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4 College Freshman

Facilities: SLU overall has a great community...if you're looking for the college experience but dont like big state schools...SLU is for you.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: SLU does a lot for you. SAB is great for putting on good events.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: There is always something going on for students to do and they are fun and safe activities.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Campus is right on the edge of downtown St. Louis and it is easy to take the metro to explore the city and the towns around it.

4 College Senior

Facilities: The gym in the main campus is awsome!! And there are two small gyms in the medical campus and the law shool. Also the libraries are excellent. You can easily find articles through the school website. And there are mobile librarians who can help you find information you want if you don't know how to do that.
The campus is like a park. I say that because there are a lot of squirrels on campus. Anyway, the environment is good for students to study.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 16th
    Best Student Centers
  • 121st
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 356th
    Best Library
  • 634th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 1045th
    Best Performance Venues

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Katie Kuemmel
Waukesha, WI
Occupational Therapy
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Ask SLU students what they love about the University, and the majority will include "the campus" somewhere in their answer. Known for its beautiful landscaping, water fountains and ponds, open green space, and statues, SLU's campus is often referred to as an oasis in the city. With constant renovations and developments throughout the past 15 years, alumni are quick to state their awe of the campus changes.

The Busch Student Center is the hub of student life, and it includes multiple eateries, two large spaces for speakers and events, student organization offices, study spaces for students, and a Senate chamber for the Student Government Association. It's also home to the Billiken Club, a small stage that features free concerts of mostly indie bands, a floral shop, and the SLU bookstore. The Chaifetz Arena was completed in 2008 and is a state-of-the-art, multipurpose facility for SLU sports, traveling concerts and shows, and a major clinical site for the athletic training program. The Simon Recreation Center completed renovations in 2008 and features a variety of workout equipment, pools, sport courts, and dance rooms. The Education Union opened in fall 2011 on SLU's Medical Campus, giving the health science, nursing, and medical students more study space and learning facilities. The upcoming renovations of Pius XII Memorial Library have students excited about a modern study facility that will better support their academic endeavors. As the SLU student body grows, so does the campus. Administrators are dedicated to ensuring the campus environment meets student needs.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
235 acres
Student Centers
  • Busch Student Center
  • Education Union
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Medical Center Library
  • Omer Poos Law Library
  • Pius XII Memorial Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Busch Student Center
  • The clocktower
  • The Quad
  • SLUruba
  • Tegler Field
Bar on Campus
Salsaritas in the Busch Student Center
Bowling on Campus
None. The Moolah Theater and Lounge, directly across the street from campus, has bowling lanes.
Coffeehouse on Campus
The Bean in the Busch Student Center
Movie Theater on Campus
None. The Moolah Theater and Lounge, directly across the street from campus, has movie theater with couches.
"Green" Initiatives
SLU started the Center for Sustainability, which offers a master's degree in sustainability. With the creation of the center, SLU has become more focused on green initiatives and improved recycling. The Doisy Research Building, which is located on the medical campus and was completed in 2008, is LEED certified.
School Slang
  • ABP: Au Bon Pain, a sandwich shop located in the Busch Student Center
  • BSC: The Busch Student Center, center of campus life
  • DeMatt : DeMattias Hall, the Greek dorm
  • DPS: Department of Public Safety and Security Service
  • Gries: Either Griesediek Hall or Griesedieck cafeteria
  • Humphs: Humphrey's Bar and Grill, located across the street from campus, home of Wednesday night Penny Pitchers
  • Laclede's : Pierre Laclede's Pub & Eatery, a bar popular with the under-21 crowd
  • The Library: The Library Annex, a bar and grill located a block off campus, popular on weekend nights because of the large dance floor
  • Marge: Marguerite Hall, home of the Micah Learning Community
  • MDH: McDonnell Douglas Hall, home to the Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology
  • Med Campus: SLU Medical Center, home to SLU School of Nursing, Doisy College of Health Sciences, School of Medicine, and SLU Hospital
  • The Metro: The MetroLink light-rail system
  • Pius: St. Pius XII Memorial Library
  • The Quad: Grassy area located between Griesedieck Complex, Pius XII Memorial Library, and DuBourg Hall
  • The Rec: Simon Recreation Center, the student athletic facility
  • Res Life: Department of Housing and Residence Life
  • SLUlips: SLU tulips are in full bloom in every flower bed on campus in the spring. There's a fine if you're caught picking them.
  • SLUmor: SLU rumor; things travel fast around campus, so rumors have their own name
  • U News: The University News, SLU's student-run newspaper, published weekly
  • Wash U: Washington University, the other major university in the city, located in University City (or "U-City")
  • The Billiken: "What's a Billiken?" is the most frequent question asked by visiting students and families. Ask a student, and they will tell you different stories. Most people will tell you it's a good luck figure, that represents "things as they ought to be." The most popular story of how the billiken became associated with SLU is that John Bender, the SLU football coach during the 1910s, resembled a billiken. A local newspaper writing about the team called us "Bender's Billikens," and the name stuck.
  • Make a Difference Day: Service is a strong part of the SLU community, and at no other time is this more apparent than during "Make A Difference Day." More than 1,800 students show up early on a Saturday morning, and they are assigned to different locations around the city to perform a service. This could include painting a homeless shelter, doing some handiwork around an elderly person's house, or entertaining children at a local community center.
  • Oriflamme: Run by the Student Involvement Center, Oriflamme's major job is helping freshmen move into the dorms and adjust to campus life. These enthusiastic volunteers in bright orange shirts make the freshman move-in a breeze for students and families. Oriflamme also helps run the Welcome Week events.
  • Pappy's Smokehouse: Named the best barbecue in St. Louis and featured on the Travel Channel, Pappy's Smokehouse is owned by SLU alums and is located a block off campus. Beloved by everyone, expect to wait in a line anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours-but it's absolutely worth it.
  • Senior Week: In order to allow the administration to check grades and qualifications, there is a week break for seniors between the end of finals and graduation. During this week, seniors have big parties and can go on school-sponsored trips around the area. The hidden tradition to Senior Week, though, is to run through every fountain on campus-and there are many.
  • The Statues: As a part of a large-scale campus beautification program conducted in the late 1990s, a plethora of statues have been placed all around campus. The statues are infamous for being nude and the source of student jokes. The well-known all-male a cappella group on campus is named "Bare Naked Statues."
  • Sunday Night Mass: Knowing that few students are up early on Sunday mornings, SLU created a 9 p.m. Mass on Sunday nights. The SLU Jesuits preside over the mass, and there is a full student choir and instrument section. Students serve as ministers for all parts of the mass, and it's packed with students every week!
  • Ted Drewes Frozen Custard: More of a St. Louis tradition than a SLU tradition, Ted Drewes has been a city landmark since its inception in the 1950s along the historic Route 66. It is an unwritten law that an out-of-town student must try the frozen dessert once during his or her tenure at SLU. Very few have put up a fight.
Urban Legends
  • Rubbing the Billiken statue's belly brings good luck.
  • SLUmor on campus is if you get hit by a car while crossing Grand Boulevard-the busy street that cuts through part of campus-you'll get free tuition. Recently a student actually got hit by a car, and the Department of Public Safety put signs around campus saying the rumor wasn't true.
  • The exorcism portrayed in both the book and the movie The Exorcist happened in the upper floors of DuBourg Hall by SLU priests. (Actually, most accounts report that the exorcism happened at the nearby Alexian Brothers Hospital... but there are reports of ghosts in Dubourg!)
Favorite Things To Do
Whether students attend a free concert at the Billiken Club, join the SLUnatics at a men's basketball game, hang out with friends in the Quad, or catch some rays at SLUruba, SLU students have many options for on-campus fun.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The University News
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
SLU's chartered student organizations have a large presence on campus. Some of the best-known organizations are the Student Government Association, which works with administrators to represent the student body; the Student Activities Board, a group dedicated to bringing free entertainment and events to campus; and Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity. There are also a variety of ethnic clubs, dance groups, professional and honors organizations, a capella groups, club sports teams, Greek organizations, and academic associations.

If there's a club you want to start, it's easy to get a group together and find an adviser, as new organizations are formed each year. Most SLU students are involved in at least one group, and many students find themselves in two or more. It's a great way to meet people of all ages who share a common interest or passion.
Student Activities Offered
  • Choral groups
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Television station
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 63 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 5 responses

  • 25% The Billiken
  • 17% Make a Difference Day
  • 17% Sunday Night Mass
  • 8% Ted Drewes Frozen Custard
  • 8% The Statues
  • 8% Senior Week
  • 8% Pappy's Smokehouse
  • 8% Humphrey's
  • 0% Oriflamme

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 5 responses

  • 21% Simon Recreation Center worker
  • 14% Desk worker
  • 14% Chaifetz Suite Attendant
  • 14% SLU Ride driver
  • 14% Admissions office assistant
  • 14% Resident assistant
  • 7% IT department
  • 0% Intramural referee

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 5 responses

  • 33% Busch Student Center
  • 22% The clocktower
  • 22% The Quad
  • 22% SLUruba
  • 0% Tegler Field

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 78 responses

  • 0% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 14% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 37% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 49% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 66 responses

  • 3% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 5% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 52% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 41% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 6 responses

  • 67% Exorcism happened in the college church
  • 33% Billiken is a good luck charm



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