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Back to SLU: Fall 2020

Planning for a Safe Start

Saint Louis University's decision to return to campus for fall 2020 was made by a broad group of University leaders through extended and rigorous discussions, rooted in our values and the Ignatian approach to education, and with the best information available. 

Our fall term begins on Aug. 17, and we will conclude in-person classes Nov. 24, holding final exams online. Our share responsibility to adhere to our strict public health safeguards – such as wearing a mask, social distancing and reporting COVID-19 syptoms and exposure – are key to our success this fall.

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About Fall 2020 at SLU

Life at SLU in the COVID Era

While new public health practices will be required of each of us on campus, we understand much of a student or employee’s life happens elsewhere. 

While our on-campus environment this fall will include social distancing and health safeguards, we are exploring ways to foster social dynamism while promoting safe, responsible action. While thinking creatively, we can participate in social activities while honoring OneSLU and protecting the greater St. Louis community.

Fall Welcome Activities

The first days of the fall semester are special at SLU — and this year will be no exception. Plans for new ways to celebrate SLU traditions are underway and our student leaders are finding creative ways to connect. 


10 a.m., Friday, August 14
Join us virtually for the University Convocation ceremony, which will live stream on and on SLU's official Facebook page as incoming students are officially welcomed to the University by President Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D., and other speakers.

Get Ready for Fall Welcome

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The Atlantic 10 Conference announced that it will postpone 2020 fall sports competitions and championships. The conference and institutional leadership have agreed to a "look-in window" mid-September, allowing for a potentially truncated competitive schedule amongst conference opponents if the COVID-19 risk has substantially been reduced.

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