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Student Outcomes

Institutional data that contribute to the overall picture of student success of our undergraduates at Saint Louis University include retention rates and graduation rates. 

Additional perspective is gained from the annual survey of recently graduated students conducted by SLU’s Office of Career Services.

Retention Rates

Listed below are the rates at which the five most recent cohorts of new, first-time degree-seeking undergraduate students* returned to SLU for the second consecutive year to continue their studies:

First term at SLU Second year at SLU Percentage who returned for second year
Fall 2014 Fall 2015 90 percent
Fall 2015 Fall 2016 91 percent
Fall 2016 Fall 2017 90 percent
Fall 2017 Fall 2018 90 percent
Fall 2018 Fall 2019 91 percent

 *First-time, full-time undergraduate students as reported to IPEDS, exclusion adjusted

 

Graduation Rates

Listed below are the rates at which the five most recent cohorts of new, first-time degree-seeking undergraduate students* graduate from SLU within four years, as well as the six-year graduation rates for the three most recent cohorts:

First term at SLU Percentage who graduated in four years

Percentage who graduated in six years

Fall 2011 68 percent 77 percent
Fall 2012 69 percent 77 percent
Fall 2013 71 percent 79 percent
Fall 2014 73 percent  -----
Fall 2015 73 percent  -----

 *First-time, full-time undergraduate students as reported to IPEDS, exclusion adjusted 

 

Alumni Employment and Continuing Education Rates

SLU’s Office of Career Services annually conducts research on the employment and continuing education of recent SLU graduates from our undergraduate programs. The primary research method is an annual survey of all such recent graduates administered by e-mail, supplemented by data gathered from faculty, via LinkedIn, and similar sources; 63 percent of alums responded to the most recent survey, and data from an additional 13 percent of alums was gathered via the supplemental sources.

Via this research we identify our alums’ current employment and education statuses according to one of the following categories:

  • Employed
    Respondents who are employed full-time or part-time.  Does not include respondents who are enrolled in graduate or professional school.
  • In Graduate or Professional School
    Respondents who are enrolled in a graduate or professional program and are not employed.
  • Not Employed and Seeking Employment
    Respondents who are not employed and seeking employment.
  • Not Employed but Not Seeking Employment
    Respondents who are unemployed but not seeking employment.
  • Participating In a Year of Volunteer Service
    Respondents who are participating in a year of service program (e.g., Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, Teach for America)
  • Serving in the Military
    Respondents who are serving in a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces or the military of another country. 

Results for May 2017 Graduates

  • 96 percent of alumni were either employed, enrolled in graduate or professional school, participating in a year of service, serving in the military, or not seeking employment within one year of their SLU graduation.
  • $44,642 was the average salary of alumni respondents who were employed full-time.