Freshman Admission Requirements
Saint Louis University seeks students who are prepared for a challenging academic environment and who are interested in making an impact on the SLU community and the world. All applications are thoroughly reviewed with the highest degree of individual care and consideration to all credentials that are submitted.
Solid academic performance in college preparatory course work is a primary concern in reviewing a freshman applicant's file. College admission test scores (ACT or SAT) are used as an additional indicator of the student's ability to meet the academic rigors of Saint Louis University and are used as qualifiers for certain University scholarship programs.
To be considered for admission to any Saint Louis University undergraduate program, the applicant must be graduating from an accredited high school or have an acceptable score on the General Education Development (GED) test.
Recommended High School Coursework
Students are strongly encouraged to present five academic courses for each of their four years of high school. These academic courses should include:
- Four years each of English and mathematics
- Three years each of foreign language, natural sciences, social sciences and academic electives
In addition, academic programs within the Doisy College of Health Sciences require high school natural sciences courses in biology and chemistry. Physics is strongly recommended for Physical Therapy applicants.
Saint Louis University welcomes admission applications from home-schooled students. Home-schooled applicants must submit all secondary-level transcripts and official ACT or SAT test scores. If transcripts from an accredited home-schooling program are not available, an official copy of a GED certificate must be submitted for consideration for admission. Home-schooled students are eligible for scholarship consideration.
Freshman applicants not meeting admission requirements for the fall semester may be offered admission through the University's Billiken Bridge to Success Program. If interested in this admission option, students must enroll in and successfully complete a three-week summer program prior to the fall semester. Other applicants may be offered admission on the condition that they enroll in certain prescribed courses during their first semester at the University.