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St. Louis University is a private institution that was founded in 1818. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,670, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 268 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. St. Louis University's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 92. Its tuition and fees are $35,246 (2012-13).
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 close to 20 fraternities and sororities. Most freshmen and sophomores must live on campus, unless they commute from a parents’ home, are married, or have been in the military for at least two years. 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 with a smiling, gnome-like figure that is a considered to be a good-luck charm. A costumed student mascot wears a Billiken head and a blue SLU jumpsuit at games. Off campus, students can explore downtown St. Louis, Mo., 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 on the river, 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, president and CEO of Anheuser-Busch Inc.
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Saint Louis University (SLU) is a Catholic, Jesuit institution guided by a mission that values and promotes academic excellence, student-centered learning, life-changing research, spiritual formation, and a strong commitment to service and social justice. SLU began the 2011-2012 academic year enrolling a record 14,073 students, including more than 1,700 freshmen who had an impressive average high school GPA of 3.75 and ACT score of 27.
|School type||private, coed college|
|Religious affiliation||Roman Catholic|
Interested in applying to St. Louis University? Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due December 1. The application fee at St. Louis University is $25. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 61.3 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||61.3%|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||December 1|
The student-faculty ratio at St. Louis University is 12:1, and the school has 53.8 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 Organizational Communication, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 84.8 percent.
St. Louis University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,670, with a gender distribution of 41.0 percent male students and 59.0 percent female students. At this school, 52.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 48.0 percent of students live off campus. St. Louis University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
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, 35 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at St. Louis University.
|Students who have cars on campus||35%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At St. Louis University, 58.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $19,099.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|Tuition and fees||$35,246 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$9,612 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data