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As a freshman at Saint Louis University, you’ll be moving to a large city. When you’ve gotten settled into your dorm room, you can spend time off-campus and take a look around Saint Louis; there’s lots for you to see, such as the famed Gateway Arch, Forest Park, and all those restaurants! While you’re going to be eating on campus most of the time, it’s always good to have other options for those days when you just need something different.

Overview of Saint Louis University (SLU)

Once you’ve gotten back to the campus, you may notice that a few of the school’s buildings are named for Catholic saints; the university is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. Some of these buildings include the Pius XII Memorial Library and the St. Francis Xavier College Church. As you learn where your classes are going to be located, you may want to check out the school’s shuttle service schedule. The campus is very spread-out and some of those shuttles will even take you to points around town, helping you save gas money.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting City: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 9:1
Graduation Rate 79%
Year Founded 1818

Student Enrollment

Total Students12,799


Undergraduate Student

Male 3,333
Female 4,999

Graduate Student

Male 1,787
Female 2,680

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SLU Acceptance Rate and Admissions


Male 6,098
Female 9,475


Male 3,537
Female 5,590

Acceptance Rate58%

Male 58%
Female 59%

Enrollment 1,897

Male 715
Female 1,182
Application Fee NA
High School GPA Required
High School Rank NA
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Required
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline December 1
Common Application Accepted Yes

SLU Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

The cost of everything related to your attendance at Saint Louis University will be you total cost. This includes tuition, books, room and board, supplies, and other charges you might not consider like a cafeteria plan or a parking permit. Added up, this cost averages around $62,868.

Your financial aid package will hopefully help you with a large portion of that cost. As of the 2018-2019 year, the average net price (cost of attendance after aid was applied) was $31,098 - just under half of the total cost.

Universities track family’s net price by income based on what aid families are eligible for and receive. Thus, a family earning between $75,000 and $110,000 usually pays around $26,969. A family earning more than $110,001 pays around $33,946.

The number of freshmen students receiving financial aid in a recent year was 1,460. About 97% received grants or scholarships averaging $29,203. The same percentage of students received an average of $27,530 in institutional grants and scholarships.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $31,098
Average Total Aid $29,203
Students Receiving Financial Aid 97%
Room & Board $12,600

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $45,424
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $45,424
  • Books and Supplies - $1,200
  • Room & Board - $12,600
  • Other - $3,644

Popular Educational Academic Programs at SLU

You, along with every student making the decision to attend their second year become part of the school’s retention rate. If a school’s rate is very low, it may be safe to assume that they didn’t provide what students were looking for in terms of great classes, accessible professors, and a generally good school culture. Luckily, at SLU this rate is 91%, which is excellent and lets you know you’re in a great place to earn your education.

Like the retention rate, the graduation rates are also high. The 4-year graduation rate is 71% and the 6-year graduation rate is 79%, which are both above average. The student-to-faculty ratio is 9 to 1 - low for a university of this size even though the student population is 12,799, making this a mid-size college based purely on enrollment.

Now let’s say you sign up for your classes for the upcoming semester and you don’t realize that two of your classes are scheduled for the same days and times. Even worse, classes for some majors won’t be offered every year! And those classes are, of course, the ones that are required for graduation. Your adviser may tell you to keep both classes and take that not-offered-every-semester class online. It’s great to have this option, and not every school offers it.

Take a look at the five most popular degree programs. One of them may be yours. They include health professions and related programs; business, management, marketing and related support services; biological and biomedical sciences; engineering; and parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies.

Student Population Total

Student Population 12,799

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

Health Professions and Related Programs 467 Total Graduates / 28%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 192 Graduates
Occupational Therapy/Therapist 59 Graduates
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 46 Graduates
Public Health, General 44 Graduates
All Business Majors 352 Total Graduates / 21%
Finance, General 60 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 57 Graduates
Accounting 50 Graduates
Organizational Behavior Studies 45 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 155 Total Graduates / 9%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 83 Graduates
Neuroscience 50 Graduates
Biochemistry 17 Graduates
Biostatistics 5 Graduates
All Engineering Majors 118 Total Graduates / 7%
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 41 Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 27 Graduates
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering 19 Graduates
Civil Engineering, General 15 Graduates
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 116 Total Graduates / 7%
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 106 Graduates
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 10 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 28%

Outcome & Salary

You’ve finished school, graduated, and accepted a job offer. In this situation, graduate’s from Saint Louis University usually find that they are earning a decent amount. Graduate’s early-career salaries average around $56,000, their total average salaries are $66,087, and their mid-career salaries sit around $99,700.

Keep this number in mind: $124,392. That’s your 4-year cost of education at SLU and it affects your return on investment (ROI). Your 10-year salary earnings potential is $660,870. Your 20-year salary earnings potential is $1,657,870. Minus your cost of education, your 10-year projected ROI is $536,478 and your 20-year projected ROI is $1,533,478.

High school graduates earn a national average salary of $38,792 if they don’t go to college. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $56,000
College Grads Average Salary $66,087
College Grads Mid Career Salary $99,700
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $660,870
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,657,870
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $124,392
10 Year Projected ROI $536,478
20 Year Projected ROI $1,533,478
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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