Admission Policies

Deadlines

Admission consideration and notification are made on a continuing or “rolling” basis, unless otherwise noted below.

Documents

Note to all applicants: The application and all supporting documents become the property of Saint Louis University. By written request, in limited situations, we will forward a transcript to another institution.  In addition, by completing the application and providing supporting documents, you have agreed that all the information submitted is true and accurate to the best of your knowledge. 

Waitlist

An applicant may be placed on a waitlist, at which time additional credentials or information may necessary before an admission decision will be made. A waitlist applicant will usually be required to submit additional or more recent college admission test scores, seventh semester grades (or a transcript of the present semester’s grades in progress) or to schedule an interview with the Office of Admission.

Adult Freshman Applicants

An adult freshman applicant who graduated from high school more than five years prior to the date of intended enrollment generally must meet the requirements set forth for all freshman applicants, with the exception of the college admission test score. These applicants must provide satisfactory evidence of preparedness and may be required to submit personal resumes or to meet with an admission counselor for a personal interview. Adult freshman applicants will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Provisional Admission

Provisional admission is a process offered to students who want to enroll for the fall/spring semesters but have not completed their admission files by the established Aug. 1/Jan. 1 deadlines respectively. Copies of transcripts showing academic work attempted at the collegiate level and, if fewer than 24 credits are completed, copies of the high school transcripts are also required to be presented to the Office of Admission for consideration for provisional admission. All admission standards are adhered to during the application review process. All official academic transcripts must arrive in the Office of Admission within four weeks of the first day of classes. Students who fail to comply with this requirement will be withdrawn from the University, and the tuition refund will be issued according to the calendar published in the Schedule of Classes.

Once the Office of Admission receives the official documentation; the student will be notified in writing regarding the official admission decision and the transferability of credits. Because academic credentials are used for academic advising, the student who enters under this policy takes full responsibility for any duplication of courses, extra costs, in-course changes, etc., that result from his/her provisional admission. Students admitted under this policy who withdraw from the University for reasons other than those stated will be subject to the standard refund policy detailed in the Schedule of Classes.

Conditional Admission

Conditional admission may be granted to a student who does not meet the basic academic criteria necessary for admission to the University. Extenuating circumstances must be presented for consideration in such cases. Any student entering under conditional admission status is subject to an evaluation after completion of the first semester’s work by a committee within his/her chosen college or school to determine the student’s eligibility to continue a course of study at Saint Louis University.

Admission with Prior Academic Probation

Students applying for admission to Saint Louis University who are on academic probation at another college/university at which they were most recently enrolled, are subject to a thorough review. 

Admission with Prior Academic Dismissal

Students who have been academically dismissed from another college or university and who are applying for admission to Saint Louis University may be considered one year (two semesters) after the dismissal. Applicants are subject to a thorough review.

Admission with Prior Disciplinary Dismissal

Students who have been dismissed from another college or university due to disciplinary reasons may apply for admission to Saint Louis University. Applicants will be subject to a thorough review.

Admission with Prior Adjudicated Guilty or Conviction of Felony/Misdemeanor

Students who have been adjudicated guilty or convicted of a felony or misdemeanor may apply for admission to Saint Louis University. Applicants will be subject to a thorough review.

Early Entrance

Students who are recommended by their high school principals will be considered for admission by the Office of Admission and by the appropriate school’s or college’s academic officials following the completion of their junior year in high school. This provision is intended to serve applicants of unusual academic caliber and promise who will benefit from early entrance to the University. The Early Entrance program will accept qualified candidates with or without a high school diploma, with the intent that the applicant will complete the requirements for and receive a high school diploma. Additional examinations may be required beyond those normally used for admission consideration.

GED/HiSET Applicants

A high school equivalency diploma will be accepted in place of high school graduation if the applicant has scored at least 550 on each subsection of the General Education Diploma examination (GED). An applicant must submit an official score report.

Non-Degree Seeking Applicants

These students do not plan to pursue a degree at Saint Louis University. These applicants must meet the same requirements as freshman or transfer applicants, respectively.

Readmission

Any Saint Louis University student who has not been enrolled for three consecutive semesters including summer session must reapply for admission following the requirements of a transfer applicant.

Students returning to the University after an absence of 10 years or longer, or students seeking to transfer course work taken more than 10 years previously may, at the discretion of the dean, be required to complete proficiency exams, take additional courses or repeat selected courses if the student’s ability to progress through the program of studies would be jeopardized without such remediation. This policy may also apply to course work less than 10 years old for disciplines in which, in the judgment of the faculty and the dean, the body of knowledge (or its interpretation) has undergone significant or rapid change.

Second Bachelor’s Degree Applicants

A student is classified as a second bachelor’s degree candidate if he or she is seeking an undergraduate degree and previously has received a baccalaureate degree. From Saint Louis University or any other institution.

Student Educational Services (SES)

Freshman applicants not meeting the recommendations and requirements for admission for the fall semester may be contacted by SES concerning admission consideration for the Billiken Success Program. If interested in this admission consideration, students must take appropriate screening examinations and be interviewed by SES personnel. After appropriate overall review, freshman applicants may be offered admission to the fall semester on the condition that they participate in the Billiken Success Program.