Choosing a college is never an easy decision, and the global pandemic may be adding unexpected complications to your college search process. At Saint Louis University, we understand. And we're committed to helping you figure out if SLU is the right fit for you.
This overview of Saint Louis University will not only tell you about our academic programs and campus life but will also introduce you to the values and experiences that define what it means to be a Billiken — on campus, at home and well beyond graduation.
At SLU, we’ve been delivering the rigor and excellence of a Catholic, Jesuit education for more than 200 years. SLU is a dynamic community of more than 12,000 students on 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?
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What does it mean to be Jesuit-educated?
The Jesuit tradition is built on educating the whole person — mind, body and spirit. While you learn and grow in the classroom, you’ll develop relationships with professors and classmates from around the world. You’ll be challenged to ask hard questions and look beyond easy answers. Your ideas will be formed into your identity. You’ll leave SLU inspired and prepared to improve the world in your own unique way.
university west of the Mississippi River
law, business and medical schools west of the Mississippi
forward pass in football
radio station west of the Mississippi (second in the United States)
federally licensed school of aviation
in Missouri and any southern state to formally racially integrate the student body
U.S. Catholic university with a lay board of trustees
U.S. university with a freestanding campus in Europe
human heart transplant in Missouri
Jesuit university to receive the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award
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 Saint Louis University a top college.
Kat Martinez, Class of 2019, says,
"As soon as I stepped on campus and had my tour, I could just see myself here, and I felt so welcome. I stayed overnight, and I remember thinking ‘Four years of this is not enough.’"
- Blue and white
- "When the Saints Go Marching In"
- Higher Purpose. Greater Good.
- Rubbing the Billiken statue for luck, 9 p.m. Sunday 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.