Why Apply By Dec 1?

What's behind SLU's priority consideration deadline

When it comes to applying to college, it can literally pay to be early. At Saint Louis University, students are encouraged to apply by Dec. 1 because it gives them priority consideration for scholarships.

While there are lots of scholarships and financial awards available for first-time freshmen at SLU—more than 10 based on academic merit, talents, service, leadership and financial need alone—students who apply before Dec. 1 are considered first when award offers are made.

What if I miss the Dec. 1 deadline?

Students who miss the deadline are can still apply to go to SLU. Unlike some schools that focus on early decision or early action, SLU has a rolling admission policy, giving you a large window of time to apply. Admission decisions at SLU are made as applications are received, so you don't have to wait for a certain date to find out if you're in.

Even so, if you can meet the Dec. 1 deadline, you should—especially if scholarships and financial aid are part of how you hope to pay for college.

How Do I Apply For Scholarships at SLU?

Applying for scholarships at SLU is easy. You are eligible for the Billiken, Ignatian, University, Deans' and Vice Presidents' Scholarships just by filling out the University admission application. The Presidential, Martin Luther King Jr. and Jesuit Community Scholarships require a separate application, but you can complete them from right within SLU's application portal. 

Only SLU's Presidential Scholarship—a chance at a four-year, full-tuition award—requires that candidates submit all their materials by Dec. 1. The application deadline for SLU's Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship is Feb. 1, and the Jesuit Community Scholarship  does not have a deadline.

Other important application dates for incoming freshmen at SLU:

  • Sept. 1 - Rolling admission begins
  • Dec. 1 - Priority scholarship and award consideration for incoming freshmen 
  • March 1 - Submit your FAFSA  for financial aid priority consideration
  • May 1 - Housing application, contract and $450 enrollment deposit due 
Questions? Contact SLU's undergraduate admission or financial aid offices. And remember, it's free to apply to SLU online. Get started!

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