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Get Ready for Who You Want to Be

Since 1818, Saint Louis University has made it our mission to pursue truth for the greater glory of God and for the service of humanity. To foster intellectual curiosity and make way for progress. To serve others with compassion. To change the world for the better. We look for the same in our students.

Our Jesuit tradition demands excellence in research and teaching. We deliver with nearly 80 undergraduate majors across 10 colleges and schools. At SLU, firsthand learning makes a lasting impression: Our graduates start non­profits, discover new vaccines and teach in under­-resourced schools. They become business leaders at the biggest companies and servants to those in need.

Their paths to success may vary, but they all started here.

The SLU Difference Award is here to help you be future-focused. Experience our best-value education and use your $10,000 tuition award to pursue select graduate programs or stay on track with your undergraduate degree. Unlike our merit-based scholarships, the SLU Difference Award can be used during winter and summer semester courses and approved SLU graduate programs.

All undergraduate SLU merit scholarships and need-based grants are renewable for up to 10 semesters. This helps you balance your pursuit of career development, mental wellness and extracurricular activities while you complete your degree. 

SLU offers four application paths for first-time freshman applicants: Early Decision I and II, Early Action and Regular Decision. Whichever option is a fit for you, you can apply using the SLU applicant portal or through the Common Application. There is no application fee when you apply for undergraduate admission. 

Ready to be a Saint Louis University Billiken? Give inspiration the go-ahead. 

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Facts & Figures


undergraduate students

No. 57

in best value schools, according to U.S. News & World Report

No. 6

among U.S. Catholic universities, according to Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education

No. 39

among most-trusted U.S. universities, according to Morning Consult

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Though not required for admission, submission of a résumé of activities and letters of recommendation is encouraged. All applicants are also encouraged to complete an admission interview. Check your email or contact your admission counselor for details. 

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We can't wait to welcome you to Saint Louis University. Our rigorous academic programs will challenge your mind, while our deep commitment to service and social justice will shape who you become. See what lies ahead in our section for admitted students or complete some key tasks below. 

Once the basics are covered, explore even more of the things that will make your experience at SLU so special — our Learning Communities, honors program, scholars programs and student life at SLU.