Transfer Students' Frequently Asked Questions
- What does it mean to attend a Jesuit school?
- Where are some of the common places students spend time on campus?
- I want to Study Abroad, when is the best time to go and who should I talk to?
- What is it like to live at SLU?
- Where should I park on campus? What is the best parking lot for students?
- What is the difference between the meal plans?
- If I am interested in participating in community service where would I go to find these opportunities?
- How do I get involved on campus?
- How do I register for classes?
- What is the TRANSFERmations Program?
1. What does it mean to attend a Jesuit school?
When someone chooses to attend a Jesuit school they choose to attend a school that will provide them a holistic education which includes caring for all parts of the person physically, mentally, and spiritually. It also means you are becoming a member of a community not just with your classmates but also with the neighborhood around you. At SLU you can find students living out the Jesuit mission in their everyday lives through service, leadership, and commitment to the world around them. Some of the examples of this can be found in both the simple and extravagant going from a student who volunteers in the campus kitchen to students who spend their spring and summer breaks providing service to others.
As you walk through campus you will see that students have many places to hang out. The Busch Student Center has couches throughout the building and the Billiken Club is located on the lower level. The Billiken club is a great place to grab lunch but during many evenings throughout the year they also have bands come and play. Students also hang out and study in the Atrium of Cook Hall, this is also where the Ameren Cafe is located. When the weather is nice students like to enjoy the beautiful campus and can be found at any grassy area on campus including the dolphin pond and the quad. There are also a lot of students who will study at the clock tower when the weather is nice.
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While we cant tell you exactly what you experience will be like living at SLU, we can give you some information on housing in general as well the campus set up. SLU offers a great variety of housing options including fully furnished traditional style and apartment style residences. With SLU location near numerous entertainment options, sporting events, shopping, restaurants, and much much more, living on campus makes it easy to take advantage of a lot of what Saint Louis has to offer. Additionally, you can find many of these options right on campus with the many eateries, sporting events, and numerous events consistently happening on campus. For more information on housing specifics check out the Housing and Residence Life website.
There are parking lots in various places on campus. Different lots will be more beneficial depending on your major and location of classes. We suggest that you bring your printed schedule with you to Parking and Card Services and they can suggest the best lot for the location of your classes. Fell free to contact Parking and Card Services with further questions.
Let us first explain the difference between "meal swipes" and "flex dollars". A meal swipe is most often used in the on-campus dining halls (Griesedieck and Rienert) this means you swipe once and then have access to the all you can eat dining hall. There are also typically several times a week where other dining locations on campus offer meal exchange for the dinner hours, this means that instead of paying for your sandwich from St. Louis Bread Co. you can just swipe it as a meal. The establishments offering this service changes from semester to semester.
Flex dollars work basically like a debit card for food. If you have 455 flex dollars then its like having $455 dollars that can only be used for food. Flex dollars can be used at any Aramark run facility on campus, so that means any food establishment on campus. Flex dollars can also be used in dining halls instead of using a meal swipe.
There are 5 basic meal plans at Saint Louis University and they are listed below.
SLU Blue Plan: Unlimited meals per week plus $100 flex dollars per semester
Traditional Plan: 215 meals per semester plus $130 flex dollars per semester
Spirit Plan: 150 meals per semester plus $350 flex dollars per semester
Saints Plan: 125 meals per semester plus $480 flex dollars per semester
Billiken Flex Plan: $1450 flex dollars per semester (not eligible for first-year students)
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7. If I am interested in participating in community service where would I go to find these opportunities?
There are many opportunities to provide community service to Saint Louis University, the city of Saint Louis, as well as beyond Saint Louis. The offices that will be able to best connect you with your community service interests are Campus Ministry and the Center for Service and Community Engagement.
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8. How do I get involved on campus?
There are many different ways to get involved on campus, one of the first steps you can take is visiting the Student Involvement Center. Each year the Department of Student Life creates fun and engaging learning opportunities that appeal to a diverse student body and compliment the educational mission of Saint Louis University. There is also involvement opportunities within Campus Ministry and the Center for Service and Community Engagement. Another important thing to do is to go to the Involvement Fair that happens during the first week of school. Many student organizations and campus departments will be represented to help you get involved and find your niche on campus.
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The best way to register for classes is to attend one the SLU 101 Transfer sessions. If you are unable to attend a SLU 101 session then contact your Admissions Counselor. For more information about Orientation visit the Transfer SLU 101 Website.
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The TRANSFERmations Program has been designed specifically for transfer students and it is a six-week program that helps students get connected and successfully transfer to SLU. The program includes six students who volunteer to be transfer mentors; these students are here to answer questions and plan social programs that focus on transfer students. The program is six weeks long and each event has a different theme/focus (i.e. school spirit, service, exploring Saint Louis). It is our hope that by the end of this program a transfer student feels like a SLU student and is successful at navigating student services as well as academic challenges.
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