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5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I have never met anyone who did not love going to SLU. I wouldn't have changed a thing.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: SLU students (guys and girls) are incredibly approachable and fun to be around. I would say the average SLU student is well dressed, but casual.

Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: How do you rate this? Is it good if students are taking drugs or bad?

The drug scene is this at SLU: marijuana is there if you want it, but it isn't a large part of campus life.

As far as I know, students using hard drugs is pretty rare.

Alcohol is definitely the drug of choice.

5 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: The night life at SLU is amazing. Night life usually follows this trend:

Freshman year: large apartment parties in the lofts/Vandy or fraternity parties; if you had a fake you would get into Lacledes (RIP)

Sophomore year: still fraternity or sorority parties, smaller parties in the Village, Coronado, Lindell, or Moolah; using a fake at bars if you have a good one

Junior year: turning 21 and going to Humphrey's for penny pitchers every Wednesday and Great Grizzley Bear every Thursday; Friday and Saturday at other bars around campus; occasionally venturing out to Wash Ave or Soulard once everyone turns 21

Senior year: going to Soulard or Wash Ave when you feel like paying for cabs; nights usually end at Humphrey's

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Most students do not need to use public transportation because most of what you need is at SLU. When you live off campus most students like to have their cars to get groceries. The most expensive part about transportation is the cost of parking and taking taxis to bars in other parts of town.

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: I miss Saint Louis so much! Such a great city. There is a little bit for everyone.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: It is not cheap to live off campus, but it isn't that much more than living in the dorms. I lived in Coronado and my rent was $400 + $100 for parking. There are many options - all bordering the campus. All the apartments are pretty nice - I have seen much worse. There are really no bad options and it really just depends on what you are looking for.

It is really nice having so much off campus housing available across the street from campus. You just have to stomach the price.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: It is Saint Louis, so the possibilities are endless.

Within walking distance:

1. Pappy's Smoke House - best BBQ

2. Triumph Grill (has a really great happy hour)

3. The Shack (RIP Lacledes)

5. Humphrey's - bar food

6. Cafe Ventana - really good environment to study in and has good food

7. The Fountain on Locust

Driving Distance:

1. Blue City Deli

2. Bogarts

3. Oyster Bar

4. The Hill has tons of Italian restaurants

5. Ted Drewes!

6. Pi

7. Schlafly's Tap House

8. Sweetie Pie's

I could go on and on...

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: For not being a research university, I was about to get a lot of hands on research experience. The research experience got me into a top graduate school program, so I am satisfied with my experience. The research opportunities are there if you seek them out. Like anything else in life, it is there if you want to take advantage.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I was in the Psychology department and the Business School for my majors. Both are great, and the course load is completely reasonable.

4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: As far as campus networks go, SLU has a good one.

Does anyone not get a personal laptop now?

Bring your own printer if you can - much easier than going to the library.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Most students only live on campus for the first two years before moving to one of the apartment buildings bordering campus.

Gries is the best freshman dorm and the best located housing on campus.

Definitely live in DeMatt your sophomore year if you are Greek - it is a lot of fun.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: It isn't really the campus that is the issue - it is the surrounding area. You are fine on SLU's campus and the immediate parameters, but don't walk alone in the city. NEVER go to East St. Louis (which is actually in Illinois) - that is just not a good idea.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: This is hard because I have heard stories about other schools that were really strict. If you are living the the freshman dorms it depends on your RA. Usually if you are smart you can get away with a lot. What is nice about SLU is you won't get fined or kicked out for one or two offenses. You just have to write a short paper about why what you did was bad and do some community service. Much better than some other schools I have heard about.

After Freshman year you can pretty much do what you want. DPS aren't really out to get you unless you are disrespectful.

4 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: While Greek life may not be a large percentage of the student population it is an important one. Because there are no houses (city living problems) the sororities intermingle eliminating a lot of the competition and cattiness. Fraternities interact less, but are generally familiar with guys in other fraternities. It is a really positive and good community to be a part of at SLU with lots of opportunities to meet people.

If you aren't Greek it isn't a big deal either. Everyone gets along.

While I loved, loved, loved being in a sorority at SLU, I was often frustrated by the administrations attitude toward Greek Life. The administration cracks down hard at even the slightest indiscretion (such as not turning in paper work for an event on time). Greeks at SLU are held to a very high standard - higher than any one else, but typically rise to the occasion. It is really unfortunate that the administration does not see the value in Greek life.

That all being said, I would not have changed a thing and being in sorority was the best decision I ever made. No exaggeration.

Definitely go Greek! It will make your college experience.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: If having the SEC football experience tops your list, SLU isn't your school. Even if we had a football team it would suck and no one would go to games. Our basketball team is great and we have an amazing arena (thanks Chaifetz). The games are full of school spirit and definitely worth going to. Oh and don't forget about our soccer team! Go Billikens!

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I did not appreciate the academics offered by SLU until going away for graduate school and witnessing academics elsewhere. The professors at SLU are more hands on with the students and even the large lectures aren't as big as most other schools. The majority of the classes I took had 50 or fewer students and the larger introductory courses typically had no more than 100-200 students. This is extremely rare, and should be appreciated.

Due to the smaller class sizes taught by professors rather than graduate students (usually) there are many opportunities to get to know and network with professors.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: SLU is really proud of its international student population. While some intermingle, most of the Asian population keep to themselves.

As far as other types of diversity... well it is a Jesuit university, but there are plenty other religions present. Political beliefs range as does economic background. Students tend to not talk about socioeconomic status and political beliefs, which is nice. Students seem to focus on other things making it a very inclusive environment with down to earth students.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: I love the Billikens and am so proud to call myself one. Cheering them on is a huge activity here.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I love living in the city. It's not too big, and there is always something to do.

3 College Freshman

Weather: There are some really nice days where everyone is out on the quad enjoying the sun, but there are also days where the wind is biting.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: DPS is always available to help, but the student health center could be better.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I decided to switch majors, just because of my personal interests. No matter what your major is at SLU, you will be getting a great education.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I did a lot of talking directly with the head of the program. He was really helpful in helping me determine what would be best for me as a freshman.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: It's easy to make friends who live close to you. Usually someone you know or more than one person will have a car that will let you borrow it if you need one.


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Although name recognition grows each year, SLU is hidden gem in the world of higher education. With a well-respected academic reputation, a vibrant student life, and a strong community, SLU offers students hundreds of options that all equate to one outcome—an amazing college experience. After four years at SLU, students leave as well-rounded "men and women for others" prepared to embark on the first years of their post-college adult lives. SLU will not just prepare you for a job. The faculty and staff will challenge you to develop your personality, faith, and knowledge so that you have the tools for success in every realm of life. Whether SLU students choose graduate school, volunteer work, or employment, the vast majority of students are happy with their placement after graduation.

Students tend to say they knew SLU was their school when they visited campus. Spend a few hours here, and you'll be impressed by the landscaping and architecture, excited about the academic and extracurricular options, enticed by city living, and in love with the SLU community. SLU is a university dedicated to service and educating the whole person, and students leave savoring the experience and wishing it would never end.

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