School Profile


We are a Catholic, Jesuit college-preparatory school for young men, committed to our presence in the City of St. Louis and dedicated to building Christ’s kingdom of truth, justice, love and peace. We serve young men based on their ability to succeed, rather than their economic circumstances.

Through a rigorous academic program, we help our students develop critical minds and a life-long devotion to learning that informs moral choices and transforms lives.

In addition to assisting in the intellectual, aesthetic, social, and physical formation of our students, we help them develop compassionate hearts by fostering habits of personal prayer, reflection, and service for the Greater Glory of God.


  • Founded in 1818 as a Latin school for boys, St. Louis University High School is the oldest private Catholic high school west of the Mississippi River
  • SLUH is ranked in the top seven percent of schools in the nation for highest composite ACT score
  • All seniors perform 120 hours of community service outside of school during the month of January
  • In addition to academic excellence, SLUH enjoys a rich tradition of athletic success, a strong commitment to the arts and a dedication to the development of faith based on serving others


  • Operated by the Jesuits as an All Boys Catholic College Preparatory High School
  • Grades 9-12
  • Total Enrollment: 1,050
  • Senior Class of 2016: 260
  • Average class size: 21
  • Student/teacher ratio: 11:1


  • Enrollment limited to approximately 280 entering freshmen
  • Admissions based on a student's ability to succeed regardless of his family's economic circumstances


  • Teachers: 95
  • Counselors: 8
  • Administrators: 4
  • Librarians: 2
  • Total: 99
  • Masters: 94
  • Ph.D.: 8
  • Lay people: 101
  • Jesuits: 7
  • Deacon: 1


  • Student body drawn from 180 Catholic elementary schools and public junior high schools, and from 92 zip codes in the St. Louis metropolitan area, on both sides of the river
  • Campus located in the cultural/educational corridor of St. Louis adjacent to Forest Park, St. Louis Science Center, Zoological Park and the History Museum


  • 2016-17 Tuition: $16,500
  • 2016-17 Financial Aid: $3.8 million
  • 4 in 10 young men receive aid, with awards ranging from $1,000 to full tuition, and an average award of over $9,000


  • Jesuit Schools Network of North America
  • National Association of Independent Schools
  • North Central Association

SLUH was recognized as an Exemplary High Performing National Blue Ribbon School for 2015, and is consistently ranked among the 'Best Schools' in America by Niche, the largest website for researching K-12 schools.

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