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What is SLU101?

Your first SLU experience as a student is the SLU 101 orientation program that will assist you and your family in your transition to college. Preparing for your first semester is exciting and can also be a little nerve-wracking. We are here for you in the transition and are excited to welcome you to the Billiken family!

SLU 101 is designed to support and equip new students with the knowledge and tools they need to succeed at SLU and in their educational career. SLU 101 is also designed to support students’ parents, guardians and families in gaining the information they need to help coach and empower their student in their development as an adult learner.

SLU 101 Goals and Outcomes

The SLU 101 program is designed to meet the following student learning outcomes framed by the University-wide undergraduate learning outcomes and the University mission.

Goals of the SLU 101 Program

SLU 101 will …

  • Acquaint students with the University mission, Jesuit Catholic values and the University’s commitment to service and social justice that support individual growth and development.
  • Provide shared experiences for students that promote their sense of belonging, help them build positive connections and affirm their choice to attend Saint Louis University.
  • Provide students time to learn about academic advising, degree requirements, student success resources and establish a course schedule for the fall semester.
  • Empower students with the ability to navigate and connect with the physical environment of the campus and identify campus resources.
  • Provide opportunities for students to reflect and dialogue about values, transition, expectations and identity to assist in building an inclusive community.

Outcomes of the SLU 101 Program

Students will ...

  • Identify the basic principles of the University mission.
  • Describe their understanding of their academic requirements and expectations.
  • Identify campus resources that are available to help them in their transition (social or academic).
  • Name two ways they can become involved on campus.
  • Establish a connection with one or more other students.

Parents/guardians/families will …

  • Identify the basic principles of the University mission.
  • Identify the campus resources and services available to them and their student.
  • Connect to the SLU community through interacting with fellow guests, faculty and staff and student leaders.
  • Explore their shifting role as a parent or guardian and how this relates to communicating with their student, student privacy and family dynamics.

Contact Us

If you have questions regarding the SLU 101 program, please contact us at While the summer orientation program runs from May 30 through July 12, you may also call 314-977-2500. We look forward to meeting you at an upcoming SLU 101 session!