August 26, 2014
Troy P. Turnipseed

Summer Programs Bring Thousands to SLU

The Office of Summer Studies continued its success this year, drawing more than 10,000 participants to Saint Louis University this summer for the second year in a row and welcoming a number of new summer camps and academies to campus.

Summer at SLU numbers

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

New programs for 2014 included:

  • Grand Theater Camp: Two-week acting, stage combat and design program for middle school students in partnership with Metro Theater Company and culminating with a performance on the main stage in Xavier Hall.
  • Journalism and Film Academy: Hands-on media production program in which high school student write, direct and edit short narrative, documentary or journalistic film projects.
  • Introduction to Sports Medicine and Athletic Training Workshop: Participants learn the roles of the physical therapist and athletic trainer, possible career opportunities and rehab techniques.

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 addition, long-standing programs such as Gardens to Tables Culinary Camp, Anatomy 101 and the Campus Recreation Youth Program experienced strong growth. Likewise, many of the sports camps reached maximum capacity with record numbers this year, resulting in more than a 13 percent total increase for camps and academies across campus compared to last year and an 89 percent total increase since 2012.

Summer conferences and events drew 32 groups to the SLU campus, with a 17 percent increase in the number of beds occupied. Significant new, larger and longer conferences included the Christ In Youth conference and the second annual Medieval Symposium.

Campus was also filled with undergraduate and graduate students throughout the summer. 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. 

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 begin January 2015 on

To share ideas for a summer program or to express interest in developing one, contact There are numerous opportunities for growth and the Office of Summer Studies looks forward to spotlighting new programs, engaging the community and building the foundation for future Billikens to have their best summer yet in 2015.

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