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Saint Louis University is one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious Catholic universities. For more than 200 years, it has been providing students with a rigorous, transformative education of the whole person.



Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D. 


St. Louis, Missouri, and Madrid, Spain 


$48,100 (FY21-22 undergraduate tuition); 98% of all SLU students received aid in 2020.

Religious Affiliation

Roman Catholic

Religious Heritage

Jesuit (Society of Jesus)

Student­-Faculty Ratio


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SLU by the Numbers


undergraduate majors


graduate disciplines


in total aid awarded to students in 2020


of SLU's first-time freshmen received financial aid in 2020


students from all 50 U.S. states and 22 countries


of SLU undergraduate students will be the first in their families to complete a college degree.


faculty members, with a 9 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio


in external research support in 2021 (government, foundation, association and private support)


Program Rankings

U.S. News & World Report ranked 15 of SLU's graduate and undergraduate programs among the top 50 in the country for 2022

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Colleges, Schools and Degree Granting Centers (by Subject)

Service and Student Life


SLU was the first Jesuit university to receive the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award.

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NCAA Division I in 18 sports including baseball, basketball, cross country, field hockey, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball; member of the Atlantic 10 Conference. 

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Study Abroad

More than 600 SLU students participate in international experiences each year. SLU's international campus in Madrid, Spain, is home to 800 students from 45 countries and can accommodate some type of study abroad experience for all of SLU's undergraduate majors. 

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Service Learning

500+ partner organizations serve as sites for volunteer and service learning opportunities for SLU students. SLU offers 150+ community engagement courses.

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An average of 800 students of all faith backgrounds attend the 4:30 and 8 p.m. student Masses at Francis Xavier College Church each Sunday. 

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According to self-reported data, more than 90% of SLU's recent graduates are employed, continuing their education or participating in service programs. SLU has more than 135,000 alumni living in all 50 states and 154 countries.

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