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Fall Welcome

Saint Louis University's fall welcome is full of campus traditions to mark the arrival of our new Billikens.

SLU's Fall Welcome is a great opportunity for students to meet new people and make new friends.

SLU's Fall Welcome is a great opportunity for students to meet new people and make new friends.

About Fall Welcome

Fall Welcome includes University Convocation and our student-led "Live the Oath" presentation, mixed with an array of social programs to help students connect with one another and the University. 

Look for the students in orange! Oriflamme leaders are a leadership position comprised of sophomore, junior and senior students here to help you move in and acclimate to your first several days on campus by answering questions and helping you get involved. 

Fall Welcome 2022: Schedule of Events

The student meal plan begins on Thursday, August 18. Looking for a location?  Check the campus map.

Thursday, Aug. 18

New Student Move-In

9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Residence Halls
Welcome Home, new Billikens! Please consult with your housing assignment message to confirm your scheduled arrival time, as well as details regarding the University's move-in logistics.

Visit Housing and Residence Life for More Move-in Information

International Student Orientation

8 a.m.- 4 p.m., Wool Ballrooms 170-171 (BSC)
The Office of International Services will be presenting important immigration information to new international students. Students will also hear from different departments at SLU.

Parent and Family Hospitality Headquarters

9 a.m.- 2 p.m., Busch Student Center 253
A one-stop resource space for families looking to take a break from move-in, cool down, grab a quick snack or meet University staff. Select campus offices will be available to answer questions or assist with your last-minute needs.

Honors Program: Class of 2026 Meet and Greet

4 - 6 p.m., Busch Student Center Amphitheater (Rain Location: BSC: St. Louis Room)
After a busy morning moving into your residence hall, join Honors Program staff and students for light St. Louis fare. We will serve appetizers and desserts and invite families to attend before or after their dinner plans for the evening. There is no set agenda – just a casual opportunity to meet staff and fellow honors families. 

Women's Soccer Game vs. Arkansas

7 p.m., Hermann Stadium
Here's your chance to support the four-time A-10 Conference women's soccer champs as they "kick-off" the 2022 season! If you're in the area on Thursday night, all new students and their families are encouraged to join us to cheer the Billikens to victory over the Razorbacks! Students must show their ID for entry and families will receive complimentary admission.

Friday, Aug. 19

New Student Move-In

8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Residence Halls
Welcome Home, new Billikens! Please consult with your housing assignment message to confirm your scheduled arrival time, as well as details regarding the University's move-in logistics!

Visit Housing and Residence Life for More Move-in Information

Parent and Family Hospitality Headquarters

8 a.m.- 6 p.m., Busch Student Center 253
Meet other Billiken friends and family at the BPFA hospitality tent! Grab a cool drink or a quick snack, meet some fellow Billikens, and learn about campus resources available to you and your student!

International Student Orientation

All Day, Multiple Locations
International Student Orientation continues with students meeting with University departments, and participating in language testing. Students should consult their detailed schedule from International Students Services for specifics on timing and location. 

Honors Program: Fall Orientation

9 - 11 a.m., Anheuser Busch Auditorium (Cook Hall)
This event is the culmination of the Honors Program's early move-in schedule. Honors Program staff will share information about Honors Program requirements/expectations and new students will collaborate with their Path mentors on a team-building task. All incoming honors students are required to attend.

Learning Communities Orientation

2 - 4 p.m., Wool Ballrooms
Welcome to the LC Jungle! This animal-themed orientation will allow students to meet the Learning Community staff and peer mentors, as well as learn about the requirements for their learning community. They will take part in multiple team-building games to get to know one another and will leave knowing multiple people in their learning community. Required for all Learning Community students.

Commuter Student Check-In

3 - 6 p.m., BSC: St. Louis Room
All new commuter students are invited to the Busch Student Center to complete their own official check-in. Meet members of the Commuter Student Association, and your Oriflamme leaders, and wrap up any last-minute business before classes officially begin. Commuter community dinner provided following check-in!

Transfer Meet and Greet

6 - 7 p.m., BSC 352/3
New transfer students are invited to meet each other and their Oriflamme leader, and make plans for a fun and engaging Fall Welcome experience!

First Floor Meetings

7:30 - 8:30 p.m., Residence Halls
Join your RAs, Peer Mentors and fellow Billikens for your first official floor meeting of the 2022-23 year! Required for all new residential students.

Outdoor Movie Night

9 - 11 p.m., DuBourg Quad
Kick off your first official night on campus with an outdoor movie and theater treats, courtesy of the Student Activities Board. Come for the film, stay for the snacks and make new friends!

Saturday, Aug. 20


10 - 11 a.m., Chaifetz Arena
You won't want to miss the official kickoff to the academic year. Members of the SLU community come together to celebrate new beginnings and new Billikens with a special ceremony, outstanding speakers and an inspirational message from SLU's 33rd President, Dr. Fred Pestello. Families and guests are encouraged to attend.

Not Able to Attend in Person? Watch the Live Stream

Family Farewell

11 a.m. - 1 p.m., On your own
Following Convocation, we encourage families to spend some quality time with their Billiken grabbing a quick meal, running last-minute errands or exchanging well wishes and hugs. The Fall Welcome schedule ramps up after lunchtime; your student will be busy making new friends, and learning what it means to Be a Billiken!

Life on Campus: Part One

1:30 p.m., Various Locations
Fall Welcome officially begins now! Join your Oriflamme leader for your first small group dialogue where you will review the full calendar of activities, learn what it means to be a SLU-dent, and share your hopes, fears and dreams about what to expect in the next few weeks. Consider these folks your personal peer group throughout Fall Welcome and beyond.

Spirit Competition Prep Begins

3:30 p.m., Residence Halls
Get ready to show your Billiken Pride! In anticipation of SLU's annual Spirit Competition, join your Oriflamme Leaders, RAs, PMs or CAs and get decked out in your new Billiken gear! Plan on an evening full of cheering, face-painting and sign-making as you show spirited support for Billiken Soccer! Residential students will meet on their floor; commuter students should gather in the Commuter Lounge (BSC).


4 - 6 p.m., Grand Dining Hall
As you prepare for the 2022 Spirit Competition, don't forget to take a dinner break at Grand Dining Hall!

Billiken Men's Soccer vs. University of Nebraska-Omaha

6 p.m., Hermann Stadium
New students will journey to Hermann Stadium to cheer our Billiken men to victory over the UNO Mavericks! As a special treat, the new class will also participate in SLU's biggest "Rock, Paper, Scissors" competition at halftime!

Parking Lot Party

8 - 11 p.m., Olive-Compton Garage
For one night only, we turn the OC garage into your one-stop shop for Fall Welcome fun! There's always a little something for everyone, from a Silent Headphone Disco to Carpool Karaoke, inflatables, airbrush artists, ice cream trucks and more!

Sunday, Aug. 21

Zumba on the Quad

10:30 - 11:30 a.m., DuBourg Quid (Rain location: Simon Recreation Center)
Join us for a dynamic 45-minute, total-body workout of cardio dance on the Quad! This fun and easy fitness class will combine high energy and motivating music. Put on comfortable shoes, fill up your water bottle and get ready to dance.

Life on Campus: Part Two

1:30 - 2:30 p.m., Various Locations
During your second small group meeting, you will begin to dive deeper into the academic expectations of the University, understand what to expect when meeting with your advisor and faculty, and learn about the necessary campus resources to help you achieve academic success at SLU! Required for all new students.

Find Your Classes

2:15 - 3:15 p.m., Campus Tours
Lace up your walking shoes as you travel around campus with your Oriflamme leader and find your classes! Trust us, this will prove very helpful on Wednesday!

Escape the Rec

Simon Recreation Center, 5 - 8 p.m.
Join your new friends at the rec center to have fun and show off your next-level escape skills.

First Sunday Night Mass

8 p.m., St. Francis Xavier College Church and U.S. Bank Plaza
Join the SLU community for the first student liturgy of the academic year, followed by a cool taste of St. Louis!

Monday, Aug. 22: General Events

Academic Support Tabling

11 a.m. - 1 p.m., BSC North Lobby (Ritter Entrance)
While you're gearing up for your classes, stop by the academic support table to learn more about tutoring, supplemental instruction, University Writing Services and success coaching! See the next tab for more information about Academic Orientation.

"Speak About It!"

6 - 7 p.m. and 7:15 - 8:15 p.m., Wool Ballrooms
"Speak About It!" uses theater and dialogue to empower students to give and get consent, build healthy relationships and make a change in their communities. Sexual assault prevention, as well as survivor stories, will be shared. New students will be divided into two groups to view this special event. When not watching SAI, students will have the opportunity to visit the Community Resource Fair.

Community Resource Fair

6 - 8:30 p.m., Busch Student Center
The Community Resource Fair is an opportunity for you to further explore both on- and off-campus resources that promote healthy relationships, consent, sexual assault prevention, response and advocacy. Whether the fair introduces you to a new concept, organization, or volunteer opportunity, it is designed to help you navigate the many resources available to support students in making healthy, personal decisions.

Oriflamme Game Night

TBD, Vandeventer (Vandy) Fields
Come one, come all to a night of silly activities and games hosted by your wonderful Oriflamme leaders. Fun, laughter and new friends are guaranteed!

Monday, Aug. 22: Academic Orientation Schedule

College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Advising: 1-2:30 p.m., Busch Student Center, Wool Ballroom
Orientation: 3-4:30 p.m., Busch Student Center, Wool Ballroom

College for Public Health and Social Justice

Orientation: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Center for Global Citizenship
Academic Advising: 1-2:30 p.m., Center for Global Citizenship

Lunch will be provided during program orientation from 11:15 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Doisy College of Health Science

Orientation: 9:30-10:30 a.m., Saint Louis Room (BSC)
Academic Advising: 10:30 a.m.-Noon, Saint Louis Room (BSC)

Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business

Orientation: 9-10:20 a.m., Cook Hall, Anheuser Busch Auditorium
Service Leadership and Getting Involved: 1-2 p.m.
Academic Advising: 2-3:30 p.m., Cook Hall, Anheuser Busch Auditorium

Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business students enrolled in BIZ1000 will also have an introductory class session from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided in the Cook Hall Atrium.

School of Education

Orientation: 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m, Pere Marquette (DuBourg Hall)
Academic Advising: 1-2:30 p.m., Center for Global Citizenship

Lunch will be provided during program orientation from 11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. 

School of Science and Engineering (SSE)

Academic Advising: 1-2:15 p.m., Busch Student Center, Saint Louis Room 
Orientation: 2:45-4:30 p.m., Various Locations

School of Science and Engineering students will be escorted from the BSC St. Louis Rooms to various locations for their academic program orientations.

School of Social Work

Orientation: 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m, Carlo Auditorium (Tegeler Hall)
Academic Advising: 1-2:30 p.m., Center for Global Citizenship

Lunch will be provided during program orientation from 11:15 am - 12:45 pm. 

Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing

Orientation: 9-10:30 a.m., South Campus
Academic Advising: 10:30 a.m.-Noon, South Campus

Nursing students will travel to the south campus for today's programs. Buses will be staged in the Fred Weber lot (Chaifetz Arena) by 8:15 a.m., departing by 8:45 am. They will bring students back to the north campus when the advising session concludes.

Tuesday, Aug. 23

Hit the Ground Running: Introduction to General Biology

Various times/locations; Only required for students enrolled in BIOL 1240
Hit The Ground Running is an opportunity to meet your General Biology instructor and fellow classmates, and to get some useful insights into the course before classes begin. You will hear advice based on experience and will take some practical steps to help you get a good start in biology.

General Chemistry SLUper Session

11 a.m. - Noon, Lee Lecture Hall (LEC 001)
In this informal/optional event, students preparing to take CHEM 1110 or 1130 are welcome to come meet some of this year’s gen chem instructors, learn about lecture and lab, and ask burning questions about both the class and majoring or double-majoring in chemistry. A variety of candy—gloriously full of chemicals—will be provided.

Life on Campus: Part Three

1 - 2 p.m., Various Locations
Spend some time with your Oriflamme leaders as you reflect on what it means to be a student at a Jesuit institution. As you prepare to learn about SLU's Oath of Inclusion, it's imperative that you take time to understand what it means to be "for and with others," and how to live a mission-centered life at SLU. Required for all new students.

Live the Oath

2 - 3 p.m., Chaifetz Arena
How can we live as a community that lives in solidarity, and seeks and fights for justice, equity, and inclusivity for all? What is our responsibility to one another? An Oath is defined as "a solemn promise, often invoking a divine witness, regarding one's future action or behavior." Begin to learn about SLU’s Oath of Inclusion its herstory, why it was suspended and why it has returned. Join the Student Government Association as we dive into what it means to “Live the Oath.” Required for all new students.

DICE Open House and Community Service Fair

3 - 5 p.m., Center for Global Citizenship and West Pine Mall
It's never too early to start living SLU's mission of service to humanity and social justice values. Meet the Division of Diversity and Innovative Community Engagement team (DICE) and learn more about how to become involved in diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives on and off campus. Community organizations looking for volunteers will also have booths set up on campus along West Pine. Stop by and see how you can get involved in the community while having fun with inflatables and carnival snacks. Come roll with DICE!

Ministry Fair

7 - 9 p.m., West Pine Mall near the Clock Tower
Join Campus Ministry and our affiliate non-Catholic partners on West Pine Mall outside of Campus Ministry for tasty treats and to learn about what we have to offer students of all faiths.

Late Night Breakfast

9:30 - 11 p.m., Grand Dining Hall
Fuel up for your first day of classes at RHA's Late Night Breakfast a SLU favorite!

Wednesday, Aug. 24

Classes Begin!

The Fall Welcome fun doesn't end when classes begin. Events are open for all students to enjoy!

Thursday, Aug. 25

Student Success Center Open House

1 - 5 p.m., BSC 331
Kick off the start of your classes with the Department of Academic Support. Stop by to learn about tutoring, supplemental instruction, University Writing Services and student success coaching. Meet the success coach, as well as some of the peer tutors, SI leaders, and writing consultants. Find out how these resources can support you throughout the year--and score some swag!

AAMS Meet and Greet  

5 - 6:30 p.m., CGC Seminar Room 124
The African-American Males Scholars (AAMS) are a group that celebrates, supports, and cultivates brotherhood for Black males at Predominantly White Institutions. Learn more about the AAMS program at SLU and how to become involved. Meet current scholars and start building relationships. Food provided!

Audre Lorde Scholars Info Social

5 - 6:30 p.m., Center for Global Citizenship Auditorium
The Audre Lorde Scholars Program is designed to support students who self-identify as Women of Color while facilitating networking, community and social opportunities. The program provides an uplifting communal space for scholars to use an intersectional lens to openly discuss the experiences and challenges that Women of Color face related to race and gender in predominantly white and male environments. Learn more about how to become involved with Audre Lorde Scholars and come mingle with current scholars and mentors!

Women's Soccer Game vs. Notre Dame

7 p.m., Hermann Stadium
Support our women's soccer team as they battle Notre Dame. Admission is free for students with student ID!

SAB Bingo

7 - 9 p.m., Wool Ballrooms
Grab your friends and join SAB for a night of good clean fun, snacks and fun prizes. You don't want to miss the first bingo event of the year!

Friday, Aug. 26

Family First: A Celebration

5 - 7 p.m., Center for Global Citizenship
Family First is a welcome ceremony for our Black and Brown Billikens. Come meet and interact with Black/Brown peers, faculty and staff and get to know the community!

Paint SLU

8 - 11 p.m., Olive-Compton Garage
PaintSLU, a Fall Welcome favorite, returns with a live DJ, dancing, and neon-colored fun! PaintSLU is a cross between a live concert and a color run...with real paint! Because this event has become a campus favorite, all students are welcome to attend! *We recommend wearing clothes you don't mind getting wet from our biodegradable and water soluble paint. There will be shower caps provided for those who wish to remain paint free.

Saturday, Aug. 27

Student Involvement Fair

11 a.m. - 2 p.m., West Pine Mall
Learn how to get involved in more than 200 co-curricular opportunities on campus, while building community with your fellow SLUdents. Slushies provided!

MLK Scholars BBQ Meet and Greet

2 - 4 p.m., SLUruba
Are you a MLK scholar? Stop by for this summer fun pool party for all MLK scholars. Meet and greet both new and current scholars and celebrate the start of the term.

CU @ the Rec

6 - 10 p.m., Simon Rec Center
Join your fellow classmates for this one-of-a-kind Fall Welcome music and dance party. This event showcases SLU’s outstanding cultural dance teams. You won't want to miss the exciting Fall Welcome giveaway either! Join us for our 11th-year celebration of C U @ the Rec!

Sunday, Aug. 28

Explore STL on Your Own!

Take a day to get to know St. Louis. Here are just a few of the fun options around town. Added bonus...most of them are free and accessible with your Metro pass!

Tower Grove Park, All day The International Institute of St. Louis’ Festival of Nations is the bi-state region’s largest annual multicultural celebration.

9 a.m. - 7 p.m., The Saint Louis Foundry
An industrial site for nearly a century, this 15-acre site just south of the Fresh Thyme has been reimagined as City Foundry STL, featuring first-to-the-area makers and merchants, as well as a food court full of diverse options.

10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park
The quality and breadth of the Saint Louis Art Museum’s collection place it among the very best institutions of its kind. Check out the many free collections and exhibitions, then hang out on the famous green slopes of Art Hill (great for sledding in the winter, too!) Art not your thing? Remember that Forest Park also features a free history museum, science center and our world-famous zoo!

1 - 4 p.m., Gateway Arch National Park Riverboat Dock
The riverboat dock transforms into a live music venue with local artists performing in the shadow of the Gateway Arch. Grab a table and take in the sights and sounds while enjoying food and drink from the Paddlewheel Café.

1:15 p.m., Busch Stadium
Join the Cardinal Nation and take home a hall-of-famer bobblehead when you root on the redbirds against the Atlanta Braves. You can get tickets for as little as $8!

Monday, Aug. 29

Pride Reception

3 - 5 p.m., Center for Global Citizenship
The Pride Reception serves as a welcome and introduction to organizations and services at SLU for queer-identified students and those doing ally work within the queer community.

Tuesday, Aug. 30

Panhellenic Council Meet and Greet

6:30 - 8 p.m., Saint Louis Room
If you are interested in learning more about membership in a Panhellenic organization, you don't want to miss this meet and greet! Each of SLU's seven groups will be showcased alongside a brief program from Panhellenic Council, one of four governing organizations for affiliated students.

NPHC 101

8 - 9:30 p.m., BSC 352/3
Interested in the history of National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) organizations, or curious about membership in a historically Black Greek chapter? Come to this event for a brief Q & A, and learn about SLU's community partnerships which form our local city-wide chapters.

Wednesday, Aug. 31

Meet the Greeks!

7 - 8 p.m., Center for Global Citizenship
Whether you know a little or a lot about fraternities or sororities, you won't want to miss a Q&A opportunity with members of SLU's own FSL community. What does it mean to be part of a values-based organization? This special panel will include representatives from all of SLU's affiliated councils.

NPHC Yard Show

8 - 10 p.m., Lipic Clock Tower and the Dr. Jonathan C. Smith Amphitheater
Get ready for a fun and lively late-night event featuring stepping and strolling from local National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations! Seating at the Clock Tower is limited, so please consider bringing a chair, blanket or wear comfy shoes!

Thursday, Sept. 1

Mass of the Holy Spirit

11 a.m. - Noon, St. Francis Xavier College Church
Saint Louis University will mark the beginning of the new academic year with its traditional Mass of the Holy Spirit. This is a tradition at Jesuit schools and universities throughout the world. These celebrations date back to 1548 when the initial Mass was celebrated at the first Jesuit school in Messina, Sicily.

Student Government Association Sneaker Ball 2022

7 - 10 p.m., Wool Ballrooms
The Student Government Association presents: Sneaker Ball 2022 - A Blue Carpet Affair. So grab your friends, dress to impress, and show your best dance moves in your freshest kicks!

Friday, Sept. 2

A Fresh Look Weekend Retreat

Sept. 2 - 4, Manresa Retreat Center
If you're new to SLU as a first-year student, this retreat is specifically created and designed for you. Through community-building activities and story sharing, this retreat provides you a chance to take a fresh look at your life: who you have been, and who God desires you to be in your future. Within this retreat community, you will also explore the concept of gratitude, and the ways that you — through a variety of approaches to prayer — can encounter and converse with God in everyday life.

Register Online at the SLU Campus Ministry Website

Interfraternity Council: Recruitment Orientation

5 - 6:30 p.m., Saint Louis Room
Interfraternity recruitment begins here! A required event for those participating in the IFC process, recruits will have the opportunity to connect with one another, their upper-class recruitment guide, and learn more about the formal recruitment process at SLU.

Live Performer

7 - 8:30 p.m., Wool Ballrooms
Stay tuned for more information on our featured entertainer for this fun evening.

Sunday, Sept. 4

Interfraternity Council Meet and Greet

1 - 3 p.m., DeMattias Hall Multi-Purpose Room
Meet, mix and mingle with representatives from SLU's Interfraternity Council chapters, and learn what it's like to be in a Greek-letter organization on campus!

Monday, Sept. 5

Brothers and BBQ

Noon - 2 p.m., Pruellage Lawn
An opportunity for potential recruits to meet brothers from the Saint Louis University fraternal community while enjoying some STL BBQ!

Tuesday, Sept. 6

Panhellenic Recruitment Orientation

5 - 6:30 p.m. or 7 - 8:30 p.m., Wool Ballrooms
Two-time options to attend this required event for those participating in Panhellenic recruitment, potential new members will get to know their recruitment counselors, learn more about the recruitment process, and connect with one another as they embark on their recruitment journey.

Wednesday, Sept. 7

Fresh Check Day

11 a.m. - 2 p.m., West Pine Mall (Rain location: CGC)
Fresh Check Day is an uplifting mental health promotion and suicide prevention event which includes interactive expo booths, peer-to-peer messaging, support from multiple campus representatives, and includes free food, entertainment, and exciting giveaways. Fresh Check Day aims to create an approachable and hopeful atmosphere where students are encouraged to engage in dialogue about mental health and helps build a bridge between students and the mental health resources available on campus, the local community and nationally.

Monday, Sept. 12

Billiken Beginnings: Navigating the First Eight Weeks

4 - 5 p.m., Baer-Fuller Lecture Hall 004
Join us for the first session of Billiken Beginnings, a workshop series designed to offer support during the transition to college. Featuring your SLU peers as well as campus offices, come learn more about strategies for academic success. Upcoming sessions will tackle time management, getting involved and combating homesickness, major and career exploration, and building resiliency. Attendance prizes at each session!

Learn About Upcoming Sessions 

Friday, Sept. 16

A Fresh Look Weekend Retreat

Sept. 16 - 18, Manresa Retreat Center
If you're new to SLU as a first-year student, this retreat is specifically created and designed for you. Through community-building activities and story sharing, this retreat provides you a chance to take a fresh look at your life: who you have been, and who God desires you to be in your future. Within this retreat community, you will also explore the concept of gratitude, and the ways that you — through a variety of approaches to prayer — can encounter and converse with God in everyday life. 

Register Online at the SLU Campus Ministry Website

Fall Welcome Program Goals and Outcomes

Provide experiences for students to live the University mission and gain a greater understanding of our Jesuit Catholic values, through meaningful programs and activities.

Students will: identify the basic principles of the University mission through experiences and/or actions. 

How: Participate in two or more programs designed to promote connectedness to the University mission.

Events include: Convocation, Day of Service, reflection and discernment programs, U101 curriculum, Mass of the Holy Spirit.

Families will: understand how basic principles of the University mission are lived through experiences and/or actions of their student. 

How: Participate in family focused University ceremonies and sponsored family programs. 

To revisit the academic expectations of Saint Louis University, each college/school, department and classroom instructors; and review relevant academic support programs.

Students will: develop an understanding of the academic requirements and expectations of their respective School or College.

How: Reunite with their academic advisor and participate in their college/school orientation program.

Events include: College/School orientation, meeting with academic advisors, meeting department faculty and/or mentor, engaging in academic training courses (i.e. Biology, BIZ1000)

Families will: explore the campus resources and services available to them and their student.

How: Participate in family focused University ceremonies and sponsored family programs.

Create a seamless physical, social and academic transition for students to matriculate at Saint Louis University, affirming their decision to “Be a Billiken.”

Students will: reaffirm one’s place and space within the Billiken community, where meaningful relationships can be cultivated.

How: Participation in activities which promote belonging and connectedness to a Billiken’s new home away from home; by identifying three people or services who provide a sense of community. 

Events include: all social programs, Spirit Competition, community meet and greet events, interactions with FYE leaders and University staff.

*Focus the execution of goal and outcomes among different identities.

Families will: develop a connection to the SLU community through interacting with fellow guests, faculty, staff, and student leaders.

How: Establish a connection with another Billiken family or the Billiken Parent & Family Association.

Attend University Convocation, the introduction to the Academy and the formal start to the academic year.

Assist students in navigating the physical campus environment and determine critical campus resources that will deepen their engagement with their communities.

Students will: articulate how engagement with one or more campus organizations and services can provide meaningful connections with others.

How: Through exploring membership in one or more student organizations; and through participation in the University’s various resource fairs.

Events included: SLU Fair, Ministry Fair, Service Fair, Employment Fair, sponsored Fall Welcome events, large and small group dialogue with student leaders.

Families will: discern how to support their Billiken as they learn how to be empowered self advocates for their own collegiate journey. 

How: Engagement with ongoing Facebook Live sessions, BPFA engagement programs, and through the University’s  HCFW activities.

For students to gain a greater understanding of their own personal values, expectations and identity by engaging in small group peer dialogue focused on topics centered around diversity, inclusion and equity.

Students will: articulate their role and responsibility in the creation of inclusive communities as a function of our mission.

How: Participate in large and small group dialogue to understand inclusive language; experience activities which teach one how to be a “person for and with others.”

Events included: Diversity, inclusion, and equity focused programs, “Live the Oath,” community standards conversations, U101 curriculum


Parent and Family Information

Maps and Directions to Campus

SLU's visitor parking garage is located near the intersection of Grand Boulevard and Laclede Avenue, at 3642 Laclede Ave, St. Louis, Mo., 63103.

Driving directions to SLU's visitor parking garage from nearby airports:

You can also take MetroLink, St. Louis' light-rail system, from Lambert International Airport to the Grand Station stop via the Red Line. From there, the University offers two transportation options to campus: the SLU Shuttle or SLU Ride.

Hotels near SLU

Saint Louis University is located in a thriving urban area filled with lodging options, from boutique to budget. There are a number of hotels that have been recommended by guests of Saint Louis University and that offer discounted rates for University visitors.

Parent and Family Programs

Parents and families are a vital part of the SLU community. We invite you to consider all the ways in which our parent and family initiatives can assist you in supporting your student and making the Saint Louis University experience rewarding and memorable.

Keep up with Fall Welcome Activities

Follow the Student Involvement Center on social media (@SLUinvolvement) and watch for posters in campus facilities.