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Saint Louis University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Saint Louis University Ranked?

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2022 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Saint Louis University was awarded 514 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is international marketing.

Overall Quality

SLU landed the #299 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

SLU is also ranked #6 out of 55 schools in Missouri.

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Is It Hard to Get Into SLU?

Acceptance Rate

Saint Louis University has an acceptance rate of 56%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for SLU.

Average Test Scores

About 35% 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 580 and 680. Math scores were between 580 and 690.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Saint Louis University  ( 580 to 680 )

SAT Math Scores for Saint Louis University  ( 580 to 690 )
SLU received ACT scores from 72% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 25 and 31.

ACT Composite Scores for Saint Louis University  ( 25 to 31 )

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Saint Louis University Faculty

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 66%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  66 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Saint Louis University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Saint Louis University has a freshmen retention rate of 90%. 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  90 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at SLU for first-time, full-time students is 69%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  69 out of 100

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

Saint Louis University Undergraduate Student Diversity

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?

The overall average net price of SLU is $28,188. 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 +
$20,051 $21,082 $23,734 $26,969 $33,946

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 54% of students took out student loans averaging $7,254 a year. That adds up to $29,016 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SLU is 2.9%. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from SLU make around $56,500 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for SLU students since it is 42% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


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

Location of Saint Louis University

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

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 100 majors graduated from Saint Louis University. Of these students, 1,772 received undergraduate degrees and 1,451 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 192 $59,463
Health & Physical Education 101 NA
General Psychology 72 $30,616
General Biology 71 $29,685
Marketing 70 NA
Health & Medical Administrative Services 68 $40,365
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 58 NA
Finance & Financial Management 52 NA
Communication & Media Studies 52 $36,745
Accounting 50 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

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 2019-2020, 8,990 students took at least one online class at Saint Louis University. This is an increase from the 1,593 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 8,990 2,543
2018-2019 1,593 1,000
2017-2018 1,838 1,113
2016-2017 2,235 1,202
2015-2016 1,856 1,210

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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