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Rankings and Honors

Saint Louis University is ranked among the top Jesuit universities in the country. In addition to being recognized for world-class faculty and academic programs, we’ve also received honors for our efforts to serve others and our commitment to making an extraordinary education attainable.


in national universities (U.S. News & World Report)


in community service (Princeton Review)


on top catholic colleges list (Niche)


among best value schools (U.S. News & World Report)

Academic Excellence

Across the nation and around the world, Saint Louis University is routinely recognized for rigorous scholarship and research in a variety of disciplines.

U.S. News & World Report

In the overall 2020 U.S. News rankings for undergraduate education, SLU was ranked No. 97, placing it among the top third of all national universities ranked by the publication.

Three undergraduate programs made the top 50 for 2020:

  • No. 13 — International Business
  • No. 21 — Entrepreneurship
  • No. 49 — Finance

Twelve graduate programs at SLU are ranked in the top 50 for 2021:

  • No. 1 — Health Law
  • No. 10 — Entrepreneurship
  • No. 11 — International Business
  • No. 13 — Supply Chain Management
  • No. 13 — Health Care Management*
  • No. 37 — Part-Time Law
  • No. 37 — Physical Therapy 
  • No. 37 — Physician Assistant*
  • No. 39 — Part-Time MBA
  • No. 40 — Accounting 
  • No. 42 — Occupational Therapy
  • No. 46 — Public Health* 

(*Indicates most recent ranking for programs not re-ranked for 2021. U.S. News does not rank all graduate programs every year. Some disciplines are ranked on four or six-year cycles.) 

The Princeton Review

SLU's excellence is noted in Best 385 Colleges: 2019 Edition. The organization's rankings are based on surveys of more than 140,000 students at all 385 institutions.

Princeton Review ranks SLU in the top 25 graduate schools for entrepreneurship studies. This ranking recognizes colleges and business schools with faculty who are genuinely engaged in entrepreneurism, rich in-class and out-of-class experiential components, and extraordinary financial and networking support for students. 

The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education

SLU is one of only nine Catholic universities to receive a Carnegie Classification of “higher” or “highest” research activity .

Niche’s 'Top-10 Catholic Colleges'

SLU ranks No. 7 on the Niche 2020 "Best Catholic Colleges in America" list. Niche bases its rankings on key statistics and student reviews.

Other top-50 national rankings from Niche are:

  • No. 9 — Best Colleges for Nursing
  • No. 11 — Best Colleges for Kinesiology and Physical Therapy
  • No. 22 Best Colleges for Public Health
  • No. 38 — Best Colleges for Criminal Justice

Wall Street Journal /Times Higher Education  

Saint Louis University is ranked the No. 7 Catholic university in the U.S. in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education 2020 college rankings. In the overall rankings, SLU was ranked No. 121 among 801 U.S. colleges and universities ranked this year. 

Forbes: 'America's Top Colleges' 2018
Forbes’  list of more than 650 undergraduate institutions is based on the quality of the education, as well as student experiences and achievements.

Fiske Guide to Colleges 2019

This listing of the 320+ "best and most interesting" schools in the United States, Canada and Great Britain is based on the quality of academic offerings and student responses on a variety of topics.

Cook Hall and Cupples House
A Best Value

A college education is a significant investment. So it’s especially rewarding when the experts recognize SLU’s efforts to keep tuition affordable and to ensure that all students can achieve a Saint Louis University education.

U.S. News & World Report 'Best Value'

SLU ranked No. 56 for 2020 on U.S. News & World Report's list of "Best Value Schools." The rankings considered a school's academic quality compared to cost of attendance.

Princeton Review 'Best Value Colleges' 

SLU was named to Princeton Review's 2019 "Best Value Colleges" list, which recognizes schools that combine strong academics, affordability and strong career prospects for graduates.  

Kiplinger's 'Best Values in Private Colleges'

SLU ranked No. 133 on Kiplinger's list of the 200 top values in American private universities for 2018. Rankings considered cost and financial aid, student indebtedness, competitiveness, graduation rates and academic support.

Barron's 'Best Buys in College Education'

SLU was named one of approximately 220 U.S. colleges and universities that provides a "first­-class education at affordable prices." In the publication, Barron's 11th edition calls SLU an "urban research university that refuses to act like one, caring for each individual as a total person and drawing its undergraduates into the life of the surrounding community."

Outstanding Community Service and Engagement

Learning outcomes improve when students are curious, interested or passionate — in other words, “engaged.” At SLU, service is integrated into academics, extracurricular activities and nearly all we do, and the nation has taken notice.

Princeton Review

SLU was named the No. 2 school for community service and was No. 4 on a list of “Impact Schools,” reflecting student responses to questions about service opportunities, student government, sustainability efforts and on-campus student engagement.

President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

For nine consecutive years, SLU has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-­learning and civic engagement. SLU was the only institution in Missouri to earn distinction in the area of interfaith service.

Carnegie Foundation's Community Engagement Classification

This honor recognizes institutions' commitment to engaging with local, national and global communities. Nationwide, only 361 institutions hold the classification, and only 83 received the designation in 2015, when the designations were last announced.

The Templeton Guide

The John Templeton Foundation named SLU one of 325 colleges and universities nationwide that promotes character growth among the student body.

Military Friendly

U.S. News & World Report 'Best Colleges for Veterans'

SLU ranked No. 63 on the U.S. News 2020 "Best Colleges for Veterans" list, which recognizes schools that participate in federal initiatives aimed at making a college education more affordable for veterans and active-duty service members.

Victory Media's 'Military-Friendly Schools'

The 2018-19 edition of the "Military-Friendly Schools" list recognizes colleges that are doing the most to embrace America's veterans as students, including efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, and academic accreditations. Saint Louis University ranks among the most military-friendly schools in the country.

Campus Honors

National groups also make note of our beautiful campus, recognizing SLU for its historic buildings, parklike spaces and commitment to sustainability.