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Saint Louis University offers three application paths for all first-time freshman applicants. The following admission paths apply to first-time freshman applicants only.

Explore the options below to see which is the right fit for you. 

Early Decision

Why Choose Early Decision? 

  • If Saint Louis University is your number one college choice, and you are committed to attending if admitted, Early Decision is the admission program that is right for you.
  • Early Decision is ideal for students who are confident that SLU is the right fit — academically, socially and financially. This typically includes those who ended their junior year with strong grades, have requested their academic teacher recommendation(s) in advance, and have their application essays written and finalized by Nov. 1. Students will receive merit scholarship information with their admission decision.
  • Please note, Early Decision is binding — if you are admitted, you are committed to attending and required to withdraw all applications from other institutions.
  • If your Early Decision application is incomplete (i.e., missing transcript and/or test score if you choose to apply test-inclusive) on Dec. 1, 2021, you will be automatically changed to the Early Action application path. Early Action is not binding. All of the same opportunities for admission and merit scholarship consideration remain.

Early Decision Deadline: Nov. 1

Admission Status Notification: Dec. 1

Additional Information on Early Decision: If your decision to attend Saint Louis University is contingent upon admission to the University Honors Program, Medical Scholars Program, or any other special program, you should apply using the Early Action or Regular Decision plan. Note there is a separate application for our Honors and Scholars Programs, most of which have an application deadline of Dec. 1. You are not required to be admitted to SLU before starting your Honors and Scholars applications.

Early Action 

Why Choose Early Action? 

  • Choose Early Action if Saint Louis University is a top choice — and you feel that you can submit your strongest application at this earlier date, since the admissions committee will not see your senior year grades or late fall standardized testing (if you choose to apply test-inclusive). This typically includes those who ended their junior year with strong grades, have requested their academic teacher recommendation(s) in advance, and have their application essays written and finalized by Dec. 1. We anticipate most students applying in the Early Action path. Students will receive merit scholarship information with their admission decision.
  • Early Action is non-binding.
  • If your Early Action application is incomplete (i.e., missing transcript and/or test score if you choose to apply test-inclusive) on Feb. 1, 2022, you will be automatically changed to the Regular Decision application path. All of the same opportunities for admission and merit scholarship consideration remain in Regular Decision as long as space and funding is available.

Early Action Application Deadline: Dec. 1

Admission Status Notification: by Feb. 1

Regular Decision

Why Choose Regular Decision? 

  • Choose Regular Decision if you would like the admissions committee to review information from the first semester of your senior year, if you have additional reservations about submitting your application early, and/or to have additional time to put the finishing touches on your application. You may also choose to reach out to your admission counselor about an admission interview.
  • If you choose the Regular Decision application path, please note the application deadline for Nursing, Physical Therapy, and Occupational Therapy is Dec. 1, and those majors will be taken off the application for admission as options on Dec. 2. You are not required to apply Early Action for admission consideration to Nursing, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy.
  • Regular Decision is non-binding — By April 15 for those with completed applications by March 16, or within 30 days after the application is submitted and all supporting documents have been received.
  • Regular Decision applications will be accepted on a space available basis. Students will also be awarded merit scholarships for as long as funding is available.

Helpful Information for All Freshman Applicants 

Whether you choose Early Decision, Early Action or Regular Decision, you can apply through the SLU applicant portal or through the Common Application. There is no application fee to apply for undergraduate admission to Saint Louis University. 

For Early Action or Regular Decision applicants, applications that remain incomplete for 30 days or longer will have an admission decision made with GPA only, as long as an official transcript has been received. Merit scholarships are awarded with GPA only. We still recommend you submit your standardized test score if you intended to do so.

If you indicated a suspension or felony conviction on your application for admission in any application path, your application may be deferred for a more thorough review by the admission committee.

Admitted students have until May 1 to decide to confirm their attendance at the University. If a student is denied admission in Early Decision or Early Action, then the process ends and they cannot apply later during the Regular Decision process. Deferred decisions will be released in February. If admitted, students should reply to the offer by paying their $500 enrollment deposit by May 1. Students who are denied admission to the University may choose to attend another two-year or four-year institution for one or two years and then apply to Saint Louis University as a transfer student.