All first-year and new transfer students begin their Saint Louis University experience with Fall Welcome which, in a typical year, begins five days before the start of classes and extends into September. Plans are ongoing now to adjust this year's events and activities to accommodate for safe social distancing.
Fall Welcome is full of activities planned to help you meet new friends and connect with campus resources. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet with faculty, gain a sense of Billiken spirit and hear from SLU’s president at New Student Convocation and Family Welcome, though that event will likely look a little different this year to keep all of our Billikens safe and healthy.
Look for the students in orange! Oriflamme leaders are a leadership position comprised of sophomore, junior and senior students here to help you move in and acclimate to your first several days on campus by answering questions and helping you get involved.
Fall Welcome 2020
This year Fall Welcome will begin August 11, 2020 and continue into early September.
Bookmark this page for event updates, fun facts about SLU and the latest on move-in and other important news.
Arguably the most exciting time of the year for our Billiken family, Oriflamme leaders will be eagerly waiting to greet you and help with the heavy lifting as you get settled in your new home away from home. Watch for additional details to come in your personalized housing mailing, where you will receive a designated move-in time and special instructions for the day. This year's freshman move in will be spread out over three days.
Parent and Family Information
Each year, Fall Welcome features special events specifically for Billiken parents and family members, including the Family Hospitality Room and Family Jazz Reception.
If you will be flying to St. Louis and need a ride from the airport, consider using Go Best Express, which offers SLU community members a discounted rate for direct service to and from Lambert International Airport.
SLU's visitor parking garage is located near the intersection of Grand Boulevard and Laclede Avenue, at 3642 Laclede Ave, St. Louis, Mo., 63103.
Driving directions to SLU's visitor parking garage from nearby airports:
You can also take MetroLink, St. Louis' light-rail system, from Lambert International Airport to the Grand Station stop via the Red Line. From there, the University offers two transportation options to campus: the SLU Shuttle or SLU Ride.
Saint Louis University is located in a thriving urban area filled with lodging options, from boutique to budget. There are a number of hotels that have been recommended by guests of Saint Louis University and that offer discounted rates for University visitors.
Get Your SLU Spirit T-shirt
Don’t miss the Fall Welcome Billiken Spirit Competition. That’s where you’ll get a spirit shirt unique to your class. You’ll wear it throughout your years at SLU to show your Billiken pride. Some alumni even wear their shirts when they return for Homecoming and Family Weekend.
Fall Welcome Goes Green
In an effort to leave a smaller carbon footprint on SLU and our environment, Fall Welcome has many components to encourage sustainability including reduced waste, a paperless schedule option, water-bottle filling stations across campus and recycling containers during move-in. We encourage you to think sustainably as you prepare your journey to SLU, by packing in reusable containers and bringing your own water bottles.