Choosing a college is a big decision. At Saint Louis University, we want to help you figure out if SLU is a fit for you. As you get to know our academic programs and campus life, we'll also introduce you to the values and experiences that define what it means to be a Billiken — on campus, at home in our communities and well beyond graduation.
SLU has delivered the rigor and excellence of a Catholic, Jesuit education for more than 200 years. With two metropolitan campuses — St. Louis, Missouri, and Madrid, Spain — people come here to change the world and find their place in it. So where can we take you?
See why SLU may be the perfect fit for you
What Does it Mean to Be Jesuit Educated at SLU?
SLU’s Jesuit tradition is built on educating the whole person — mind, body and spirit — and transforming how you think about yourself and the world around you.
The Billiken Promise
Saint Louis University is committed to finding innovative ways to help students succeed and grow during their time as a Billiken. When you enroll as a new freshman at SLU, you're eligible for The Billiken Promise.
SLU EXPeriential Learning Program: virtual internship opportunities that start before your first year and continue throughout your time at SLU
Guaranteed semester (or summer) at SLU-Madrid: a semester at our international campus in Spain is built into every undergraduate degree program
SLU Difference Award: up to $10,000 in supplemental financial assistance
Financial Aid Extension for a Fifth Year: SLU financial aid awards extend for a fifth year (up to 10 total terms)
U.S. News & World Report ranks Saint Louis University among the nation’s top research universities, and many of our programs are in the top 50.
SLU is one of the oldest and most prestigious Catholic universities in the nation and is listed among Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education top-10 Catholic colleges. The Princeton Review, Fiske Guide to Colleges and Forbes magazine also name SLU a top college.
Kylie Barta, Class of 2023, says,
"It was a really easy decision once I visited SLU. Everyone cares about how you're doing; everyone cares about you as a person. And that was something I really wanted to be a part of."
- Blue and white
- "When the Saints Go Marching In"
- Higher Purpose. Greater Good.
- Rubbing the Billiken statue for luck, Sunday evening student Mass, Homecoming and Family Weekend, Fall Welcome spirit games, finals week midnight breakfast.
What’s a Billiken?
From ESPN to Buzzfeed, everyone loves to talk about SLU’s mascot, the Billiken. Here’s the inside scoop: The Billiken is a symbol of the way things ought to be and a good luck charm that dates back to 1908. It’s said that buying a Billiken is lucky, but to have one given to you is even better.
A Billiken is unique, just like SLU students. While Billikens have a lot of things in common — like intelligence, passion and a drive to serve — on our campus, everyone is encouraged to be themselves. True to our Jesuit mission, all are welcome at SLU.