Saint Louis University

St. Louis, MO

Saint Louis University

St. Louis, MO

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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.


Number 25

Ranked #25 among schools "Most Engaged in Community Service" | The Princeton Review, 2023

Number 6

Ranked #6 among the top Catholic colleges in the country | Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education, 2022

Number 52

Ranked #52 among “Best Value Schools” | U.S. News & World Report, 2024

Number 39

Ranked #39 on the "Most Trusted Brands Report: Universities" | Morning Consult Pro, 2022

Top 25

Named among the top 25 universities for study abroad participation | Institute of International Education, 2021

Number 13

Ranked the #13 college in the "Green Power Partner" program among colleges and universities in the US | Environmental Protection Agency, 2022

At A Glance

Location: St. Louis, Missouri

Size: 7,984 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. 

All programs are direct entry. SLU also offers minors and honors programs. For more information, visit

• Accounting*
• Aeronautics
   - Aviation Management
   - Flight Science
• Aerospace Engineering
• African American Studies
• American Studies*
• Analytics & Enterprise Systems
• Anthropology
• Art History
• Athletic Training*
• Biochemistry*
• Bioethics & Health Studies
• Biology*
   - Biological Chemistry & Molecular Biology
   - Biological Sciences
   - Cell Biology & Physiology
   - Ecology, Evolution & Conservation
   - Plant Science
• Biomedical Engineering
• Biostatistics*
• Chemical Biology & Pharmacology*
• Chemistry*
• Civil Engineering
• Classical Humanities
• Communication*
   - Advertising & Public Relations
   - Communication Studies
   - Journalism & Media Studies
• Communication Sciences & Disorders*
• Computer Engineering
• Computer Science*
• Criminology & Criminal Justice*
• Data Science
• Economics
• Education*
   - Early Childhood
   - Early Childhood with Early Childhood Special Education
   - Elementary Education
   - Elementary Education with Special Education
• Electrical Engineering
   - Bioelectronics
• Engineering Physics
• English*
   - Creative Writing
   - Research-Intensive English
   - Rhetoric, Writing & Technology
• Entrepreneurship
• Environmental Science
   - Atmosphere
   - Biology
   - Chemistry
   - Geoscience 
• Environmental Studies
   - Advocacy & Discourse
   - Economics, Politics & Public Policy
   - Natural Sciences
   - Philosophy, Religion & Ethics
   - Society & the Environment Through Space & Time
• Finance
• Forensic Science
• French*
• Geology
• Geophysics 
• German Studies
• Greek & Latin Languages & Literature
• Health Information Management
• Health Management
• Health Sciences
• History*
• Information Technology Management
• International Business*
• International Studies
• Investigative & Medical Sciences
• Italian Studies
• Leadership & Human Resource Management
• Magnetic Resonance Imaging
• Marketing
• Mathematics*
• Mechanical Engineering
• Medical Laboratory Science
• Medieval Studies
• Meteorology*
• Music
   - Music Studies
   - Performance
• Neuroscience
• Nuclear Medicine Technology
• Nursing*
• Nutrition & Dietetics*
• Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy*
• Philosophy*
• Philosophy for Ministry
• Physical Therapy*
• Physics
• Political Science*
   - International Relations
   - Public Law
   - Public Policy
• Psychology*
• Public Health*
• Radiation Therapy
• Russian Studies
• Social Work*
• Sociology*
   - Gender, Sexuality & the Body
   - Health & Medicine
   - Law, Crime & Deviance
   - Urbanization, Immigration & Demography
• Spanish*
• Sports Business
• Studio Art
   - Ceramics
   - Computer Art
   - Drawing
   - Graphic Design
   - Painting
   - Printmaking
   - Sculpture
• Theatre
• Theological Studies*
• Women’s & Gender Studies*

• Pre-dentistry
• Pre-law
• Pre-medicine
• Pre-optometry
• Pre-pharmacy
• Pre-physician Assistant
• Pre-podiatry
• Pre-veterinary

• College for Public Health and Social Justice
• College of Arts and Sciences
• College of Philosophy and Letters
• Doisy College of Health Sciences
• Parks College of Engineering, Aviation, and Technology
• Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business
• School for Professional Studies
• School of Education
• School of Law
• School of Medicine
• SLU-Madrid
• Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing

 * Program also offered at the graduate level

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