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SLU Ranks in Top 25 for Best Catholic Colleges in America, No. 9 for Online Programs

by Maggie Rotermund
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Maggie Rotermund
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College Consensus recently ranked Saint Louis University as the No. 9 best Catholic college in the country with online degree programs and No. 24 overall. SLU is one of four Jesuit universities in the top 10 for online degree programs, along with Georgetown, Marquette University and the University of San Francisco.

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The site terms Saint Louis University “one of the most respected Catholic universities in the nation.”

SLU follows the Jesuit traditions of educating the whole person — mind, body and spirit — and preparing students to make the world a better place.

College Consensus notes that with the University’s Jesuit tradition, life at SLU is oriented around service. In 2020, The Princeton Review ranked SLU as No. 2 university in the country for community engagement and Great Value Colleges ranked the University as No. 7 in the country for community outreach.

The College Consensus ranking analyzed Catholic colleges and universities based on rankings from national and internationally ranked publishers including U.S. News & World Report and The Wall Street Journal, as well as ratings from reputable reviewers like Niche, which include a student perspective, to come up with an objective ranking.

The site noted that SLU “pioneered medical education in the Midwest,” and highlighted the University’s expertise in the health and medical fields, citing strong education programs in health sciences, dental education, the College of Public Health and Social Justice and the Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing.

The College Consensus ranking also noted continued mentorship and support to traditional students, while the School of Professional Studies provides non-residential students with an excellent educational experience.

Continued outreach to students, offering traditional and non-traditional educational options, has SLU “poised for the future of higher education, while keeping it rooted in Catholic identity and heritage.”

About Saint Louis University 

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 more than 12,000 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.