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Saint Louis University Overview

Saint Louis University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Saint Louis, Missouri. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

What Is Saint Louis University Known For?

6,625 Full-Time Undergraduates
$27,861 Avg Cost After Aid
64% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at SLU may have an easier time interacting with their teachers since the student to faculty ratio at the school is 9 to 1.
  • The 2% student loan default rate at SLU is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest one a student can attain at SLU.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 63% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, SLU bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $56,500 a year. That's about 38% more than their peers at other schools.
  • On average, it takes about 4.2 years for students from SLU to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

Saint Louis University Rankings

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, SLU is ranked #134 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. SLU also holds the #3 spot on the Best Colleges in Missouri ranking.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that SLU has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for SLU

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for International Students 121
Best Colleges 134
Best Colleges for Veterans 314
Best Colleges for Diversity 402
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 510
Best Colleges for the Money 700

Where Is Saint Louis University?

Location of Saint Louis University

Contact details for SLU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: One North Grand Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63103-2097
Phone: 314-977-2222
Website: www.slu.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SaintLouisU
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SLU_Official

How Do I Get Into SLU?

You can apply to SLU online at: www.slu.edu/apply.php

Admission Requirements for SLU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into SLU?

64% Acceptance Rate
60% Of Accepted Are Women
13% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 64%, SLU does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 40% of accepted students are men and 60% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 63%, and the acceptance rate for women is 66%.

Average Test Scores

About 13% of students accepted to SLU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 590 and 690. Math scores were between 580 and 700.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Saint Louis University  ( 590 to 690 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Saint Louis University  ( 580 to 700 )
200
800
SLU received ACT scores from 90% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 25 and 33. Math scores were between 24 and 29. Composite scores were between 25 and 31.

ACT English Scores for Saint Louis University  ( 25 to 33 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Saint Louis University  ( 24 to 29 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Saint Louis University  ( 25 to 31 )
1
36

Can I Afford Saint Louis University?

$27,861 Net Price
53% Take Out Loans
2.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of SLU is $27,861. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for SLU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$20,324 $20,685 $22,703 $26,946 $33,053

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At SLU, approximately 53% of students took out student loans averaging $7,533 a year. That adds up to $30,132 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SLU is 2.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Saint Louis University Undergraduate Student Diversity

6,625 Full-Time Undergraduates
60% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 9,910 undergraduate students at SLU, with 6,625 being full-time and 3,285 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  SLU

There are also 4,671 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 6,625 full-time undergraduates at SLU, 40% are male and 60% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  SLU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Saint Louis University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of SLU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 725
Black or African American 289
Hispanic or Latino 385
White 4,613
International Students 367
Other Races/Ethnicities 246

Geographic Diversity

Missouri students aren't the only ones who study at Saint Louis University. At this time, 43 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 79 countries are represented at SLU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Saudi Arabia, and India.

Online Learning at Saint Louis University

1,113 Took All Classes Online
1,838 Took At Least One Class Online
9.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 11 bachelor’s degree and 6 master’s degree programs available online at SLU. In 2017-2018, 1,838 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at SLU has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 15th most popular in Missouri for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of SLU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Saint Louis University was 9.9%. This is the #1,345 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at SLU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of SLU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Air Transportation 15%
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 19%
Criminal Justice & Corrections 16%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 6%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 26%
Liberal Arts General Studies 26%
Public Health 1%
Social Work 1%
Transportation & Materials Moving 15%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at SLU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at SLU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Transportation & Materials Moving #7
Air Transportation #7
Hospitality Management #27
Homeland Security #33
Communication & Media Studies #52
Human Resource Management #70
General Education #76
Communication & Journalism #80
Computer Information Systems #90
Computer & Information Sciences #200
Criminal Justice & Corrections #213
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #243
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #245
Liberal Arts General Studies #245
Nursing #287
Education #366
Business Administration & Management #446
Health Professions #476

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Saint Louis University Majors

In 2017-2018, Saint Louis University awarded 3,738 undergraduate degrees and 3,124 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 52 31 0
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 0 0 18 0
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 0 19 0 0
Air Transportation 0 38 1 0
Allied Health Professions 0 31 53 0
Anthropology 0 15 0 0
Area Studies 0 4 5 4
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 5 2 1
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 17 0 1
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 0 2 3 5
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 5 13 0
Biomedical Engineering 0 41 0 0
Business Administration & Management 0 15 115 0
Business/Managerial Economics 0 46 0 0
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 5 0
Chemistry 0 10 6 6
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 0 3
Civil Engineering 0 15 0 0
Classical & Ancient Studies 0 4 0 0
Classical Languages & Literature 0 1 0 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 8 12
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 25 0 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 48 6 0
Communication Sciences 0 24 42 0
Computer Engineering 0 7 0 0
Computer Information Systems 0 15 17 0
Computer Science 0 25 0 0
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 44 7 0
Criminology 0 0 1 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 2 10
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 2 41 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 7 0 0
Economics 0 0 23 0
Educational Administration 0 0 33 47
Electrical Engineering 0 8 0 0
Engineering Physics 0 2 0 0
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 30 0 0
Ethnic Studies 0 9 2 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 68 0 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 6 0 0
General Biology 0 87 5 2
General Education 0 22 7 1
General Engineering 0 0 27 5
General English Literature 0 21 1 3
General Psychology 0 66 0 0
General Social Sciences 0 0 3 0
Geography & Cartography 0 0 7 0
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 4 2 0
Germanic Languages 0 2 0 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 55 46 0
Health & Physical Education 0 118 0 0
Health Sciences & Services 0 36 0 0
History 0 10 3 3
Homeland Security 0 6 3 0
Human Resource Management 0 46 0 0
International Business 0 38 15 0
International Relations & National Security 0 18 0 0
Law 0 0 0 166
Legal Research 0 0 2 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 2 17 0 0
Management Information Systems 0 25 0 0
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 15 0 0
Marketing 0 69 0 3
Mathematics 0 18 6 1
Mechanical Engineering 0 27 0 0
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 8 0
Medicine 0 0 0 179
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 3 8
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 0 1
Music 0 4 0 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 14 0 0
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 51 0 0
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 2 0 0
Nursing 0 192 118 6
Nutrition Science 0 15 10 0
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 4
Philosophy 0 24 6 6
Physics 0 5 0 0
Political Science & Government 0 34 6 0
Public Administration 0 0 3 0
Public Health 0 44 78 6
Public Policy 0 0 0 2
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 59 62 84
Romance Languages 0 24 5 0
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 4 0 0
Social Work 0 27 95 3
Sociology 0 20 1 0
Special Education 0 0 1 11
Systems Theory 0 0 0 6
Theological & Ministerial Studies 0 8 7 6
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 3 0
Total 4 3,734 1,934 1,190

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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