Saint Louis University

Freshman International Admission

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Follow the steps below to apply for international freshman admission to Saint Louis University.

Once the Office of Admission has received all of required information, your file is reviewed to determine eligibility for admission to the University. In reviewing your file, first and foremost, the office examines the academic performance in high school. Solid academic performance in college preparatory course work is a primary concern in determining your admission status. Applicants are notified of their admission status upon completion of this thorough review.

1. Complete the Online Application

Apply to Saint Louis University using the free online application. SLU also accepts the Common Application. Students who apply via the Common Application will be considered on the same terms and within the same timeframe as those who use SLU's online application.


Access the online application and follow the prompts to create a username and password; when answering the "Application for Admission" question, select the appropriate International Freshman Student option. Confirmation of your registration will be sent to you via e-mail at the address provided.  If you are returning to an existing application, enter your username and password in the "Returning Users" section.


Complete each section of the application thoroughly. Click the "Save and Next" button at the bottom of each page to save your progress. Required questions are marked with an asterisk (*). You will see a confirmation page and receive a confirmation e-mail once your application has been submitted successfully.


This will ensure receipt of important updates from SLU throughout the application and enrollment process.

2. Send Your Original Secondary School Transcripts
  • Photocopies that have been certified (stamped) by the issuing institution are acceptable, but if you submit a certified copy, you must present the originals when you arrive. 
  • Click here to view the required credentials by country. 
  • All official transcripts must be accompanied by translations in English.
  • Although it is not required, you may send your academic records to ECE (Education Credentials Evaluators) or WES (World Education Services) for an official credit evaluation in addition to your translated transcript.

Transcripts must be received by the Office of Admission sealed in the original envelope provided by your institution. Transcripts submitted via e-mail or fax are NOT accepted.

3. Submit Your Standardized Test Score
  • A TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score is required to be considered for admission. 
  • Students who lack the required English score but who are otherwise admittable may be offered conditional admission.
  • TOEFL, IELTS and PTE scores are valid for two years.
  • SLU's ETS code for TOEFL scores is 6629.
  • SLU's ACT code is 2352.

Test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. Photocopied, scanned or faxed score reports will not be accepted.

The minimum scores SLU requires for academic admission are as follows:

Paper-based TOEFL (PBT) = 550
Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) = 80
Computer-based TOEFL (CBT) = 213





Click here for more information about test scores and English proficiency.

Please note:

  • Exceptions may be made on an individual basis. Saint Louis University reserves the right to require additional testing of any incoming student's English skills. 
  • Make sure that your name on your application to SLU as well as your standardized test registration form match your name EXACTLY as it appears on your passport. Discrepancies can cause significant delays in the completion of your application for admission.
  • Students who are completing their secondary schooling in the United States will need to complete the proper steps in order to transfer your SEVIS record to SLU upon graduation from high school. Click here for the Transfer-In form.

Saint Louis University
Office of Admission
DuBourg Hall Room 150
One North Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63103

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