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Sophomore-Year Checklist

This list is a guide to help you navigate your sophomore year at Saint Louis University. These are suggestions to help you throughout your year, but should not be seen as an all-encompassing list or a required checklist. It is your responsibility use it in a way that fits best into your personal and academic goals.

It's your experience. Make the most of it.


  • Identify your major or strengthen your commitment to the major you’ve already chosen.
  • Consider enhancing your academic program with a minor.
  • Meet with your academic adviser and/or faculty mentor to discuss your core curriculum and develop an academic plan.
  • Use Banner Self-Service to run a Degree Evaluation.
  • Consider studying abroad; if already have made the decision to study abroad, discuss your plans with your academic adviser.  
  • Use tutoring and writing resources in the Student Success Center that can assist you with your academic plan.
  • Connect with classmates; discuss forming study groups and exchange contact information.
  • Begin researching graduate and professional school requirements, as applicable.
  • Research scholarship opportunities for graduate or professional school.
  • If applicable, renew your FAFSA.

Community and Involvement

  • Participate in Fall Welcome.
  • Participate in on-campus events and activities and show your Billiken pride at SLU athletic events.
  • Take time to do something new at SLU. Connect with others who have different interests or backgrounds. Attend an event that you haven’t participated in before.
  • Pursue one organization that supports your major or future career and one organization that interests you personally.
  • Reflect upon and develop your leadership skills. Consider how to refine your campus involvement in ways that support your interests or goals on a deeper level.
  • Consider your service opportunities for the year; be involved as much as your schedule allows.
  • Consider participating in a campus ministry retreat or mission trip.
  • Develop deeper relationships with faculty and staff members.
  • Start preparing for where you will live for your junior year, and arrange roommates.

Career Preparation

  • Make an appointment with a career counselor to discuss your planned career and experiential education opportunities.
  • Consider ways to learn more about and connect to your prospective career field with activities such as informational interviews, job shadowing, research opportunities, service learning or internships.
  • Create or update your résumé and post it to Handshake to have it critiqued by a career counselor.
  • Use Handshake to review on-campus employment opportunities, research careers, connect with a career mentor in the mentor database, and view potential internship and on-campus recruiting opportunities.
  • Attend the SLU career fairs to begin networking with employers.
  • Set up summer internship or summer job.

Personal Growth

  • Participate in multicultural dialogues and events. Visit the Cross Cultural Center to learn more.
  • Reflect on your values and passion. What is your calling and purpose?
  • Reflect on who you are and who you want to be. What is your motivation?
  • Look into ways that can assist you with balance in your life. What are your priorities?
  • Take time to consider who your role models are in your life. Why are they your role models?
  • Look ahead to the Junior-Year Experience Checklist to see what you can complete or prepare for over the summer.