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Rae-Anne Mena  Program Coordinator - Colorado Region

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

Phone: (720) 344-4307
           (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?
Never hesitate to let a college know how interested you are that school. The demonstrated interest that a student shows in a particular college or university can often play an important role in the admissions process. Take advantage of the opportunities you have to learn more about the schools you are interested in. Stop by and introduce yourself to the representatives at a college fair or be sure to attend their visit at your high school.

How long have you worked as an admissions counselor at Saint Louis University?
I started working at Saint Louis University in 2013. Prior to arriving at SLU, I was fortunate enough to spend the past 15 years working in college admissions at 3 different Jesuit Colleges and Universities.

What do you enjoy most about your work as an admissions counselor at Saint Louis University?
I think the college search process is one of the most exciting times in a student's life and I love that my job at SLU allows me to work with families every step of the way. From meeting a student early on at a college fair to reading their application and then walking them through their options to make SLU affordable, it is fun to see a student work through the process and find the right fit.

Where is your favorite spot on SLU's campus?
I love the hammocks outside of DuBourg Hall and SLUruba the outdoor pool on campus. It is neat to find such places of rest and relaxation in the middle of a busy college campus.

What is your favorite restaurant (or entertainment venue) near SLU's campus that you recommend to students and their families?
While there is a ton to choose from, I would have to say eating at Pappy's is one experience you don't want to miss!

What did you study as an undergraduate?
I was a Communications major with a double major in Public Relations and Sociology.

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?
I seem to get a lot of questions about our mascot the Billiken! I like to remind families that the uniqueness of the Billiken as a mascot is a great example of how unique each student's experience at SLU can be. We love to say that no two students experience SLU the same way and I love being a part of a place that can be so many things to so many people.