Saint Louis University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Saint Louis University

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Saint Louis University is a private Catholic research university with an acceptance rate of 58%. Founded in 1818, Saint Louis University has the distinction of being the oldest university west of the Mississippi, and the second oldest Jesuit university in the country. The campus is located in the arts district of Saint Louis, Missouri. SLU frequently appears on lists of the country's best colleges, and it often ranks among the top five Jesuit universities in the U.S. The university has an impressive 9-to-1 student / faculty ratio. Professional programs such as business and nursing are particularly popular among undergraduates. In athletics, the Saint Louis Billikens compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic 10 Conference.

Considering applying to Saint Louis University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Saint Louis University had an acceptance rate of 58%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 58 students were admitted, making Saint Louis University's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 15,120
Percent Admitted 58%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 17%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Saint Louis University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 32% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 590 680
Math 590 690
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Saint Louis University's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Saint Louis University scored between 590 and 680, while 25% scored below 590 and 25% scored above 680. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 590 and 690, while 25% scored below 590 and 25% scored above 690. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1370 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Saint Louis University.

Requirements

Saint Louis University does not require the SAT writing section. Note that SLU does not superscore SAT results; your highest composite SAT score will be considered.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Saint Louis University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 83% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 25 34
Math 24 29
Composite 25 31

This admissions data tells us that most of SLU's admitted students fall within the top 22% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Saint Louis University received a composite ACT score between 25 and 31, while 25% scored above 31 and 25% scored below 25.

Requirements

Note that Saint Louis University does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. SLU does not require the ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA of Saint Louis University's incoming freshmen class was 3.91. This data suggests that most successful applicants to SLU have primarily A grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Saint Louis University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Saint Louis University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Saint Louis University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Saint Louis University has a competitive admissions pool with above average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs. However, SLU also has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay and a rigorous course schedule can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities. While not required, SLU strongly encourages applicants to submit a secondary school report, professional resume, and letters of recommendation. The university also recommends that applicants participate in an admissions interview. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and test scores are outside Saint Louis University's average range.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. Students who were admitted to Saint Louis University tend to have "B" averages or higher, SAT scores of 1050 or higher (ERW+M), and ACT composite scores of 21 or higher. Your chances will be best with an ACT composite score of 25 or above.

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