 50 countries.

Looking to the future
Saint Louis University enters its third century with a clear vision—and serious momentum.

The creation of the Saint LouisUniversity Research Institute, along with construction of a state-of-the-art Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Building, will give studentsand faculty the tools they need to continue to make world-changing discoveries. A new SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital will keep SLU on the leading edge of health care innovation, and the most ambitious fundraising campaign in SLU’shistory will help propel SLU even further.

Midtown St. Louis is experiencing amajor transformation too, and SLU isin the middle of it all, working withdevelopers and community partners to thoughtfully shape the future of theregion through projects like Prospect Yards, the Armory, City Foundry STL, Chouteau Greenway, and more.

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 visit programs are offered throughout the year to meet your needs. For dates, descriptions, and registration, go to slu.edu/visit.

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. You can also experience the life of a Billiken firsthand by shadowing a current student in classes and staying overnight in a residence hall.

Come see us!
We are excited to show you around SLU! Get a taste of campus and schedule your visit at slu.edu/visit, or email visitslu@slu.edu. Can’t make it to campus? Get a preview of what you’ll find by searching “virtual tour” at slu.edu.