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Saint Louis University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Saint Louis, Missouri. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

22 Undergraduate Degrees
112 Graduate Degrees
$46,583 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
64% Acceptance Rate

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Saint Louis University Rankings

SLU landed the #109 spot in our 2021 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 545 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at SLU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#7 Best General Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Saint Louis University?

Location of Saint Louis University

Contact details for SLU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: One North Grand Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63103-2097
Phone: 314-977-2222

How Do I Get Into SLU?

You can apply to SLU online at:

Admission Requirements for SLU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into SLU?

64% Acceptance Rate
60% Of Accepted Are Women
13% Submit SAT Scores
SLU has an acceptance rate of 64%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Approximately 40% of accepted students are men and 60% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 63%, and the acceptance rate for women is 66%.

Average Test Scores

About 13% of students accepted to SLU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 590 and 690. Math scores were between 580 and 700.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Saint Louis University  ( 590 to 690 )

SAT Math Scores for Saint Louis University  ( 580 to 700 )
SLU received ACT scores from 90% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 25 and 33. Math scores were between 24 and 29. Composite scores were between 25 and 31.

ACT English Scores for Saint Louis University  ( 25 to 33 )
ACT Math Scores for Saint Louis University  ( 24 to 29 )
ACT Composite Scores for Saint Louis University  ( 25 to 31 )

Can I Afford Saint Louis University?

$46,583 Net Price
53% Take Out Loans
2.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of SLU is $46,583. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At SLU, approximately 53% of students took out student loans averaging $7,533 a year. That adds up to $30,132 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SLU is 2.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Saint Louis University Undergraduate Student Diversity

6,440 Full-Time Undergraduates
60% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 9,782 undergraduate students at SLU, with 6,440 being full-time and 3,342 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  SLU

There are also 4,656 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 6,440 full-time undergraduates at SLU, 40% are male and 60% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  SLU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Saint Louis University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of SLU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 729
Black or African American 278
Hispanic or Latino 391
White 4,402
International Students 360
Other Races/Ethnicities 280

Geographic Diversity

Missouri students aren't the only ones who study at Saint Louis University. At this time, 43 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 79 countries are represented at SLU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Saudi Arabia, and India.

Online Learning at Saint Louis University

1,113 Took All Classes Online
1,838 Took At Least One Class Online
9.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 11 bachelor’s degree and 6 master’s degree programs available online at SLU. In 2017-2018, 1,838 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at SLU has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 18th most popular in Missouri for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of SLU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Saint Louis University was 9.9%. This is the #953 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at SLU regardless of major.

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at SLU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at SLU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
General Education #76
General Education #76

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Saint Louis University Teaching Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
General Educational Leadership & Administration 0 33 28 61
General Education 22 7 1 30
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 0 0 19 19
Curriculum & Instruction 0 2 10 12
General Special Education 0 1 11 12
TOTAL 22 43 69 134


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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