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Billiken Success Program

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.

Register for JumpStart

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:

  • Full implementation of individualized learning plan(s) and agreement(s)
  • Successful completion of all classes including math, English and University 1010
  • Complete participation in required labs, academic advising, peer mentoring, etc.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.3 (C+) or above
  • A positive recommendation from the Billiken Success Program academic adviser

About the First Year

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.

  • Meet your adviser(s), mentors and advocates
  • Develop academic skills and learning strategies
  • Launch your Billiken Success Program learning agreement and portfolio
  • Get to know your way around the SLU campus
  • Make friends and have fun

First Semester (Fall Freshman Year)

  • English and math courses with supportive learning resources
  • In-depth weekly academic advising
  • Individualized development of skills, self-awareness and strategies
  • Peer mentoring

Second Semester (Spring Freshman Year)

  • Update your learning agreement and Billiken Success Program portfolio
  • English stretch course
  • In-depth academic advising (how often depends on your achievement)
  • Individualized development of skills, self-awareness and strategies
  • Peer mentoring
  • Presentation of your completed Billiken Success Program portfolio

And Beyond

  • Ongoing guidance and advocacy through graduation

Key Dates

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:
Classes begin

The Billiken Success Program runs August through May.

JumpStart 2018-19 Program Costs

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.)