Adopted in 1995, Saint Louis University's logo is a stylized fleur-de-lis containing artistic elements unique to the University and its Catholic, Jesuit heritage.
- The crown in the logo represents the crown of Saint King Louis IX of France, namesake of the city and the University.
- The wolves and kettle within the cross are taken from the family crest of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus. The imagery refers to the prosperity and generosity of the Loyola family, who after feeding family, retainers and soldiers, had enough to feed the animals.
- The Latin words "Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam" translate to "For the Greater Glory of God," the motto of the Society of Jesus (Jesuit order).
- The cross within the cross and the letters "IHS," the first three letters of the name Jesus in Greek, are traditional Catholic symbols.
- The three nails represent Christ’s crucifixion.
- The fleur-de-lis, the flower on the family crest of Louis IX, represents both the city of St. Louis and the University.
- The "1818" refers to the founding date of Saint Louis University, the first institution of higher education west of the Mississippi River.
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