Welcome to the Family
Whether you live across town or across the globe, we know a part of you is at Saint
Louis University as long as you have a student here.
Parents and families are a valued part of our SLU community, every member of which is devoted to the academic and personal success of students.
We’ll see you at events like Fall Welcome, Homecoming and Family Weekend, Family Trivia Night and Billiken Basketball Family Day. The Office of Parent and Family Programs has helpful FAQs and resources. And the Billiken Parent Association — of which you are automatically a member — will keep you up to date through emails and social media about events and issues that may impact your student's experience.
Together, we’ll support them from the first day to graduation day.
The First-Year Experience
It all starts with SLU 101; both you and your student will attend sessions to help prepare you for the year to come.
Next, we’ll see you at Fall Welcome. The first few days not only assist our first-year students in their transition to Saint Louis University, but offer resources and programs for you too, including the Family Hospitality Room and Family Jazz Reception. There are lots of opportunities to stay involved from that point on, including Billiken Parent Association events throughout the year.
Requesting Academic Records
Your student has complete control of his or her academic record. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, is a federal law controlling the confidentiality of, and access to, student education records. Once a student reaches 18 years of age or attends a postsecondary institution, he or she becomes an "eligible student," and all rights formerly given to parents under FERPA transfer to the student.
If you’d like to access your student’s record, you can request that he or she create a mySLU Share account that allows a third-party — including a parent or family member — to access certain records. For example, a student may choose to release financial aid or grades. This is entirely your student’s choice, and all issues of access need to be discussed with your student.