Saint Louis University

Program in Physical Therapy


For applicants to the freshman-entry Program in Physical Therapy

Effective immediately, high school seniors applying for Fall 2016 admission have two possible routes for acceptance into the SLU Program in Physical Therapy. The deadline for both routes is December 1, 2015.

  • Students with an ACT composite score of 30 or higher with math and science subsections scoring at least a 28 ACT (or equivalent SAT scores), high school GPA of 3.85/4.0 and an outstanding high school academic record (with an emphasis placed on excellence in math and science courses) will be considered for early acceptance to the SLU Program in Physical Therapy.*
  • All other students with an ACT composite score of 26 or higher with no subsection below a 23 (or equivalent SAT scores) and a high school GPA of 3.2/4.0 will be considered for the standard selective admission process for the SLU Program in Physical Therapy.

* If a student is not accepted through the early acceptance process, he/she will automatically be considered for the standard selective admission process.

High School Courses

Students must have a strong college preparatory curriculum in high school including:

  • 4 years of science, including biology and chemistry. Physics is strongly encouraged but not required.
  • 4 years of math, including a level equivalent to Pre-Calculus.
  • 4 years of English
  • An outstanding high school academic record, with an emphasis placed on excellence in math and science courses.


Minimum Requirements

Cumulative grade point averages, ACT or SAT scores are considered.  Meeting minimum GPA and test score requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.  For the freshman class admitted to the Program in Physical Therapy in the Fall of 2015, the mean ACT score was 29 and the mean GPA was 4.0 on a 4.0 scale. Current minimum eligibility requirements are:

  • 3.2/4.0 GPA
  • ACT composite of 26 with no subsection below a 23, or equivalent SAT scores.
  • The Program in Physical Therapy does not consider the scores on the writing section.

Application Process

  • Admission to the Program in Physical Therapy is on a selective basis.
  • The due date for completed applications is December 1. Late applications are not considered.
  • In order for applications to be considered complete, prospective students must apply to Saint Louis University's Program in Physical Therapy through the online application and indicate physical therapy as your intended major OR submit their application via the Common Application. Prospective students who choose to apply via the Common Application are strongly recommended to also check with the Office of Admission to make sure that their application was received. You can reach the Office of Admission at (314) 977-2500.
  • You will receive notice of your admission status to the University before you receive notification of your admission status to the Program in Physical Therapy.
  • Notification of your admission status through the selective admit process typically will occur by February 1
  • Although recommendation letters are optional for applying to the Program in Physical Therapy, they may be helpful if extenuating circumstances exist.
  • While we encourage observation or volunteer hours in a PT clinic before you apply, completion of 30 hours is not required until the beginning of your sophomore year.

For more information regarding post-baccalaureate programs in physical therapy refer to the American Physical Therapy Association.

If you would like to visit the Program in Physical Therapy at Saint Louis University you can schedule an appointment to meet with a faculty member and students, tour the PT facilities, see the entire University campus, spend the night, and attend a class. To arrange for these opportunities visit the SLU Admissions website ( or contact them by phone (800.SLU.FOR.U).

For questions regarding general information please email the Program in Physical Therapy at

If you would like to visit the Program in Physical Therapy to learn more about us and speak with a faculty member, there are many opportunities to do so.

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