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State Authorization - Distance Education

Saint Louis University is authorized, exempted from authorization or not subject to approval to conduct distance education activity in any SLU academic program — including online courses and programs as well as on-ground clinicals, practica, field experiences and internships — in the states shown in blue below.

All exceptions to these statuses are listed below the map.

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  • New York: SLU may not place students in clinical internships related to certain licensed professions, the practices of which are typically restricted to licensed persons or students enrolled in educational programs approved or registered by the Department. Visit the New York State Education Department website for a current complete list of the affected professions. The Office of the Provost will secure authorizations on a program-by-program basis.

Important Information


Saint Louis University is not regulated in Texas under Chapter 132 of the Texas Education Code. (In other words, SLU has met the Texas Workforce Commission requirements, and, therefore, the University does not fall under the category of institutions that TWC regulates under chapter 132 of the Texas Education Code. SLU is authorized to conduct online education and clinicals, practica, internships and field experience in the state of Texas.)

Note that this applies to our distance learning programs only. Students from other states who are interested in our on campus programs are encouraged to contact the Office of Admission at or 314-977-2500 or 800-SLU-FOR-U for undergraduate programs, or Graduate Admission at or 314-977-2500 or 800-SLU-FOR-U for graduate programs.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA)

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As of March 13, 2015, Saint Louis University is a participant in the SARA initiative, which is a state-level reciprocity process aimed at making the effort to obtain state authorizations more efficient for institutions and to make it easier for students to enroll in distance education programs outside of the states in which they reside. Institutions that are members of SARA are authorized to provide education to students from all SARA member states. States and institutions that choose to become members of SARA operate under a set of policies and standards that are overseen by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) and administered by four regional higher education compacts. For more information about the SARA initiative and the progress of state and institutional membership, visit


Saint Louis University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of six regional institutional accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The University is also chartered to operate in Missouri by the Office of the Secretary of State and operates in full compliance with the Missouri Department of Higher Education.

Complaint Resolution

Saint Louis University strives to provide the highest quality educational experience for all of its students. However, if a conflict does arise, in accordance with federal law (see 34 C.F.R., Section 600.9), Saint Louis University identifies the processes by which students may file complaints about the University with each U.S. state governing board or commission that governs University educational activity. A list of appropriate state boards or commissions, as well as contact information and links to pertinent websites, is provided on the Provost website.