Higher purpose. Greater good.
Saint Louis University is a Jesuit Catholic 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 nearly 13,000 students. Now entering its 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-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 inhigher education: the opportunity to study at a place where academic achievement and scientific advancement unite with a commitment to community. Ninety-nine percent of tenured and tenure-track faculty holdthe highest degree in their field. SLU students 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 in graduate or professional school. SLU encourages its students and graduates to broaden their communities boundaries and explore, and it offers opportunities for them to do so.
The University expanded internationally in 1967 by establishing a campus in Madrid, Spain. It was the first US university to be recognized by Madrid’s Ministry of Education as an institution of higher education in 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.
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 #1 on Business Insider’s list of affordable places to live and work in the United States. St. Louis has also been named #2 on Glassdoor’s 2018 list of “Best Cities for Jobs.” 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.