Campus Profile

Saint Louis University is ranked among the top five Jesuit universities in the United States (out of 28) and is considered one of the nation's best values in higher education.

Foundation and Charter: Saint Louis University, founded in 1818, was chartered by the State of Missouri in 1832; it established its Madrid Campus in 1967.

Religious Affiliation: Catholic, Jesuit and welcoming individuals of all faiths and backgrounds.

Accreditation: Fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission in the USA, and recognized by the Consejería de Educación de la Comunidad de Madrid (the Education Ministry of the Madrid Regional Government) in Spain.

Rankings: Forbes identified SLU as a "rising star," including it among "the top 10 colleges to watch." SLU was ranked 96th among national research universities by U.S. News, which also ranked its International Business program 12th in the nation. The University ranked 4th in Washington Monthly's list of universities that participate in the most community service.

Language: The primary language of instruction is English with selected courses taught in Spanish.

Faculty: 110 (97% of full-time faculty hold terminal degrees; 70% of all teaching faculty hold terminal degrees.)

Student to Faculty Ratio: 11:1

Average Class Size: 15

Enrollment: Approximately 750 students who come from the United States (50%), Spain (20%) and over 65 other countries (30%). Female: 55% / Male: 45%



Degrees with St. Louis, Missouri:
 The Madrid Campus enables you to complete requirements for all of Saint Louis University's nearly 100 degree programs. If you pursue a degree in a science program such as aviation science, biology, engineering or nursing, for example, you can begin your studies in Madrid and then transfer to St. Louis to complete your degree. For a full listing of Saint Louis University programs, click here.

Scholarship/Financial Aid: More than 50% of all students are offered some form of financial aid, such as merit-based scholarships and/or an Administrative Support Scholarships. All new degree-seeking applicants are considered for Madrid merit-based scholarships. U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for U.S. federal financial aid through FAFSA.

Housing: Placement in selected host families; residence halls and shared apartments available through outside providers.

Facilities: Padre Arrupe Hall houses the Office of Admissions, Registrar's Office, IT Support, administrative and faculty offices, classrooms, and biology, chemistry, computer, nursing and physics labs. Padre Rubio Hall, the main academic building, features additional classrooms, the Office of Student Life, student lounges, the bookstore and St. Timothy's Chapel. San Ignacio Hall, acquired in 2011, is home to an auditorium, art, dance and music studios, additional classrooms, a full-service cafeteria and dining room, the library, faculty residences and offices and a rooftop terrace.

Library: Students at SLU-Madrid have access to the vast collection of electronic resources and databases owned by Saint Louis University. The Madrid library's collection holds over 10,000 volumes that support specific course and research needs in Madrid.

Career Services: SLU-Madrid offers career counseling, practice interviews, résumé critiques and workshops/ networking events on campus. A complete list of companies and organizations where recent graduates are employed is available on-line.

Graduate School Placement: SLU-Madrid hosts a graduate school fair every fall, where recruiters from across Europe visit campus to recruit future students; recent graduates are currently pursuing advanced degrees at Cambridge University, Georgetown University Law School, Instituto de Empresa, Johns Hopkins, London School of Economics and other prestigious universities in Spain, the U.S. and around the world.

The University has 118,956 alumni who live in all 50 U.S. states and 146 countries. There are nearly 1,800 SLU alumni living in Spain.

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall: May 31 (August 1 for Spanish and other EU students)
  • Spring: October 15 (December 15 for Spanish and other EU students)
  • Summer Session I: April 1
  • Summer Session II: May 31

Application Requirements: Secondary-school transcript and one of the following:

  • SAT / ACT score report
  • IB diploma
  • A-level grades
  • University entrance exam (see our web page or e-mail us for more information)

Advanced Placement: Credits toward degrees are awarded for demonstrated achievement on select AP, SAT II, CLEP and IB exams.

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Location: In the historically protected neighborhood of Metropolitano in Madrid, readily accessible by metro (closest metro station: Guzmán el Bueno) and bus from anywhere in the city.

Padre Arrupe Hall
Admissions, Finance & Operations, Human Resources, Information Technology, Registrar, Academic Offices (Science, Engineering, Math and Business), Labs (Biology, Computers, Chemistry, Engineering, Nursing and Physics) and Classrooms.
Padre Rubio Hall
Bookstore, Buildings & Grounds, Campus Ministry, Chapel, Faculty & Staff Lounge, Housing, Student Life, Computer Lab, Academic Offices (ESL and Languages) and Classrooms.
San Ignacio Hall
Academic Advising, Art Studio, Auditorium, Career Placement, Dance Studio, Dining Services (The Unity by Sodexo), Director & Academic Dean Office, Counseling Services, Library, Marketing & Communications, Music Rooms, Reading and Study Rooms, Student Lounge and Academic Offices (Communication, English, Fine & Performing Arts, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish and Theology).
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