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The Billiken Promise

We value you at Saint Louis University. Our best-value education offers affordability, experiential learning, global immersion and wellness initiatives. Through these programs, you can stand out with SLU to reach your goals and make memories to last a lifetime — that’s the Billiken Promise in action.

Saint Louis University is committed to finding innovative ways to help students succeed and grow during their time as a Billiken. When you enroll as a new freshman at SLU for fall 2023, you're eligible for four new opportunities:

  • SLU EXPeriential Learning Program, no-cost virtual internship opportunities that start before your first year and continue throughout your time at SLU
  • Guaranteed semester (or summer term) for all undergraduate students at SLU's campus in Madrid, Spain 
  • SLU Difference Award, up to $10,000 to pursue select SLU graduate programs or stay on track with your undergraduate degree
  • Affordability Commitment, undergraduate merit-based scholarships you can keep for up to 10 semesters instead of the standard eight

Note: Additional requirements and details apply, so contact your SLU admission counselor for more information

Supporting You Every Step of the Way

What is the Billiken Promise?

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get started with SLU EXP?

Any high school, undergraduate or graduate student is eligible to participate regardless of your enrollment status at SLU. Through opportunities like virtual internships, power skills courses, events and competitions, you’ll earn digital credentials and become eligible for a series of micro-scholarships. Register through the Excelerate platform to begin. 

Can I earn college credit for SLU EXP virtual internships?

No. SLU EXP only provides non-credit-bearing internships.

When can I study at SLU-Madrid?

All undergraduate students are guaranteed a semester or summer term at SLU-Madrid. Students can study abroad at SLU-Madrid as early as their sophomore year. Stay on track with your degree plan and work with your academic advisor during the spring semester of your freshman year to determine a timeline that works best for you.

What does the SLU Difference Award look like?

The SLU Difference Award is a credit applied to your student account. These funds can be applied to cover tuition costs and fees for undergraduate and select graduate programs. This award cannot be applied to programs at SLU’s medical and law schools. 

What does SLU’s Affordability Commitment mean for me?

Your merit-based scholarships are available for up to 10 semesters. While your degree is still designed to be completed in four years, we allow you an extra year of scholarship-funded study at SLU if you need it. 

Whether you pick up an extra internship or student organization, our Affordability Commitment allows you an extra year of scholarship-funded study. That extra year of financial aid can also provide the cushion you might need to better balance your academic work with your leadership, career development and extracurricular activities throughout your time at SLU. 

Are all four opportunities required as a SLU student?

No! SLU students are not required to participate in the Billiken Promise offerings. Students can choose one or all four — it’s up to you!

Start Your SLU Success Story

Ready to be a Billiken? Start your application for admission. It's not too late to apply, and scholarships are still available for fall 2023. Already admitted? Submit your enrollment deposit to claim your spot at SLU. 

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