First-Year Facts Paint Picture of Newest Billikens
The newest Billikens are set to begin classes Wednesday, Aug. 24. Learn more about the Class of 2026 students with some first-year facts.Oriflamme leaders walk past Career Services into Griesedieck Hall during the second day of move-in on Aug. 19, 2022. Photo by Sarah Conroy.
- The class of 2026 has an average GPA of 3.90.
- Members of the class of 2026 come from 42 American states and provinces. The top six states outside of Missouri represented are Illinois, Wisconsin, Texas, California, Ohio and Kansas.
- 429 students in the incoming class graduated from Catholic high schools.
- Members of SLU’s freshman class hail from 34 countries, including South Korea, India and Nigeria.
- Over 83% of the incoming freshman class indicated that they intend to complete an internship during their time at SLU.
- The most popular majors for members of the class of 2026 are biology, nursing, health sciences, psychology, physical therapy and “still deciding” on a major.
- Expect to meet a few Abigails, Emmas, Jacobs and Benjamins. These are the most popular names in the class of 2026.
- The most popular social media platforms among members of the class of 2026 are Snapchat, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, and Twitter.
- 108 members of the class of 2026 are already familiar with the rigor of a Jesuit education, as they’ve graduated from Jesuit high schools.
- 94% of the incoming freshman class has either a general sense of or a clear idea of their career goal after graduation.
- 52% of the incoming class plans to attend graduate school immediately following graduation from SLU.
- 70% of students attended a campus visit, virtual tour or virtual admitted student before enrolling at SLU.
- Over 87% of incoming students indicated that a major reason for choosing SLU was because of a very good or good sense of fit with the University’s academic and intellectual culture and climate.
- Over 83% of incoming students indicated that a major reason for choosing SLU was because of a very good or good sense of fit with the University’s social environment.
- One-third of the incoming freshman class intends to pursue career involving health sciences and related professions.
- Over 85% of incoming students indicate that social justice and equality are very important personal values.
- Over 75% of incoming students indicate that environmental sustainability is a very important personal value.
- Over 95% of incoming students feel that personal/mental health and wellness are very important personal priorities.