September 18, 2013

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University Earns Top Marks for Commitment to Service

For the third year in a row, "Washington Monthly" has ranked the University in the top five in the nation for community service.

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SLU offers numerous opportunities to volunteer in the community such as the annual Make A Difference Day event. File photo

Saint Louis University has been named the fourth-best school in the country for community service by Washington Monthly. This marks the third consecutive year the University has placed in the top five.

The publication, based in Washington D.C., ranks schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, research and service.

Other notable honors the University received were "Top Jesuit School," "Top Faith-Based School" and a second-place ranking as a top private institution.

This isn't the only accolade SLU has garnered recently for its emphasis on "service for others."

Earlier this year, the University was named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the sixth consecutive year. Placement on the honor roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and community engagement.

Saint Louis University also placed fifth on Hercampus.com's 2013 list of "The Most Charitable Schools." Hercampus.com is a collegiate guide and news network for women college students.

In the guide, SLU was noted for its annual Make a Difference Day, which is one of the largest collegiate days of service in the nation, and its Community Service Federal Work Study Program, which allows work-study students to work with local nonprofits.

A few other service highlights include:

  • During the 2012 SLU Relay for Life, more than 1,300 participants raised $130,000 to help fight cancer. Since its beginning in 2004, the SLU Relay for Life has raised more than $1.25 million for the American Cancer Society of Eastern Missouri and was awarded the "Thanks A Million" Award by the group.
  • According to a survey, 84 percent of SLU students volunteer at least once during the academic year, which is well above the national average of 60 percent. Nearly half are regular volunteers, providing service multiple times a month.
  • The University also is participating in the President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, a White House initiative inviting institutions of higher education to commit to interfaith cooperation and community service programming on campus.

Learn more about service at SLU by visiting the Center for Service and Community Engagement website.

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