SLU's Coolest College Honors

5 awesome ways SLU has been recognized

By SLU Staff Writers

Here is a college search secret: The best university is the one that is the best fit for you. That's one reason college ranking lists consider everything from campus beauty to food in the dining halls. 

So how does Saint Louis University stack up? SLU is ranked among the top universities in the country for undergraduate education, but it has also racked up some awards you might have missed. Check out our list of SLU's coolest college honors.

1. Most Charitable Universities

When it comes to universities committed to the greater good, SLU is hard to beat. The University has been repeatedly named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. We've been recently ranked by both the Carnige Foundation and Washington Monthly for our commitment to community service. SLU's Relay for Life raises among the most funds per capita of all teams nationwide. Plus, the University's Make a Difference Day shatters records each year, with more than 3,300 students, faculty and staff participating in a single day of service.

2. Greenest Universities 

From locally-sourced food and compostable plates in the dining halls to amped up recycling and reuse efforts in its residence halls, SLU is all about sustainability. In March 2015, SLU earned a Silver Rating from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System, and the University was a charter participant in the AASHE's Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Reporting System.

3. Most Social Schools

Planning your future dorm room? Follow SLU on Pinterest. Looking for a beautiful urban campus? Check out what Billikens post on Instagram. In 2013, SLU was listed as a Top 100 Best and Most Collaborative U.S. College in the Huffington Post. The University's colleges and departments - and even its mascot - are on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and pretty much everywhere else, when it comes to social media, giving you an inside look at life before you ever step on campus. 

4. Most Beautiful College Campuses

SLU is an urban oasis in the middle of St. Louis, Missouri., with plenty of picturesque places to study, views of the iconic Gateway Arch and the gorgeous Francis Xavier College Church. SLU is even on Buzzfeed's list of "31 Insanely Beautiful Colleges You Can Get Married At."

5. Most Unique College Mascots 

Oh, Huffington Post, Mental Floss - and even US News & World Report - when will you learn what a Billiken is? (Hint: it's a good luck charm.) Every basketball season, SLU's Billiken tops the list of unusual, quirky and downright odd mascots, which is OK with us. Who wants to be on the boring and normal list, after all? Billikens stand out!

6. High School Counselors' Favorite Universities

Speaking of US News & World Report, SLU is repeatedly on its list of universities high school counselors think offer the best undergraduate education. And Colleges of Distinction - a website started by high school counselors - also likes SLU for its commitment to engaged students, great teaching, a vibrant community and successful student outcomes.  

Check out SLU's full list of rankings and honors or find out more about how to apply.

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