Admission Requirements

Saint Louis University encourages you to apply using our free online application. All applications are thoroughly reviewed with the highest degree of individual care and consideration. Here’s what we’re looking for:

Academic Performance

Solid academic performance in college preparatory coursework is a primary consideration when we review your freshman application.

To be considered for admission, you must be graduating from high school, have an acceptable HiSET exam score or take the General Education Development (GED) test.

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Prospective students are also strongly encouraged to present five academic courses for each of their four years of high school, including:

  • Four years each of English and mathematics
  • Three years each of foreign language, natural sciences, social sciences and academic electives

Academic programs within the Doisy College of Health Sciences require high school natural sciences courses in biology and chemistry. Physics is strongly recommended for physical therapy applicants.

If you earned college credit during high school through Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment or 1-8-1-8 courses, please refer to the Advanced Placement Examination Chart for more information on transferring those credits to SLU. 

Standardized Testing

College admission test scores (ACT or SAT) are used as indicators of your ability to meet the academic rigors of SLU and qualifiers for certain University scholarship programs. Official ACT and/or SAT test scores can be sent to us electronically by the testing company or will be accepted if included on official high school transcripts.

  • SLU’s ACT code is 2352
  • SLU’s SAT code is 6629

English Language Proficiency

International applicants are required to demonstrate their English language proficiency, which can be done by submitting any one of the following:

  • 550 on the paper-based TOEFL (PBT)
  • 80 on the internet-based TOEFL (IBT)
  • 6.5 on the IELTS
  • 54 on the PTE
  • 600 on the Critical Reading portion of the SAT
  • 25 on the English portion of the ACT
  • Successful completion of a college-level, non-ESL English class at a U.S. college or university

SLU reserves the right to require additional testing of any incoming student's English skills. Our ETS code for TOEFL is 6629. Scores are considered valid for two years.

Additional Documentation

You must submit the following items to complete your application for admission. Your application will only be reviewed after all items have been received.

Official High School Transcripts

Transcripts should be sent by the issuing institution(s) to: Saint Louis University, Office of Admission, One North Grand Boulevard, DuBourg Hall, Room 119, St. Louis, MO 63103-2097.

Additional Items for Consideration

Though not required for admission, the following items are strongly encouraged:

  • Secondary School Report Form. The Secondary School Report Form should be completed by your high school guidance counselor.
  • Professional Résumé. Résumés may be submitted via email to admission@slu.edu. Please include your name, state and high school on your résumé.
  • Letters of recommendation. Letters should be mailed to: Saint Louis University, Office of Admission, One North Grand Boulevard, DuBourg Hall, Room 119, St. Louis, MO 63103-2097.
  • Admission Interview. To set up a one-on-one admission interview on campus, contact the Office of Admission at 314-977-2500 and ask to speak to a visit assistant.
  • SLU has partnered with ZeeMee, a free service that helps you personalize your college application. Just copy and paste your ZeeMee link into your SLU application. Submitting a ZeeMee profile is completely optional and evaluation of your admission and scholarship application will not be delayed as long as we have received all required documentation.

Additional Requirements for Music and Studio Art

There are additional requirements to complete your application if you are applying to the music or studio-art programs:

  • An audition is required for admission to the music program; you may audition on campus or submit a video audition via Get Accept'd.
  • A portfolio review is required for admission to the studio-art program. The program uses SlideRoom to accept portfolios for admission consideration.