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Accelerating Innovation

Investing in Academic Excellence

First and foremost, SLU is about academics. We’ve been a leader in higher education since our founding two centuries ago, charting new territories as we advance, transmit and apply knowledge. And in SLU’s hands, 200 years of history is 200 years of momentum.

Our next chapter will build on our legacy of academic excellence coupled with the character and compassion inherent in the Jesuit tradition. Across all schools and colleges of the University, Accelerating Excellence will enable us to make investments in cutting-edge technology, state-of-the-art facilities and – most importantly – world-class faculty to become the academic powerhouse we know we can be.

The knowledge generated on SLU’s campus today will shape tomorrow for communities around the world. Supporting academics creates a bright future for everyone.

Learn more about our focus on academics in the video below.

Campaign In Action: Academic Excellence

Satellite team

Built by a team of faculty and students at Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology, the satellite was successfully launched into orbit from the International Space Station.

Dr. Finan

As Thomas Finan, Ph.D., and his students delve deeper into the Gaelic past, their work is being profiled in a premier publication in the archaeological world.

SLU students at 2019 Day of Service

 This ranking is a reflection of the investments made possible by Accelerating Excellence: The Campaign for Saint Louis University. 

SLU campus

Saint Louis University ranks No. 8 on the Wall Street Journal’s 2020 list of the top 10 colleges in big Midwestern cities.


Michael Podgursky, Ph.D., leads SLU's effort to use big data to improve educational outcomes and workforce development in St. Louis.

vr room

SLU is opening a dedicated virtual reality (VR) room – one of the first spaces of its kind in the St. Louis area, and the first public VR space on campus.

Investiture 2019

Faculty appointed to endowed positions of distinction in various academic units were honored.


The new institute will support and accelerate research, training and innovation in the rapidly growing fields of geospatial science and technology.

Tech Commons

From its intentionally-designed furniture to 3D printers to Nao, the programmable robot, Saint Louis University's Academic Technology Commons is as a space where the Billikens of today are learning on the future's technology.

research logo

Launched in September 2018 through investments made possible by Accelerating Excellence: The Campaign for Saint Louis University, the SLU Research Institute provides critical funding to support faculty and researchers whose interests span the University.

biology department

Food research at SLU spans the entire academic spectrum, from the natural and social sciences to the humanities. This interdisciplinary approach gives SLU a unique, comprehensive perspective on the issue, distinguishing the University from other institutions.


 Saint Louis University is ranked among the top-100 national universities in the latest undergraduate rankings from U.S. News & World Report. SLU is also one of the nation’s best values, according to the magazine.