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Billiken Success Program

For some students, full acceptance to Saint Louis University is contingent upon enrollment in and successful completion of the Billiken Success Program (BSP). The Billiken Success Program is a structured, tailored learning module based on assessments, skills, interests and ongoing achievement. 

The Billiken Success Program runs August through May. It kicks off with JumpStart, a seven-day program before the start of the fall semester, and concludes at the completion of your freshman year.

Key Dates for JumpStart 2021 

Dates and locations are subject to change, especially due to COVID-19 precautions.

The Billiken Success Program launches with the seven-day pre-semester JumpStart.

Friday, Aug. 13

  • 9-11:30 a.m. — Move into residence hall with other early arrivals. Please check in at the front desk in the residence hall assigned to you.
  • 12-2 p.m. — Kickoff and lunch is tentatively at the SLU Center for Global Citizenship (CGC). Up to three of your guests may join us for the kickoff lunch. After you submit your enrollment deposit, a link to register your guests will be sent to your SLU email. The Billiken Success Programwill send this link to deposited students beginning in late May. The CGC is located at 3672 West Pine Mall. Look for a building topped with flags near the clock tower.
  • 2-5 p.m. — Kickoff activities, room setup, family farewells
  • 5:30 p.m. – Gather to depart for overnight retreat
  • 5:45 p.m. - Depart for overnight retreat

Friday-Sunday, Aug. 13-15

JumpStart off-campus overnight retreat, Billiken Success Program — The tentative location is the SLU Lay Center for Education and the Arts in Louisiana, Missouri.

Monday-Friday, Aug. 16-20 

9 a.m.-5 p.m. — JumpStart (on-campus tentatively), Billiken Success Program

BSP participants, such as commuters, are excused at 5 p.m. and are invited to participate in evening activities that may occur.

Friday, Aug. 20

Fall semester begins with Fall Welcome orientation and general move-in.

Wednesday, Aug. 25

Classes begin.

The Billiken Success Program runs August through May.

JumpStart 2021 Program Costs

University tuition and fees cover the cost of assessments, workshops and campus events throughout the Billiken Success Program.

During the seven-day pre-semester JumpStart phase (on-campus), lunch is provided each day. Students should budget between $150 - $250 for other meals and program materials. Meals may be purchased on campus. Commuter students need to pay for parking.

The Billiken Success Program information is subject to change.

Billiken Success Program Requirements

Filled with enriching learning experiences, the Billiken Success Program offers educational opportunities that will benefit you through graduation and beyond. Designed to be a collaborative effort that you lead, the program will help prepare and stretch you for new academic challenges with engaging learning activities, assessment workshops, guidance opportunities and fun college experiences.  Participants who present a successful Billiken Success Program portfolio will continue as fully admitted second-year SLU students.

For 2021-22, successful Billiken Success Program participants will: 

  1. Attend and participate fully in each of the three phases of the Billiken Success Program (JumpStart, fall, spring). If the student is absent from any aspect of JumpStart, including the BSP kickoff, the student’s conditional admission for the fall is revoked (refer to the letter for conditional admission); and the conditional admission becomes effective for the student starting in the following spring semester.   
  2. Earn a positive recommendation from the Billiken Success Program academic advisor.
  3. Implement the Billiken Success Program Learning Agreement for each of the three phases.
  4. Complete the first year in academic “good standing.”
  5. Earn at least 18 new credit hours by the end of the first year, including University 101 (UNIV-1010), a one credit hour class during the fall semester designed to help all first-year students successfully transition to SLU and establish skills for educational success.

About the First Year

This yearlong program is your on-ramp to a successful college experience at Saint Louis University. It consists of three phases (JumpStart, fall and spring) and requires full participation in each one.  

JumpStart 

  • Meet your advisor(s), mentors and advocates.
  • Develop skills and strategies for academic success.
  • Launch your Billiken Success Program learning agreement and portfolio.
  • Get to know SLU's campus.
  • Make friends and have fun. 

First Semester (Fall Freshman Year)

  • In-depth weekly academic advising
  • University 101, a one credit hour course for all new freshmen
  • Individualized development of skills, self-awareness and strategies
  • Peer mentoring

Second Semester (Spring Freshman Year)

  • Update your learning agreement.
  • In-depth academic advising (how often depends on your achievement)
  • Individualized development of skills, self-awareness and strategies
  • Peer mentoring
  • Presentation of your Billiken Success Program portfolio

And Beyond

  • Ongoing guidance and advocacy through graduation

Once you have successfully completed the Billiken Success Program, you will continue as a fully admitted second-year SLU student. Academic advising will transition to the area of your major while your Billiken Success Program advisor will continue with you through graduation as advising backup.

Please note that information about the Billiken Success Program is subject to change.