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About SLU

Saint Louis University is a private, religious school in an urban setting in St. Louis, Missouri. SLU was founded in 1818 and now enrolls around 11,863 students a year, including 7,357 undergrads.

SLU offers housing for up to 0 students. Most students live off campus,.

2021 SLU Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 56%
Average GPA 3.9
Mean ACT score 28
Mean SAT score 1269
Tuition $44,700

2022 SLU Regular Decision Application Deadline

SLU Early Admission

Saint Louis University does not offer early decision or early action.

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SLU Acceptance Rate

It is very difficult to get into SLU. SLU admitted 56% of all applicants in 2021. Last year, 16,580 students applied to SLU and 9,208 were admitted.

SLU Waitlist

SLU reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

How Do I Get Into Saint Louis University?

SLU is considered very difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to SLU, applicants must submit the following items.

SLU Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

SLU Average GPA and Test Scores

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.9 on a 4.0 scale. The mean composite SAT score is 1269. The mean ACT score for SLU students is 28.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to SLU.

Does SLU Require the ACT or SAT?

SLU is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 35% submitted the SAT. 72% submitted the ACT.

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Dorms at SLU

Yes! SLU provides on-campus housing for students.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at SLU.

Financial Aid at SLU

SLU meets 80% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $41,041 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Is SLU a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Retention and Graduation Rates at SLU

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at SLU, around 90% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 1,605 students who started at SLU as first-time freshman, 1,169 graduate within four years.

Around 80% of students who started at SLU earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $35,315 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does SLU sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is SLU a good school for you?

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Where is SLU?

SLU is located in the urban setting of St. Louis, Missouri, less than an hour from St. Louis.

If you want to see SLU for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 64 to St. Louis, or book a flight to the nearest airport, St. Louis Lambert International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what SLU and St. Louis are like without leaving home.

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College Info

One North Grand Boulevard St. Louis, MO 63103

Campus Setting: Urban

SLU Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to SLU is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to SLU is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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SLU ACT Scores


ACT Range

25 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to SLU is 28. Students with an ACT score of 31 and above have a good chance of getting into SLU. Students with an ACT score that falls between 25 and 31 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 25 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

SLU SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1170 - 1370


Math SAT Range

580 - 690


Reading SAT Range

580 - 680

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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for SLU students is 1269. Applicants with SAT scores of 1370 and above have a good chance of being admitted to SLU, while applicants with SAT scores between 1170 to 1370 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1170 have a low chance of being offered a spot at SLU.

SLU Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at SLU is like? There are approximately 11,863 students enrolled at SLU, including 7,357 undergraduate students and 4,506 graduate students. 93% percent of students attend school full-time, 38% percent are from MO and 62% percent of students are from other states.


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