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Laura Kleinschmidt  Admission Counselor

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

Phone: (314) 977-8308
           (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 tell all of my students to visit the schools they are considering. The only way you can pick a school is by picturing yourself on that school's campus. Stay overnight with current students if the college or university allows it. If it's a good fit for you, you'll know. When it comes to the actual application, answer all of the questions to the best of your ability, and always have someone proofread everything for you!

How long have you worked as an admissions counselor at Saint Louis University?
I've been working at SLU since September of 2011.

What do you enjoy most about your work as an admissions counselor at Saint Louis University?
I love interacting with families and working with students. I find that their energy and excitement is contagious, and each student has a different story. I enjoy hearing what inspires each of them.

Where is your favorite spot on SLU's campus?
The hammocks outside of DuBourg Hall are my favorite spot on campus. Our students always look so relaxed while they take a break from classes! It's a very peaceful atmosphere and many days I'd like a hammock to myself.

What is your favorite restaurant (or entertainment venue) near SLU's campus that you recommend to students and their families?
Pappy's BBQ was voted the best for a reason. It's walking distance for our campus and I could easily eat their sweet potato fries every day.

What did you study as an undergraduate?
I studied Communication, English Writing and Public Relations. I spent a semester abroad in Rome learning Italian, and that was a life-changing experience that taught me the value of learning about other cultures. If you haven't considered studying abroad, you should!

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?
The most common question is definitely in regard to our mascot. I tell the Billiken story frequently on the road, and it normally makes families laugh, which makes me feel very comfortable!