No matter what you imagine, from your very first day on campus to where you dream of heading after graduation, you can find it at Saint Louis University.
At SLU, it’s cool to be smart — after all, we’ve been delivering the rigor and excellence of a Catholic, Jesuit education for more than 200 years and stand among the best universities in the country. With a legacy of innovative academics and research, compassionate health care and faithful service, SLU is a diverse community of nearly 13,000 students who push intellectual boundaries on two dynamic, urban campuses — in 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?
Explore your personalized SLU overview, then take the next step. Schedule a campus visit to meet with an admission counselor and go on a tour of SLU with one of our current students.
See why SLU may be the perfect fit for you
What does it mean to be
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, dive into extracurricular activities and explore the community around you. 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
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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 Niche’s Top-15 Catholic Colleges. It has been named a green college by The Princeton Review, as well as making Sierra Club’s list of “cool schools." It was also called out by Spoon University as having one of best dining halls in the country at Fresh Gatherings.
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.