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More than 1,700 New Students Attend Summer Orientation Sessions

For new Billikens at Saint Louis University, SLU 101 Summer Orientation is their first opportunity to live life as a college student. Led by current students, these  two-day, overnight visits are a way for incoming students to meet new friends, explore the campus, schedule classes and more.


This year's SLU 101 sessions drew 1,572 incoming freshmen, who officially begin their journey at Saint Louis University this fall. (Move in for freshmen begins Wednesday, Aug. 23. The first day of undergraduate classes is Monday, Aug. 28.)

While on campus, these new Billikens also slept in a residence hall, played trivia and went on a SLU-themed scavenger hunt. They also had the opportunity to meet with their academic advisers, attend peer group meetings and hear from current students on a variety of topics. 

For transfer students already familiar with college life, SLU offers daylong programming designed specifically to meet their needs. More than 130 students attended this year's SLU 101 Transfer Orientation sessions, which include information sessions in the schools and colleges, as well as individual meetings with academic advisers.

"I think SLU 101 is important to new students because it can make them feel even more secure in their decision to choose SLU," said student orientation leader Mary Nink, a junior in the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business. 

Meet this year's SLU 101 leaders

SLU 101 isn't just for new students, though. More than 1,500 family members of freshman and transfer students also took part in the orientations sessions this summer. SLU 101 includes special programming tailored just for them. 

"When a parent or family member lets you know that they believe their student will thrive at SLU because of the experience and care that they had at SLU 101, it is a special moment to share with them," said Susan Fanale, director of events for SLU's Division of Student Development.

Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution that values academic excellence, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service. Founded in 1818, the University fosters the intellectual and character development of more than 13,500 students on campuses in St. Louis and Madrid, Spain. Building on a legacy of nearly 200 years, Saint Louis University continues to move forward with an unwavering commitment to a higher purpose, a greater good.