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  • 12/24/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 out of 12 people found this review useful. 1 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Pre-Medicine Physical Therapy Nursing Pretty much anything in the Medical Field Pre-Law Aerospace Engineering Social Work Students who want to be challenged and desire preparation for their career choice. SLU will definitely prepare you for whatever you want to do in life with great education and internship opportunities later on in your college career.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply as early as possible and definitely apply for the presidential scholarship at www.slu.edu. Click on the scholarship link and I think you can find it. Go visit the college. Never decide on any college before you visit it. I completely love it and I believe you will too, but I could be wrong, it might not be the right fit for you. I didn't have anyone from my high school come to SLU and I have made great new friends so don't feel as though the college is too big for you. Talk to your financial aid counselor. This is true for where ever you go. You always want to get the exact numbers on how much it will cost and how much aid you will get.

    Bang for the buck

    Though Saint Louis University is an amazing college, it is very expensive. I'm hoping that I can go back myself next semester because I'm not sure if I'll be able to pay. There is a bright side to this though, Saint Louis University hands out plenty of scholarships and helps you find grant money, especially if you are in need. I have over $12,000 of pure scholarship money that SLU awarded me. This is money I don't have to pay back and is renewed every single year for up to four years. I don't know about you but $12,000 is a lot of money to me and there are plenty of other scholarships out there that SLU awards, you just have to get on the site and search for them. Also, if something happens in your family, SLU understands and helps you pay for college if you go to them and talk to your financial aid counselor. They will do everything in their power to help you make it to SLU if you can't do it on your own. One more thing to mention is that it is well worth it. As I stated earlier, I can't imagine going anywhere else or being at any other college. Not only am I challenged academically and learn a ton, the people here are wonderful. Saint Louis University is definitely a college to consider because you get more than your money's worth back in the form of quality education, strengthening of faith, and personal growth.

    Am enjoying being here

    Saint Louis University it is my favorite place to be in the world! All the people I have met here are caring and wonderful people. I can't imagine attending any other college because I believe that not only the academics wouldn't compare, but the environment in which you are in on and off campus is second to none. My new friends I've made I know will be life long friends that I will stay in touch with no matter where life takes me. We all have helped each other out and continue to do so, not because we have to, but because our floor has become a community. We look out for each other where ever we go and because of this, Saint Louis University is so enjoyable. I've heard similar stories from all of my other friends in different residence halls so it is not a isolated case. I believe it is because of SLU's learning communities. Learning Communities are people who live on the same floor who have similar majors and goals in life. This means that most of the people in learning communities are taking the same classes and experiencing the same hardships which makes it very easy to understand what people are going through and to help each other out. Everyone on campus is really friendly, including the professors! I stopped by my chemistry teacher's office one day because a problem on my test was not graded correctlyand we ended up talking for over and hour about family, gravity, and zero degrees Kelvin! I know it sounds nerdy but it was one of the most interesting conversations I've had. The thing that got me though was he has a lecture hall full of students and he still has time to talk to me for an hour and the only reason the conversation ended was because I had to head to work! The off campus experience is just as amazing. There are plenty of things to do in the city of Saint Louis and SLU students get discounts on many of the nearby performing arts centers such as Powell Symphony Hall and the Fabulous Fox Theatre. At Powell Hall SLU students can get $90 tickets for $10! The metrolink is also nearby which takes you to pretty much anywhere in Saint Louis that is worth visiting. This includes Forest Park (which is the largest park in the world). Forest Park houses the Muny which is the biggest outdoor theatre in the world! I've been to shows there and they have all been so amazing and there are also free seats! So you can go have a night out without spending any money at all! There are art museums and the St. Louis Zoo in forest park also and they are free too. The only thing you have to pay for is the Metro ticket which is $2.25 each way. Can you imagine only spending $5.50 but getting to go to the Zoo, see a profession theatre show, and get to appreciate some great art? No where else can you find a deal like that. The metrolink also stops by the Delmar Loop, which houses tons of restaurants and concert venues. Pi is the best pizza place you will ever go to and I'm not the only one that thinks that, even the President has it at the White House because it is so delicious! Froyo is a frozen yogurt/ice cream restaurant that will tickle your taste buds into delight because no other ice cream shop matches Froyo. Also there is the Pageant, which is a concert venue and I saw my favorite band there! The tickets only cost $18 and I got to get as close as I wanted! There are limitless possibilities at Saint Louis University and there is always something to do on and off campus. If you come here, you're in the prime spot to make tons of great memories with new friends but also to be challenged academically.

    Am learning a lot

    After one semester in my classes at Saint Louis University, I can practically run circles around my old high school friends academically. The classes here are very challenging but great for anyone who truly desires a quality education. It takes dedication and a desire to succeed here at Saint Louis University. When I graduated from high school, I was searching for a challenge because I never really was. Saint Louis University met that challenge head on and I learned more in this first semester than I ever did in high school and lots more than all of my old friends from high school! I was completely thrown off when I attended classes for the first week because they were fast-paced, information filled, and a little overwhelming. I soon learned how to become more organized, manage my time better, and truly learn. These things were not optional, but had to be done so that I could succeed there. For all high school students seeking a great Undergraduate college for Pre-Medicine, Pre-Law, Aerospace engineering, Physical Therapy, or Nursing, this college is top-notch and one of the best in the country for academics. The amount you will learn in one semester here at Saint Louis University will completely blow your mind, and you'll learn more than you could have ever imagined possible.

  • 12/29/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 10 people found this review useful. 2 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Pre-med students- prominent undergrad premed program (Pre Med Scholars program), competitive and challenging, but manageable, strong support system *Business students- great opportunities for everyone (including freshman!), AACSB accredited B school (the highest accreditation), highly rated programs *Any student that wants to do their own thing, or is unsure of what they want to do- contract/design your own major programs, excellent career services, lots of major exploration opportunities and courses (Major exploration course, intro courses that allow you to sample different program within the context of one class, etc) *Things to look into: Honors program, Manresa, Service Leadership, Advancing Women in Leadership, iLead

    Tips for prospective students

    * Get involved on campus! There is so much to do. * Look for an on-campus job early. The jobs are good (great pay, flexible hours, interesting work), but waiting too late to look can mean no job, or working min wage at a local restaurant * Check the bulletin board/newslink/slu connection to find out what is going on at the main campus. There are so many cool things that you may not hear about that are going on. *Check your SLU email! This is probably the most important thing to do. This is the university's first choice method of communication, so not checking it could have disastrous effects. *APPLY, and do it early! It's free if you apply online, and the scholarship apps are due quite early (most of them do not require a separate app!). What do you have to lose?

    Bang for the buck

    The school is really expensive! To be honest, I am not sure if the bang outweighs the buck! For example, the dorms, which are the size of a large one person bedroom, have 2-3 people in them, at a price tag of $4000-$5000 a semester. The interesting part, though, is that there are dozens of off campus apartments and dorms that are half the price, twice as large, and are across the street from the main part of campus! Food is pretty expensive, too; as a commuter, I get $200 a semester for food on campus, where the average meal is $7, which is hard to manage (considering that I not only attend class everyday, but I also work on campus). Between all the fees (rec center, lab, etc), books, and other necessities, it can get pretty expensive. However, Saint Louis as a whole is not an expensive city; there are so many cheap and free things to do around campus. In addition, there are many great and free services, like the Weekend shuttle, which runs a big loop around the city from the campus to the grocery store, the local mall, and Target for free, the free van rentals for students to use, the wonderful and free career services department, and the many free breakfast and lunch programs around midterms and finals time. The university is also generous with scholarships (yet they range from $4000-$13000, while the cost of attendance is around 40K).

    Am enjoying being here

    I am a commuter, so getting involved on campus is very important for me. Saint Louis University really makes it easy! There are so many groups and organizations on campus: CEO Club (for aspiring execs), art clubs, musical groups and much more. As a Jesuit institution, there are many religious and community service groups on campus as well. Also, despite a lack of diversity on campus, there are many organizations for minorities, such as the Black Student Alliance, the Muslim Student Association, as well as groups for Asians and Hispanic students.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes here are great (although I am speaking from a more science-based perspective as a premed student). I took a heavy science load during my first semester, and I liked how detailed the instruction was. Most of the freshman science classes are quite large, so the teachers use things like projectors, microphones, PowerPoint, and RSF clickers to help students stay engaged. The grading curve makes things even better! The lectures can become a little boring, though, and it can be a challenge to stay engaged during classes; however, they are only fifty minutes long, and they only meet three times a week, so it isn’t that bad. The labs, which run almost three hours, are quite different. Although they are quite long, they seem to go pretty fast because the experiments are really interesting. The smaller classes, such as my African American studies course, were even better; I love discussion-based classes, and the instructors really encourage active debate and discussion in the classroom. I am also a business major, and the business school is great! Saint Louis University has a highly respected business school, and a top entrepreneurship program. They also allow students the opportunity to take an intro business class during the first semester of their freshman year that covers accounting, finance, management, and other business fields, which is great for a student who is unsure of what they want to do.

  • 06/09/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    6 out of 7 people found this review useful. 3 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Very expensive but worth it! The financial aid that you will receive will surprise you! You'll be happy!

  • 01/11/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 4 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students seeking a diverse community of learning that focuses in developing educated, well-rounded individuals and not just field specialists with no ability to interact with others. This can also include students looking for a school with the ability to take an active part in religious, social and justice issues.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are thousands of universities in the United States and worldwide; don't be bound to colleges and universities that your parents want you to go to. Make sure that the school that you choose is right for you. Before you decide to visit 50 schools before senior year, take time to carefully look at each and rate your preferences or desires you hope to find in a school. This will help eliminate some stress of applying as you have narrowed your choices from 50 to 5 or 10. Talk with students on every campus you decide to apply to. I didn't do this, but I know now talking with prospective students that it can be incredibly valuable since they don't have a vested monetary interest when talking with you like an admissions office will. While it is by no means necessary, narrowing down a few possible areas of study will drastically reduce the amount of stress with both applying to and ultimately choosing a school.

    Bang for the buck

    The cost of the university may seem staggering when first looking at it, but breaking the cost down makes it more manageable. The cost without assistance is approximately $40,000 with tuition, meals, housing and all fees. However, 97% of students receive financial aid. Merit awards alone range from $4,000 to full tuition. Need-based awards can significantly reduce costs further. The bill may still be large, but in the long run, a Saint Louis University education will make students stand out in the workplace and earn more money than students from other universities and students without formal education.

    Am enjoying being here

    The community at Saint Louis University is incredibly diverse with space for students from every background with just about every major and interest. If you make a conscious effort to make friends, you will be overwhelmed with the number of people you find who have similar interests. The campus is wonderful; it is an urban campus that feels like a suburban campus with the safety and beauty of the campus. There are almost 100 full time professional security personnel making the campus virtually without incidence of crime from urban sources. The campus plants over 27,000 flowers and prides itself on the amount of green space provided to students for enjoyment and beauty. There are also over 125 clubs and organizations that are open to all students, meaning that it is very difficult to not fit in on campus and become involved in a positive manner.

    Am learning a lot

    The programs here at Saint Louis University are world-class. The degree that you will have with the University's symbol will definitely be positive in getting a job in your chosen field in this competitive economy. A set of core requirements break each student from his or her intended major by requiring theology, philosophy and ethics classes to develop holistic people instead of just specialists with little diversity. The lower level classes can be difficult because the professors don't always have an idea of standard levels for classes. This means that a 100 or 200 level professor may expect higher level work and 300 and 400 level professors may require far less than similar levels of classes. At times this can be difficult, but once you get into the upper levels of your intended major, the teachers really get to know each student and work with all classes individually to make sure that they don't simply focus on quantity, but rather acknowledge the factor of quality in education.

  • 12/23/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 5 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who are very serious about getting a good education, putting time into their majors, and meeting very sweet people.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are thinking about coming to SLU just realize that this school is not all party. It takes a lot of work and dedication and you will get out of it what you put into it. It will be very worth your while to go here!

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, St. Louis University is very expensive, but it is worth the money. Not only is the University very generous with scholarships, but the classes are worth your while and once you graduate from SLU, you will turn heads because it is a very prestigious University.

    Am enjoying being here

    Not only are classes extremely interesting and the professors have been helpful, but the students are all very welcoming and friendly. It is so easy to make friends, both freshman and upperclassmen. The location of the campus is also perfect. The view from my room is the arch in St. Louis. It's a beautiful sight. The University puts a lot of effort into keeping the campus clean and beautiful with the landscaping so it is very visually appealing. We are also close enough to so many different shopping centers and activities that it is hard to get bored.

    Am learning a lot

    I was nervous going into classes at SLU because in high school classes were too easy. After being challenged and being put to the test of studying and putting effort into classes, I realized that I was actually learning information, especially in Allied Health biology, chemistry, and in Spanish. Initially I thought I would learn the information well enough to take the tests and then it would just leave my mind. However, I have been able to share with my family interesting aspects of the classes and hold decent conversations with them. SLU's classes are definitely worth your while, and although they may be challenging, they truly test your smarts and dedication.

  • 07/29/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 6 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    It is really awesome that any student has the ability to start any club or organization.

    What to do for fun

    SLU is close to almost everything in the downtown area, and is located in walking distance to the metro-link. They have many activities on campus. The students say you are in walking distance to anything that you want to do.

    Food and Dining

    Awesome! SLU has anything from vegan dining, to smoothies and sandwhiches, to well known fast-food chains. They even have a famers market come so that the students can purchase locally grown fruits and veggies.

    Dorm Life

    I wish that I could be apart of the dorm life, but I am a commuter.

    Academic Rigor

    This will be my first year attending Saint Louis University, so I am not sure on the academic rigor just yet.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tips for prospective students includes going on the campus tour. It is here where you see first hand all the amenities with an actual student as your tour guide. Also, attending the SLU orientation is very helpful because you attend all types of seminars and meet with advisors to help you pick classes.

    In three sentences

    Saint Louis University is a great school with a beautiful green campus. This school offers a variety of classes and community service opportunities to get involved in. It also has small class sizes and a great school philosophy of caring and compassion.

  • 12/12/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 7 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    1) Keep up your high school cumulative GPA because it really does matters when it come for school and scholarship selections. 2) Be involved and stay involved, the more involve in show how outstanding and outgoing you are. That is one of the most important thing colleges look for. 3) Do apply as many colleges and universities as you wish, so that will give you a variety of choices to pick. 4) Apply for a lot of scholarships, take advantages of scholarships offer for high school students because once you're a college student. There are not many scholarships offering for you.

    Bang for the buck

    Saint Louis University is really expensive, but I think the education here is worthwhile investing in.

    Am enjoying being here

    I really enjoyed the Saint Louis University campus. It's beautiful decorated with many flowers in the opening areas. The buildings and classrooms are great, especially the John Cook Business School. Also, I get a chance to live on campus and it's such a good experience. The dorm rooms are great and the cafeteria foods aren't bad as the homemade foods. Also, Saint Louis University has so many programs and clubs for students to join

    Am learning a lot

    Saint Louis University had the best businesses professors, at least for that is what many business students would think. Other students in different majors, probably wouldn't be too interest in business classes. However, they wouldn't deny that the professors are very knowledgeable and make sure the students learned the most out of their classes. Also, they make the tests hard and the questions involving make applications. That made you think a lot and if you passed, it had proven that you master the materials. Even, that some classes that I took are not business courses; but in the end that professors made it interesting and helped me learned quite a lot out of that class. Take theology as an example: I came to SLU with a Buddhist religion and honestly had no interest in learning about Christian religion and all of the other information about it. However, the professor changed my mind. He made the class interesting and fun. Therefore, I was engaged into the class lecture a lot more than I thought I would. In the end, I ended up learning many interesting things about theology and more knowledgeable about the Christian religion than I was before.

  • 10/31/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 8 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Academically motivated, like urban cities

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for every scholarships and grant you can find!

    Bang for the buck

    SLU is mad expensive but the academics and student life are well worth the price. The name of this school on your degree will earn you more money after graduation.

    Am enjoying being here

    When I first started school in August, I thought SLU would be boring...all about the academics. Although almost everyone is very academically focused, this school is so much fun too! I'm a commuter student as well which can be tough, but they really make an effort to reach out and get everyone involved. From soccer games to community breakfasts and Greek rush week, everything is soooo enjoyable!

    Am learning a lot

    The academics at SLU are beyond excellent. I was always a person who didn't have to try in school, and that changed tremendously here. Although it's a lot of work, I am learning more than I ever thought I would. My mind has been blown by this school.

  • 03/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 9 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    All freshman should attend freshman week. It is an eventful week, you meet possible classmates, you get to have fun and you get see what being a Billiken is all about.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to study! This is nothing like high school. The professors expect you to learn the information and to discuss it in class, so be prepared.

    Bang for the buck

    SLU is worth the price you pay. You not only get a great education but you have the staff that is there to help you. It doesn't matter if you go to financial aid, registration or to a professor. It is worth it!

    Am enjoying being here

    SLU has a lot of activities for students. The student center is the main part of the campus and you will find that we have a lot of opportunities at the student center. The campus is also very diverse which encourages you to meet new people and learn about different cultures.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors here at SLU want you to succeed. They are willing to give you the extra time if you are not understanding the criteria.

  • 03/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 10 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Pre-Medicine students-especially if in the Medical Scholars Program Students who want an active religious scene.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a good GPA, and be willing to work for your grade. If you want a big city with many things to do right outside your door, this might not be the school for you, but there is a very active social scene. SLU is very community service oriented, and it will have many opportunities for you to get involved.

    Bang for the buck

    SLU is a rather pricey school. Tuition and housing costs a bit more than $31,000, but the cost is expected to rise next year. There are many resources at SLU that might make it worth the cost. SLU has a strong Pre-Medicine scene. SLU is also pretty good about offering financial aid.

    Am enjoying being here

    The social scene depends on what type of crowd you want to hang with. SLU has its share of frat parties almost every week. Thirsty Thursdays are popular with some students and there is a very active drinking and clubbing scene. If drinking and partying aren't your definition of fun, there are plenty of students who find other ways to have fun. The SLU community is diverse and has very friendly people. It's really easy to make friends here if you make the effort. The floors in the dorms become very close very quickly and they become your second family. If you're part of a learning community or a FIG, you will have most of your classes with the people you live with. It helps everyone bond even more. Although there isn't very much to do close to the SLU campus, the metro can take you to Central West End or the Loop where there are plenty of ways to have fun. SLU also offers a shuttle service that takes students to Wal-Mart, Target, the Galleria (mall), and Schnucks's (grocery store).

    Am learning a lot

    The classes here are definitely helpful, and you can learn a lot from all the classes if you are willing to listen. The general science classes are rather large. The typical Gen Chem class is around 300 students, so it is hard to get personal attention from the professor unless you attend their office hours which they have several times every week. Other classes are smaller, such as Philosophy and Statistics. The professors genuinely care about their students and are willing to help them out. The classes are very challenging. If you want to do well, you must be ready to work hard. There are enough resources available to be successful here, but you must be willing to put in the time and the effort.

  • 01/02/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 11 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Excellent Science program, but harder than other programs Great for Pre-med/Nursing (and has a Med School) Great for Studying Abroad (tons of programs world-wide and we have our own SLU campus in Madrid, Spain) City people (has a CAMPUS feel but the city is right at your fingertips) Theatre/ Sports People (Theatre District 5 minute walk and the Busch Stadium is a short MetroLink ride away)

    Tips for prospective students

    Buy books on-line. I have found that book are MUCH cheaper on Amazon than the book store (though I would still cross reference the price with several sites like the book store, Chegg.com, Amazon, and e-bay. Also, I would advise that for U101 you do not buy the book. We were supposed to read the chapters, and I did at first, but we were never tested on it and we never did any of the pages inside. It's a workbook, so you also can't sell it back. If you do end up a needing it, there is an excellent chance that you can just borrow a friend's. For me, it was $30 down the drain.

    Bang for the buck

    Although it is a whopping $42,000 a year including room and board, they give out quite a bit in scholarships. I think we end up paying approximately $15-17,000 with loans and financial aid a year. The main problem is books. Science books especially are quite expensive; my chemistry book was $265 and my thin Anthropology book was over $100 but you will encounter that problem basically anywhere. Another plus is that the rec centre is fantastic with machines, pools, and raquetball and basketball courts.

    Am enjoying being here

    As a prospective freshman, I was worried about whether I made the right decision but those worries disappeared during Welcome Week. When I was young, I went to a Catholic school until fourth grade. I also grew up in a fairly conservative republican town. Despite my surroundings, I grew up in theatre and those experiences shaped my much more liberal views. I was a little worried that SLU was a Catholic/Jesuit Institution and whether I would feel outnumbered by a more conservative crowd. I was pleasantly surprised to find that there really was a place for everybody. If you want a conservative crowd, you got it. A liberal one? There's a place for you too. Religious, non-religious, Muslim, Christian, Asian, African American. I've made some of my closest friends from the theatre and music department. A bunch of us went to Homocoming brought to us by Rainbow Alliance- a fun dance (with a classy ice sculpture) where everybody was welcome and had a ton of fun. Plus, I love having the city right there. It's literally a five minute walk to the beautiful Fox Theatre where my friend and I staked out the Stage door and got the Cast of Shrek's autograph. Oh, and did I mention that I am a pre-med Biology major with a minor in Anthropology and French? There really is something for everybody here. Also, if you are a party person there is always something going on whether it is a movie in the quad, a club meeting, or a party in the Lofts.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning so much at SLU. I have had some great teachers. Chemistry was a little rough for me; I've never been a fan. I like my teacher as a person and as a teacher for the most part, but I still didn't really excel in his class half as much as I would have liked. It could be his way of teaching, his Russian accent, or my understanding of chemistry. Either way, he really did want us to succeed and he tried to put things in simpler terms. My professor for Intro to Anthropology was so enthusiastic and great that he unknowingly convinced over half of the class to have Anthropology as at least a minor or major. I also really enjoyed my biology teacher. She taught in a way that was easy to understand. I was surprised by how much the teachers really do want you to come for help if you need it.

  • 01/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 12 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Am learning a lot

    Saint Louis University is a wonderful university. The campus gives you the feel of being in the city but also being able to get away from all the hustle and bustle of it all. SLU offers a wide variety of opportunities that caters to students of all ethnicities and backgrounds. There is always something to do on campus form going to a club meeting, playing a game with friends, or attending a sporting event. Saint Louis University is a great university for those who want to further their education by challenging themselves and knowing that they are getting something out of the experience. Saint Louis University has been a worthwhile investment in my future and I will be forever grateful.

  • 02/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 13 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who love community service, hope to study abroad in Spain, enjoy being social, but not dependent on parties every night to have fun, and can conform to rules set in place by administration.

    Tips for prospective students

    Become active on campus as soon as arriving. SLU is a tough school academically and if you do not allot the time for extracurriculars when you are starting out, it will be tough to find the time later. Also, since it does sometimes have the feeling of a small campus, those that get in with administration for jobs and internships develop a loyalty and it is hard to find openings later unless you have some in with whatever you want to do on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    SLU does give a lot of scholarships which help out, but its tuition is quite steep. Depending on the scholarship you receive, you could probably get the same value at a good state school by being very active in service and community involvement.

    Am enjoying being here

    The student body is medium-sized, but sometimes has characteristics of a small, or large school. It is big enough where you don't see everyone all the time, but small enough to where you can create close relationships with a lot of people and teachers. The activities provided by student organizations are often just as good as major universities, but without the hassle of crowds and camping out for tickets. Campus is also a gated in part of the city which provides a sense of security when walking around at night.

    Am learning a lot

    As a public high school student, I have learned a lot about the Catholic faith and Jesuit mission from my time at SLU. Classes are small, which provides a better learning experience no matter what your faith leaning, but they also tend to focus on how the class is relevant to serving others. Besides the everyday grind of learning things for tests, SLU teaches students how to apply what they learn and has many opportunities to do so through retreats and service.

  • 05/11/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 4 people found this review useful. 14 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Catholics, someone looking for an urban setting, someone looking for a medium sized school, someone looking into nursing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a campus tour. I live in St. Louis and I never even knew how pretty the campus was until I toured it.

    Bang for the buck

    It's very expensive, but if you have the money it's a great school.

    Will enjoy being here

    It's a medium sized school in the heart of St. Louis city, there will be a lot to do.

    Will learn a lot

    It's a private school so it's a great education.

  • 06/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 15 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Hardworking students who want to learn a lot for the sake of learning. There is definitely a place for EVERYONE at SLU. Don't be afraid that it's Catholic. I definitely think anyone can go here!

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely visit! When you're there, ask to see dorm rooms in the Reinhart and Gries complex, both in Gries Tower and Walsh or Clemens depending on if you are a girl or boy (respectively). Spend some time where you think you will spend the most time at school - the library, the student center, the gym, whatever interests you most. And check out College Church! It's beautiful. If you have time, go to the College Mass at 9pm on Sundays. It's my favorite part of the week! I might be there playing guitar even! :)

    Bang for the buck

    SLU is definitely not an inexpensive school, but you pay for a world-class education. They also make an effort to get every student some sort of aid, whether it's a merit scholarship or financial aid. The housing is all great quality, and the meal plans are ridiculous. Definitely gained some weight while on the meal plan... Watch out for that. But overall, SLU is worth the money.

    Am enjoying being here

    I LOVE being at SLU!! There is a great campus life and the housing situation is great. Everyone who lives on campus is closely located - especially freshman, who occupy two dorms. It creates a great community of students. There are activities nearly every night - basketball games, movies, concerts, all sorts of things. Sometimes I wish there was less to do so that I wouldn't have to miss anything!

    Am learning a lot

    At SLU, all students are required to take Intro to Theology, Intro to Philosophy, and Ethics. Even from these first few classes I learned so much, especially how to think. All of my professors have outstanding backgrounds and tons of experience. Most of all, all the professors care that you learn something that matters, not just memorizing facts and dates. They really want you to come out of SLU with a world-class education!

  • 02/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 16 of 80

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    Campus Safety

    overall i do feel safe when it comes to campus security, my only complaint so far is that in the biggest of dormitories, there has been an increase of technology watching the dorm but less security guards at the actual front desks and more patrolling the campus. in all honesty, i would rather have security guards on watch of the front desk then students. because the front desks are now attended by students 24 hours a day. that would be my only complaint.

    Greek Life

    greek life is not huge on the campus, but there are plenty of sororities/fraternities to choose from if interested in getting into one. fall rush is really big when it comes to sororities. most of our greek life is dedicated to service and certain activities involving community service or certain majors and interests. so if it is a desire to get into greek life, then check it out.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are plenty of clubs and activities to choose from, and the numbers significantly grow daily. i joined the intermural lacrosse club for a season and it was so great. i felt better that i was participating in a group and meeting new people along the way. a lot a of groups do a lot of activities, ranging from school work to going to the city museum every so often. it is a good bet to find out more information about clubs and activities here and slu.

    Great for these types of students

    this university is great for students who want a rigorous education, a diverse education, and the passion to follow the jesuit teachings. the jesuit teachings provide us with the strength to do good inside the university and spread that good into the community and the world, whether by education, religion, community service etc.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    unusual traditions??? the only one i know of is patting the bronze biliken statue's belly for good luck. after that, no...

    Bang for the buck

    my true opinion: slu is very pricey, and is getting pricier. but in most cases it is worth it for the education being received.

    What to do for fun

    despite being in the city, you have to look for most fun off of campus and around the st. louis area, it isn't very hard, but there are a lot of curfews in certain places. but slu does a good job in putting on fun activities on campus the student activities board does a lot of planning to get people motivated to stay on campus to have a little fun.

    Food and Dining

    the dining services on campus are good. if you have no taste for any dorm food, (which is totally understandable on most days) there are plenty of options to choose from. whether it be on campus, or off a few steps away. i definitely enjoy the extra dining options most, and the meal plans they have set up for us is really convenient with my certain tastes on different days.

    Dorm Life

    i am really happy i chose reinert to be my dorm for this year, i really like the environment of the space, and my roommates are awesome. depending on which floor you live on it can get pretty noisy, but it'll stay out in the hall if you let it. everyone is really friendly and is most importantly here to work.

    Academic Rigor

    i feel that i am getting the most out of my classes overall, i cannot say that my experience with all of my teachers so far have been the greatest, but majority of them give as much help as they can.

    Tips for prospective students

    definitely have a routine to get things done, or prepare certain ways to keep up with classes, homework and activities. the dates and assignments pile up fast if you become too relaxed and not be responsible. saint louis university is no joke!!! (this is especially for students who plan on taking multiple chemistry courses throughout their four years.)

    In three sentences

    overall i am really enjoying life in college. the university has equally blended the rigor of academics with love for serving the greater good of the world. i am really glad i chose to go to slu.

  • 01/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 17 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Pretty safe, but do not go outsides frequently

    Greek Life

    The buildings here look live some of those in ancient Greece.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs, but I did not join too much. I suggest you join and share your life here.

    Great for these types of students

    Engineering students and International business students may consider this schools. The majors are very good here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Music hall. Someone told me that a rumors had that there would be ghosts at night there. I am not sure cause I did not see anything before.

    Bang for the buck

    the tuition is little expensive, and you may consider to apply for some scholarships

    What to do for fun

    School party is the best part for fun. Besides, they offer cars to shops every weekend. It is nice if you do not have a car but would like to go outsides for free

    Food and Dining

    Sometimes the food is OK, sometimes not good. However, they have many coffee bars and other restaurants here.

    Dorm Life

    If you like to be quiet, you should apply for an apartment dorm here. If you like to share something, you may consider Griesedieck hall. I prefer apartment cause the price is equal to the dorm in Griesedieck.

    Academic Rigor

    Engineering and International business are two hottest majors here. If you would like to seek a chance to be in Boeing company. Come and look at here. Besides, the other majors here are good as well. Teaching quality is nice at all

    Tips for prospective students

    If you would like to be majoring in Engineering, and you may consider this school. The school has a college that good at teaching the knowledge of engineering

    In three sentences

    People here are nice and warm enough, and the environment of this school is beautiful. The mascot is also cute enough. Besides, most of the teachers here are kind.

  • 02/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 18 of 80

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    What to do for fun

    I go out with my friends as much as I can or I am with my friends in my room playing video games.

    Food and Dining

    The food is really good because you have so many different choices on campus and off campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is good because you will make friends really quick and you can just relax and do what you want with your new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is really good because the professors and the other students will test you academically.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips for other students would be is to study more because the high school studying will not cut it here. The second one is to be careful in the winter around black ice. I have fallen on my share of black ice to know where it will be the next time. Lastly go to every event that you can because each event that SLU offers is a good experience to get out and have fun.

    In three sentences

    Saint Louis University is a good place because the atmosphere is a light and welcoming feeling. There are people everywhere to help with anything and everything is relativity close to where you live your first year. Just the amount of people at SLU that want to make new friends is amazing and everyone is nice to each other.

  • 07/11/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 80

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    Tips for prospective students

    Consider this school. It is very worth your time and effort.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is very reasonable. The work with you to help pay off you fees.

    Will enjoy being here

    People are friendly and very welcoming. The teachers help you with anything at all.Everyone treats one another like family.

    Will learn a lot

    Phenomenal. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming. The students have more one-on-one, because of the smaller student to teacher ratio. The ideal school for any up and coming college freshmen.

  • 09/07/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 20 of 80

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    Bang for the buck

    Although SLU is very expensive, if you can afford to go to this school, I would recommend it.

    Will enjoy being here

    Saint Louis University has an amazing campus, and everyone seems to be so friendly with you. If you are looking for a great college, this would be a great place to go.

  • 11/02/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    21 of 80

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    Bang for the buck

    SLU isconsiderably expensive but they offer scholarship packages to help every single student in their quest to earn a degree. The experience is well worth the money and I haven't regretted choosing SLU for a second, despite a price that might scare some prospective students.

    Am enjoying being here

    I feel like I belong here more than anything. Not only is St. Louis an amazing city to live in but the unity and community that SLU fosters is incredible. I can't imagine a better college experience thus far.

    Am learning a lot

    I could not praise the programs here more. I had no idea what my majors entailed before coming to SLU and the extent that each would reach. The classes have a great 13:1 student-teacher ratio so I get one on one time with teachers, making the learning environment even better. I'm in my sophomore year and feel like I've already learned more here than I did in 4 years of high school.

  • 01/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 2 people found this review useful. 22 of 80

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    Great for these types of students

    All students

    Tips for prospective students

    Be well prepared, the time goes by fast. teachers are awesome

  • 01/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 23 of 80

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    What to do for fun

    There are many entertainment opportunities on campus; whether it be from hanging with friends, checking out a play or going to a local party, there is always something fun to engage in!

    Food and Dining

    many dining options are available, but quality is not always the best.

    Tips for prospective students

    If applying to Saint Louis University, try and do your best on the admission essay questions.

    In three sentences

    Saint Louis University pushes the Jesuit mission. The goal of the university is to educate the whole person. Also, SLU believes that serving others makes for a better society.

  • 01/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    24 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    being located where it is there is not much crime on campus, and security really makes their presences known. buildings are secure and have to be accessed with student id's after certain hours. and there are call stations located all over campus and at night students can call for escorts back to their dorms.

    Clubs and Activities

    slu has lots of stuff to keep students busy and to make connections with other students.

    Great for these types of students

    students who want to be academically challenged, and want to get a great education in a part of the country that is growing and expanding all the time, with lots of great job opportunities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    one great event that slu hosts every year is the gypsy caravan every memorial day weekend, it is lots of fun shopping the neat and different items a person can find. also slu has a great commitment to community service and they have volunteer days through out the year.

    Bang for the buck

    saint louis is a great big city with a small city feel. the cost of living is a great deal lower than other places in the country so your dollar goes farther, we have a great public transit system, and lots of areas to sight see and hang out in.

    What to do for fun

    there is a theater on campus and bowling, there is the fabulous fox theater, and powell symphony hall just blocks away. there are several museums, art galleries, and the world famous zoo, and all most all of the museums and attractions in forest park are free!!!

    Food and Dining

    being located where it is there are a number of on and off campus choices for dining. a student can have almost any type of food they want from mexican to greek to asian, or pizza all on campus or within walking distance.

    Dorm Life

    i can't say much for dorm life, i live off campus and commute, but from what i hear and have seen the dorms are nice and safe.

    Academic Rigor

    slu really pushes for academic excellence and integrity. they also offer a number of services to help a student succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    slu is not cheap, study hard, find scholarships come take a tour of the campus and all it has to offer, there are lots of places to work both on and off campus and public transit is easy to use.

    In three sentences

    slu is a beautiful campus in the heart of mid-town st. louis, mo. slu offers a wide variety of courses to chose from. the staff are all very accessible and want to see you succeed.

  • 03/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    25 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    campus safety is good on campus. even though slu is not located in the best part of town, the security on campus makes me feel safe. the department of public safety patrols at night in their cars and on bike. there are also emergency poles with phones on them located around campus. they also provide escorts late at night if a person needs one.

    Greek Life

    greek life at slu is great and different than other universities that i have heard of. i am involved in greek life here, and i am very glad that i am. the emphasis of being greek here is not only about having fun and making new friendships, but it is really about expressing and living out the values of the sorority or fraternity. the entire greek community is supportive of each other, rather than competitive. everyone holds each other up to a high standard of conduct, as well.

    Clubs and Activities

    there is a very wide variety of activities and clubs to choose from at slu. a lot of clubs involve service or social justice themes. in addition, there are a lot of clubs for people interested in different sports (ultimate frisbee, outdoors club, extreme kayak club, etc.). there are also a lot of clubs associated with academics or majors.

    Great for these types of students

    slu is great for students who care about their education and who care about broadening their worldview. every student who comes here experiences growth in some way due to the education here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the biggest joke about our campus is the unending and increasingly bizarre plethora of statues scattered about campus. they are everywhere, and many of them are extremely weird and creepy. many of them are of naked people or angels. one is a mixture of a male and female parts, with a gaping hole in the chest. others are children reading or sitting on benches. no one understands why they are there or why they are so strange, but they definitely make the campus unique.

    What to do for fun

    since slu is located right in midtown saint louis, there are interesting things to do throughout the city. forest park is a popular attraction which includes the free zoo, science center, art museum, and history museum. i personally enjoy going downtown to watch the cardinals at busch stadium. another fun area nearby is the central west end, which is filled with restaurants and shops. on campus, most people just hang out in apartments or dorms and go to the sporting events. the student activities board also offers fun things to do on the weekend like spa nights or have small bands come in to perform or movie nights.

    Food and Dining

    overall, the food is good for college cuisine. the best place to eat on campus in my opinion is abp in the student center, which offers soup, sandwiches, and salads. there is also a subway on campus, which is wonderful. terra ve offers vegetarian and healthier options for food, which is also one of my favorites. the only complaint i have about the campus food is the inconvenient weekend hours.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life is very fun here! i lived in a learning community my first year at slu, and that was a great experience. i was able to meet other students with the same interests as me, and we became one big family. however, i will say it was difficult to meet people besides those who were on my floor last year. it would have been fun to live in the main freshmen dorm instead.

    Academic Rigor

    academically, slu is an excellent university. i am constantly being challenged and my mind and worldview are expanding all the time. so far, one of the things i have come to value most about slu has been the holistic view to an education that we have here; the liberal arts education allows students to connect many aspects of life into one comprehensive education.

    Tips for prospective students

    do not be afraid to get involved right away. if you do not make an effort to meet people, it will be difficult to meet them. also, be aware of campus safety by always traveling in groups, especially at night.

    In three sentences

    saint louis university is a campus bustling with diversity, excitement, and opportunities. the education is top-of-the-line, and there are many ways to get involved. this university has a place for everyone, no matter what your background or interests are.

  • 03/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    26 of 80

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    Campus Safety

    This school is in the middle of the city so safety is a priority here. there are public safety officers throughout the campus all day and all night but things still happen when people take the city life for granted from walking to a store by themselves at night or bringing home a guy while tipsy. it's the student's job to be street smart.

    Greek Life

    Though I am not in Greek life, it is a very popular life to be apart of on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are countless clubs and activities to participate in. there are clubs for different cultures, community service, and sexuality.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to be academically challenged and went to a school that challenged them. also students who like the city life and is a people person.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a building that is technically on campus but seems to be off campus because you have to cross and 2 intersections to get to it. it is pretty creepy at night since you pass a gas station too so i know a lot of residents there who aren't big fans of it.

    Bang for the buck

    Slu is an expensive school and i feel like you pay for the name of saint louis university. It offers great classes but some can be very difficult. to pay so much for a school and not do so well in a class can hurt but they push for excellence.

    What to do for fun

    There are countless activities on the weekends at slu to do from dances to movie nights. plus, basketball games are pretty big here.

    Food and Dining

    Personally, i'm not picky so i love all the variety and slu from there normal dining hall to their burrito place and chick-fil-a, it offers plenty of variety. even one that is open until 2am.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great! Even though it is a small room you may have to share with someone you don't know, they try to match you up with a person with similar patterns as you from what time you wake up to your cleanliness. Depending on the building you live in and the price you want to pay plus where on campus you want to be, everyone can find a place for them.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes here can be academically challenging at times but as long as you keep up with steady studying habits, you can make it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should be open-minded to the diversity at slu because we have a large population of international students. Also, do not take your first semester for granted because your grades can be strongly affected if you take the first semester easily.

    In three sentences

    Saint louis university is a great school to attend if you are determined to have a prestigious school behind you. It isn't too small nor too big, so you are able to see the same people but different people everyday. If you are to attend this school for any of its science programs or math programs, be cautious that they aren't easy but seem to weed out the weak in the first year.

  • 03/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    27 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is continuously improving. There hasn't been a time when I felt unsafe on campus. DPS has your best interest in mind and it is very comforting.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is an awesome way to get involved in the community and make lifelong friends. However it is not mandatory and you still make amazing friends without it. SLU has a great balance of greeks and non-greeks.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is so much to get involved in at SLU. There is something for everyone's interest. And if you want to start a new club its pretty easy too.

    Great for these types of students

    For students who like coffee and great sandwiches, Cafe Ventana is a block off campus and is an excellent place to study or catch up with a few friends. For students who like to exercise, Forest park is about 3/4 of a mile away and has many paths for running, walking or biking.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rubbing the billiken's belly for good luck has to be the most popular tradition on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    The best bang for your buck would have to be the restaurant Pappy's Smokehouse. It is a BBQ joint with nationally recognized food at reasonable prices. There aren't too many places near campus that are cheap for college students.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many activities put on by different programs on campus as well as many things to do that are in walking distance from campus. Going to the city museum is only a cab ride away but a worthwhile experience.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of options for dining and especially if you are vegan or vegetarian. However, the hours of operation could be a little more accommodating to the late night schedule of students.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. Living in Reinert is a bit of a pain because it is kind of far from the rest of the campus, it seems cut off.

    Academic Rigor

    The faculty at SLU want you learn and to succeed in life. In all of the classes that I have taken the professors have challenged me in a variety of ways. Applying the concepts to the real world seems to be most important.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to be open and meet a lot of people, its what makes your time the most enjoyable. Get involved but don't get over involved that you have no time for yourself.

    In three sentences

    It is a great place to go to school I could not imagine being anywhere else. The campus is beautiful and well kept. They are very passionate about the students.

  • 03/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    28 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have people monitoring our front desks of every residence hall 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We also have the Department of Public Safety that is always around. We also have SLURIDE. If you are stuck somewhere late at night and don't feel comfortable walking home, you can call SLURIDE and they will send someone to come and get you and escort you home. All around campus they also have emergency phones that will immediately dial out to DPS and 911 if you are ever in trouble. For being in the middle of Saint Louis, which is supposedly one of the most dangerous cities in the country, I have never felt unsafe anywhere on or near campus. Obviously bring your common sense along with you, but in general, campus is well-protected and students feel safe here. It's a second home.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is not dominant here. There are no Greek Houses on campus and there is no hazing involved in the process of pledging. Sororities and Fraternities get kicked off campus for hazing. Greek Life is a great way to meet a lot of new people, to create some great friendships, and to have a social calendar. It is a time comittment, so be aware of that going in, but I have many friends that are in frats or sororities and they love it! If you don't want to do a traditional Greek setting, pledge APO. APO is a co-ed service fraternity on campus that has fewer of the traditional practices, but is completely dedicated to service! It's a great way to meet people and get involved in service opportunities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a million and a half clubs on campus and there are several fairs during the year where clubs set up booths and you can roam through the quad getting free information and usually free water bottles or food of some kind while learning about each of the clubs you have interest in. SLU has intramural teams, service fraternities (Alpha Phi Omega), Greek Life, sports teams, musical ensembles, clubs that address student health, clubs that organize large events on campus, clubs dedicated to ethnic dances, etc. If you can't find it on campus, it's also extremely easy to start up your own club!

    Great for these types of students

    SLU is great for anyone who is willing to serve their community and their campus. SLU is great for people who are driven and ambitious (especially if you are on that pre-med track). SLU is also great for people who are interested in meeting people that are kind and people that care about their community.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Our mascot is the Billiken. So what is it? Well, it looks like a leprechaun and Buddha mixed together... but it's a mystical, mischievous creature that brings luck. There are different amounts of luck based on how you come into possession of your Billiken. You get certain amounts of luck for buying your own, receiving one, giving one away, or for the most luck, you have to steal one. Kind of interesting mascot... We know. Just call it a Bill to avoid the fact that it's a little strange. Also cool fun fact? The movie the Exorcist? Based on a true story... that happened at SLU. Some of the priests involved? Father Reinert, Archbishop Ritter... As in Reinert Residence Hall and Ritter Hall... if you are really interested in the story, they have an entire section at the library dedicated to it and a man there who is very knowledgeable about the whole ordeal. Kind of cool.

    Bang for the buck

    Is SLU expensive? Yes. I personally have to take out loans for each year of my education. But, if you take the time to apply for scholarships and if you have a strong academic background from high school, you can afford to go here. There's a lot to do here and the catholic jesuit education is a unique one you won't get at a state school. You have an integration of service, community, and academics and SLU is dedicated to educating and helping you develop all parts of yourself, not just your education. You have access to a lot of resources and a lot of great opportunities. I feel that you will get the most out of what you pay for here if you take advantage of the programs, resources and events that SLU offers.

    What to do for fun

    There's a lot to do if you know where to look. There are speakers here all the time, concerts, sports events, and intramurals if you want to get involved during your free time. There are restaurants close by and the fox theater is just down the street. If you have a car there are several malls close by. There is a full mall with a movie theater in brentwood; just a few exits away! There are little strip malls with thrift stores and antiques with places to eat close by as well. Forest park and the zoo are also close by and both are free! There is a bowling alley just down the street which also has a movie theater attached. The grassy areas on campus also make for great places to either relax, or play frisbee, wiffleball, soccer, or to toss around a baseball.

    Food and Dining

    The dining is slowly improving. The food service here is actually doing a great job of responding to their suggestion boards. Students write what they want to see as far as food variation on these boards and usually within a week they try and add this into their regular rotation of food. It's nice to feel like you are being heard!

    Dorm Life

    I was fortunate enough to have a really great floor of people that I've stayed friends with all year. I live in Reinert Hall and I really recommend trying to live there your first year. You have tempurpedic beds, private bathrooms, individual air conditioning and heating, a cafeteria just downstairs, and access to study rooms that are open 24 hours a day if you don't want to trek all the way over to the library. If you are sociable the first few weeks, you'll meet people and your floor will feel more like home.

    Academic Rigor

    If you are pre-med, expect to spend many dedicated hours hitting the books. Your first year, even your first semester, will be particularly difficult and telling as far as how committed you are to staying on a pre-med track as well as whether or not you are able to keep up with the rigorous amount of work you are given. Do everything you can to make that first semester successful: talk to upperclassmen, live in a learning community, go to office hours, befriend people in your classes, etc. The pre-med track is no joke, so be prepared to have to catch up to a learning curve and to not always do as well as you may be used to doing. However, with the rigorousness of the program comes a great reputation: SLU has one of the top ten pre-med programs in the country.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for scholarships often and apply for a lot of them; the tuition is rising yearly and it's already very expensive so be realistic! Get involved; SLU is particularly well-known for being involved in community service and volunteer opportunities so if you have any interest in humanitarianism and getting to know a lot of great people in the process, SLU is a great place to do that. In addition to service, come ready to work in your classes. SLU has rigorous academics but a great reputation for a well-rounded education as the curriculum will include exposure to classes like theology and philosophy in addition to other core requirements that cover an expanse of topics and disciplines.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful; it is extremely well cared for and it's a beautiful place to walk around. The academics are very challenging, particularly if you are pre-med, but the program has a very good reputation. The student population is in general very personable, not greek dominated, and dedicated to involvement and service opportunities.

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    29 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There has been a few incidents with robbers, but SLU is now upgrading its security.

    Greek Life

    The greek life is not substantial here, for this school is not a party school.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for every subject matter and everyone should get involved in the clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for pre med students. The classes are challenging, but I think it will prepare you well for the MCAT.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The most serene location on campus is the clock tower. This is the center of the main campus and a common place for ideas and community.

    Bang for the buck

    SLU is quite expensive, but you will get a lot out of the school if you participate in their events. They give free food, shirts and other stuff almost every week.

    What to do for fun

    SLU is always having some type of event going on every week.

    Food and Dining

    The food is quite amazing here at SLU. The chefs here strive to make their food more healthy and better for their students.

    Dorm Life

    Although freshman dorms are very typical, SLU has amazing dorms when you become an upperclassmen.

    Academic Rigor

    SLU excels in academics and wants students to do the same. They have renowned teachers that will challenge you but also make you a better person.

    Tips for prospective students

    For a prospective students coming to SLU, I urge them to become a part of a learning community, which will help them make friends during the crucial first week of their freshman year. Learning communities can help you meet people that have the same majors or interest as you.

    In three sentences

    Saint Louis University is a University that strives excellence in the Jesuit way and opening the minds of its students. It focuses on philosophy and community service, to better understand the world we live in and to make it a better place. SLU requires of its students excellence and tolerance to others.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    There are fraternities and soroities. There are no Greek houses though.

    Great for these types of students

    There are fraternities and soroities. There are many more student organizations for all sorts of interests.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Humphrey's is a bar right next to campus that gives you a new, small plunger to drink out of on your 21st birthday and beyond. Welcome Week is also a great way to meet friends that you will keep for a long time.

    What to do for fun

    There are quite a number of music venues in the area that all sorts of artists and bands play. There is also the zoo, City Museum, and parks to explore.

    Tips for prospective students

    I advise you to make sure you seek out all the chances for scholarships because the school is pricey.

    In three sentences

    Saint Louis University has great oppurtunities. It is right in the middle of a city that has many available internships and leisurely activities. The school offers great professors for courses.

  • 06/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Long story short anything and everything. There are so many different clubs to do it'll make your head spin ranging from tennis basketball racquetball to sword fighting and quiditch (the harry potter stuff) not to mention just hanging out with friends on campus or enjoying reading a book in the library or quad or laying out in the quad on a hammock for relaxation.

    Food and Dining

    This is where it gets tricky. the cafeterias varies wildly daily and depending on the dorm you stay in. The other eateries on campus though are very good, including the over priced subway. There are also a ton of great places within short walking distances all around campus

    Dorm Life

    This can vary heavily on what you make of it and where you live. Most of the living spaces are great including for freshman. on-campus apartments are really nice as well. freshman may want to try to get Gries which is very close to the gym and for on-campus apartments the village is the way to go

    Academic Rigor

    For the most part SLU's system is very challenging. Many times however, a course may be over complicated by TA's or professors. The key is just finding the good professors among them all. rate my professor will help you here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Slu is a great school for new students. most of their staff are readily willing to help students with any issues they have. SLU has many different programs for students as well including club sports, general interest clubs, academic programs, help programs, etc.

    In three sentences

    A nice sized campus including the main campus and med campus. Full of a diverse group of students. Many interested classes to be taken.

  • 06/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They have 24/7 armed security n cars, bikes, and on foot. Call them if you need a escort to or from where ever. Grand Blvd. is in the center of campus and very busy when you go to a game or late dinner let security know and also wear somehting bright at night for your safety and others.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is huge and SLU does not allow hazing but there are so many Greek organizations that pledges have to do a lot of things in the community to help the less fortunate and that way evryone wins.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs and activities are too numerous to mention. There is a club for everything and everyone. SLU website has evey club every made. The good thing about that is if you don't see a club, make one and Student government will help you.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like to be involved in everything then this is for you. Holidays are really nice and if you love halloween then you are in for a treat not only do you have costume parties but area children homes and groups come and you get to help them with games and make sure they get as much candy they can carry.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Welcome week at SLU is crazy in a good way not only do you see some of your teachers but you will also seeing the different clubs you can join. They offer all kinds of contest and you can win things for your dorm room and school supplies.

    Bang for the buck

    To save money volunteer at campus kitchen. They often have can food or baking items that they have to throw out instead a lot of students use this and have a good time making things for friends or your self so that you don't have to keep eating fast food.

    What to do for fun

    Chaifetz arena is on campus they have concerts and programs for everyone. SLU has a lot of sports fun from Soccer at midnight to just walking around the campus. Have a car you are 5 min away from the cardinal stadium and shopping areas.

    Food and Dining

    Food is good. On SLU campus they do have Humphrey's bar and grill and it is open everyday until 3am. Picklemens next door they have pizza and deli its good.

    Dorm Life

    I never stayed at the dorms but I have been in them they are really nice and you have security and front desk open 24/7 they have free shuttles from your dorm to classes as well.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging and you have to be devoted to your school. The instructors pile on a lot of homework and class work as well. If absent have a good reason because you miss one day of class it feels like 2 weeks.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't me nervous and just be yourself. There is always some one to help with any issues and confidential and supportive. SLU is strict and make sure that no laws are broken. No drinking and smoking.

    In three sentences

    The campus is wonderful and it is always something to do between and after classes. Student Government works hard for students and every day something is free: food, movies, games and concerts.,

  • 06/22/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    many to choose from

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Welcome Week is great for Freshman

    What to do for fun

    Many concerts, near forest park, cardinals game, fox theatre, organization activities, sports, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Good meal plans and options for dining.

    Dorm Life

    Develop close relationships with roommates and floor.

    Academic Rigor

    The curriculum is challenging, but the university provides many services to help the student succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus. Learn about scholarships.

    In three sentences

    Saint Louis is located in an urban environment that provides many opportunities for students to succeed in their studies. The students and faculty are welcoming and helpful. The school has many different organizations and activities for students to participate in.

  • 06/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    SLU has a wonderfully active club environment. Everything for history clubs and Equestrian clubs to Engineering and LGBT. I would highly recommend joining and becoming active a SLU club or two.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    SLU has an awesome soccer team that you should definitely come support if you have the chance to visit the campus.

    What to do for fun

    What to do for fun... hmmmm. Good question. Ocassionally you can take in a baseball game if you like slow and boring sports. The do have a free zoo, art museum, history museum and science center (although they close soooo early).

    Food and Dining

    Well you can definitely prepare for food and dining. Some actually very good, but you must know that's all you will get. The only thing that Saint Louisans can do for fun is eat.

    Dorm Life

    I have not lived on the dorm. I live in my own apartment, off of campus. ITs a nice neighborhood, but there's never much to do in Saint Louis so I wouldn't look for a part town atmosphere.

    Academic Rigor

    The studies are very competitive and are very accurate. I have occasionally noticed that the text book is not very well chosen. I would prefer that the text be chosen with the thought that the student will keep and refer to these texts for years to come.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would highly suggest that as a student you keep open lines of communications with your professors and advisors. Any questions or advice you need can all be obtained from them and they should be used as often as possible.

    In three sentences

    Its a good school, where the advisors are always open and welcoming to discuss your issues and concerns. Most of the professors are very competent and able to connect with their students and help them move forward in their studies. I only wish the computer science and engineering departments were a bit more flexible to give students a more rounded variety of study.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to the free basketball games!

    Food and Dining

    Gries dining hall food has its ups and downs. The brunch is awesome.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms is fun. You'll meet some of your best friends in the dorms and bonding in those small rooms will set you up for lifetime friendships.

    Academic Rigor

    If you study the right amount, classes aren't awful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Order books before you get to school.

    In three sentences

    Meeting new friends is easy thanks to the fun orientation experience. Figuring out what classes you need to take is a breeze thanks to their Career Services. The campus is beautiful and easy to get around.

  • 07/03/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Consider Saint Louis University

    In three sentences

    Saint Louis University is a wonderful school with a beautiful campus. It has many different majors and programs for students. It is a little pricey but there are a lot of scholarship and grant opportunities to ease the price but the education is worth it.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    For being in St. Louis, I'd say very safe compared to the East Side.

    Greek Life

    Definitely not like in the movies, much more devoted to serving the community

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are faith based, service oriented

    What to do for fun

    It's at the heart of downtown St. Louis so you're in the middle of excitement.

    Food and Dining

    A+ on the food, provided you go to the restaurants on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I'm currently commuting but the dorms are suitable for living. Small, but definitely workable.

    Academic Rigor

    Be focused and be on top of things. Don't waste your tuition. Do your best in class. Also know that students are competitive.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class, academics are top priority. When it comes to being social, meet as many people as possible. You learn so much from people.

    In three sentences

    Saint Louis University is a private Jesuit school that promotes quality education of mind, body, and soul. Every student I know that goes there loves it. And every high school teacher I know that graduated from there is remarkable.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Just as they have any kind of dorm you could want, so to do they have any type of food you could imagine! They are getting a Chipotle on campus, who doesn't love Chipotle?

    Dorm Life

    Any kind of dorm you can imagine they have! They have too much to review, but if you can think of it, they have it

    Academic Rigor

    The classes I am enrolled for my first semester challenge me like I have not been while they are not over bearing. I get to take classes of my major right away, I do not have to wait until sophomore year like I had to at other colleges I looked at.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are a ton of 'ice breakers' through out the summer and even a welcome week which is one long school get together! Don't worry about meeting new friends or getting adjusted, you will feel right at home.

    In three sentences

    An amazing school that encompasses faith, athletics and education in the perfect bundle. If that is not enough, the campus is stunning and decorated with statues, fountains and beautiful foliage. But don't judge the school off of my review, why don't you come and see for yourself.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    DPS officers spend too much time focusing on writing parking tickets than watching out for students.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is not the best and does not have a big voice on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who have unlimited funds. Students who do not need to work to pay for school expenses. Great for students who have cars because it will be necessary to get around as transportation is not the best in St. Louis.

    Bang for the buck

    Not worth the money. Many hidden fees can significantly increase tuition costs.

    Food and Dining

    Good food options, food staff not really the best though. I like that we get healthy options and various other choices aside from the typical cafeteria options.

    Dorm Life

    Not the best options for on campus housing. Most buildings need to be renovated/ painted, thoroughly cleaned.

    Academic Rigor

    Pretty academically challenging, depending on degree/school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn about your credits, what classes work for what degrees, etc. Get involved into groups.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful setting with a nice amount of flowers, trees, and green spaces. It is located downtown in a slightly dangerous area. Overall a good location; good positioning, close to metro, grocery stores and others stores and facilities.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Campus activities, historical sites (the Arch), restaurants, movies, theatres, book stores

    Food and Dining

    Fabulous!

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are wonderful, but could use some updating

    Academic Rigor

    Incredibly difficult academics

    Tips for prospective students

    Manage your time wisely. Make a schedule and learn to always follow that schedule.

    In three sentences

    SLU has rigorous academic standards. The diversity on campus adds to the entire learning experience. The variety of opportunities allows students to reach their full potential.

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Billikens after dark is great.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many incredible restaurants and so many cultures right near campus!

    Dorm Life

    Everyone is friendly and helpful.

    Academic Rigor

    It's challenging but there's adequate help for students to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Wear cheap flip-flops in the showers

    In three sentences

    It is a great campus. The teachers are incredible. There is no limit to the resources available to help students succeed!

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It's an open campus. Criminal activities (thefts, etc) usually happen off the campus and late at night (you usually wonder why these students are walking in these places alone at that time of night). Generally, I feel safe.

    Greek Life

    Not very big on this campus...

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a club for almost any type of group.

    Great for these types of students

    It's great for any student who is serious about education, but can still have fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The billiken is the school mascot which is a very weird looking creature!

    Bang for the buck

    I think so... You will definitely get a good education. Aim for a scholarship to help with bills!

    What to do for fun

    A lot of things are free in St. Louis. Museums, the zoo, botanical garden, etc are all in relatively close range.

    Food and Dining

    Good food options of some major chains.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is average. Good to experience as part of college life.

    Academic Rigor

    Attending classes is highly beneficial - don't skip! Exams are challenging, but fair.

    Tips for prospective students

    As an international student, I value diversity and intermingling of cultures. There are a lot of different cultures here (mostly American and Asian though) but not a lot of intermixing.

    In three sentences

    It is one of the most beautiful campuses ever. The professors are genuinely interested in your success. However, tuition is a little expensive.

  • 08/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    While St. Louis has one of the highest crime rates in America campus safety is really cracking down. Muggings and violence are becoming less common on campus as the Department of Public Safety is hiring on more personell to man the campus after dark.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs on campus that it would be impossible to name them all. If a group of five or more people are interested in starting up a club, SLU makes it happen. However, finding out and getting active in these clubs requires some research.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are a hard working student who prefers a Christian education SLU is the #1 place for you. In addition, if you are seeking out a city school with many events to attend while going to a top notch school, I would highly recommend SLU.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Some days half of class is cancelled due to Catholic holidays.

    Bang for the buck

    SLU is very pricey, however the top not academics and beautiful campus help justify that pricetag. I would recommend SLU to others, especially the Physical Therapy program.

    What to do for fun

    SLU is located in the heart of St.Louis. I often take a free visit to the zoo, history museum, art museum, or Forest Park on the weekends with friends. There is also an abundant amount of music and theater events going on year round.

    Food and Dining

    There are fast food options and healthy options offered at SLU's campus. However, repetition tends to be the downfall as many of the dining facilities serve up the same food on a weekly basis.

    Dorm Life

    The freshman dorms are good at keeping the entire building up to date on campus events. However, once you move into upperclass housing the flow of information tends to come to a halt unless you actively seek it out.

    Academic Rigor

    The DPT program and many other SLU programs are very rigorous. I plan out my entire week over the weekend to ensure I get all of my work done on time, while still making time for destress activities such as visiting with friends and working out. On average I study at least 3 hours a day.

    Tips for prospective students

    Incoming freshman use a planner! Write every assignment, paper, and test down as soon as you receive a syllabus. Also, venture into new study methods--utilize your classmates. Don't be afraid to have some fun as you discover your newfound independence but keep yourself grounded. Find friends with common study habits and extracurriculars as yourself.

    In three sentences

    SLU is a top notch school that really focuses on keeping their students healthy physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. The academics are regularly top rated nation wide. SLU works to provide stress reduce and alcohol free events to balance out daily student life.

  • 09/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is safe, but some of the surrounding areas can be a little dangerous at night.

    Greek Life

    There is an ample amount of Greek life to be involved in.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities to be involved in.

    What to do for fun

    There is a mall about 10 minutes away. The central west end has tons of places to hang out. Also there a tons of campus activities to get involved in.

    Food and Dining

    There are many places to eat in and around campus. New restaurants are being opened frequently. Many restaurants are within walking distance of campus.

    Dorm Life

    I do not know how dorm life is because i do not live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on what classes you take and what teachers you get you can be overwhelmed in course work. The classes are meant to challenge you and make you work hard. If your not afraid to put time in to studying it will be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to work hard and focus on your schooling. Get to know your teachers and take advantage of their office hours. Do not take all of your hard classes your first year.

    In three sentences

    Saint Louis University is a great school. The campus is beautiful and has plenty of places to go hang out in surrounding areas. The teachers at the University are very helpful.

  • 09/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Visit the Arch, the City Museum, the Botanical Gardens (free!), the Zoo (free!), or one of the many parks, including the MASSIVE Forest Park! There's a ton to do here!

    Food and Dining

    Chick-fil-A in the student center? Yummy!

    Academic Rigor

    It's tough and they expect a lot, but it's doable -as is any school that's worth attending.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just walk around campus and get a feel for the vibe of the school and the students.

    In three sentences

    It's a pretty campus surrounded by a large city, although you don't get the large-city feel here. Everyone is friendly and always willing to help. The campus is clean and welcoming.

  • 11/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Very expensive tuition.

    What to do for fun

    Explore Saint Louis! Visit the arch, eat and shop on the Loop, or walk Forest Park.

    Food and Dining

    Many food options distributed all over campus.

    Dorm Life

    Depends on which dorm. Do the research to find out.

    Academic Rigor

    Philosophy and Theology classes can be difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't rush into picking a major.

    In three sentences

    Safe campus with many resources available to further studies. Academic advisers are very helpful. Teachers are also great and very helpful.

  • 11/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The school has its own officers in addition to the occasional St. Louis police officer on campus 24/7 so you always feel safe.

    Greek Life

    if you don't get into Greek life it can be hard to make friends, so many of the students get into it and I know they really love it. The only issue is they don't have houses

    Clubs and Activities

    endless, no matter what you're into you'll find a club for it on campus

    Great for these types of students

    the majority of students on campus are upper class and white, while this doesn't pose a problem or anything some people do feel awkward or out of place.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the Billiken, enough said

    Bang for the buck

    A little on the expensive side, but well worth the money. You know you're getting a quality education.

    What to do for fun

    You're in St. Louis! There are endless things to do off campus in this awesome city, in addition tot he thousands of events going on on campus throughout the year

    Food and Dining

    College food is college food, although there are a variety of other places on campus besides the dining halls to keep your pallet fresh.

    Dorm Life

    Like anywhere dorm life is what you make of it; the school doesn't exactly have the nicest dorms in the world but they're still good.

    Academic Rigor

    The science and foreign language classes here are extraordinarily tough. SLU takes those departments very seriously and expects a lot from their students in those areas. Besides that the classes really aren't too bad.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you can afford the school, while their benefits packages are always very generous, like everywhere the cost of education is rising. You don't wanna get halfway through your program only to transfer away because of money issues.

    In three sentences

    SLU is a small oasis in a big city. It's one of the most beautiful campus's in the nation. It has some of the most kind and helpful students you'll ever meet.

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is downtown in one of the most dangerous cities in the country, yet the huge DPS force manages to keep it incredibly safe and untouched by the surrounding city. I never feel uncomfortable or threatened.

    Greek Life

    Is frowned upon by the university, but popular with the students. A huge amount of people rush, but they don't have their own houses or anything special.

    Clubs and Activities

    Huge variety of clubs, everyone will be able to find their nitch, or maybe 2-3.

    Great for these types of students

    People from Jesuit/Catholic high schools, people who are very service oriented, and those looking for a serious place.

    Bang for the buck

    This place is expensive but--if you go to your classes, you'll see why.

    What to do for fun

    Take the metro to the Loop, drive down to Chase Park Plaza movie theater or ride your bike down to Forest Park. There's also a Goodwill in walking distance, hookah bar's and tons of restaurants.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are nothing special, but there's a huge selection of on campus eateries that you can use your meal plan flex points towards, they have something for everyone.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are much smaller than average and the floors aren't very tight knit. People keep mostly to themselves and there aren't many options.

    Academic Rigor

    The pre-health, physical/occupation therapy, psychology and engineering programs are all top-notch and intense, you'll see what you're spending your money on right away.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't commute. You'll most likely transfer away because it is an entirely different, excluded, solitary world not living on campus. You NEED to be at the heart of it all.

    In three sentences

    Don't be put off by the fact it's a private catholic school. People are warm, sincere, generous, and will welcome you with open arms and minds. This place will change your soul.

  • 01/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do on and off campus. There seems to always be something going on on campus. Whether it is a sporting event or a club is holding an event. Also, since the campus is located in the city there are many things to do and places to go.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the cafeteria is alright. There are also plenty of other places to eat on campus that are great to eat, including Subway.

    Dorm Life

    I love where I live! I know everyone on my floor and we get along and have lots of fun together.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are somewhat difficult but there are many resources on campus to help students succeed. Going to tutoring is not looked down on.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to a college that you can see yourself at. Pick a major that interests you.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school with wonderful teachers. The campus in beautiful. I believe that there is a lot to do on campus and that their are many resources there to help students succeed.

  • 01/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    St. Louis has several things to do like museums, a great night life, free events around the city and great restaurants. Around the campus there is not much to do. One must always travel to find activities to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to understand how much everything costs and ensure that you can afford it without taking out private student loans.

    In three sentences

    The advisers and counselors and wonderful and always helpful. There is not much financial aid and scholarships given to students. The school is too expensive.

  • 01/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Despite being in not one of the safest cities around, SLU does an excellent job providing the most safety possible to students. All residence halls have 24/7 security desks, where non-SLU visitors must check in and out, and SLU visitors must do the same after hours. RA's are always on-duty or on-call, and the Department of Public Safety is only a phone call away, although the officers are usually close by. SLURide is an escort system that will take anyone anywhere on campus (or within two blocks away) at any time.

    Greek Life

    About 20% of campus is Greek, so the presence isn't overwhelming but is certainly prominent (in a good way). You won't be ostracized for not being Greek, but you won't be living in a Greek-only world if you are. There are no houses, only a Greek-only dorm option for sophomores. Rush week is in the fall.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of options and there's always something for everyone. If they happen to be missing what you love most, it's not too hard to get a club started. From sports to service to academic to things like Dumbledore's Army, SLU's got something for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Welcome Week is a huge deal at SLU. It's tons of fun, jam packed with activities and opportunities for new students to get familiar with campus, have fun, make new friends, and ask any questions they have. Oriflamme student leaders help on move-in day (literally taking all of your stuff and bringing it to your room for you) and stick with you throughout the week to help out and answer any questions you might have.

    What to do for fun

    So many options! Apart from hanging out with friends or going to parties on campus, there's always student sponsored events going on, clubs and activities, or sporting events. Off campus and close by are the Central West End and the Loop for shopping and eating, the Galleria (the mall), Forest Park (bigger than Central Park, which has a free Zoo, a museum, and tons of open and sports fields), or go downtown and explore the city! All of these are accessible by walking or the metro-link.

    Food and Dining

    There's quite a lot of variety as far as food goes both on and nearby off-campus. The two dining halls offer buffet style meals three times a day, with certain items available daily and special menu items changed out each day. The menu can be found online. There are also other places to eat on campus including Salsaritas, Fusz (wraps/salads, grill, and italian), Grand Market (Chick-fil-A, italian, wraps/salads), Au Bon Pain, Subway, and a couple cafes. These places take Flex Points and some have a swipe night once a week where a meal swipe can be used to buy dinner rather than eating at the dining hall. There's a Papa John's and Jimmy Johns right off campus, as well as a campus-favorite, Pickleman's. Down the street are a couple restaurants, or you can head down to the Central West End or the Loop for tons of dining options and some shopping. Or head into downtown STL!

    Dorm Life

    My dorm life experience has been great. I have a great floor and RA, and from what I can see all of the RA's are good and pretty well liked by their residents. The rooms, though small like all colleges, are easy enough to get used to. In Griesideck there are only doubles, with community bathrooms and showers, however other res halls have singles, doubles, triples, and a few quads. One dorm has a suite set-up, where two doubles are conjoined by a shared bathroom. All res halls have a community lounge to hang out in, play games, watch TV, and study, a great place to meet new people. Another lounge offers a stove and oven for cooking and baking. Underclassman are required to live in on-campus housing.

    Academic Rigor

    My experience so far has been that SLU offers challenging courses and has high academic standards, but nothing too overwhelmingly difficult. As a health sciences major (which has one of the more difficult course loads) I have been challenged most by the transition between high school and college class expectations and setups in general. The hardest part has been taking both biology and chemistry at the same time, a requirement for med students. But there are TONS of student help services, including tutor services, writing help, professor and TA office hours, TA help sessions, and supplemental instruction sessions, all of which are free of charge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make personal contact with the admissions counselor! They love to hear from you and will help you in any way they can.

    In three sentences

    SLU is an incredible Jesuit institution and a great place to be! Fun, friendly people, helpful, dedicated faculty and staff, a gorgeous campus, good academics, and a service centered mission are all some of the things that makes it such a good place. It's a smaller campus with a lot of energy, passion, and spirit.

  • 01/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There have been about 3 reported muggings within the first five months of school. Campus is pretty safe, it's the wandering off of campus that will get you in trouble.

    What to do for fun

    I go to the mall on occasion which isn't very far.

    Food and Dining

    There aren't many places to use your meal swipes at. The places that accept flex dollars are a little pricey but the food is decent.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on where you stay, dorms may be small but they are overall nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Work is difficult, but possible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to work extra hard. Be open to making new friends. Get involved in as many extra curricular events as possible.

    In three sentences

    Campus is nice. No building is more than a ten minute walk. People are generally friendly.

  • 01/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel safe on campus. Campus safety is a priority here.

    Greek Life

    Not a member...yet.

    Clubs and Activities

    Really enjoying my service fraternity and Habitat for Humanity experiences so far!

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students that value good relationships with their peers and professors. Everyone here is on a high level career path.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Sunday night Mass keeps me grounded. Everyone goes!

    Bang for the buck

    Everyone is so committed to my success!

    What to do for fun

    Lots to do for fun on campus. I mostly love just hanging out in the quad in the hammocks!

    Food and Dining

    Food is above average....a good effort for dorm food.

    Dorm Life

    My floormates are friends for life!... Such good friends!

    Academic Rigor

    Tough- but fair. It's nice to be in a place where all the students value education...

    Tips for prospective students

    Come Visit! You will be soo suprised! I was!

    In three sentences

    I absolutely LOVE this university! The faculty and students identify with my life vision of trying to impact the world in some way. Our mission and vision are right on track every single day!

  • 01/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There's a robbery or shooting happening every day almost. In terms of safety, this campus is lacking severely. Its become a joke on campus now.

    Clubs and Activities

    Wide variety available to all.

    Great for these types of students

    Engineers, Pre-Med, and Business bound students should come here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rubbing the Billikens stomach supposedly brings good luck.

    Bang for the buck

    SLU is too expensive, and not as highly ranked as other Universities that deserve to have a high price tag. Dorm life alone costs about 10,000, which is a ridiculous amount of money.

    What to do for fun

    Find friends quickly, otherwise the college life will be quite boring and mundane. With all the school clubs and activities, however, this won't be hard.

    Food and Dining

    SLU unfortunately saves food from the day before sometimes (in dorm cafeterias), therefore many people are subject to spend hours on end on the porcelain god. The food that is in Grand tastes good, but with the limited selection/variety, it gets old the more times you go.

    Dorm Life

    I hear dorm life is very rough. Especially when you go take showers.

    Academic Rigor

    Some teachers are passionate about what they teacher. Others are just there for their paychecks. Find the passionate one, or suffer the consequences. In regards to the classes themselves, most of the classes you leave at the end of the semester actually taught you things. Others are a different story. Find the classes that tailor most to your degree, and you will enjoy academics more than ever.

    Tips for prospective students

    For a university not as academically ranked as somewhere such as Washington University or Harvard (various Ivy Leagues as well), this school is very expensive. Try not to focus on just Saint Louis University, as there are other less expensive options out there. If you're dead set on coming to SLU, get your elective credits elsewhere, such as UMSL, to avoid mounting costs.

    In three sentences

    While the school is very well known as the heart of Saint Louis, it is quite expensive for being a school that is mediocre compared to Washington University. The campus is very well maintained and folks are nice. The diversity of the University is what draws me in.

  • 02/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The recreation center is pretty big. I always find someone that wants to workout or play sports there. Many of my friends live off campus but right next to it so we hang out a lot at their apartments.

    Academic Rigor

    Really depends on the major you intend to pursue.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your professors, counselors, and advisors very close to you. They are more then willing to help and the guide in the direction you should be headed to.

    In three sentences

    Not a bad school to attend at all. People are really nice all over campus. There is always something fun to do around here, on and off campus.

  • 02/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    SLU is relatively safe but St. Louis isn't. There are campus safety cars, and officers around all the time, and I've never had any problems with safety while I've been here.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is really great here. It definitely seems to be more about the philanthrophy (there aren't houses here) because people really join greek life to make friends and just have another activity to do.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs for everyone here, from sports to academics to service clubs. If you can't find a club you want, you can always create one. The rec center also offers classes for a nominal fee.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that want to challenge themselves and are willing to work very hard for their degree. SLU is not for slackers or people who just want to party. Parties do happen here but academics are always the biggest focus here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mardi-Gras is a big St. Louis tradition that most SLU students participate in.

    Bang for the buck

    SLU is expensive if you don't have scholarships but most people I know have a relatively hefty scholarship. They have entry-level programs that you can earn graduate school degrees in which probably is money-saving in the long run.

    What to do for fun

    Go to SLU-Ruba, the outdoor pool at SLU, in the warmer months, basketball games, Forrest Park, Art Hill ect.

    Food and Dining

    The dorm food really isn't that good, but the other options on campus are. Meal-Swipe nights at different dining locations offer dorm students the option to get different types of food during the week which is super nice.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms themselves are not very great but the sense of community there is what really makes them what they are. Most of the freshmen all live in the same building which is kind of fun because changes are your friends are only a couple of floors away. The dining hall is also located in the freshmen dorm building so you go meet all of your friends and eat together.

    Academic Rigor

    SLU is very academically challenging, the professors plus you to the limit. I think anyone who gets a degree from here is very qualified for whatever they do.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are interested in some type of allied health or medical degree, SLU has some great entry-level programs such as PT, AT and OT. They also have med-scholars program.

    In three sentences

    A very asthetically pleasing campus, especially in the Spring, SLU is very medically-oriented but there are majors here for everyone. Its a private-jesuit college so there is a sense of community and service here. Students are very driven and the environment is close-knit yet intensely academic.

  • 02/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Saint Louis University is all about safety. DPS officers regularly patrol campus either on foot, by bike, or on segways. Throughout the entire campus are emergency telephones that link directly to DPS. Finally, each student has a student ID card that must be used to enter into any dormitory or any building after hours.

    Clubs and Activities

    Saint Louis University offers a wide variety of clubs and activities. If a club is not offered, a student can create a club.

    Great for these types of students

    SLU is great for the type of student that wants to be a well-rounded individual. All SLU students take classes in the different areas of studies in order to meet core requirements, which creates a multidimensional individual.

    What to do for fun

    There are several things to do for fun at Saint Louis University and in Saint Louis. At SLU, going to the REC, attending cultural events, and attending social events are just a few examples of fun things to do on campus. Going to one of many movie theaters, going to a mall, going to the Arch, and going to Forest Park are some fun things to do in the city of Saint Louis.

    Food and Dining

    There are several options of food and dining on campus. However, the quality in the food does not match the price of the food on campus. Cooking in your dorm or apartment is the best way to go.

    Dorm Life

    Saint Louis University offers several on-campus housing options. Each location has its own advantages and disadvantages. For example, the main freshmen dorm is centrally located and offers great amenities, but it often has unexpected fire drills, which can be a good thing but not when you are sleeping.

    Academic Rigor

    Saint Louis University is in the middle of the pack in terms of academic rigor. None of the classes are cut throat, but some classes, particularly sciences classes, are harder than others.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would highly suggest getting involved on campus as soon as possible. It is a great way to make great friends! Don't be afraid to talk to your professor. They know what they are talking about and can help.

    In three sentences

    Saint Louis University is overall a wonderful place to go. It offers a wide variety of academic programs and clubs and activities. Most of all, it is one of the most beautiful campuses there are.

  • 02/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel very safe on campus. When it's late, don't be out by yourself, but I have never had a problem or felt unsafe.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many options and different opportunities for you to get involved with a group you'd like.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do in Saint Louis. A group on campus hosts events every weekend, but you can easily go off campus. Central West End is right off of campus. The metrolink can take you to anywhere in the city, like Forest Park or to the Galleria

    Food and Dining

    There are good food selections, but the hours of the dining halls are inconvinient, especially over breaks.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm I am in is nice, but most of the freshman dorms are too crowded.

    Academic Rigor

    There is always a lot of homework, but depending on what classes you are taking, it may be simpler work or harder work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for a lot of work. Stay on top of things. Do not fall behind. Do all of your homework.

    In three sentences

    Saint Louis University has such a great environment .

  • 03/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many programs that students are able to get into. The school holds movies nights, parades, volunteer activities that actually are fun.

    Food and Dining

    I do not stay on campus so I do not know.

    Dorm Life

    I do not stay on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not take on too much. Do what you can so you can do your best. If you take on too much, you might not do well in classes.

    In three sentences

    Saint Louis University is everything that I have been looking for in a school. I am in the School of Professional Studies Program where I go completely on-line and it feeds my every need. I love it and I am so glad that I found it.

  • 03/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never once felt unsafe on campus. Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers are always on patrol, I always walk in groups, and SLU Ride will pick you up if you ever do feel unsafe. St. Louis can certainly be a dangerous place, but if you stick close to campus and are smart about where you go, you will not have any trouble.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life does have presence on campus, but not as big as you would find at bigger schools. The sororities are very large compared to bigger schools, with about 200 members in each.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for any interest you may have, or anything you might want to try. I have joined things I could not have imagined before, and have met the most passionate, awesome people in doing so! Most all students are involved in at least one club, but most likely more like 3 or 4. Service is especially important to a lot of students.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are involved in high school and committed to becoming better people. Those who like helping others, studying hard, and who also know how to have fun.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many neighborhoods around St. Louis, and they can all be easily accessed by Metro or cab. The Loop is an awesome hang out spot for college-aged students. On campus, there is always something going on, whether there are parties or non-alcohol events sponsored by Billikens After dark.

    Food and Dining

    There is a wide variety of options around campus. Terra Ve (vegetarian) is a popular option for many, but there is also Chick-Fil-A, Subway, Fusz (hamburgers, fries, etc.), Salsaritas (Mexican). The cafeterias in the residence halls aren't that great, but there are so many other options it's hardly noticeable.

    Dorm Life

    I have met all my best friends because they live on the same floor as me! Griesedeck is a typical college dorm experience, while other residence halls such as Reinert become more of a close-knit community in themselves.

    Academic Rigor

    Students have to study a lot in order to do well, but if you put in the time, the work is not too difficult. Health and science majors have to work a lot harder because the material is so foreign to them, but all of the students are committed to their studies.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to SLU! You will not regret living in a place where your friends are genuine and truly care about you. I now call this place my home.

    In three sentences

    Choosing to attend SLU was the best decision I've ever made. The students and faculty are so friendly, welcoming, and down-to-earth. They have challenged me to become a better person and a better member of my community.

  • 03/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Things happen, but you need to be smart. DPS is always patrolling campus, but I do not always feel safe, to be honest.

    Greek Life

    Not involved in Greek life, but do not feel that I am missing out on anything.

    Clubs and Activities

    Endless opportunities! There really IS something unique here for you.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who enjoy meeting new people who want to be friends with you, students who love adventure, and students who take school seriously.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rock climbing is very new to St. Louis and I have not heard many people become involved in it, but it is so special here! We go to the gym downtown to climb, or make weekend trips nearby to climb outside!

    Bang for the buck

    Great teachers, great friends, sooo many ways to get involved!

    What to do for fun

    I really became involved with the religious community and met a lot of friends through that. I am also involved in the Wilderness Club, and go rock climbing with them! There are parks to run in, shopping nearby, and plenty of people with a variety of interests who are always up to something fun!

    Food and Dining

    There are a variety of dining options and food available at SLU, which makes eating an enjoyable experience. I was very content with the food my freshman year, and always had some extra snacks in my room to enjoy. You won't go hungry here!

    Dorm Life

    I loved my dorm location and floor freshman year! I met my best friends on my floor, my RA was so nice, and it was so easy to meet people. People are respectful and welcoming, which made the transition much easier.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are difficult, depending on your major. There is a lot of work that needs to be involved, but downtime is there for you to enjoy as well. I love my professors and classes. I am always challenged here, which helps me become the best student I can be.

    Tips for prospective students

    Become involved in order to find your niche here; it is very easy to get involved so don't worry! Be open-minded and talk to a variety of people because you can meet the most interesting people in the most unexpected places. Also, know that you have people to turn to here if you ever need anything; nobody should feel as if they need to deal with anything alone---at SLU, you never have to!

    In three sentences

    Saint Louis University is the perfect size school for me because I am able to get individual attention from professors very easily. I can see familiar faces everywhere I walk to on campus, which is nice. I have been able to grow in my faith here, and have met people with the same interests as me.

  • 04/29/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Dorm Life

    I hear it is really fun to live in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    I hear it´s rather challenging.

  • 05/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus, but if I walk on the street right next to campus not so much.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots and lots of organizations on campus. Everyone can find something to get involved in.

    Great for these types of students

    If school is your top priority, and you still want to have a little fun.

    Bang for the buck

    It is extremely expensive, but an excellent school. They give many opportunities to lower costs.

    What to do for fun

    If you want to have an amazing college experience you pretty much have to be part of the Greek community. This is more true for guys.

    Food and Dining

    It is cafeteria food, but an excellent staff.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms for Freshman are not the best, but as you get older the facilities are newer.

    Academic Rigor

    I have had a great experience with my teachers. The teachers usually are doing academic work of their own, but I have had several student teachers who aren't as qualified.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are smart and God is a part of your life this is the perfect place to go.

    In three sentences

    The Jesuit Mission is my favorite aspect of life at SLU. The teachers are excellent and encourage students to get involved in the community. There are so many opportunities to get involved and make a difference.

  • 05/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    DPS is crappy

    Greek Life

    Too much. I hate drinking, and it's too prominant.

    Clubs and Activities

    Just look up SLU groups. Guarantee you won't leave empty handed.

    Great for these types of students

    Someone who wants to do greek life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    an exorcism took place in one of the old buildings on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    It's expensive, and I could have gone to a similar cost school for better credentials

    What to do for fun

    Have to find stuff to do with friends. If you don't drink, you have to make it fun. Bowling and just chilling however are abundant.

    Food and Dining

    Plenty of places to eat.

    Dorm Life

    I don't drink, so it kind of sucks that everyone does.

    Academic Rigor

    Be prepared to work hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's a difficult school. It may not have the name of Washington University or University of Chicago, but you would be surprised as to how popular it is.

    In three sentences

    Saint Louis University is a well-credited school that deserves a more prominent name in nation. The opportunity that the school provides is incredible. My decision to go to SLU was well worth the experiences that I've had there.

  • 05/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I do homework and work on outside school projects for fun

    Food and Dining

    The food is great with wide selection.

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorm life needed

    In three sentences

    I love the campus especially how it is designed cause of the versatility of going outside after every class. The staff there is awesome and very helpful

  • 05/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Ultimate Frisbee

    What to do for fun

    Movies close by, fun local restaurants, free events at Forest Park.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and pay attention. Go to the SI sessions and have fun.

    In three sentences

    A challenging, prestigious school. Offers many different clubs and sports. Volunteer opportunities always available and encouraged.

  • 05/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Department of Public Safety can be seen anywhere. Although we are in a city, I can walk around on campus at night by myself and feel safe. Crime on campus is minimal and there's usually an officer nearby and all reported crimes near or on campus gets emailed to each student along with advice for what one could do if they were in that situation.

    Greek Life

    I am in Greek Life and have found that it provides many opportunities and connections that are useful during your time in college and after! Internships, summer job opportunities, appartments, ways to sell and buy things, connections, service, and socially, greek life has it all.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally a club for everyone at SLU so find your fit during one of the many club fairs out in the quad or do a search online and join as soon as you can. The longer and more you are invested in an organization the more you get out of it!

    Great for these types of students

    SLU is good for the motivated, active, and driven student.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    SLU is known for it's service, Make-A-Difference day is a day where nearly all of the students go out and volunteer for a day. Also the College Church on campus is huge and gorgeous and widely attended by SLU students at the 9pm mass every Sunday.

    Bang for the buck

    All schools are expensive, however SLU offers many scholarhsip options and financial aid, including federal work studies and grants.

    What to do for fun

    Saint Louis is a bustling city full of cool things to do, on campus there are many clubs and organizations that you can find a home in and really enjoy being a part of!

    Food and Dining

    I have never gotten tired of any of our dining options. The food feels qaulity, healthy, and full of variety.

    Dorm Life

    There are many living and learning communities to join, such as the Micah program, that fosters relationships between like-minded passionate students like yourself.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are harder than a state school and require a significant amount of time invested into studying and going to office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard in the first year and don't slack off because it's supposedly easier! Also get involved but make sure to not spread yourself too thin.

    In three sentences

    The school provides many opportunities in the area for jobs and internships. There are many resources available to help guide you on your way. The courses are hard but if you put in the work, they prepare you for the real world and future tests.

  • 06/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    On campus there are lots of clubs (and we have hammocks if you're lucky enough to snag one.) Plus being in St. Louis there's plenty to do around town. There's a brand new metro stop just off campus that can get you nearly anywhere in the St. Louis area and SLU offers a shuttle on the weekends.

    Food and Dining

    Gries brunch on the weekends is the best. There's nothing better than eggs and tater tots (don't hate it till you try it) Throughout the week there's buffet style food in the dorms and all the workers are so nice and they remember little things about you. There's also meal swipe nights so you can get Chick fil A, Salsaritas, Au Bon Pan, or Subway.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are fun. My best experience was the Greek housing but you can find plenty to do in the freshman dorms and plenty of interesting people. I like the fact that the school offers apartments as part of their housing system.

    Academic Rigor

    Be prepared to ask for help. The science and math classes are top notch and the professors will help you or send you to the center for student success. It's likely you'll need these resources. But if you try hard you'll succeed and it'll be worth the effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't worry too much about knowing your major. The advisers are there to help. Worry more about taking classes that you like and making new friends that can tell you about their experiences.

    In three sentences

    SLU is great for people who want to go to college in an area that's not really a college town. There's plenty to do on and off campus. And the degree is well worth it.

  • 06/16/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The billiken itself is... well I wouldn't say unusual, but rather unique, because no other schools will have this mascot! And so we have a billiken on campus and you rub it for good luck!

    Bang for the buck

    It's pretty expensive in my opinion. However, if you're super smart, you will get a great deal of scholarship. The tuition is also based on one year, and not on the amount of classes.

    What to do for fun

    I hear forest park is a big one and OF COURSE the arch! (We also get free passes to the zoo and to some games!)

    Food and Dining

    There are SO many places to eat! So if you don't like it, there are other places to go. The food itself, in my opinion, isn't too bad, but not like 5 star grommet.

    Dorm Life

    Some of the dorms I've visited form other schools seemed tiny, but then I visited Reinert Hall and was like- YES ROOM TO MOVE! It's quite spacey. However, the bathroom is a little not-so good looking. Also, I haven't seen the other dorms, so I can't really say if they're good or not. The learning community however, is a fantastic idea!

    Academic Rigor

    I'm not going to lie to you. Some classes will be challenging, but there's a lot of help you can get in every subject. Also, if you have a lot of hours, it's going to be a little tougher, but in the end, it's all worth it!

    Tips for prospective students

    CHECK THE CAMPUS OUT! Whether you just come for a visit or stay overnight, it's always good to check SLU out.

    In three sentences

    If you like urban campuses, SLU is a great one! Not too far from every class, the campus is just beautiful, and there are SO many things to do! The values that SLU has is also something to appreciate.

  • 07/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Not an on campus student

    Dorm Life

    Not in a dorm

    Tips for prospective students

    Try finding your books at other online venues before purchasing them from the bookstore.

    In three sentences

    The SPS program is wonderful for working adults. The teachers and counselors are helpful and knowledgeable. The classes are not just to help you get a degree but gives you the tools and experience necessary for your future career.

  • 08/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Not the best but St. Louis is one of the most dangerous cities in the USA.

    Greek Life

    A joke here!

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of interesting clubs on campus but all at grossly underfunded and largely overlooked by the administration.

    Great for these types of students

    Rich kids whose parents can afford a new BMW in tuition a year.

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to other schools with better rankings it is very expensive and has lost a lot of its prestige due to infighting among the administration. It's has a locked in tuition hike when other schools are freezing their rates due to the recession. For a catholic school it isn't very accessible or merciful, they want their money that is for sure.

    What to do for fun

    Washington avenue on the weekends, humps, and that's pretty much it nowadays.

    Food and Dining

    Very poor quality, variety, and price is unreasonable.

    Dorm Life

    Crowded overpriced and low quality!

    Academic Rigor

    It's a tough school but nothing unmanageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you can get at least $20,000 in non-loan aid then go but anything less its better to find a good state school.

    In three sentences

    SLU is expensive,possibly too expensive for what it is ranked. They nickel and dime you and even with scholarships your still paying double roughly as some top state schools who are ranked higher. The debt required for middle class and lower class students to go into in order to attend is bordering the line where it is just not worth it.

  • 10/08/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    72 of 80

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful and its full of kind-hearted people. I really enjoyed my tour of the school. I am definitely applying for this college.

  • 10/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    73 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Motivated

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Humphreys is a local bar/restaurant where students go all the time. It is small, but increases the sense of community among all students.

    Bang for the buck

    SLU is pricey, but worth the cost. The education you receive here is top notch.

    What to do for fun

    I love attending the Billiken After Dark events. They host a weekly trivia and several holiday themed events that everyone goes to. This helps to create a sense of community on campus. I am also in several other clubs that help to create fun events on campus such as speakers and dances.

    Food and Dining

    SLU has a lot of variety of food. They use the program called Chartwells that provides great food all around campus. You also have more popular options such as Chic-fil-a and Subway.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms become families. I made some of the greatest friends thanks to dorm life. At SLU, you have a variety of dorm options that allow you to choose what fits best for your lifestyle.

    Academic Rigor

    SLU has great professors and intelligent students. Although it may be hard work, you will definitely learn a lot. Professors are always willing to work with you if you struggle.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to work hard academically. Make sure you remember social aspects are just as important as academic work. Enjoy it while it lasts.

    In three sentences

    Saint Louis University is an extremely diverse campus with amazingly intelligent students who are constantly striving to gain more knowledge. It is a great place to figure out what you want to do with your life because they offer a lot of resources that aid the decision making process. It is a bit pricey, but the campus is beautiful and worth the cost.

  • 11/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    74 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The food is bland and repetitive but it a good concept and there are good food places on or near campus.

    Dorm Life

    Some of the freshman dorms could use updating and heavy renovating as far as I can tell. It is not fun getting stuck in elevators

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are very good. Fast paced but good

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't come here if you are looking to get by with easy classes. It wont happen. At least not in the health professions. DO come here if you are interested in Cytotechnology ;) there is a small number of us. DO come here if you are interested in actually learning things and being cared for by your advisors and mentors.

    In three sentences

    I love this school for the academics. They push participating on campus a bit too much for my tastes. I find this campus, the professors, and older students here quite lovely!

  • 12/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    75 of 80

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Roam around campus!!! There are so many beautiful buildings!!!!!

    Food and Dining

    There are tons of options when it comes to dining! You can always have a healthy lunch , dinner and breakfast! Or if you want a coffee, there is even a Starbucks!!!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is definitely the best experience for a college student, and since there are so many places around campus - it keeps the semester fun and exciting!

    Academic Rigor

    Academics can be challenging, but the beauty is that all of the professors make an effort to help each and every student!

    Tips for prospective students

    Take the campus tour when classes are in session! It's so much fun to be on campus any time of the year!

    In three sentences

    Jesuit educational values! Honesty, relationships and opportunities for growth. Very driven students and Professors!

  • 01/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    76 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Great, given the area that the university is located.

    Great for these types of students

    Religious, Catholic, Upper Middle class

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rub the Billiken for good luck during finals!

    Bang for the buck

    Though SLU is great, it is not worth the money. The education is no different than what could be gained at a state school. It's even quickly dropping in ranks.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good, considering that it is dining hall food. There is even Terra Ve, for vegetarians.

    Dorm Life

    Due to learning communities and first-year interest groups, it's easy to make friends in your residence hall. They hire great RAs, so that's very helpful.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are not extremely difficult. However, they are not all taught extremely well, increasing the rigor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for tons of outside scholarships, because you will not earn much from SLU. Take advantage of all of the opportunities to make friends.

    In three sentences

    Saint Louis University is a great school for those who learn best in an environment in which they spend more credit hours in the core than in their major, due to the school's Jesuit style. It is also great for religious students, although that is not required. unfortunately, SLU is very pricey and scholarships are not very high in value.

  • 01/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    77 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Don't walk anywhere alone at night and you will be fine. There are services for rides to and from your apartment/dorm if you need to leave someplace. However it is Midtown and there are higher crime rates in the areas surrounding SLU. Some of that crime seeps into our area.

    Greek Life

    Greek life isn't super prominent. I joined a fraternity and dropped it within a year. There is no housing for the Greeks, however there is a sophomore dorm, DeMatt, that only Greek students can live in. Father Biondi was actively against Greek Life at SLU, but he just recently announced his retirement from School President.

    Bang for the buck

    While the price tag on tuition is fairly steep, I would not do anything differently in my college search. Saint Louis University is a well established school, and is only on the up. If you are heavily into college football, you're out of luck because there is no team here, but the Billiken basketball team plays at the fairly new Chafitz arena and are often NCAA tournament bound.

    What to do for fun

    It is in the middle of St. Louis. There are tons of things from the Forest Park, to Botanical Gardens, to City Museum. There is also a great night life down on Wash Ave. or the Soulard area. I have been to St. Louis for nearly four years and still am impressed with fun new things to do around the city.

    Food and Dining

    Since my freshman year (2010), the food options have steadily gotten better and better. The dorm food made me sick coming in, but now it is tolerable. However, there are tons of alternatives on campus, and plenty of great college-aimed restaurants within safe walking distance as well.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm situation is pretty bleak, if you are not in Griesedeck, Clemens, or Walsh your freshman year you are not in the greatest location. Aside from that, the rooms are nothing to be bragging about, but after all, it is dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    SLU is no cakewalk, no college is. However, there are plenty of dedicated professors that will do all that they can to help you succeed. As long as you show you are committed to their course and not slacking off, you will likely get an extra push when it comes to deciding those on edge grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    Saint Louis University is a great place to branch out and meet people from all walks of life. Diversifying yourself at SLU is made easy by all the extracurricular activities offered. SLU has a ton of great programs including business, pre-med, as well as engineering.

    In three sentences

    Saint Louis University draws you in with kind people, a beautiful campus, and strong academics. While the area surrounding campus is somewhat dangerous, the University is committed to keeping the students safe. Above all, SLU is a unique jesuit institution that strives to give every student the opportunity for success.

  • 02/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    78 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Since we are in the middle of a big city, it is important to know where it is safe to go and where it is not.

    Greek Life

    Many people participate and really enjoy it, but you will definitely not be left out if you decide not to join.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is something for everyone here and so many ways to get involved.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone passionate about service and community. Anyone who wants the busyness of a city as well as an actual college campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Make a Difference Day is a huge campus-wide day of service that happens each October. A large portion of the student body volunteers with their floors or student organizations and spends the day doing service somewhere in the community.

    Bang for the buck

    It is expensive but such a great place to live and learn!

    What to do for fun

    Since SLU is in the middle of the city, it is fun to explore different parts of the city to eat, see shows, etc. There are always events going on around campus and plenty of people to spend your time with.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in things that interest you right away. Commit to your academics and take them seriously, but also spend your time doing things you enjoy.

    In three sentences

    SLU is a unique campus full of charismatic, outgoing people who want to make a difference in the world. Students here are committed to the Jesuit mission of being men and women for and with others, and there is a strong emphasis on academics, leadership, and service throughout campus. The atmosphere here is a welcoming and inspiring one.

  • 03/24/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    79 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    I like that SLU offers FLEX dollars along with meals. You have the option of how many meals you want with varying amounts of flex dollars per week 8 with $480, 10 with $350, or 14 with $130. The flex dollars are basically like dollars except of course they have the face of a Biliken. After your freshman year you can choose a meal plan with $140 flex dollars and no meals. The meals plans can be changed at semester.

    Dorm Life

    I have only visited the school, and I have applied for housing. Some of the dorms are really nice since one of the buildings used to be a hotel. The dorms here are bigger than most although it is off campus. Not to far, but still something to consider.

    Academic Rigor

    Especially good school for students going into pre-med or for students wanting to be nurses. If you want to be in the pre-med program, pay close attention to the deadline. It's in December and easy to overlook if you don't keep an eye out for it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus. Only then will you really be able to see if you can picture yourself here. If you go on a tour, do it during the school year that way you have a better feeling of what the school is like. The summer tours are still pretty good but it's better to see what the University is with all its students.

    In three sentences

    The campus is truly beautiful as well as the chapel. Some people worry about the fact that the University is in Saint Louis, but SLU has impressive security. A great place to stay close to your faith and grow.

  • 10/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    80 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Obviously in an urban area, so just use common sense and don't go wandering a mile off campus alone at night. DPS is always patrolling and I've never felt unsafe.

    Greek Life

    20% Greek, but no houses here due to Saint Louis zoning laws. Instead, greeks live in their own dorm and share apartments. Events are still great and their presence can be felt very positively on campus

    Clubs and Activities

    So many to choose from. Performance groups, community service, major related, over 300 to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    Academic, Pre-Med, Business, Religious, Sport fanatics.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Make a Difference Day involves over 5,000 students coming together to help the broader Saint Louis community.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely Pricey, but they're programs are well known.

    What to do for fun

    Bar Scene, Greek Events, Intramural sports, Exploring Saint Louis. I'm never bored on campus

    Food and Dining

    Panera, Starbucks, Chik-fil-a, Panda Express, Qdoba, Subway, Jamba Juice, and so many more chains making their way to campus, as well as university facilities. Local food is great as well.

    Dorm Life

    Great experience living in the dorms, but they're currently a little outdated. New revamps are coming the next year though.

    Academic Rigor

    Tough courses, especially the Bio/Chem programs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be aware that this school is challenging academically. The party scene isn't on par with state schools, but the local bars and apartments have things to suit your needs, if you're into that. Be aware you can't go out every night and expect to make it here

    In three sentences

    Saint Louis University is a community service driven university dedicated to educating the whole of a person. Rated Top 10 Pre-Med in the country, it's a great place for medical and health science careers.