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Colleges / Saint Louis University

Saint Louis University

St. Louis, MO 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate70%
Acceptance Rate70%

About SLU

Saint Louis University Overview

Saint Louis University is a private, religious school in an urban setting in St. Louis, Missouri. SLU was founded in 1818 and currently enrolls around 12,095 students per year year, including 7,366 undergrads. SLU provides housing for students. Most students live in off campus housing.

There are many ways for students to get involved at SLU!

Are you interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of SLU's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? SLU students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Excited for Greek life? SLU has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? SLU has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at SLU on the Student Life page.

2022 SLU Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 70%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED offered but % not available
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Average GPA 4.0
Tuition $48,100
Percent of Need Met 79%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $39,219

Is SLU a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a look at these factors to get a better idea of what SLU offers and if the college could be the right college for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Saint Louis University

SLU is very difficult to get into. SLU admitted 70% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 15,047 applications received in 2022, 10,540 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at SLU

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It is a way to measure how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 89% of students who start at SLU come back for their second year of college. 80% of SLU undergrads graduate within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook SLU Graduates

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from SLU by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads.

Check with SLU directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Tuition and Financial Aid at SLU

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

SLU meets 79% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend SLU full-time are awarded $39,219 a year in financial aid, on average.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $32,353 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at SLU.

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 Saint Louis University Located?

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

If you want to see SLU for yourself, be sure to 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

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

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

SLU ACT Scores


ACT Range

27 - 32

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

32 and Above


27 to 32


27 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to SLU is 29. Students with an ACT score of 32 and above have a good chance of getting into SLU. Students with an ACT score that falls between 27 and 32 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 27 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

SLU SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1240 - 1430


Math SAT Range

600 - 720


Reading SAT Range

620 - 710

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1430 and Above


1240 to 1430


1240 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for SLU students is 1326. Applicants with SAT scores of 1430 and above have a good chance of being admitted to SLU, while applicants with SAT scores between 1240 to 1430 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1240 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 12,095 students enrolled at SLU, including 7,366 undergraduate students and 4,729 graduate students. 91% percent of students attend school full-time, 39% percent are from MO and 61% percent of students are from other states.


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