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Saint Louis University Data & Information Overview

421 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
70% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Saint Louis University Ranked?

#244 Best Colleges in Nation
#7 Best Colleges in MO
Registered Nursing Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 Rankings

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Saint Louis University was awarded 421 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is registered nursing.

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Overall Quality

College Factual ranked SLU as #244 out of 2,217 colleges and universities in the country on its 2024 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

Out of the 48 colleges in Missouri, SLU is ranked at #7.

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Is It Hard to Get Into SLU?

70% Acceptance Rate
62% Of Accepted Are Women
9% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

Saint Louis University has an acceptance rate of 70%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

Average Test Scores

About 9% 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 620 and 710. Math scores were between 600 and 720.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Saint Louis University  ( 620 to 710 )

SAT Math Scores for Saint Louis University  ( 600 to 720 )
SLU received ACT scores from 26% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 27 and 32.

ACT Composite Scores for Saint Louis University  ( 27 to 32 )

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Saint Louis University Faculty

9 to 1 Student to Faculty
61% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

At SLU, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 9 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Saint Louis University is 61%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  61 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Saint Louis University

89% Freshmen Retention
71% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

Saint Louis University has a freshmen retention rate of 89%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  89 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At SLU the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 71%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  71 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Saint Louis University.

Saint Louis University Undergraduate Student Diversity

6,847 Full-Time Undergraduates
28.9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
62.2% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 7,723 undergraduates at SLU with 6,847 being full-time and 876 being part-time.

How Much Does Saint Louis University Cost?

$25,039 Net Price
51% Take Out Loans
$33,260 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of SLU is $25,039. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for SLU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$15,136 $16,755 $19,225 $24,055 $31,815

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of SLU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At SLU, approximately 51% of students took out student loans averaging $8,315 a year. That adds up to $33,260 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SLU is 2.3%. 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.

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How Much Money Do SLU Graduates Make?

$65,934 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from SLU make around $65,934 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for SLU students since it is 55% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Saint Louis University make the most money.

Location of Saint Louis University

Missouri State
6,847 Full-Time Undergraduates
Large City Campus Setting
Located in Saint Louis, Missouri, Saint Louis University is a private not-for-profit institution. The city atmosphere of Saint Louis makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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Contact details for SLU are given below.

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

Saint Louis University Majors

100 Majors With Completions
1,821 Undergraduate Degrees
1,556 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 100 majors graduated from Saint Louis University. Of these students, 1,821 received undergraduate degrees and 1,556 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 199 $59,262
Health & Physical Education 120 NA
General Psychology 89 $27,307
General Biology 75 $19,366
Finance & Financial Management 74 $53,594
Marketing 73 $43,661
Health & Medical Administrative Services 69 $38,073
Biomedical Engineering 59 $55,882
Health Sciences & Services 54 $28,462
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 52 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Saint Louis University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at SLU

26% Take At Least One Class Online
10% Take All Classes Online

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2020-2021, 3,538 students took at least one online class at Saint Louis University. This is a decrease from the 8,990 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 3,538 1,352
2019-2020 8,990 2,543
2018-2019 1,593 1,000
2017-2018 1,838 1,113
2016-2017 2,235 1,202

Learn more about online learning at Saint Louis University.

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Notes and References


*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.


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