If you are thinking about applying to SLU, there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.
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|
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|
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.
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.
Transfer student admissions is very difficult.
SLU has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.
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.
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.
|Academic GPA||Very Important|
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Important|
|Standardized Test Scores||Considered|
Make sure to check with SLU for more information on admission factors.
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)|
|Letter(s) of Recommendation||2|
|Written Essay or Personal Statement||√|
|Transcript of High School Record||√|
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%.
At Saint Louis University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.
|GPA||Percent of Students|
|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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
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.
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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.
First-Year Applications are Due
Transfer Applications are Due
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
32 and Above
27 to 32
27 and Less
Composite SAT Range
Math SAT Range
Reading SAT Range
Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)
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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