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SLU Guidance E-newsletter
January 2013

Happy New Year from Saint Louis University! As your students continue the college search and decision process, this edition of the Counselor E-News Bulletin will provide you with the updates and information necessary to help your students be a Billiken in 2013!

Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Deadline February 1st

The Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship is granted to students who are committed to the promotion of diversity in our society and who demonstrate leadership in the classroom, on campus and in the greater community. Recipients of this scholarship will be connected to students, faculty and staff who are dedicated to promoting Dr. King's ideals at Saint Louis University.

Students who meet the following criteria are invited to fill out a separate application for Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship candidacy:

• An ACT of 23 or greater (SAT 1050 math+critical reasoning)
• Cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher, weighted or unweighted, as reported on the student's high school transcript. Transcripts will be accepted through the student's 7th semester.

More information can be found at:

Please note: We are still accepting applications for fall 2013 general admission.

2013 Financial Aid 101 and FAFSA Informational Workshops

Saint Louis University is hosting free, on-campus Financial Aid 101 and FAFSA Informational Workshops for students and parents in January and February. Each workshop will explain the scholarship and financial aid process and prepare students to complete the 2013-2014 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Workshops are offered on the following Sundays in January and February at 2 p.m. CST:

Jan. 20 Jan. 27 Feb. 10

For those who cannot attend an on-campus workshop, SLU is hosting online chats on the following evenings for students and parents to speak with financial aid professionals from 5-8 p.m. CST:

Wed., Jan. 16 Tues., Jan. 22 Thurs., Feb. 7

Please encourage your students to participate in these helpful events. More information can be found at

*For the 2012-2013 academic year, 97% of incoming students were offered financial aid.

Do You Have a Student Interested in Pre-Law?

Students who meet the minimum requirements for consideration and who have submitted their application for freshman admission must apply separately for the Pre-Law Scholars Program via the online application. We are looking for students with a composite ACT score of at least 28 or a combined SAT score of at least 1250 (math and critical reading), as well as an outstanding high school academic record. Completed applications should be submitted by February 1 to be eligible for priority consideration.

More information regarding the Pre-Law Scholars Program can be found online at

Student Spotlight

At SLU, we are proud of our students. This section features current students, highlighting their journey to SLU, involvement in the community and goals upon graduation!

JP Ideker
Health Management major, Spanish minor
Class of 2015

Originally from Dallas, Texas, JP Ideker handles the St. Louis weather quite well this time of year. He stays busy as an active member of multiple clubs and organizations, including the Micah Program, Students United for Africa, intramural sports, Student Ambassadors and the co-ed service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega.

Ideker remembers hearing about SLU from his high school guidance counselors and from the representatives of the Jesuit Excellence Tour that visited his high school. He remarks, “I chose SLU because there exists here such a genuine recognition and pursuit of the Jesuit mission. At SLU, the passions are incredibly real and profound, and the community here is one where students actively seek to share their passions because only in knowing others can SLU students know themselves.”

He describes the mindset of SLU students as “unique” and even “awe-inspiring,” and already looks forward to giving back to his community. After his SLU 101 experience a few months before his first semester, he knew it was the place he would call home for the next four years.

Ideker plans to pursue the masters program in Health Administration and then join the Jesuit Volunteer Corps or Alumni Service Corps. He’d love to teach at his old high school in Dallas.

Special Visit Programs

SLU offers special visit programs throughout the year that offer a variety of sessions and information tailored to specific audiences.

Below are the dates for upcoming Admitted Student Mass & Reception events in cities across the country. Online registration is available prior to the date of each event.

• Houston (Sunday, January 20)
• Chicago (Monday, January 28)
• Cleveland (Sunday, February 17)
• Omaha (Saturday, March 16)

Admitted students and parents are encouraged to attend the Mass & Reception programs. Interested students can contact a visit assistant for more information at or (314) 977-2500. 

Campus Visits

If the winter weather does not deter you, we invite you and your students to visit campus sometime over the next couple of months! We have individual visits available, which can include an academic, student services or Jesuit meeting, an information session, admission interview or campus tour. We also offer overnight visits as well as our Billiken for a Day program where you can interact with current students! Contact a visit assistant at (314) 977-2500 to schedule one of these visits. We’d love to see you here!

Counselor Web Page

Saint Louis University encourages you to visit our webpage for high school guidance counselors. You can stay updated on what's new at SLU, keep track of  important deadlines, download forms, watch a video tour of campus and keep in touch with your school's admission counselor.