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Saint Louis University (Globally Recruit)

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Saint Louis University (SLU) is one of America's oldest Catholic universities. With a main campus in Missouri, and a second campus in Madrid, Spain, the university is home to over 12,000 students from 78 countries around the world. The institution has the distinction of being among the top 100 research universities in the U.S.

Founded in 1818, Saint Louis University's traditions are based in academics, ethics, spirituality and compassion. The university is affiliated with the Jesuit order of the Roman Catholic Church and is the second oldest Jesuit university in the United States.

As the oldest university west of the Mississippi river, Saint Louis is recognized for its world-class academic offerings, with 16 undergraduate and postgraduate programs ranked amongst the top 50 in the USA (U.S News and World Report). With life changing research and a strong commitment to faith and service, the university provides more than 1.6 million hours of service each year and ranks as one of America's top colleges for making an impact. The education offered is transformative and helps to develop students into confident leaders.

With an average class size of 15, students attending SLU can benefit from its personalized teaching approach. With more than 100 undergraduate programs, along with an offering of both undergraduate and postgraduate online programs, SLU provides students with the opportunity to achieve their full academic potential. The university is dynamic and forward looking with a strong grounding in a pioneering history and working with a higher purpose seeking the common good.

Based within an Industry hub, SLU's 271-acre vibrant Missouri campus has strong links to business, finance, healthcare, bioscience and technology. It has easy access to Lambert International Airport in St. Louis. Located in the United States 7th most innovative district (Brookings Institute, 2019), students can undertake internships and research on the doorstep of campus.

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What's new

What's new

New developments at SLU

Entering its third century as an institution the university has a clear vision and trajectory. The Saint Louis Research Institute has been developed alongside the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Building, providing students with world-class facilities that allow them to continue to make ground-breaking discoveries. The new SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital will ensure that SLU will continue to innovate in the healthcare sector and remain a leader in the field. SLU has also launched an ambitious fundraising campaign that aims to give the university the momentum to continue its positive development.

Changes are also happening within the city of St. Louis, notably the midtown region, with SLU an active participant in shaping the future of the area through collaborations with developers and community partners. Some of the projects SLU are involved in include the Armory District, Chouteau Greenway, City Foundry STL and Prospect Yards.

Virtual Internship Program:

  • Saint Louis University brings the opportunity to participate in unique experiential learning opportunities in the form of a Virtual Internship Program. In these 4-week Virtual Internships, students can join a team of learners from around the globe to solve real-world business problems, equipping them with essential 21st-century skills. This opportunity will let students build their resume and skills even before the degree starts. These internships are available in domains of business administration, art media design and computer science. To grab this opportunity, register for the program using your application ID here.
  • While expanding the network and skills, students can also get a chance to earn a scholarship up to $2500 on successful completion of the internship.

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Teaching quality and Research

Teaching quality and Research

Saint Louis University's Jesuit traditions mean that excellence in research and teaching is at the core of the university's values. Ranked 26th in undergraduate teaching (U.S. News and World Report), the university is ranked 47th on the list of U.S. colleges with the best professors.

In 2019, 17 of SLU's programs ranked in the top 50, with health law, healthcare management and international business ranking among the highest. With small class sizes, one of the university's core values consists of making academic success a student priority. In order that students at SLU achieve this, the university provides academic advisers and faculty mentors.

The university also offers additional support to International and ESL students, through the English Language Centre. Students who are non-native English speakers can access a one – on – one consultation, group workshops, and a team of center staff to support with any language issues.


A premier research university, Saint Louis University provides a place for students and faculty staff to work side by side tackling the tough questions and finding solutions.

SLU researchers are exploring new frontiers and tackling the greatest questions of the contemporary world. SLU is on the cutting-edge of research that makes a difference for humanity, both in the local community and abroad. Informed by the university's Jesuit mission, researchers are motivated by a concern for the most vulnerable members of society.

The university is rooted in over 200 years of history, which continues to shape the future. From the discovery of the life-saving properties of vitamin K to more recent breakthroughs at the federally funded Center for Vaccine Development, all of the university's research is defined by compassion, ambition and innovation.

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Department structure

Department structure

SLU offers students a variety of minors, accelerated programs and dual degrees. With 89 different undergraduate majors and 82 graduate disciplines, students can decide on degree programs from the following departments:

Colleges and Schools

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

Degree-Granting Centers

  • Center for Advanced Dental Education
  • Center for Outcomes Research

Technology Training and Certifications

  • Workforce Center

Summer Programming

  • Summer Courses/Visiting & High School Students
  • K-12 Academic & Cultural Camps


  • Pius XII Memorial Library
  • Vincent C. Immel Law Library
  • Medical Center Library


  • Saint Louis University Museum of Art
  • Museum of Contemporary Religious Art
  • Historic Samuel Cupples House and Gallery

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Saint Louis University provides students with international admission counselors to support with applications and transitioning to living and studying in the United States. Students can get support in obtaining an F-1 Student Visa, as well as help with setting up course schedules and class registration. SLU's counselors also introduce students to organizations and activities across the campus and within the city of St. Louis, Missouri.

There are four steps for students to follow when applying to SLU, which may require additional steps depending on the program:

  1. Complete an online application on the university website or via the common application
  2. Send official transcripts of all secondary work, with English translations and course descriptions where necessary.
  3. Submit proof of English language proficiency
  4. Students are encouraged to submit a resume of activities and letters of recommendation.

In order that a student application be processed, each candidate must demonstrate they are proficient in English. The following are accepted scores from standardized tests:

  • TOEFL (paper based)- minimum score of 550
  • TOEFL (Internet based)- minimum score of 80
  • IELTS- minimum score of 6.5
  • SAT (evidence-based reading and writing portion)- minimum score 540
  • ACT (English portion)- minimum score 21

Students can also submit proof of successful completion of a college-level English class at an accredited university or college. All entry requirements will be determined by the chosen program.

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Saint Louis University believes in educating the whole person, including their mind, heart, body and spirit. As part of this SLU offers students the following facilities:

Busch Student Centre

The central hub of SLU Missouri campus, serving faculty members, students, staff, alumni and guests.

Campus Recreation and Wellness

Inclusive of 32 sports clubs, swimming pools, volleyball courts and more than 20 group fitness classes each week.

Career Services

On campus support and guidance for students with their career searches, internship opportunities and applications to graduate schools.

Office of International Services

Provides orientation and visa support sessions, with an international student lounge and cultural campus events.

Centre for Service and Community Engagement

Connects students and staff with volunteering opportunities locally and internationally.

Cross Cultural Centre

The centre for promotion and maintenance of an inclusive environment of mutual respect for people of all backgrounds, cultures and identities.

Student Involvement

Provides students with the essential guide to campus life both inside and outside of the classroom. This includes the planning of weekly activities and events.

Student Success Center

Helps students fulfil their potential by providing development opportunities for self-reflection and discovery, the centre also provides resources such as tutoring and writing.

University Counselling Center

Fully accredited by the International Association of Counselling Services (IACS), the center is run by trained clinicians and supports students with a variety of issues.


Students who attend SLU can choose to stay in one of the university residence halls, all within walking distances of the library and student centers. With 92 percent of freshmen choosing to live on campus, SLU students can apply to live in a wide variety of accommodation options.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

Students can access several scholarships at the university which recognize academic accomplishment, leadership capability and service involvement. Scholarships are awarded within the first term and are automatically renewed each year.

Upon completion of an online application for undergraduate admissions, students are automatically considered for the following merit-based scholarships:

Billiken, Ignatian, University, Deans' and Vice Presidents' scholarships, which range from USD 8,000-USD 23,000 are based on previous academic performance and official SAT/ACT scores. The scholarships are automatically renewed providing that students maintain full-time enrolment and the necessary GPA. The award can be renewed for eight semesters or until the completion of a bachelor's degree, whichever occurs first.

Other scholarships on offer include:

Competitive scholarships

  • Presidential
  • Martin Luther King Jr
  • Saint Louis University National Merit Award

Transfer Scholarships

  • Jesuit Transfer Scholarships
  • Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
  • John Paul Fechter Service Scholarship

Other Scholarships

  • Jesuit Community Scholarship
  • Jesuit High School Awards
  • Catholic High School Awards
  • Family Awards
  • Saint Peters Claver Service Scholarship

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