The Billiken Success Program is designed for you, a determined new student who wants to excel at Saint Louis University.
As a condition of your admission, full acceptance to the University is contingent upon your successful completion of the Billiken Success Program. This yearlong program is your on-ramp to a successful college experience at Saint Louis University.
The Billiken Success Program is a structured, tailored learning module customized for you, based on assessments, skills, interests and ongoing achievement. The Billiken Success Program kicks off with JumpStart, a 5-day pre-semester program before the start of the fall semester, and concludes at the completion of your freshman year, at the end of spring semester.
Filled with enriching learning experiences, the Billiken Success Program offers educational opportunities that will benefit you through graduation and beyond. Designed to be a collaborative effort that you lead, the program will help prepare and stretch you for new academic challenges with engaging learning activities, assessment workshops, guidance opportunities and fun college experiences.
Participants who present a successful Billiken Success Program portfolio will continue as a fully admitted second-year SLU student (no longer provisionally admitted).
A completed Billiken Success Program portfolio includes:
The Billiken Success Program is a yearlong program filled with enriching learning experiences that will benefit the successful Billiken through graduation and beyond.
Once you have successfully completed the Billiken Success Program, you will be granted full admission at SLU at the start of the second year. Academic advising will transition to the area of your major while your Billiken Success Program adviser will continue with you through graduation.
JumpStart is a pre-semester program that begins before the start of the fall semester.
The Billiken Success Program includes a five-day pre-semester JumpStart with the following schedule of events:
Friday, Aug. 17:
9-11:30 a.m. — Move into residence hall with other early arrivals
12-1:30 p.m. — Kickoff and lunch
1:30 p.m. — JumpStart, Billiken Success Program
Friday-Sunday, Aug 17-19:
JumpStart weekend retreat, Billiken Success Program
Monday-Thursday, Aug 20-23:
9 a.m.-5 p.m. — On-campus JumpStart, Billiken Success Program
Thursday, Aug 23:
Fall semester begins with Fall Welcome and general move-in
Monday, Aug 27:
The Billiken Success Program runs August through May.
University tuition and fees cover the cost of assessments, workshops and campus events throughout the Billiken Success Program.
During the 5-day pre-semester JumpStart program, lunch is provided each day. Students should budget between $150 - $300 for other meals, which may be purchased on campus, along with program materials, which cost around $50 total. Commuter students must also pay for parking.
(The Billiken Success Program information is subject to change.)