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Saint Louis University

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Introduction

Saint Louis University is a private, co-ed Jesuit university that dates back to 1818, when the St. Louis Academy was started in a private residence by the Catholic Bishop of Louisiana, Reverend Louis William Dubourg. In 1829, the St. Louis College started functioning under the Jesuit administration with the objective of teaching young students to adopt a practical approach and become socially responsible, humanistic, and spiritual individuals. In the same year, the campus also moved to a new location at Washington Avenue and Ninth Street. In 1832, St. Louis University (SLU) received a formal charter from the state of Missouri. Presently, Saint Louis University is one of the top research institutions of the United States and comprises several schools and colleges. As per the U.S News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools”, the graduate programs of the Saint Louis University in health law, international business, supply chain management, geriatrics, and entrepreneurship are among the best in the United States. The Saint Louis University main campus had an enrollment of more than 13,000 students for the year 2010-11. The Saint Louis University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities.

Academics

The Saint Louis University Main Campus is comprised of nearly 15 schools and colleges. Some of these are: College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School, John Cook School of Business, Doisy College of Health Sciences, School of Law, School of Medicine, School of Public Health, School for Professional Studies, College of Education and Public Service, Park’s College of Engineering, Aviation, and Technology, College of Philosophy and Letters, and the School of Nursing. These schools offer close to 100 undergraduate programs and over 60 graduate and professional degree programs. The most popular majors are biology, nursing, business administration, psychology, and physical therapy. At the undergraduate level, the Saint Louis University main campus awards the Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, and professional bachelor’s degrees for specific schools and programs. The Graduate School offers more than 40 master’s degrees and 25 doctoral degrees.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Admissions

The admissions criteria at the Saint Louis University Main Campus vary for different programs. As per the freshman admission requirements, applicants must have graduated from an accredited high school or should have an acceptable General Education Development (GED) test score. The recommended high school coursework includes four years of English and mathematics and three years each of a foreign language, natural sciences, social sciences and academic electives. Home-schooled students are required to present their secondary-level transcripts and ACT/SAT scores. International students are required to submit secondary school transcripts, TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores, and proof of financial status.

For students seeking graduate admissions to the Saint Louis University Main Campus, a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university is required. Admissions are based on academic qualifications, potential of the student, and letters of recommendation. In addition, most schools and colleges of the Saint Louis University require scores achieved by the students in specialized examinations such as the MAT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or OAT.

Financial Aid

Saint Louis University offers financial aid to students to help them meet their educational expenses. The university offers scholarship programs based on academic merit, financial need, multiple sibling enrollees, Jesuit high school graduates, as well as aptitude and performance in athletics and arts. The various scholarships awarded include: Billiken, University, Ignatian, Deans’ and Vice Presidents’ Scholarships. There are merit-based scholarships ranging from $3,000 to $16,000 per year. Other scholarships available to students of Saint Louis University include the Presidential and Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarships and the Jesuit High School Award.

Students seeking financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).They can apply for grants such as the Federal Pell Grant, Access Missouri Grant, Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), and the SLU Grant. Students can also opt for work-study options which will require them to work part-time on campus to earn funds toward their education. Loan options that are available for Saint Louis University students include Stafford loans, Perkins loans, and the Parent PLUS loans.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2402nd for the average student loan amount.
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Students

Saint Louis University promotes a college environment where people from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and religious beliefs strive together for academic excellence. The university promotes a culture of cooperation and mutual respect. Due to its close proximity to Midtown, students can participate in and appreciate the numerous cultural opportunities of St. Louis such as the Fox Theatre, St. Louis Symphony, the Sheldon Auditorium, the Grandel Square Theater, galleries, and museums.

There is a career services center located at Saint Louis University to help students explore various career options and get guidance for career development and job search. The Saint Louis University Community Outreach Program offers numerous community service opportunities to the students. Computing facilities such as micro-computing labs, software, email networks, and technology seminars are available throughout the campus. There is a Health Sciences Center to provide medical assistance to students at discounted rates.

Approximately 91% of freshmen live on campus at Saint Louis University, which offers about 3,400 beds in the residence halls. There are 8 residence halls and 4 apartment complexes. The apartment complexes have double occupancy rooms with community bathrooms. The residence halls offer single, double, triple, and quad occupancy rooms with private and community baths. Students have the option of eating at Fusz Food Court, Ameran Café, Bannister House, Argo Tea/Coffee Mart, Griesedieck dining hall, and the Bean. Students are required to purchase a certain number of meal plans per week.

Saint Louis University Main Campus is a wireless campus and all the classrooms and residence walls are wi-fi ready. There are laundry facilities and cable TV with SLU’s own campus TV station.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

The athletic teams of Saint Louis University compete at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I level in the Atlantic 10 conference. Saint Louis University’s athletic teams are known as the Billikens and they participate in various sports such as baseball, softball, track and field, soccer, volleyball, basketball, swimming and diving, tennis, cross country, and field hockey. The SLU has nationally-recognized soccer programs for men and women. The Saint Louis University Main Campus boasts of the Hermann Stadium and Chaifetz Arena. The university’s official colors are blue and white.

Bibliography

  • Saint Louis University. Prospective Students. Web. 21 July 2011.
  • Saint Louis University. Undergraduate Admissions. Web. 21 July 2011.
  • Saint Louis University. Financing Your SLU Education – An Investment In Your Future. 2011. Print.

Information Summary

Ranks 5th in Missouri and 281st overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 3 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 4 0.02
Robbery 11 0.06
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 12 0.07
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 11 0.06
Arrest 9 0.05

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Saint Louis, MO 63103-2097
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population4,603 (4,603 urban / N/A rural)
Households2,670 (1.44 people per house)
Median Household Income$17,852
Families503 (2.57 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (high research activity)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral with medical/veterinary
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Congressional District2901

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 190th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $36,090 $36,090 $36,090
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $636 $636 $636
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $1,260 $1,260 $1,260
FT Graduate Tuition $18,180 $18,180 $18,180
FT Graduate Required Fees $446 $446 $446
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $1,010 $1,010 $1,010
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $53,438 $53,438 $53,438
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $53,438 $53,438 $53,438
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $43,058 $43,058 $43,058

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Medical Degree — Tuition $48,390 $48,390
Medical Degree — Required Fees $690 $690
Law Degree — Tuition $37,170 $37,170
Law Degree — Required Fees $446 $446

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $33,986 $35,246 $33,986 $35,246 $33,986 $35,246
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,660 $1,500
On-Campus – Room & Board $10,122 $10,380
On-Campus – Other Expenses $6,328 $6,312
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,122 $10,380
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $6,328 $6,312
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $6,328 $6,312

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application FeeN/A
Graduate Application Fee$55
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 13,389 (5,518 male / 7,871 female)
Admitted 8,626 (3,663 male / 4,963 female)
Admission rate 64%
First-time Enrollment 1,638 (721 male / 917 female)
FT Enrollment 1,638 (721 male / 917 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment17,343

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Recommendations
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Atlantic 10 Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Atlantic 10 Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Atlantic 10 Conference

ACT Test Admission

160th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 87%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 25 / 32
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 24 / 29
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 25 / 30

SAT Test Admission

181st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 18%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 530 / 640
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 550 / 680
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1080 / 1320

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity3,890
Meals per Week14
Room Fee$5,554
Board Fee$4,314

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 203 133 98 163 4 1,943 44 2,671
Accounting 11 1 1 21 34
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering 4 3 23 32
African-American/Black Studies 1 1
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew 10 10
American/United States Studies/Civilization 1 2 1 7 11
Anatomy 6 6
Anthropology 2 2 10 14
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 4 4
Athletic Training/Trainer 2 1 12 15
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General 1 9 10
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 1 3 47 53
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations 1 5 6
Biochemistry 2 7 1 10
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 1 5 11 17
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 3 1 3 26 65 1 101
Business Administration and Management, General 110 12 19 23 346 14 536
Business/Managerial Economics 1 1 5 8 1 16
Chemistry, General 4 1 1 11 17
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 1 1 1 4 7
Civil Engineering, General 1 2 13 17
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 2 2 4
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, Other 9 9 18
Computer Engineering, General 1 4 5
Computer and Information Sciences, General 2 4 1 15 1 24
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 2 10 1 14
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 5 1 1 20 27
Criminology 1 1 1 3
Cytotechnology/Cytotechnologist 1 1
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 11 11
Education, General 1 4 2 1 47 58
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 3 1 1 7 12
Endodontics/Endodontology 3 3
Engineering, General 2 1 8 11
English Language and Literature, General 1 2 2 41 50
Environmental Science 1 7 9
Fine/Studio Arts, General 2 3 4 9
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General 3 2 2 3 31 42
French Language and Literature 1 1 3 5
General Studies 2 7 9
Geology/Earth Science, General 1 1 2
Geophysics and Seismology 1 1
German Language and Literature 1 1
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator 1 3 3 11 19
Health Law 1 1
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 1 8 9
Health Services Administration 1 1 2 5
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 1 1 2 4
History, General 1 3 25 30
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management 3 2 8 23 38
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 1 1
Informatics 1 1 1 1 4
International Business/Trade/Commerce 2 3 1 29 35
International Law and Legal Studies 4 4
International Relations and Affairs
Italian Language and Literature 1 1
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 2 5 78 85
Knowledge Management 3 2 5
Latin American Studies
Legal Studies, General
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling 1 1
Mathematics, General 3 1 15 1 20
Mechanical Engineering 9 1 23 1 34
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 9 1 11
Music, General 5 5
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist 1 10 12
Occupational Therapy/Therapist 2 3 82 1 92
Organizational Behavior Studies 1 5 7 14
Organizational Communication, General 2 1 6 9
Orthodontics/Orthodontology 3 2 11 1 17
Parts, Warehousing, and Inventory Management Operations 4 1 1 6
Periodontics/Periodontology 2 1 3
Philosophy 2 1 1 11 16
Physician Assistant 1 1 30 33
Physics, General 2 2
Political Science and Government, General 2 3 4 1 49 1 67
Psychology, General 2 4 5 12 75 1 103
Public Administration 1 2 6 9
Public Health, General 5 9 5 15 91 2 131
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 2 19 6 14 1 258 3 313
Religion/Religious Studies, Other 1 1
Russian Language and Literature 2 2
Security and Loss Prevention Services 1 3 4
Social Sciences, General 1 1
Social Work 13 3 1 1 94 2 121
Sociology 2 1 5 8
Spanish Language and Literature 1 1 2 23 2 30
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 5 7 8 3 62 8 96
Sustainability Studies 1 1 8 10
Theology/Theological Studies 1 1 11 15
Urban Studies/Affairs 2 4 7
Women's Studies 1 1

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 282nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $95,667 ($108,198 male / $69,123 female)
Number of FT Faculty 696 (364 male / 332 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,952
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $39,128,890

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