When SLUH adopted its Minority Action Plan some 25 years ago, about 2.7 percent of students identified themselves as African American, with even fewer identifying as Hispanic, Asian, or other. Today, African Americans represent 6.6 percent of SLUH’s student body, Asians 2.7 percent, and Hispanics 2.8 percent. Total minority enrollment for the 2015-16 school year was 13.4 percent. The recently admitted Class of 2020 maintains this level of diversity.
Young Men from All Walks of Life
SLUH's tradition has been, and its vision remains, that Jesuit education be available to talented students from all financial backgrounds.Our students come from 92 different zip codes and 180 middle schools on both sides of the river. Their parents range from corporate executives and university professors, to plumbers and cab drivers. While these young men live miles apart, in two-story homes and single-room apartments, they share one common theme: they have great intellectual ability.
A strong financial aid program supports the socioeconomic diversity of our student body. Since 2008, the amount of direct aid has tripled, and the number of students benefiting from that aid has doubled. Today, SLUH offers a total of $3.6 million dollars in aid to 40 percent of its students. The average amount of aid is roughly half of tuition.
Tuition (blue) and Cost of Education (red): Historically, SLUH has not charged the full cost of education to allow students from all socio-economic backgrounds to attend. The difference, or gap, between the cost of education and tuition is made up through fundraising. More recently, SLUH has made a strategic decision to move tuition closer to the cost of education. This tuition structure increases the funds available in financial aid to families who need it. In 2000-01, tuition was 61% of the cost of education; today it is about 90%.