Pursuing Degrees. Majoring in Impact.

At SLU, students live out the motto "Higher Purpose. Greater Good."

Listen: President Fred Pestello talks about "Higher purpose. Greater good." on SLU's new radio ads.
A degree can be a line on a resume, buried further down the page as the years go on. Classes attended. Requirements fulfilled. 

Or it can be more than just a prerequisite for a job. It can be the core around which an incredible life is built. That's what Saint Louis University delivers. Because SLU is guided by a higher purpose. A greater good. 

Those words embody the Jesuits' nearly 500-year history of service for the greater glory of God and represent SLU's mission to pursue truth and serve humanity. In a substantial way, the phrase "Higher Purpose. Greater Good." touches on all the things that make SLU special - outstanding academics, faith, service and history.

Here, undergraduates choose from nearly 100 majors that are more than just the sum of credit hours earned.

One of America's top universities, SLU has been named an institution that promotes character growth and development among the student body and repeatedly earns a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Every semester, our faculty teach more than 80 service-learning courses, through which students volunteer during class time. It's time spent outside the classroom but inside a class plan. Nutritional counseling that relates back to a health science degree. Race and women's issues that bring philosophy into the modern age. Civic renewal efforts that put political science into perspective. 

It's the real world, and real careers, right now. Service learning at SLU accounts for 28,863 hours of hands-on education each year that leaves both students and the people and places they encounter better off. And it sets the pace for an overall 1.1 million hours of volunteer time given by SLU students, faculty and staff each year.

Formed by a Jesuit education that asks them what they'll do with the knowledge they've learned, SLU students go on to careers that help regions rebuild after disasters, engineer solutions to the world's problems and stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves. 

At Saint Louis University, a major is not means to an end but a long-term investment. Degrees are a commitment not just to a career but also to the global community. A higher purpose. A greater good. 
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