St. Louis University

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1 Grand Boulevard

St. Louis, MO 63103

Phone: (314) 977-2222
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#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. National Universities

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St. Louis University is a private institution that was founded in 1818. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,806, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 271 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. St. Louis University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 101. Its tuition and fees are $36,726 (2013-14).

St. Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit school that is open to students of any faith. The Campus Ministry organizes specialized retreats and mission trips throughout the year, and the on-campus church holds a daily Mass. The Saint Louis Prayerbook is an online database of prayers – some traditional, others original and submitted by students or faculty members. In addition to religious extracurriculars, students can also choose from more than 150 student organizations at SLU, including more than 20 fraternities and sororities. Freshmen and sophomores must live on campus, unless they commute from a parent's home, are married or have been in the military for at least two years, among other exemptions. In total, about 90 percent of freshmen live on campus – all in halls exclusively for first-year students. Students can get involved in campus leadership positions as early as the second semester of freshman year.

The St. Louis Billikens compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic 10 Conference. The Billiken is an unusual mascot – a smiling, gnome-like figure that is a considered to be a good-luck charm. Off campus, students can explore downtown St. Louis, Missouri, home to the Grand Center arts district, the Anheuser-Busch Brewery and several professional sports teams. On the nearby Mississippi Riverfront, students can bike, sail and check out the Museum of Westward Expansion.

In addition to its main location in Missouri, the university also has a campus in Madrid, Spain, where students can study for the entirety of their college career or for just a semester. At the main campus, graduate students can enroll in the university's law school or medical school. Notable alumni include Enrique Bolanos, former president of Nicaragua, and August Busch IV, former president and CEO of Anheuser-Busch Inc.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Founded in 1818, Saint Louis University (SLU) is a Catholic, Jesuit institution with campuses in St. Louis, and Madrid, Spain. Its mission is the pursuit of truth for the greater glory of God and for the service of humanity. That mission guides SLU's commitment to academic excellence, innovative scholarship and research, student-centered learning, and life-changing outreach and service. SLU began the 2012-2013 academic year enrolling 13,981 students. The University welcomed 1,600 freshmen who had an impressive average high school GPA of 3.78 and ACT score of 27.2, making the group one of the largest and most academically gifted freshman classes in history. In 2013, the University established the College for Public Health and Social Justice, a new academic unit that combines SLU's nationally accredited Schools of Public Health and Social Work. With a focus on finding innovative and collaborative solutions for complex global health problems, the new college is the only academic unit of its kind among the nearly 250 Catholic institutions of higher education in the United States. SLU is also one of only seven Catholic universities classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having "high research activity," and in fiscal year 2012, the University received more than $51 million in research funding. One example of the University's bold approach to research is its innovative Center for World Health and Medicine, which seeks cures for rare diseases and illnesses that afflict children and adults in the developing world, but are not normally targeted by major drug makers. In July 2013, the University moved its prestigious School of Law into downtown St. Louis. The law school's state-of-the-art new home is a 12-story building that was donated to the University and renovated at a cost of $30 million. The historic move - heralded by local and civic leaders - brings more than 1,100 law students and faculty into the heart of the city's legal community. Constantly seeking to enhance the overall student experience, the University's main library was renovated in 2012. The $4 million project greatly improved study spaces and technology throughout the building. With students from nearly 80 different countries, SLU has become a truly international university. With this in mind, the University opened its new $8 million, 70,000-square-foot Center for Global Citizenship in May 2013. Featuring conference rooms with worldwide teleconferencing abilities, a 1,000-seat auditorium and cafe, the project was the second and final phase of an initiative to bring SLU's internationally related academic and student support units under one roof. Also on the global education front, SLU was one of the first American universities to open a campus overseas, and today Saint Louis University-Madrid is recognized as a center for international education in Spain. In summer 2013, SLU opened San Ignacio Hall on the Madrid campus, providing newly renovated space for classrooms, performing arts studios, dining facilities, a library and more. The University's focus on improving the world and developing global citizens starts in its classrooms, where ethics, spirituality and compassion take center stage, no matter what the subject. More than 80 of SLU's courses directly integrate service into academic content. Beyond the classroom, the University provides more than a million service hours each year. In 2012 SLU ranked No. 4 on Washington Monthly's list of universities that participate in the most community service. SLU also made the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. In addition, the Templeton Foundation has named SLU a "character-building college" in recognition of the University's commitment to the community.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1818
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $852,841,749


Interested in applying to St. Louis University? Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due December 1. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 63.7 percent.

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Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 63.7%
Application deadline N/A
SAT/ACT scores must be received by December 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at St. Louis University is 12:1, and the school has 50.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at St. Louis University include: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Physical Therapy/Therapist; Psychology, General; and Accounting. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 85.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 61%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 8%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 7%
Physical Therapy/Therapist 4%
Psychology, General 4%
Accounting 3%

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Student Life

St. Louis University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,806, with a gender distribution of 41.3 percent male students and 58.7 percent female students. At this school, 51 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 49 percent of students live off campus. St. Louis University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 13,981
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

St. Louis University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. St. Louis University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at St. Louis University, 30 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at St. Louis University.

Students who have cars on campus 30%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At St. Louis University, 58.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $19,600.

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Tuition and fees $36,726 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,868 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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