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Saint Louis University is a premier research university where students and faculty work side-by-side to tackle tough questions and find solutions that impact communities in St. Louis and around the world. 

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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: ThePrinceton 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.

• “One of the reasons I like being at SLU is because I feel like the mission [of SLU] is essentially what my mission is too. There’s just much more openness to talk about what’s important in life here.” — Dan Haybron, PhD, Professor of Philosophy

As a Catholic, Jesuit institution, SLU 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. 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-notch education in a broad range of studies.

Our Jesuit tradition demands excellence in research and teaching, and our renowned faculty have embraced an unrelenting focus on academicquality. Jesuit schools are known for high academic standards, and we uphold this reputation with pride.

We don’t so much embrace ideas as we do challenge them, ensuring our students are better prepared to make a difference in an increasingly complex and demanding world.

With more than 100 graduate and professional programs offered across 14 colleges, degree-granting centers, and schools, SLU is a comprehensive, doctoral-granting institution with high research activity. Ranked among the top 100 universities in the United States, SLU also has 11 graduate programs ranked in the top 50.

Guided by a mission
The work of SLU Research is compassionate, transformative, and innovative. SLU researchers are exploring new frontiers and tackling the greatest questions of our time. The research done at SLU reflects our University’s Jesuit values and our desire to care for the most vulnerable membersof our society. The work of our researchers addresses the greatest issues facing our world today while striving to help our local community in St. Louis grow into a more equitable and innovative one.

In 2002, we joined visionaries who predicted St. Louis could become a hub of bioscience and technology innovation by founding Cortex—an innovation community fueling scientific discovery, entrepreneurism, and economic growth in the region. Our Research Innovation Group is located in the heart of the Cortex Innovation Community and turns SLU discoveries into start-ups that aim tocure deadly pulmonary fibrosis, alleviate pain without addiction, treat cancer, diagnose hepatitis C, and fuel airplanes more efficiently.

At SLU Research, we seek to live out our motto in all we do: “Igniting Discovery, Transforming Lives.”

The mission of graduate education at Saint Louis University is to define and support excellence through teaching, research, scholarship, and community service. Through the discovery of new knowledge, graduate students are prepared as leaders who will use, integrate, and disseminate this knowledge to transform society in ways consistent with the values, ethics, and intellectual ideals of a Catholic, Jesuit university. You will leave Saint Louis University not only with a degree but with a deeper appreciation of the impact your degree can have on your life and that of others.

Student research
Research is a central component of the graduate experience at SLU. We provide all our students with the opportunity to work side-by-side with our research teams so they can see firsthand how research at SLU impacts the world. From day one, the student experience at SLU is enriched by a vibrant research community that creates pathways for real change.

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. Ninety-nine percent of tenured and tenure-track 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, 94% of our graduates are working, volunteering, or attending 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 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 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 Louis University Research Institute, along with construction of a state-of-the-art Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Building, will give students and 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’s history will help propel SLU even further. 
Midtown St. Louis is experiencing a major transformation too, and SLU is in the middle of it all, working with developers and community partners to thoughtfully shape the future of the region through projects like Prospect Yards, the Armory, City Foundry STL, Chouteau Greenway, and more. 

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54 Graduate Programs Offered

Program Certificate Master's Doctorate
Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online
American Studies              
Applied Behavior Analysis                
Clinical Psychology                
Communication Sci & Disorders                
Computer Science                
Criminal Justice                
Curriculum & Instruction              
Educational Foundations                
Educational Leadership              
Engineering - General              
Experimental Psychology                
Health Outcomes Research                
Healthcare Administration                
International Business                
JD / Law Programs                
Occupational Therapy              
Physician Assistant                
Public Health                
Religious Education                
Social Work - Doctoral                
Social Work - MSW                
Software Engineering                
Special Education                
Supply Chain Management                


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