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Academics

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3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: It's very difficult, a huge workload, lots of stress.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Excellent in my area but very difficult.

4 College Senior

Academics: The classes are rigorous and the faculty here at my institution knows how to continuously challenge students to think critically and adopt our university's mission into the classroom. Sometimes, the content and workload can be very challenging -- we are a medium Jesuit institution in the Midwest and I believe SLU does not get enough credit for how challenging the academics are. Some majors might be more difficult over others, but overall each concentration is challenging in its own way. Class scheduling is decent and there are many places to study. Our institution is a very involved campus, the students love being involved with multiple organizations and events that sometimes it can be difficult to balance everything while the demands of academic workload is a lot along with majority of the student body doing service every week.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Challenging, but good. Too much homework, though.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Rankings left and right are good in all aspects of academics. The biggest problem would have to be with professors not giving 100% to their class and frankly just aren't good teachers. Sometimes you wonder why you are paying so much. But the classes are challenging (in a good way).

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Because of Saint Louis University's identity as a Jesuit institution, it is well known for its ability to generate intelligent, well-rounded, and social justice-oriented students. All students are required to complete a core curriculum with classes in theology, philosophy, social sciences, mathematics, English, and science. There is also a variety of classes that include a service component, where students are required to get involved in the St. Louis community. SLU is best known for its health science programs, business majors, and degrees in aviation and engineering. No matter what major you choose, your professors will challenge you and try to engage you in the material.  Ninety-nine percent of SLU professors have a terminal degree in their field, but in addition to being well-educated and experienced, SLU professors are known for their availability and willingness to help students. Most professors are easily accessible through email, phone, and office hours, where students can come in for extra help. Although there are teaching assistants for large lecture classes and science labs, the curriculum is only taught by the professors.

Class sizes range depending on the subject. The basic sciences, such as biology, chemistry, anatomy, and physiology, are large lecture classes of about 300 students. However, the majority of other classes range between 20 and 30 students. Students tend to complain about the advising system because SLU requires you to meet with an adviser, who frequently seems to be unaware of major requirements, before registering. Luckily, students also meet with faculty mentors in their department who are in the know. The SLU administration has been making efforts to fix the system, and it improves each year.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
12:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
742
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
533
Total FT Faculty
1,356
Faculty with Terminal Degree
99%
Average Faculty Salary
$76,776
Full-Time Retention Rate
88%
Part-Time Retention Rate
100%
Graduation Rate
70%
Programs/Majors Offered
106
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 56%
  • 20 to 49 students: 38%
  • 50 or more students: 5%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Education & Public Service
  • College of Philosophy and Letters
  • Doisy College of Health Sciences
  • John Cook School of Business
  • Parks College of Engineering, Aviation, and Technology
  • School for Professional Studies
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Public Health
  • School of Social Work
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 8%
  • Law: 4%
  • Medicine: 2%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 6%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Double major
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
SLU offers few or no online classes for undergraduate students. There are a few majors that require one online course. Otherwise all courses are taught in the classroom.
Best Places to Study
  • Busch Student Center
  • Medical Center Library
  • Omer Poos Law Library
  • St. Pius XII Memorial Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Do the homework. As much as it may look like a pain-especially when the professors say they will not check the homework-it will come back to bite you when the test comes around.
  • Don't push things off until the weekends. You will never accomplish as much as you want to, as you'll be sleeping in and/or nursing a hangover.
  • Explore St. Louis! Don't get stuck in the SLU bubble-venture out and try new restaurants, go to a sporting event, or a cool museum or park. But be smart when you venture off campus at night. If you're walking, never go alone!
  • Go to class! They generally only require 50-75 minutes of your attention two to three times a week. Skipping class quickly catches up to you, and you probably won't do well on assignments and tests.
  • Go to your professors' office hours if you need help! They like to see students put in the extra effort, and they also love to get to know students outside of the classroom.
  • Join a student organization and meet new friends, especially upperclassmen. They are your resource for advice on classes, parties, and fun things to do in St. Louis.
  • Learn time management. College is an awesome, fun experience, but not if you're failing classes. Get a group of friends together and pledge to study together at a certain time. Having friends studying at the same time means you're not missing out on anything fun.
  • Pace yourself with flex points. The worst feeling is knowing that you have to go to Griesedieck Hall for brunch or dinner on the weekend because you're out of points. If your parents are generous, know you can always buy more!
  • Use the Student Success Center. Whether you need tutoring for a class, feedback on a paper, career counseling, prep for a job interview, or help finding a job/internships, utilize their many resources!
Did You Know?
  • In 1944, St. Louis University became the first university in a former slave state to admit non-white students, 10 years before Brown v. Board of Education forced racial integration among public institutions.
  • Parks College was the first federally certified aviation school in the country, opening its hangar doors in 1927.
  • Saint Louis University is the second-oldest Jesuit University of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 67 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 16 responses

  • 31% Chaifetz- guys who donated to build our arena
  • 28% Brian McBride - World Cup soccer player
  • 14% Eugene Kranz - director of mission operations, NASA
  • 7% Enrique Bolaños - President of Nicaragua
  • 7% David Merrick - Broadway producer
  • 7% August Busch IV
  • 3% Larry Hughes - NBA player
  • 3% Anyone on the board of trustees
  • 0% Joe Adorjan

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 67 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 15 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 15 responses

  • 33% This was my dream school.
  • 67% This was one of my top choices.
  • 0% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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