Information for Prospective Students
Applicants with documented disabilities are granted equal consideration and are not required to identify their disabilities during the application process. To be admitted to SLU, all students, including those with or without disabilities, must meet the minimum qualifications for admission.
Admitted students will have the opportunity to meet with Disability Services staff during SLU 101 or when they arrive on campus in the fall. If completing an Application for Academic Accommodations, students should ensure that it is for the year they are entering school, not from the previous school year.
Accommodations in High School vs. College
High School accommodations are largely governed by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which guarantees mandatory, free education that leads to the outcome of successful learning. College accommodations are largely governed by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which guarantees equal access to education with no additional outcomes specified.
A major difference at the postsecondary level is that students are responsible for self identifying and requesting reasonable accommodations if they wish to do so. Students should be aware that they must self-advocate, rather than it being left up to parents, teachers, or institutions. At Saint Louis University, Disability Services is the entity that facilitates accommodations for all students, except those within The Law or Medical Schools.
You may also view the Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities [new window] guide from the U.S. Department of Education.