Summer At SLU 2015 Brings Thousands To Campus

The office of summer studies continued its success, drawing more than 10,000 participants to Saint Louis University this summer for the third year in a row.

Summer studies focuses on supporting, developing, implementing and highlighting the numerous summer opportunities for Pre-K-12th grade students; encouraging high school and college students to take advantage of summer course offerings; and establishing SLU as a destination for international summer programming and national conferences.

As part of the office of summer studies branding, the Summer At SLU initiative seeks to build community awareness of activities occurring on campus between May and August while increasing the number of visitors, the revenue generated and the University’s level of community engagement – ultimately leading to more prospective SLU students in years to come.

In 2015, 14 new camps and academies were added (bringing the total of Pre-K-12th grade programs to 52), and over 200 scholarships awarded. Well-known programs such as Camp Invention, Little Medical School and the Campus Recreation Youth Program experienced strong growth much like newer programs such as the Grand Theater Camp, Grand Arts Camp and International Business Academy. Likewise, many of the sports camps reached maximum capacity with record numbers this year, resulting in a nine percent total increase for camps/academies across campus compared to last year and an 106 percent total increase since 2012.

0915.13 SAS_Newslink_Thanks_450x450 (1)Summer conferences and events drew 37 groups to the SLU campus, with a three percent increase in the number of guests. Significant new, larger and longer conferences included the Graduate Orthodontic Residents Program and the Ignatian Spirituality Conference.

Campus was also filled with undergraduate and graduate students. Students could be found in class at the John Cook School of Business, eating lunch at the Fresh Gatherings Café or studying outside the Global Citizenship Center. Notably, the Doisy College of Health Sciences and the English as a Second Language program saw increases in their summer enrollment over last year.

Summer At SLU also expanded in 2015 to include international immersion programs and hosted more than 100 students from China and Madrid in July and August. Students spent their days in the classroom learning about global health, geographic information systems and engineering, while their evenings were filled with exploring our campus and the city of St. Louis.

You can relive all the excitement, activity and learning that occurred on campus this summer by checking out the weekly recap videos and photo albums on the Summer At SLU Facebook page. Additionally, Summer At SLU programming for next year will be announced beginning January 2016 on

If you or your department have an idea for a summer program and/or are interested in developing one, please contact There are numerous opportunities for growth and the office of summer studies looks forward to working with you to spotlight your programs, engage the community and build the foundation for future Billikens to have their best summer yet in 2016!

New 2015 Summer At SLU Programming!

Summer At SLU, Saint Louis University’s summertime community outreach initiative, packs the summer months with more than 50 camps and academies for pre-k through high school aged students, 500 college credit courses, workshops for the Over 50 population and numerous conferences and events.

New camps and academies
This summer, Summer At SLU welcomes 20 new programs for PreK through high school students, including: Historical Archaeology Camp, Little Medical School – Part 2, Little Nursing School, Little Pharmacy School, Grand Theater Camp – High School Edition, Minecraft Design, Minecraft Mods and Mobs, Stop Animation Video Basics, Lights! Camera! Action! – Movie Making, Bobbing and Weaving on the Web, Web Application Development, MS Office for School I, MS Office for School II, Real Robotics I, Real Robotics II, Games and Apps from Scratch, Introduction to Coding and Programming, Connections to Independence: Bridges to Success, HealthRHYTHMS®: Connections to a Better Life and Connections to Nature and Friendship.

New workshops for over 50 population
For those over 50, Summer At SLU is excited to partner with Act2® to bring five exciting workshops to campus: Resume Building, Networking, Your Next Chapter, Your Next Chapter – Expanded and the Act2® Package. The programs are offered at a variety of times throughout the summer and will give adults the opportunity to explore what’s next in their career and look at professional development opportunities.

A SLU kind of summer!
From swimming to soccer, performing to painting, socializing to science, there’s bound to be something that sparks your interest at Saint Louis University this summer. Staples of the Summer At SLU program include the Gardens to Tables Culinary camp, where campers prepare a variety of meals and work with professional chefs; the Engineering and Aviation Academy, where students participate in hands-on activities in aerospace and mechanical engineering, flight science and biomedical engineering; and Camp Invention, where students learn how to build for the future, one thinker at a time.

Higher purpose, greater good
Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution that values academic excellence, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service. Building on a legacy of nearly 200 years, Saint Louis University continues to move forward with an unwavering commitment to a higher purpose, a greater good.

For more information contact or 314-977-8884.

Spotlight: ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Science Camp

Guest Blogger - Frank Johnson

One of the exciting aspects of attending a summer camp is the hands-on experiences they offer that aren’t part of the traditional school day. That’s the case with the program featured in this edition of the Summer At SLU Spotlight, the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp.

The camp provides activities, experiments projects and field experiences for historically underserved and underrepresented students junior high students interested and promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

On Wednesday afternoon, I sat in on a session that found groups of campers assembling their own small Raspberry Pi computer, installing an operating system and learning the basics of programming. Check out the video to see the campers in action.

Making an Impact
The session also used the practical skills the junior high students were learning to drive home a larger point: when programming knowledge is paired with a good idea and some hard work, it can change the world or revolutionize an entire industry.

The goal, according to instructor James Dudley, is to help demystify some of the more intimidating areas of technology while inspiring in the students a deeper curiosity. Dudley and his fellow instructors are part of a nonprofit that seeks to educate kids about the information technology industry.

They pointed to the examples of tech icons such as Steve Wozniak, the original developer behind Apple, and Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter, to show students how they have the power as individuals to make a huge impact.

By allowing students to see the systems behind modern technology, the camp can encourage students to pursue careers in the growing, high-demand fields associated with STEM. Such was the case for one camper I talked with, who’s already considering how his love of building and creating can translate into a career as a mobile app developer.

For more stories on how campers, students and athletes are having their best summer yet, make sure to visit Summer At SLU on Facebook.

Summer At SLU Spotlight

Guest Blogger – Frank Johnson

The many camps, academies and events that make up Summer At SLU have kept the University’s campus buzzing with activity this summer. Today, we are providing a close-up look at what’s behind all the action by checking in on the students in the International Business Academy.

The three-day academy provides local high school students an inside look at international business and is packed with engaging speakers, activities and events, plus a tour of a multinational company in St. Louis.

Students started out their last day discussing global megatrends in business with a professor from Saint Louis University’s nationally recognized John Cook School of Business. The Cook School’s undergraduate program in international business ranked among the top 20 in the nation last year, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Next up, students participated in a roundtable chat featuring executives from three global companies based in St. Louis — Monsanto, St. Louis Lambert International Airport and HDSupply Waterworks. One of the program’s key benefits is that students learn directly from leaders in international business.

During the afternoon, students competed in the International Business Academy’s version of the hit TV show, “The Amazing Race.” This fun activity saw students zipping around SLU’s campus to complete a variety of cultural challenges, such as constructing a traditional German alpenhorn out of different materials.

Finally, the Academy came to a close with an award ceremony and an internationally themed dinner and concert, where the students celebrated all they had learned and accomplished during their Summer At SLU.

Make sure to visit Summer At Slu on Facebook to see more photos and find out how other campers, students and athletes are having their best summer yet!

Big Thank You to Grand Theater Camp!

Summer At SLU would like to give a big thank you to all those involved in Grand Theater Camp. From the staff at Metro Theater Company, to the students of the camp, to the parents … everyone was a joy to have on campus. We were quite impressed with how well the students worked together and worked with the staff to improve their acting skills. The students created and performed their own original scenes and monologues. In the end, not only were we at Summer At SLU impressed, but so were the parents of the camp participants. If you missed this camp this year and are interested for next year, please like our Summer At SLU page on Facebook to stay aware of our Summer At SLU 2015 happenings!

Come Visit SLU!

Are you thinking about applying to Saint Louis University? If so, it would be a great idea to check out our campus by going on one of our campus tours. We offer weekly group visits, individual visits, and unique Saturday Visit Programs. 

Our Saturday Visit Programs are great for families that want to know a little bit more about SLU than just a tour of campus. The Saturday Visit Programs, amongst other things, include a presentation about admission, academics and student life. 

Click here to find out more! 

K-12 Camps and Academies Selling Out Quickly!

We are amazed at how many of our programs are already sold out. Looking at the registration numbers, there are more camps that are headed to the SOLD OUT list in the upcoming week.  

SOLD OUT Programs:

  • Engineering and Aviation Academy
  • Campus Recreation Youth Program
  • Adventures in Medicine and Science Workshop
  • School of Medicine Scholars Program – Multicultural Affairs
  • ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Science Camp
  • Journalism and Documentary Film Academy

Programs that are selling out fast:

Thank you to all those that registered early to get into our Summer At SLU Programs! If you haven’t signed up for one of our programs that you are interested in, register today! We appreciate the support and can’t wait to see you on campus.

If you need any assistance, feel free to email or call the Office of Summer Studies at (314) 977-8884.

New Additions to Our Summer At SLU Programs

Summer At SLU recently added five new camps to our list of K-12 Camps and Academies. These new camps are focused in science, history/archaeology, and athletics. Each camp is a great addition to the Summer At SLU programs, and would be a great addition to your summer plans!  You might not see them listed in your 2014 Summer Program Guide, but we assure you, these camps are up and running!
You can view information on each of the new camps via the links below.
All of these camps are available and now open for registration, so get registered today! 

Summer Classes are Now Open for Registration

Here at Saint Louis University, we offer over 500 college credit courses during the summer for high-school upperclassman, college students (SLU and visiting), and adults. We have 3-week, 4-week, 6-week, and 8-week courses available in the classroom as well as online. As result, we are bound to have a class that is right for you!

Summer Sessions

  • Intersession: May 19 – June 7
  • First 6-week Session: May 19 – June 28
  • 8-week Session: June 2 – July 26
  • Second 6-week Session: June 30 – August 9

Online Courses – School of Professional Studies

  • Session: June 2 – July 26
  • Intersession: July 7 – August 2

Summer Sessions For Visiting Students

Saint Louis University Online Summer Classes

College Credit and Continuing Education 

Application and registration for summer courses are now open. Get registered today!

Overnight Summer Programs: A Real College Experience

Living on campus is strongly encouraged for students during their college career. In fact, at Saint Louis University, it is a requirement for all freshman and sophomores.

Staying on campus during a program immerses students in the life of a real SLU college student. Are you interested in getting a feel for what college life at SLU is really like? If so, consider one of our overnight summer programs!

Below is a list of Summer At SLU’s overnight summer programs.

All of our overnight programs are currently open for registration. Spots are filling quickly, so register today!

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