- First-Year Experience
Common SLU Terms
Below is a list of common Saint Louis University terms that can help new students and their families become more familiar with the campus community.
BAD: Billikens After Dark- Billikens After Dark provides late night, alcohol alternative programming at SLU. Past events have included pop culture trivia nights, dances, and glow in the dark volleyball.
BSC: Busch Student Center- The BSC is the home to many offices, eateries, and study spaces. The Bookstore, Student Success Center, Dean of Students and Student Development Office, Student Involvement Center, and ITS Student Help Center are all located in the BSC.
Billiken Bucks- Billiken Bucks is a debit account plan. The funds deposited can be used for purchases at the Instructional Media Center, Bannister House, Saint Louis University Bookstore (Barnes & Noble), Library (copying/printing), Information Technology Services software sales, and all University Dining Services locations.
CA: Commuter Assistant- CAs are upperclassmen students that work with freshman commuter students, who have been exempted from the residency requirement, throughout their first year at SLU.
CCC: Cross Cultural Center- The CCC provides co-curricular and educational experiences that engage the Saint Louis University community by broadening knowledge of diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice.
CGC: The mission of the Center for Global Citizenship is to promote collaboration across the University to educate and engage the SLU community for global awareness, responsibility, and participation. The CGC is located west of SLURuba on the West Pine Mall and can be recognized as the building with national flags displayed on its exterior.
CSCE: Center for Service and Community Engagement- The CSCE creates a coordinated interface between the University and the urban communities that surround it by providing opportunities for students to engage in community service, service learning, academic research, and community partnerships.
DPSEP (also referred to as DPS): Department of Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness- The Department of Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness is dedicated to providing a safe campus for SLU students, faculty, staff and visitors. DPSEP is staffed with well-trained and dedicated officers who patrol the campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid- The FAFSA is a free Department of Education tool that collects pertinent information in order to calculate a family's expected contribution (EFC). For consideration for need-based assistance or eligibility for low interest student loans, students must complete the FAFSA. Priority consideration is given to students who file prior to March 1st. Saint Louis University's FAFSA school code is 002506.
FERPA: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act- At the post secondary school level, the rights afforded by FERPA belong, in general, to the student rather than the parent or guardian..
Flex Points- Flex points come from DineSLU meal plans and can be used to purchase food at on campus eateries such as P.O.D., Qdoba Mexican Grill, Panda Express, Subway and Jamba Juice. You can also use your Flex dollars at SLU's on campus Starbucks.
FYE: First-Year Experience- The First-Year Experience initiative facilitates students' transition to Saint Louis University from high school or another college/university. FYE begins the process of engaging students in the University Mission and the SLU experience.
GIC: Great Issues Committee- The Great Issues Committee strives to stimulate insightful, provocative debate on current issues that will inform and educate as a service to the Saint Louis University community.
Greek- The term "Greek" refers to Saint Louis University students who are members of a social, values-based fraternity or sorority on campus.
Billikens LEAD (Learn, Empower, Act, Discern)- The Billikens LEAD is a leadership curriculum to assist in developing servant leaders so students can lead on campus and in the community.
ITS: Information Technology Services- ITS is the primary provider of technology support and services at Saint Louis University.
Lecture Halls: The "Lecture Halls" are located behind (west of) the Busch Student Center and are situated underground.
Mission- The Saint Louis University Mission is the pursuit of truth for the greater glory of God and for the service of humanity. The University seeks excellence in the fulfillment of its corporate purposes of teaching, research, health care and service to the community. It is dedicated to leadership in the continuing quest for understanding of God's creation and for the discovery, dissemination and integration of the values, knowledge and skills required to transform society in the spirit of the Gospels. As a Catholic, Jesuit University, this pursuit is motivated by the inspiration and values of the Judeo-Christian tradition and is guided by the spiritual and intellectual ideals of the Society of Jesus.
LC: Learning Community- A LC houses a group of students on one or more floors of a residence hall with an academic unit tie or a common interest such as faith and service. They all share the common goal of creating intentional educational environments that bring educators and students together to enhance student learning. All LCs are open to first-year students and offer a variety of special features or programs such as study groups, associated courses, resources, etc.
The Rec: Simon Recreation Center- The Rec is the main recreation facility on campus, located between the Griesedieck Complex and the Bauman-Eberhardt Center. The Rec offers workout spaces and fitness classes.
RA: Resident Advisor- RAs are upperclassmen paraprofessional staff members who provide immediate support and guidance for students in the residence halls and apartments in the many areas including personal development, community building, programming, academic support, and referrals to campus resources.
Registrar- The Office of the University Registrar is responsible for course registration, changes of course registration, the online update and production of the schedule of classes, maintenance of academic records and transcripts, enrollment verifications, graduation, academic room scheduling, criminal background checks, external testing services, academic catalogs, and the academic calendar.
RHA: Residence Hall Association- The Residence Hall Association of Saint Louis University is a student-run and led organization. RHA is comprised of representatives from each residence hall and provides programming throughout the year.
RHC: Residence Hall Coordinator- RHCs are professional staff members who live in the residence halls. They supervise student staff and oversee the community building and the administrative aspects of their building.
SAB: Student Activities Board- The Student Activities Board at Saint Louis University provides special event programming and entertainment to Saint Louis University. Events include entertainers, concerts, and other programming.
SGA: Student Government Association- SGA oversees the chartering and funding of all of the student organizations on-campus and serves as the voice of the student body to the University.
SIC: The SLU Student Involvement Center, located in the Busch Student Center, is committed to creating educational experiences that engage students through their campus involvement, leadership development, and college transitions by organizing events, late-night activities, over two hundred student organizations, fraternities and sororities, and plenty of servant leadership, transition and service learning opportunities.
SLURuba: Simon Recreation Center's outdoor swimming facility (and sand volleyball court)
U101: University 101- University 101 aims to support students in their transition to college, including orienting students to campus resources. First-year students will meet other students who are also new to SLU, and have the opportunity to talk with them about the new college experiences that they are all facing together.