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Saint Louis University

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

SLU Admissions

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

SLU Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of SLU's admissions stats.

SLU 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 4.0
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 39%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
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 –– –– ––
Early Action Yes December 1 February 1

Considering Applying Early to SLU?

SLU 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.

🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 1.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is December 1. SLU will release EA admissions decisions no later than February 1.

Some students apply early to help their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of acceptance, since it demonstrates your interest in a school.

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

More on Saint Louis University Admissions

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to SLU?

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

In 2021, SLU accepted 70% of all applicants, about 10,540 from 15,047 applicants.

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 SLU

SLU has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into SLU?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are most important 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're strong.

Admissions Factors at SLU

What does SLU 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
Extracurricular Activities Important
Application Essay Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
Talent/Ability Important
Volunteer Work Important
Work Experience Considered
Interview Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered

Make sure to check with SLU for more information on admission factors.

SLU 2022-2023 Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
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 SLU?

Students admitted to SLU have an average unweighted GPA of 4.0.

Out of all students that were admitted, 29.26% 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%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

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

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 50.56%
3.75 and 3.99 19.79%
3.50 and 3.74 12.1%
3.25 and 3.49 7.64%
3.00 and 3.24 4.74%
2.50 and 2.9 4.57%
2.00 and 2.49 0.61%

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 SLU directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights 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

SLU looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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

What is a Good SAT Score for SLU?

To be competitive with other SLU applicants, you should aim to earn between 1240 and 1430 (or higher!) on the SAT. At SLU 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1430 and 25% of scored lower than 1240, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of SLU students scored 720 or higher and 75% of students scored 620 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of SLU students scored 710 or higher, and 75% scored a 620 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for SLU?

To be most competitive at SLU, you should strive to earn between 27 and 32 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 32 means you fall in the 75th percentile for SLU's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 32, and three out of four students scored lower than 32 on the ACT.

A 27 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for SLU students. Only one out of every four students scored below 27.

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

More Information on 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 • DSST/DANTES

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 you can make the call whether to send your test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is SLU's acceptance rate?

✅ SLU's acceptance rate is 70%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at SLU?

✅ SLU offers early decision but the school has not provided an acceptance rate.

Want To Learn More About SLU?

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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 70%. This means that the institution accepts 70 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 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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SLU SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1240 - 1430


Math SAT Range

600 - 720


Reading SAT Range

620 - 710


Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At SLU, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.95. 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.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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