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SLU Again Ranked as One of Missouri's Top Universities


Saint Louis University has been ranked among the top three universities in Missouri and the top 7% nationally for its overall quality by College Factual, a website that ranks colleges and universities. SLU ranked #109 of 1727 colleges nationally.

SLU’s general biology program ranked #2 – among the top 5% in Missouri, and placing among the top 10% of all biology programs in the U.S., with a ranking of #74.  College Factual noted excellent outcomes for SLU students earning a biology degree. According to PayScale survey data used by College Factual, a SLU alum with a biology degree will have average mid-career earnings of $63,000.


As part of SLU’s nearly $80 million investment in STEM education spaces of the future, Macelwane Hall recently underwent a $28.8 million renovation. Macelwane Hall houses SLU’s highly ranked biology program and teaching labs for chemistry. A new $50 million Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Building is scheduled to open in 2020.  SLU Photo

SLU’s communications program also ranked #2 in the state, among the top 10% in Missouri. A SLU communications alum will earn an average of $63,000 at mid-career, according to College Factual.

SLU's public health program ranked #1 in the state, and ranked #14 out of 101 schools nationally, placing it within the top 15% of all U.S. public health programs. A SLU public health alum will earn an average of $71,000 at mid-career, according to College Factual.

SLU's social work program was ranked the best in the state, and in the top 15% of all social work programs in the country. SLU's criminal justice program also earned the top spot in the state, and is within the top 15% nationally. 

SLU also ranked #8 among Roman Catholic universities in the country.

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Rankings by College Factual prioritize positive student outcomes. For its quality ranking College Factual considers 11 factors including SAT or ACT scores, student to faculty ratios, graduation rates, low student loan default rates and starting and mid-career salaries. The website ranks more than 1,700 colleges and universities in the U.S., using public and private databases including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and