The Value of SLU: Investing in Yourself

During the college search, you hear a lot about investing in yourself. That's because higher education is one of the biggest purchases you or your parents will ever make; you need to know you'll get more out of it than four years of frat parties and football games. At Saint Louis University, you’ll leave college well-rounded and ready to work in emerging fields. But there are other reasons a SLU degree is a good value. Here's why:

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1. College Is More Valuable Than Gold

If someone handed you a check for $100,000 to invest however you wanted — buying a house, playing the stock market, buying bonds — guess what would be, by far, the best bet? A four-year college education, according to the Brookings Institution. And like any good investment, the money you put into college continues to grow over time. The same research found that over a lifetime, college graduates will, on average, make half a million dollars more than people without a degree.

Add to that valuable life experience, both in the classroom and in the community, and you get a pretty good idea why 94 percent of recent SLU graduates are happy with what they're doing now.

2. Not All Universities Are the Same

Of course, a college diploma isn't all you need to succeed in life. The good news is that at Saint Louis University you get more than a degree. SLU is a top Jesuit university, which means seeking the truth, learning to lead and gaining the tools to change the world are taught in every class.

SLU has nearly 90 undergraduate majors, but no matter what classes you take, you’ll learn about more than just job skills. "What SLU is trying to do is make you a well-rounded individual and knowledgeable about the world around you," says Saint Louis University senior Rodney. "I really appreciate that I have to take history and theology and philosophy because it helps me understand who I am.”

3. College Can Be Affordable

If the college search is giving you sticker shock, consider this: In 2016, 98 percent of first-time freshmen at SLU received financial aid. At SLU, you can get scholarships for academic merit, financial need, and your talents — and even for having attended a Jesuit high school. The Fiske Guide to Colleges and Barron's have both named SLU one of the best buys in higher education.

Ellie, a Saint Louis University sophomore, received both a SLU grant and the Deans’ Scholarship. She remembers her counselor, telling her, "As much as you want to go here, we want you here."

"They work with you as much as humanly possible to make sure you can go to SLU," she says. "SLU is definitely where I'm meant to be."

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