Saint Louis University

Saint Louis, MO 63103
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Saint Louis University is a private Roman Catholic university in Saint Louis, Missouri. The university was founded in 1818 as the Saint Louis Academy, making it the oldest university west of the Mississippi River. It is a member of the 28-institution Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and offers about 100 undergrad programs and 80 graduate-level programs. The campus includes 131 buildings spread across 235 acres. In the middle of the campus stands the Clock Tower, which was constructed in 1993. SLU is also the first American university to establish a campus in a European country, with the opening of a campus in Madrid, Spain.  

The SLU School of Nursing offers eight different CCNE-accredited nursing programs, including three paths to earning a BSN. The BSN programs include the traditional BSN, accelerated BSN, and RN to BSN programs. Graduate programs include MSN, RN to MSN, accelerated MSN, DNP, and PhD programs. The BSN programs include practice labs to simulate real life medical situations. During the spring semester of the sophomore year, students begin placements at clinics in the area to receive clinical experience. In 2017, the BSN graduates had an NCLEX-RN pass rate of 94.4%, which is about seven percentage points higher than the national average. 

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge City
Number of Students14,581
Student to Faculty Ratio9:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation
Roman Catholic
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate90%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 14 190
Master's degree 16 64
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 0 8
Post-master's certificate 2 4
Certificate 0 0
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 92.8%

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1916 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
04/15/2005 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
04/15/2005 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1170 to 1390
ACT25 to 31
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Required
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$1,450/credit
In State Students$1,450/credit
Out of State Students$1,450/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$1,100/credit
In State Students$1,100/credit
Out of State Students$1,100/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $65,250 $65,250 $65,250
ADN 70 $101,500 $101,500 $101,500
BSN 125 $181,250 $181,250 $181,250
FNP 50 $55,000 $55,000 $55,000
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 96% of Saint Louis University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 18% $4,272
Other Federal Grant 5% $7,267
State Grant & Scholarships 18% $2,702
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 92% $22,941
Federal Student Loans 52% $5,382
Private Loans 8% $16,371


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$18,378
$30,001 to $48,000$19,658
$48,001 to $75,000$23,180
$75,001 to $110,000$27,305
Over $110,000$32,500

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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Non-resident alien
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Missouri state board of nursing.
Saint Louis University
One North Grand Blvd
Saint Louis, MO 63103

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