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SLU 101 Prepares to Welcome New Billikens


SLU 101, Saint Louis University’s summer orientation program, is just around the corner as members of the University community prepare to welcome incoming first-year students and their parents and families to campus.

SLU 101 circle

Students gather during a SLU 101 session. SLU photo

Both the University and SLU 101 are welcoming a record number of freshmen for the 2019-2020 academic year, and SLU 101 sessions will be large.

“Fall 2019 will bring the largest, most diverse, and most academically talented class in SLU history,” University President Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D., said in a message to the SLU community.

Staff members, faculty and students are encouraged to help support SLU 101 students, new Billiken families and their guests, and to welcome them into the SLU community. 

“A big thing is that every summer some parents and guests will ask me ‘Is everyone really this nice here?’ because of the interactions they have had throughout the campus during the SLU 101 program,” Susan Fanale, director of orientation, said.

SLU 101 Need-to-Knows

10 Sessions
SLU 101 Freshman orientations and SLU 101 Transfer orientations will be offered throughout the summer.
New "Accelerated" SLU 101
This year, there will be an Accelerated One-Day Freshman Orientation session on Wednesday, July 3, with an optional night’s stay-over to experience SLU life the evening prior on Tuesday, July 2.
Experience Life as a Billiken
Students and families taking part in the program experience life as a Billiken, meet future classmates and have a chance to learn more about SLU’s academic culture, support services, clubs, campus activities and residence life.

The program is one of SLU’s most effective ways for families to get to know the University and its community prior to the start of classes. The success of the program partly rests on the involvement and support from various campus offices and departments that welcome students and families, with families routinely praising SLU 101 student leaders, representatives from University departments and SLU faculty members.

SLU 101 2019 Sessions

Learn more here.

Founded in 1818, Saint Louis University is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious Catholic institutions. Rooted in Jesuit values and its pioneering history as the first university west of the Mississippi River, SLU offers nearly 13,000 students a rigorous, transformative education of the whole person. At the core of the University’s diverse community of scholars is SLU’s service-focused mission, which challenges and prepares students to make the world a better, more just place.