Saint Louis University

SLU Firsts

Saint Louis University boasts several firsts:

  • First university west of the Mississippi River (1818)
  • First medical degrees awarded west of the Mississippi River (1839).
  • Parks College was the nation's first federally certified flight school (1929)
  • First university in a former slave state to establish an official policy admitting African-American students (1944)
  • First major Catholic institution with a lay board of trustees (1967)
  • First human heart transplant in Missouri (1972)
  • First school of public health in Missouri (1991)
  • First university to participate in the Campus Kitchen program to feed the needy (2001)
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