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The language below is approved for use in all official Saint Louis University publications, marketing materials and advertising. This text should not be altered.

Founded in 1818, Saint Louis University is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious Catholic institutions. Rooted in Jesuit values and its pioneering history as the first university west of the Mississippi River, SLU offers nearly 13,000 students a rigorous, transformative education of the whole person. At the core of the University’s diverse community of scholars is SLU’s service-focused mission, which challenges and prepares students to make the world a better, more just place.

Please include this paragraph when writing about SLU's bicentennial. 

A highlight of the University's bicentennial year is the 200-Years-In-One Challenge, which invites everyone to contribute volunteer hours to SLU's goal of 1.75 million hours of service — the equivalent of 200 years — all in one year. In addition, special events, lectures, conferences, scholarly initiatives and a wide variety of other activities will mark SLU's bicentennial year.