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Colleges / Saint Louis University

Saint Louis University

St. Louis, MO 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate86%

SLU Admissions

It is very difficult to get into Saint Louis University. Saint Louis University admitted 86% of all applicants in 2021. Out of 12,307 applications received in 2023, 10,528 students were offered admission.

If you are considering submitting an application to Saint Louis University, there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Students who submit their applications to Saint Louis University for the fall semester should hear back from Saint Louis University by December 1.

Saint Louis University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Saint Louis University's admissions stats.

Saint Louis University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.9
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 33.2%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 12.5%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 47.8%
Waitlist No

Saint Louis University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Saint Louis University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 1
Early Decision II Yes January 13 February 1
Early Action Yes December 1 February 1

Considering Applying Early to Saint Louis University?

Saint Louis University offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 1.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision II applications are due January 13. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 1.

πŸ—“οΈ The Early Action deadline is December 1. Saint Louis University will release EA admissions decisions no later than February 1.

The early decision acceptance rate at Saint Louis University is 77%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 86%. In 2021, Saint Louis University admitted 53 of the 69 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply to college early to increase their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of being admitted, since it is a way to show that you are very interested in a school.

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

More on Saint Louis University Admissions

How To Get Into Saint Louis University

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

In 2022, SLU accepted 86% of students, approximately 10,528 of the 12,307 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.

Transferring to Saint Louis University

Transfer student admissions is very difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Saint Louis University

Saint Louis University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Saint Louis University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When assembling 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 on the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Saint Louis University

What does Saint Louis University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Application Essay Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Talent/Ability Important
Volunteer Work Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
Interview Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Work Experience Considered

Make sure to check with Saint Louis University for more information on admission factors.

Saint Louis University Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Interview – √ – –
Other Requirements – √ – –
Letter(s) of Recommendation – 2 – –
Written Essay or Personal Statement √ – – –
Transcript of High School Record √ – – –

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Saint Louis University?

Students admitted to Saint Louis University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.9.

Out of all students that were admitted, 31.65% submitted a class rank. At Saint Louis University 33.2% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 65.3% were in the top 25% and 88.8% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Saint Louis University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 45.29%
3.75 and 3.99 23.96%
3.50 and 3.74 10.99%
3.25 and 3.49 7.99%
3.00 and 3.24 5.35%
2.50 and 2.9 5.59%
2.00 and 2.49 0.78%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Saint Louis University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

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

In 2021, 12.5% of Saint Louis University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 47.8% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Saint Louis University?

To be competitive with other Saint Louis University applicants, you should aim to earn between 1158 and 1333 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Saint Louis University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1333 and 25% of scored lower than 1158, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Saint Louis University students scored 680 or higher and 75% of students scored 570 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Saint Louis University students scored 680 or higher, and 75% scored a 570 or higher.

To be most competitive at Saint Louis University, you should strive to earn between 24 and 30 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 30 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Saint Louis University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 30, and three out of four students scored lower than 30 on the ACT.

A 24 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Saint Louis University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 24.

More Information on Transferring to Saint Louis University

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

Transfer students can enroll in Saint Louis University during the following terms:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Spring Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Summer Term

Saint Louis University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Saint Louis University?

βœ… Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Saint Louis University.

Does Saint Louis University accept transfer credits?

βœ… Saint Louis University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Saint Louis University accepts:

β€’ CLEP subject tests β€’ DSST/DANTES

Does Saint Louis University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

βœ… Saint Louis University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Saint Louis University?

❌ No, Saint Louis University is test optional, so you can choose whether or not to submit your ACT or SAT scores. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Saint Louis University's acceptance rate?

βœ… The acceptance rate for Saint Louis University is 86%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Saint Louis University?

βœ… Saint Louis University's early decision acceptance rate was 77% in 2021.

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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 86%. This means that the institution accepts 85 out of every 100 applicants.


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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1158 - 1333


Math SAT Range

570 - 680


Reading SAT Range

570 - 680


Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At SLU, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.91. 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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