- Admission Instructions, Timelines and Requirements
Admission Timeline and Requirements
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|NOV 1||Rolling admission begins
Transfer application deadline (spring)
|DEC 1||Scholarship consideration priority deadline
Presidential Scholarship application deadline
Deadline to apply for medical scholars, honors program, physical therapy and occupational therapy
Preferred deadline for nursing program
|JAN 1||FASFA becomes available to first-time filers|
|FEB 1||Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship application deadline
Admission wait-list, physical therapy and occupational therapy decisions announced
|MAR 1||Preferred deadline for filing FAFSA
Transfer application deadline (fall)
|MAY 1||National candidate reply date|
To be considered for admission to any Saint Louis University undergraduate program, the applicant must be graduating from an accredited high school or have an acceptable HiSET exam score or the General Education Development (GED) test.
Solid academic performance in college preparatory course work is a primary concern in reviewing a freshman applicant's file. College admission test scores (ACT or SAT) are used as an additional indicator of the student's ability to meet the academic rigors of Saint Louis University and are used as qualifiers for certain University scholarship programs.
2016 SAT Redesign
In March of 2016, the College Board will launch a redesigned SAT, preceded by a new PSAT in October 2015. For more information about the redesign-what they've changed, and why it matters-please visit the College Board website.
Applicants for any 2016 term: We will use scores from the current test.
Late applicants: You are welcome to take the new test but the scores will not be received by Saint Louis University until May 2016. Please note that our priority deadline is December 1, 2015.
Applicants for 2017 or beyond should take the new test, but can also submit scores from the pre-2016 version, knowing that Saint Louis University will use scores from either one in a way that ensures equity. With extensive information from the College Board regarding "concordances" (how scores from one version translate into the other one), we will ensure that neither score is advantaged over the other, even if the numeric scores are slightly different.
Recommended High School Coursework
Students are strongly encouraged to present five academic courses for each of their four years of high school, including:
- Four years each of English and mathematics
- Three years each of foreign language, natural sciences, social sciences and academic electives
In addition, academic programs within the Doisy College of Health Sciences require high school natural sciences courses in biology and chemistry. Physics is strongly recommended for Physical Therapy applicants.
SLU welcomes admission applications from home-schooled students. Home-schooled applicants must submit all secondary-level transcripts and official ACT or SAT test scores directly from the testing source. Home-schooled students are eligible for scholarship consideration.
Freshman applicants not meeting admission requirements for the fall semester may be offered admission through the University's Billiken Bridge to Success Program. If interested in this admission option, students must enroll in and successfully complete a three-week summer program prior to the fall semester. Other applicants may be offered admission on the condition that they enroll in certain prescribed courses during their first semester at the University.
English Proficiency Requirements for Direct Admission
All international applicants are required to demonstrate their English proficiency, which can be done by submitting any one of the following:
- 550 on the paper-based TOEFL (PBT)
- 80 on the internet-based TOEFL (IBT)
- 6.5 on the IELTS
- 54 on the PTE
- 600 on the Critical Reading portion of the SAT
- 25 on the English portion of the ACT
- Successful completion of a college-level, non-ESL English class at a U.S. college or university
Saint Louis University reserves the right to require additional testing of any incoming student's English skills. SLU's ETS code for TOEFL and SAT scores is 6629, and SLU's ACT code is 2352. TOEFL and IELTs scores are considered valid for two years.
Students who are otherwise admissible and present one of the following scores may be considered for conditional admission:
- 480 on the PBT
- 55 on the IBT
- 5.5 on the IELTS
Any student admitted conditionally as an undergraduate has a maximum of 18 consecutive months to pass the language requirement. Summer classes may be required.