Saint Louis University

St. Louis, MO

Saint Louis University

St. Louis, MO

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Imagine a place that welcomes you for who you are—and for who you’d like to become. 

Welcome to Saint Louis University
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. Building on a legacy of 200 years and serving nearly 13,000 students annually, SLU continues to move forward with a commitment to serve a higher purpose while seeking a greater good.

With 90 undergraduate programs and more than 100 graduate and professional programs, students from all 50 states and 82 countries travel to SLU to pursue a top-notch education. Rated among the nation’s top research universities, SLU boasts 14 graduate and undergraduate programs that rank among the top 50 in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Beyond the classroom
SLU offers students the opportunity to study at a place where academic achievement and scientific advancement unite with a commitment to community. Here, 99% of tenured faculty members hold the highest degree in their field. SLU students collaborate with premier scholars and researchers and conduct research that transforms their disciplines and the lives of others. Six months after graduation, 94% of our students are working, volunteering, or attending graduate or professional school.

In 1967, the University established 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.

Our dynamic city
Amazing outdoor spaces, museums, world-class theater experiences, and a wealth of internship and job opportunities (the city is home to nine Fortune 500 companies) means St. Louis doesn’t just have “something for everyone”—it has something for you. All this and more is packed into a city that’s ranked among the “Top 10 Most Affordable Cities,” according to Forbes. 


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


ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, is one of the largest cities in the midwestern United States. It’s the headquarters of nine Fortune 500 companies and one of the top cities for start-ups in the US. The St. Louis area is home to an active, diverse population of nearly three million people and has been named a “Best City for Jobs” in 2018 by Glassdoor and “America’s Next Great Food City” by Travel + Leisure.

Saint Louis At A Glance

Type of School: Saint Louis University is a private, national research university with undergraduate and graduate programs, including some ranked among the top 50 in the United States.

Size of Campus: 272+ acres in St. Louis, Missouri; and Madrid, Spain

Number of Students: Nearly 13,000: 8,072 undergraduate, 4,474 graduate

Number of Faculty: More than 2,000 faculty members

Colleges, programs, and degrees: See listing here

Geographic Diversity: All 50 states and 87 countries represented. 5.8% students come from outside the US

International Student Services: SLU’s Office of International Services (OIS) supports international students, scholars, and employees as well as students who wish to study abroad. OIS promotes international student success and a global perspective for the University community.

International Student Budget: Estimated undergraduate cost of tuition and living expenses for one academic year: $70,000

Financial Aid: International undergraduate applicants are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. Students interested in being considered for need-based financial aid should submit the College Board’s CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.

Test Score Requirements: For direct entry into an academic program, all international applicants are required to demonstrate English proficiency. Students who don’t meet the minimum English proficiency requirements can apply for a pathway or academic English program through INTO-Saint Louis University.

Application Deadlines and Fees: SLU’s Nursing, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy programs have an application deadline of December 1; all other undergraduate applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Undergraduate students can apply at or via the Common Application. There is no application fee for undergraduate applications. Graduate programs have varying deadlines and application fees; see for more information.

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “The community at SLU was by far the strongest and most vibrant of any of the other student bodies I had interacted with. I immediately felt a connection to SLU and a sense of belonging that I couldn’t find anywhere else.”

    • Ross Pelzel
      United States of America
  • “My way of thinking has changed since I started at SLU. I used to look at problems from a small angle, but now, I look at problems from a wide angle and try to find a solution.”

    • Zaid Altamimi
      Saudi Arabia