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Below is a list of frequently asked questions.  Please click on a question to review the answer.

  • How many applicants do you usually have and how many students will be admitted into the freshman class?

    We typically have around 350 applicants for an entering class of 270 - 280 young men.

  • Is there a waiting list for students who are not accepted?

    At the time of admission, the Admissions Committee identifies a few students who have not been admitted to be on a short wait list.

  • Do you accept non-Catholic students?

    The Admissions Committee accepts applications from all students, but gives preference to Catholic students. Approximately 10% of each accepted class is non-Catholic. Nonetheless, Theology courses are taught from a Catholic perspective and all students are expected to participate in liturgies, prayer services and retreats.

  • Do you accept home-schooled students?

    Yes. Parents of home-schooled students should contact Anja Schmelter, Director of Admissions, at (314) 531-0330 x2097 or at for more information.

  • Should I submit letters of recommendation?

    Letters of recommendation are not required.

  • Do you accept transfer students?

    Yes. Please review the Application Process for Transfer Students

  • Do you have a shadowing program?

    You are invited to visit our campus by participating in Inside SLUH. These small group visits provide prospective students and parents an opportunity to see the school while classes are in session and experience what happens during a regular school day. All Inside SLUH Visits last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. We also encourage prospective students and their parents to come to our SLUH Night in October and Open House in November.

  • Are there fees other than tuition?

    There is a graduation fee charged to seniors ($150), but other than that, all costs except books are included in tuition. Books typically cost around $500 dollars per year.

  • Will applying for financial aid hurt my son’s chances for admission?

    No, our admissions are done need-blind. If you have additional questions concerning financial aid, please contact Craig Hannick, Director of Financial Aid, at (314) 531-0330 x2098 or at

  • What if I’m not sure my son qualifies for admission?

    We encourage prospective parents to discuss their son’s academic profile with us. Please contact Anja Schmelter, Director of Admissions, at (314) 531-0330 x2097 or at to set up an appointment.

  • Besides the Catholic High School Application, is there another application?

    St. Louis University High School has a separate Online Application in addition to the Catholic High School Application.

  • When is Open House?

    Open House is held on the first Sunday in November. Each family that attends our Open House is given a tour of our campus and has the opportunity to meet our faculty, explore our curriculum, and experience the breadth of clubs and activities we have available for students. 

  • How do students travel to SLUH each day?

    The vast majority of students carpool to and from school each day. Upon admission, we provide a zip code list of families to enable parents and students to coordinate carpools with other students in their area. SLUH students reside in nearly 90 different zip codes in the St. Louis Metropolitan area on both sides of the Mississippi River.

  • Do you require laptops for your students? 

    Students in the Class of 2018 and 2019 will be required to purchase an iPad or may use one they already have. After a successful pilot program with the class of 2018, the decision was made to utilize the use of iPads in Freshmen and Sophomore classrooms beginning in the upcoming 2015-16 school year.

    SLUH’s Instructional Council and Device Committee, comprised of faculty members from all departments, conducted research to implement the program. 

    Our campus is completely wireless with four computer labs and multiple carts of laptops available for student use. With Apple technology throughout the school and SMART boards in nearly every classroom, technology enhances the curriculum. SLUH seeks to provide students not only with the tools that can help them learn or present effectively, but also with the ability to use such tools responsibly. 

    SLUH’s computer curriculum is extensive, including Computer Fundamentals, Java, HTML, C++, Advanced C++, Advanced Game Programming, Intro. to iPhone Apps and AP Computer Science. For more details about SLUH Technology mission statement, program, and resources, click HERE

  • What is the average class size and what is the student-teacher ratio?

    Our average class size is 21 students per class, with an overall student teacher ratio of 12 to 1.