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About Saint Louis University

Founded in 1818, Saint Louis University is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious Catholic universities. SLU, which also has a campus in Madrid, Spain, is recognized for world-class academics, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service.

Guided by our enduring Jesuit mission, we offer our nearly 13,000 students a highly rigorous and deeply transformative education that helps them develop into bold, confident leaders. Rated among the nation’s top research universities, SLU boasts 16 graduate and undergraduate programs ranked among the top 50 in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

Academically, ethics, spirituality and compassion take center stage, while outside the classroom, members of the SLU community provide more than 1.6 million service hours each year — just one reason we’re among the nation's top colleges for making an impact. In fact, more than 80 of SLU's courses integrate service into academics.

Inspired by our pioneering history while firmly focused on a promising future, Saint Louis University continues to move forward with an unwavering commitment to serve a higher purpose while always seeking the greater good.

Facts and Figures


Students from all 50 states and 78 foreign countries


Alumni in 50 states and 154 countries




Faculty members

Big things are happening at SLU.

Saint Louis University enters its third century with a clear vision — and serious momentum.

The creation of Saint Louis University Research Institute, along with construction of a state-of-the-art Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Building, will give students and faculty the tools they need to continue to make world-changing discoveries. A new SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital will keep SLU on the leading edge of health care innovation, and the most ambitious fundraising campaign in SLU’s history will help propel SLU even further.  

Midtown St. Louis is experiencing a major transformation too, and SLU is in the middle of it all, working with developers and community partners to thoughtfully shape the future of the region through projects like Prospect Yards, the Armory, City Foundry STL, Chouteau Greenway and more.