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Saint Louis University (SLU) is one of America's oldest Catholic universities. With its original campus in St. Louis, Missouri, United States, and a second campus in Madrid, Spain, the University is home to over 12,000 students from 82 countries around the world. The institution has the distinction of being one of only 15 Catholic universities with a high or very high research classification from the Carnegie Foundation.

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 University is recognized for its world-class academic offerings, with 13 undergraduate and postgraduate programs ranked amongst the top 50 in the U.S. (U.S. News & 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 a 9 to 1 student-faculty ratio, students attending SLU can benefit from its personalized teaching approach. With nearly 80 undergraduate programs, including an offering of both undergraduate and postgraduate online programs, SLU provides students with the opportunity to achieve their full academic potential.

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

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What's new

What's new

New Developments at SLU

Entering its third century as an institution, SLU 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 ensures that SLU will continue to innovate in the healthcare sector and remain a leader in the field. SLU recently completed a historic accelerating excellence campaign, raising more than USD 600 million to advance its vision as a global Jesuit university that is mission-focused, student-centered and research-driven.

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

Virtual Internship Program

Saint Louis University provides the opportunity to participate in unique experiential learning opportunities in the form of the Virtual Internship Program. In these four-week virtual internships, students can join a team of students from around the globe to solve real-world business problems, equipping them with essential 21st-century skills. This opportunity will let students build their resumes and skills even before their degree starts. These internships are available in areas of digital marketing, data visualization, health care management and more. To participate in this opportunity, register for the program using your application ID here.

While expanding their network and skills, students also get a chance to earn a scholarship of up to USD 2,500 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 in the top 100 private universities in the United States (Niche), SLU is ranked as a best-value college.

13 of SLU's programs rank in the top 50, with health law, health care 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 for students at SLU to achieve this, the university provides academic advisors and faculty mentors.

The university also offers additional support to international and English as a Second Language (ESL) students through the English Language Center. Students who are non-native English speakers can access one–on–one consultations, group workshops and a team of support staff to assist with any language barriers.


A premier research university, SLU provides a place for students, faculty and staff to work side-by-side to tackle tough questions and find solutions.

Saint Louis University researchers explore new frontiers and tackle 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.

Saint Louis 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 SLU's research is defined by compassion, ambition and innovation.

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Department structure

Department structure

SLU offers students a variety of majors, minors, accelerated programs and dual degrees. With 78 different undergraduate majors and 86 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
  • School of Education
  • School of Science and Engineering
  • School of Law
  • School of Medicine
  • School for Professional Studies
  • School of Social Work
  • SLU-Madrid
  • Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing

Degree-Granting Centers

  • Center for Advanced Dental Education
  • Center for Outcomes Research & Evaluation

Technology Training and Certifications

  • Workforce Center

Summer Programming

  • K-12 Camps and Academies
  • Visiting and non-degree seeking student summer course offerings


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


  • Cupples House and McNamee Gallery
  • Museum of Contemporary Religious Art
  • Pere Marquette Gallery
  • Saint Louis University Museum of Art

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Saint Louis University provides students with international admission counselors to support them with applications and the transition 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 admission 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 at 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 to be admitted to SLU, each candidate must demonstrate they are proficient in English. The following are accepted scores from standardized tests. Please note that standardized test scores (ACT and/or SAT) are not required for admission, only as an option for proof of English proficiency:

  • Computer-based TOEFL: Minimum score of 80
  • Duolingo: Minimum score of 110
  • English portion of the ACT: Minimum score of 21
  • Evidence-based reading and writing of the SAT: Minimum score of 550
  • GaoKao: Overall score middle of Tier 2 or better and 125-150 English (100/120 Jiangsu)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Minimum score of 6.5
  • Paper-based TOEFL: Minimum score of 550
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): Minimum score of 54
  • TOEFL ITP Plus for China: Minimum score of 627

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, body and spirit. As part of its mission, SLU offers students the following facilities:

Busch Student Center

The central hub of SLU's campus in St. Louis, serving faculty members, students, staff, alumni and guests.

Simon Recreation Center

120,000-square-feet for fitness and wellness on campus. It features a pool, whirlpool, sports courts, a bouldering wall, fitness center, spinning studio, indoor track, locker rooms, lounge areas and other amenities.

Career Services

On-campus support and guidance for students with their future career path, internship search and applications to graduate schools.

Office of International Services

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

Center for Service and Community Engagement

Connects students and staff with volunteer opportunities locally and internationally.

Cross Cultural Center for Global Citizenship

The CCCGC promotes and maintains an inclusive environment of mutual respect for people of all backgrounds, cultures and identities.

Student Involvement Center

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

Student Success Center

Helps students fulfill their potential by providing development opportunities for self-reflection and discovery. The center also provides resources such as tutoring and writing help.

University Counseling Center

Fully accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS), the center is run by trained clinicians and supports student wellbeing on campus.


Students who attend SLU can choose to stay in one of the university residence halls, all within walking distance of the other campus facilities. With 90 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 SLU 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 application for undergraduate admission, students are automatically considered for the following merit-based scholarships:

Billiken, Ignatian, University, and Vice Presidents' Scholarships, which range from USD 4,000- 25,000, are based on previous academic performance. The scholarships are automatically renewed providing that students maintain full-time enrolment and a 2.0 GPA. The award can be renewed for eight semesters or until the completion of a bachelor's degree, whichever occurs first. Please note that the priority deadline for merit-based scholarships is Dec. 1st.

Other scholarships include:

Competitive scholarships

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

Transfer Scholarships

  • A+ Scholarship
  • Community College Scholarship
  • Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
  • Jesuit Transfer Scholarship
  • John Paul Fechter Service Scholarship

Other Scholarships

  • Dr. Donald M. Suggs Scholarship
  • Jesuit Community Scholarship
  • Jesuit High School Award
  • Catholic High School Award
  • Family Award
  • Saint Peters Claver Service Scholarship
  • Korean Scholarship

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