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Rob Curtin  Admission Counselor

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

Phone: (314) 977-3423
           (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?
I would tell students not to ignore their gut instinct to a college or university. While things like program strength, scholarship awarded, and other factors are important when deciding on where to go to school, you cannot discount the intangible feeling you get when you step onto a campus. If that's the place where you see yourself being happy and successful, then that's where you should go to college. I just hope you get that feeling at SLU!

How long have you worked as an admissions counselor at Saint Louis University?
I have worked as an admission counselor at SLU since July of 2008.

What do you enjoy most about your work as an admissions counselor at Saint Louis University?
I would say I enjoy two thing equally: one is the fact that I still get to be at SLU every day, a place I have considered my home since I moved onto campus as a freshman in August 2004. The other is that I get to show students how special SLU is and what it can do for them; my job is to talk about a place I love so much!

Where is your favorite spot on SLU's campus?
If it's warm and sunny, then I love to go to the ponds on the east end of campus and watch the ducks swim in the water. When it's basketball season, I love to be at Chaifetz Arena, wearing my #23 Kyle Cassity jersey, and screaming my heart out for the Billikens.

What is your favorite restaurant (or entertainment venue) near SLU's campus that you recommend to students and their families?
Just one mile west of campus is a part of town called the Central West End. In the CWE is Culpepper's, one of my favorite restaurants in St. Louis, and in my opinion home of the best chicken wings! Just past the CWE is Forest Park, where I love to go to our (free) zoo to see the bears and penguins (my favorite animals).

What did you study as an undergraduate?
I graduated from SLU in 2008 with a degree in English Literature, and a minor in Theological Studies. Right now, I am working on a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Student Personnel Administration. (I like to joke that I got my bachelors degree in something I could already do, which is read and write, and now I am getting a masters degree in something I can already do, which is work with students!)

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?
This is easy: "What is a Billiken?" Most of my territory is in the Southeastern US, where mascots are tigers, gators, and bulldogs, so understandably people have no idea what our mascot is. My quick response is that the Billiken is a made-up creature, created by a woman in Kansas City in 1908, and he is a symbol of good luck. For a more detailed explanation, check out this link.