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Presidential Scholarship Interviews

This page is for students who have been invited to interview for Saint Louis University's Presidential Scholarship. In order to access the platform described below, you must have received an official invitation.

Congratulations on your invitation to interview for Saint Louis University's Presidential Scholarship!

All interviews will take place asynchronously online via a platform called StandOut. To be considered for the Presidential Scholarship, you must submit your interview responses via the StandOut platform by 11:59 p.m. CST on Feb. 11. Scholarship recipients will be announced in early March 2022. You will receive an email on Thursday, Jan. 20, from StandOut.com inviting you to create an account. If you have not received the email, contact your admission counselor. Once you've created an account and logged in, you'll be able to access the interview questions, prepare, practice and start recording your responses.

Navigating the StandOut Platform

You will receive an email on Thursday, Jan. 20, from StandOut.com inviting you to create an account. When you log in to StandOut, you'll see a lot of information on the homepage. The only sections you need to look at are "Practice" and "Interview." You are not required to record an intro video, upload a resume or select career and industry interests.

In the "Practice" section, you will get to see the three interview questions exactly as they will be asked in your interview. This will allow you to practice and review your video responses in preparation for recording your final answers in your interview. You may practice and review your answers as many times as you like. In order to be considered for the Presidential Scholarship, you must record your final responses in the Interview; your practices will not be reviewed.

The "Interview" section is where you will record your Presidential Scholarship Interview submission. It cannot be redone once you have started it. In order to be considered for the Presidential Scholarship, you must submit your Interview in the "Interview" section of StandOut.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Create your account and login

Step 1

You will receive an email from StandOut.com inviting you to create an account.

  • Please make sure that you check all of the folders in your inbox, including your spam and trash folders, if you are unable to locate the email.

Step 2

Once you open the email it will have a link that says “Click here to sign up.” Click this link and it will take you to a new page to create your account.

StandOut email preview

Step 3

This page will prompt you on how to create your login using the email address your StandOut invite was sent to as your username and then allowing you to create your own password.

Step 4

After creating your login, please click the green next button which will take you to your StandOut homepage.

StandOut login homepage

Review your homepage

Step 5

Once on your homepage, you will notice a black task bar at the top of your screen. 

Step 6

On this taskbar, locate the tabs for “Practice” and “Interview” — these are the only pages you will need to access for your scholarship interview.

  • You do not need to fill in any of the additional information on your homepage.

Homepage preview and taskbar

Begin practice interview

Step 7

When you click the “Practice” tab you will be brought to a page where you will see a practice interview available for you. 

Practice tab

Step 8

When you click the blue “More Details” button on the presidential scholarship practice, the practice interview will open and give you instructions on how to complete it.

Practice interview and more details button

Step 9

When you are ready to start your practice interview, click the blue “Begin Practice” button in the bottom center of your screen.

  • Note: The three questions presented in the practice are the same questions that will be asked in the actual interview. You are able to complete the practice interview as many times as you want.


Begin Practice Button 

Submit final interview

Step 10

Once you have finished practicing and become familiar with the StandOut platform, click the “Interview” tab found in the black taskbar. You do not  need to immediately begin your final interview after practice. You may come back at any time.

  • Interview tip
    • Don’t read your responses. Although you will not be judged on your speaking skills, we suggest that you provide answers in a conversational manner as if you were in an in-person interview. 

Interview tab on black task bar

Step 11

You will see the available interview and click the blue “More Details” button.

Interview card with more details button

Step 12

This will bring you to the page with the final interview; click the blue “Begin Interview” button in the bottom center of your screen to begin the interview recording.

  • Note: Once you begin the final interview portion, you will not be able to stop or re-record – ensure that you are ready to go once you begin the interview.

Begin interview button

Questions? Contact your admission counselor or the Office of Admission at admission@slu.edu, 314-977-2500 or 800-SLU-FOR-U.

Presidential Scholarship Candidate Visit

Join us for an in-depth experience during the Office of Admission Presidential Scholarship Candidate Visit program offered to interview candidates on either Saturday, Feb. 12 or Saturday, Feb. 19. There you will meet current Presidential Scholars and faculty, get information on a variety of academic programs and student services, and tour our beautiful urban campus with a special look at our freshman residence halls. This visit is optional and does not impact your scholarship consideration

Can't make this event? We've got lots of ways for you to visit. Find the best tour option for you, or mix-and-match to get a unique look at campus. Plus, we've got a lineup of high-energy events just for admitted students such as Admitted Student Lunch and Admitted Student Day.

Connect with Admitted Students on Social Media

Interact with current students and other future Billikens in the Official Facebook Group, follow SLU Ambassadors on Instagram, and submit your bio to the SLU Class of 2026 on Instagram.

Presidential Scholarship Interview FAQs

I didn't get an email from StandOut. What should I do?

Check all the folders in your inbox (Primary, Promotions, Updates, Forums, etc.) and your Spam and Trash folders. Contact us at admission@slu.edu if you still cannot locate your invitation email and we will help you troubleshoot.

What do I need to access StandOut?

You will need a laptop, desktop computer, tablet or mobile device. The latest versions of Firefox or Chrome are recommended.

What if I don't have access to a laptop, desktop or tablet computer?

Contact your admission counselor, and we will work with you so that you can still participate in the interview process.

I don't see the Interview tab in StandOut (or other StandOut issues).

Make sure you're using the most updated version of your browser, or try a different browser. Contact your admission counselor if you're still having trouble.

What should I wear?

Dress as you would for a formal, in-person interview. We recommend business attire: coat and tie, suit, dress, or skirt.

How long should my responses be?

The platform allows for practice responses of up to five minutes per question and up to two minutes for your final submission. We encourage you to focus on the content of your responses rather than the length.

Can I resubmit my responses after they have been submitted in StandOut?

Once final responses have been submitted, you cannot go back and resubmit. We encourage using the practice module to preview the questions and get a sense for how the platform works before beginning your interview.

What if I'm interrupted by a family member, pet, etc. during my interview?

We understand that life happens and some things are out of your control. Keep moving forward with your interview and be your best self.

What is expected of Presidential Scholarship candidates?

Please note that a student’s behavior at all times during Presidential Scholarship events is indicative of their qualifications as a Presidential Scholarship candidate.