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SLU Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to SLU, there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

SLU Admissions Stats at a Glance

SLU 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.9
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 39%
Mean SAT Score 1269
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 35%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 72%

Considering Applying Early to SLU?

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

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Is SLU Hard To Get Into?

SLU is a very difficult school to get into. SLU evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, SLU accepted 56% of students, around 9,208 of the 16,580 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like SLU, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is very difficult.

What's Most Important to Get In to SLU?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at SLU

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Not Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Not Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Important

SLU Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to SLU must submit the following items. Double check with SLU's admissions department to confirm all application materials and 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

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into SLU?

Students admitted to SLU have an average unweighted GPA of 3.9.

Out of all students that were admitted, 29% submitted a class rank. At SLU 39% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 70% were in the top 25% and 91% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Saint Louis University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 29%
3.75 and 3.99 19.27%
3.50 and 3.74 12.41%
3.25 and 3.49 7.46%
3.00 and 3.24 4.55%
2.50 and 2.9 4.22%
2.00 and 2.49 0.2%

SLU does consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

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

In 2021, 35% of SLU's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 72% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for SLU?

To be competitive with other SLU applicants, you should strive to earn between 1170 and 1370 (or higher!) on the SAT. At SLU 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1370 and 25% of scored lower than 1170, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a SLU student is 1269.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of SLU students scored 690 or higher and 75% of students scored 580 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of SLU students scored 680 or higher, and 75% scored a 580 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for SLU?

To be most competitive at SLU, you should strive to earn between 25 and 31 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 31 means you fall in the 75th percentile for SLU's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 31, and three out of four students scored lower than 31 on the ACT.

A 25 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for SLU students. Only one out of every four students scored below 25.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to Saint Louis University

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to SLU. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in SLU during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term - Summer Term

SLU Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to SLU?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to SLU.

Does SLU accept transfer credits?

SLU accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. SLU accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • ACE recommendations for credit

Does SLU accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

SLU accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to SLU?

No, SLU is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average,, you may want not want to include them in your application..

What is SLU's acceptance rate?

SLU's acceptance rate is 56%.

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SLU Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into SLU? SLU is a very selective institution. The SLU acceptance rate is 56%. This means that the institution accepts 55 out of every 100 applicants.



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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

SLU ACT Scores


ACT Range

25 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

31 and Above


25 to 31


25 and Less


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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

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1370 and Above


1170 to 1370


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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.


Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At SLU, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.94. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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