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The admission process at Saint Louis University is highly personalized, and we're here to help. We look at each applicant to determine their preparation and potential for college-level work.

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At SLU-Madrid, we are looking for students who wish to learn about the world around them through their academic coursework, as well as through interaction with an internationally diverse community. Be a part of a 200+ year tradition of scholarship and service.

The admission process at Saint Louis University is highly personalized. We look at each applicant to determine their preparation and potential for college-level work, as well as their potential contributions to our campus. We are also proud to announce that we are ACT/SAT test-optional for students starting Fall 2021.

We're here to help. Contact us at to learn more about the admission process.

1. Apply

You can apply either through our free online application or the Common Application.

Application deadlines are for the submission of our online application only; additional admission documents can be sent in after these deadlines. We encourage you to apply sooner to increase your chances of getting greater financial aid packages and scholarships, and to leave ample time to secure a student visa (if needed).

For deadline extension requests, contact the Office of Admissions at

Deadlines for applicants who require a Spanish student visa:

  • Fall: May 31
  • Spring: Oct. 1

Deadlines for applicants who don't require a Spanish student visa:

  • Fall: Aug. 1
  • Spring: Dec. 1

2. Submit Your Documents

Applicants are required to submit the following documents. Official transcripts and other academic credentials can be sent by email to Documents may also be sent through secure services such as Parchment or Naviance.

Personal Essay

As part of the online application, you will be asked to write a 500-word essay. The topic is indicated on the online application.

Official High School Transcripts or Academic Records

Seniors must submit a current transcript. If you have already finished high school, you must supply your final transcript.

English Language Requirements

Non-native English speakers should send proof of university-level academic English in order to be placed into the appropriate course. Please consult our English language requirements page for more information.

Standardized Test Scores

Saint Louis University – Madrid Campus will move to an SAT/ACT test-optional admission process beginning with students applying for the Fall 2021 semester. Our findings, which are consistent with those of other institutions and national research, show us that a student's high school record is an accurate predictor of future success.

You may decide to send SAT or ACT scores or not. If you feel that your standardized test scores do not represent your abilities and potential for future academic success you may choose not to submit them. Those who choose not to send SAT/ACT scores will not be disadvantaged in any way in the admission process.

Additional Items for Consideration

While not required for admission, you may submit the following items for consideration if you feel they serve to strengthen your application:

  • Letters of recommendation
  • CV/Résumé
  • Admission interview

Sending Your Scores

If you would like your scores considered in your application, SLU-Madrid will accept both official and self-reported test scores.

Official test scores may be submitted in any of the following ways:

  • Sent directly from the testing agency. SLU-Madrid's school codes are 2586 (SAT), 5291 (ACT) and 7763 (TOEFL)
  • Sent by your high school counselor via email (
  • Sent by your high school counselor via official transcript

 Self-reported test scores* may be submitted in any of the following ways:

  • Enter scores in the testing section of the Common Application
  • Submit screenshots or scanned copies of score reports via email (

*The Office of Admissions reserves the right to rescind an admissions offer if discrepancies in self-reported scores are found.

Other Test Scores

Spanish Education System: Applicants from Spanish high schools must submit their bachillerato grades and Selectividad or PAU results when available.

International Baccalaureate
: International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma program candidates must submit their high school transcripts and IB scores. Predicted scores may be sent if final scores are not yet available.

French Education System: Applicants studying in the French system must submit their last three years of Baccalaureate (1º, 2º and Terminale) and the relevé de notes du Bac when available.

British Education System: Applicants studying under the British system must submit their A-/AS-level marks and GCSE or IGCSE results. Predicted A-/AS-level marks may be sent if final marks are not available during the application period.

Other: Applicants studying in other educational systems must present their secondary school transcripts and other documentation (i.e. national entrance exam results or school leaving certificate) that would qualify them to attend to university in their country of origin. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions.

3. Application Review

Your application will be considered complete when the online application and all other required or optional documents have been submitted. The Office of Admissions starts reviewing applications for Fall on Nov. 1. After that date and once your application is complete, we will notify you about your admission decision by email on a rolling basis.

If your final grades or test scores won't be made available until after the application period, we will review your application on the basis of your latest high school transcripts and predicted grades.