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Saint Louis University is ranked among the top Jesuit universities in the country. In addition to being recognized for world-class faculty and academic programs, we’ve also received honors for our efforts to serve others and our commitment to making an extraordinary education attainable.

Top-50

in best value schools (U.S. News & World Report)

No.2

in community service (Princeton Review)

No.6

in Catholic colleges (Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education)

No.4

among best schools for making an impact (Princeton Review)

Recent Recognition for SLU 

View the latest accolades for Saint Louis University from U.S. News & World Report, Princeton Review, Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education and others. 

A Best Value 

A college education is a significant investment. So it’s especially rewarding when the experts recognize SLU’s efforts to keep tuition affordable and to ensure that all students can achieve a Saint Louis University education.

U.S. News & World Report 'Best Value'

SLU ranked in the nation's top 50 for 2021 on U.S. News & World Report's list of "Best Value Schools." The rankings considered a school's academic quality compared to cost of attendance. U.S. News noted that 98% of SLU’s need-based financial aid is in the form of scholarships and grants that do not have to be repaid. 

Princeton Review 'Best Value Colleges' 

SLU was named to Princeton Review's 2021 "Best Value Colleges" list, which recognizes schools that combine strong academics, affordability and strong career prospects for graduates.  

Kiplinger's 'Best Values in Private Colleges'

SLU ranked No. 133 on Kiplinger's list of the 200 top values in American private universities for 2018. Rankings considered cost and financial aid, student indebtedness, competitiveness, graduation rates and academic support.

Barron's 'Best Buys in College Education'

SLU was named one of approximately 220 U.S. colleges and universities that provides a "first­-class education at affordable prices." In the publication, Barron's 11th edition calls SLU an "urban research university that refuses to act like one, caring for each individual as a total person and drawing its undergraduates into the life of the surrounding community."

Academic Excellence

Across the nation and around the world, Saint Louis University is routinely recognized for rigorous scholarship and research in a variety of disciplines.

U.S. News & World Report

In the overall 2021 U.S. News rankings for undergraduate education, SLU was ranked No. 103, placing it among the top 26% of all national universities ranked by the publication.

Fourteen academic programs at SLU are ranked in the top 50 for 2021. Rankings are for graduate programs unless otherwise noted.

(*Indicates most recent ranking for programs not re-ranked for 2021. U.S. News does not rank all graduate programs every year. Some disciplines are ranked on four or six-year cycles.) 

Wall Street Journal /Times Higher Education  

Saint Louis University is ranked the No. 6 Catholic university in the U.S. in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education 2021 college rankings. In the overall rankings, SLU was ranked No. 114 among nearly 800 U.S. colleges and universities ranked this year. 

Forbes: "America's Top Colleges" 2019

Forbes’  list of more than 650 undergraduate institutions is based on the quality of the education, as well as student experiences and achievements.

Princeton Review

SLU's excellence is noted in Best 386 Colleges: 2021 Edition. The organization's rankings are based on surveys of more than 143,000 students at all 386 institutions.

Princeton Review ranks SLU in the top-50 schools for undergraduate entrepreneurship studies. This ranking recognizes colleges and business schools with faculty who are genuinely engaged in entrepreneurism, rich in-class and out-of-class experiential components, and extraordinary financial and networking support for students. 

Niche’s "Top-10 Catholic Colleges"

SLU ranks No. 8 on the Niche 2021 "Best Catholic Colleges in America" list. Niche bases its rankings on key statistics and student reviews.

Other top-50 national rankings from Niche are:

Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education

SLU is one of only nine Catholic universities to receive a Carnegie Classification of “higher” or “highest” research activity.

Fiske Guide to Colleges 2021

This listing of the 320+ "best and most interesting" schools in the United States, Canada and Great Britain is based on the quality of academic offerings and student responses on a variety of topics. 

Outstanding Community Service and Engagement

Learning outcomes improve when students are curious, interested or passionate — in other words, “engaged.” At SLU, service is integrated into academics, extracurricular activities and nearly all we do, and the nation has taken notice.

Princeton Review

SLU was named the No. 2 school for community service and was No. 4 on a list of “Impact Schools,” (2021) reflecting student responses to questions about service opportunities, student government, sustainability efforts and on-campus student engagement.

Carnegie Foundation's Community Engagement Classification

This honor recognizes institutions' commitment to engaging with local, national and global communities. Nationwide, only 361 institutions hold the classification, and only 83 received the designation in 2015, when the designations were last announced.

Wellness Resources

Princeton Review "Best Counseling Services"

SLU ranked No. 17 on Princeton Review's 2021 list of colleges and universities with the best counseling services. The rankings are based on students' assessment of the counseling services available on campus. SLU's University Counseling Center offers individual psychotherapy, case management, outreach and prevention, and educational groups.

Military Friendly

U.S. News & World Report "Best Colleges for Veterans"

SLU ranked No. 68 on the U.S. News 2021 "Best Colleges for Veterans" list, which recognizes schools that participate in federal initiatives aimed at making a college education more affordable for veterans and active-duty service members.

Campus Honors

National groups also make note of our beautiful campus, recognizing SLU for its historic buildings, parklike spaces and commitment to sustainability. 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency "Green Power Partner" 

Saint Louis University ranks No. 12 on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency "Green Power Partners" colleges and universities, recognized as leaders in spurring innovation and promoting growth in the U.S. renewable energy market. 

Princeton Review "Green College" 

SLU was named a "Green College" by Princeton Review, among colleges recognized strong commitments to green practices and programs.

In Top 10%

of colleges for awarding financial aid (LendEDU)

No. 1

health law program (U.S. News & World Report)

Top-10

entrepreneurship graduate program (U.S. News & World Report)

No.12

in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's "Green Power Partner" Colleges and Universities

Center for Global Citizenship