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Stephen Barnes  International Admission Counselor

Saint Louis University
Office of Admission
One N. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63103

Phone: (314) 977-3842
           (800) SLU-FOR-U
Fax:     (314) 977-7136

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What advice would you offer to students during their college search and application processes?
As you start to look at colleges, I think the most important thing is to be proactive! It's a daunting process, and every school does things differently--but that doesn't mean that it has to be frustrating. Just remain proactive throughout the process! Pay attention to deadlines. Stay organized. Ask the questions that are important to you. Visit campuses. Try to interact with faculty and students at your top schools. And make sure to contact your Admission Counselor. We are here to help!

How long have you worked as an admissions counselor at Saint Louis University?
I'm excited to say that this will be my third recruitment cycle with Saint Louis University!

What do you enjoy most about your work as an admissions counselor at Saint Louis University?
I enjoy my work in admissions because of the people. I get to personally interact with some of the most amazing students and families every day. On top of that, I have the pleasure of working with the best team of people at SLU--and they make every day worth it!

Where is your favorite spot on SLU's campus?
I love the area by the clock tower and fountain. I think it's an iconic part of our campus. Any pictures taken there make you feel like, "Yes! That's what a college campus should look like."

What is your favorite restaurant (or entertainment venue) near SLU's campus that you recommend to students and their families?
When people are visiting St. Louis for the first time, I ALWAYS encourage them to check out Pappy's BBQ down the street. Delicious food and totally worth the wait in line! And my favorite venue near SLU is by far The Fox Theatre. I can always catch one of my favorite theatre performances or concerts there throughout the year.

What did you study as an undergraduate?
I was a Public Communication major with a minor in Philosophy/Religion.

Other than those regarding financial aid, what are the most common questions you receive from prospective students and their families, and how do you respond?
One of the most common questions I receive out on the road is, "What sets SLU apart from other colleges and universities?" I always say that our community of people makes SLU unique from all the rest! There is such a sense of support on campus, and the culture of service enhances this. Being in a mid-sized, Midwestern city means that we have a very open, friendly feel amongst everyone on campus. And families always tell me that they see what I mean once they visit campus!