Saint Louis University Office of the President
Welcome to Saint Louis University.
Founded in 1818, SLU is the second-oldest Catholic institution of higher learning in the United States. Today, we continue our strong tradition of serving a higher purpose by contributing to the greater good, building upon our impressive history to become one of the premier Jesuit research universities in the United States.
Part of a 2,000-year-old faith tradition that puts an emphasis on human dignity, SLU is guided by an inspiring mission that calls us to pursue truth for the greater glory of God and the service of humanity. Through excellence in teaching, research, health care and service, we seek to transform society in the spirit of the Gospels.
Following in the long tradition of Jesuit education, we are focused on the intellectual, social, and spiritual development of our more than 13,000 students, who hail from all 50 U.S. states and nearly 80 foreign countries. With more than 120,000 SLU alumni living around the world, we are an authentically international university with a true global reach.
I encourage you to explore our website further to learn more about our impressive range of top-ranked academic programs, the many life-changing discoveries taking place in our labs, and the countless ways SLU makes a difference in St. Louis and beyond.
I also invite you visit our beautiful urban campus soon to see firsthand what makes Saint Louis University so special.
Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D.
President, Saint Louis University