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Fast Facts About SLU

College Church

Saint Louis University is one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious Catholic universities.

Founded

1818

Religious affiliation

 Roman Catholic

Religious Heritage

Jesuit (Society of Jesus)

Locations

St. Louis, Missouri, and Madrid, Spain

Enrollment

12,853 — 8,155 undergraduates and 4,698 graduate/professional students from all 50 states and 75 foreign countries

Alumni

127,249 living in 50 states and 154 countries

President

Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D. 

Academics

Majors and programs

Nearly 90 undergraduate programs and more than 100 graduate programs. Explore our majors. 

Program rankings 

18 graduate and undergraduate programs ranked among the top 100 in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Browse other key rankings.

Faculty

 2,348

Student­-faculty ratio

 9­-1

Faculty excellence

 99 percent of tenured and tenure-­track faculty hold the highest degree in their fields.

Colleges and schools (by subject)
Degree­-granting centers (by subject)

Finances 

Endowment

$1.15 billion (as of December 2017)

Tuition

$41,540 (FY18 undergraduate tuition); 96 percent of first­-time freshmen receive aid.

Debt 

44 percent of SLU's 2017 graduates completed their education without student debt.

Research

 $52.5 million in research expenditures in fiscal year 2016. See key research accomplishments.

Economic impact

SLU generates more than $715 million in economic  impact in the St. Louis metropolitan region each year and supports more than 6,800 jobs in the region.

Service and Student Life 

Service

1.75 million hours of service completed by students, faculty and staff annually

Study Abroad

 About 530 SLU students study abroad each year. The Madrid campus is home to 755 students from 43 countries. 

Diversity

SLU was the first Jesuit university to receive the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award.

Athletics

NCAA Division I in 18 sports including baseball, basketball, cross country, field hockey, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball; member of the Atlantic 10 Conference. Get schedules, scores and more.

SLU Spirit

Mascot

The Billiken, a symbol of things as they ought to be, who also brings good luck.

Song

The Varsity Song

Colors

Blue and white