Saint Louis University Top Questions

What are the academics like at your school?

Nicole

Most classes are pretty small, attendance required so professors know the students names. Easiness of classes depends on teacher more than anything.

Fanzhang

Some professors are amazing! for example, strong memory~cute joke and amazing personal experiences. Some professors change my view of life.

Candra

Well, at least professors do anyway, which I think is really awesome, and shows that they care. My favorite class is photojournalism - love it!! But my public health classes are great too. I think some of the academic requirements are challenging, but most of the time, in a good way.

Monica

Most of my professors know me, but I've always had to make an effort to make sure of that. Students study all the time! As for my friends and I, we always have intellectual conversations, since most of us come from different academic backgrounds. I am an Business Management (Entrepreneurship) and African American Studies double major. I sometimes think the business school is meant to weed students out, along with the Med program, as I've heard from many students. SLU is meant for both those pursuing higher learning and getting a job; it prepares you for both.

Kevin

I can answer this from both a pre-med perspective and an Bachelor in Arts student perspective. I have had large lecture science classes that may seem scary at first but are actually very easy-going. The professor is always willing to answer questions before, during, and after class. If you make the effort, the professor will (and wants to) learn your name and form a relationship with you. My other non-science classes are often small (less than 20 students) and are very discussion based. Teachers like student input and there is always a variety of majors, backgrounds, and age groups in each class.

Alicia

I will start by saying St. Louis University is not an easy school. Most students work hard to get their grades. There isn't a lot of "easy" classes, and every week seems harder than the previous. For me, this just makes a challenge I strive to overcome, and when I do, there is no better feeling at school. Also, our reputation follows us, and businesses know SLU students have learned what we need to.

Justin

Because SLU is a smaller school, the professors know everyone by name and they make it well-known that they would like to get to know each student better outside of class. Class participation is a major part of my classes here at SLU. I am double majoring in Political Science and International Studies. My favorite class, POLS360: Problems of Globalization, is listed as a lecture. However, it should be listed as a discussion. Before each class we read various articles on a certain topic and in class we spend the whole time discussing the different views of the authors and how they fit into the broader scheme of globalization. It is quite fun.

Kate

Academics once again, depends on what you make of it. Some majors are harder than others and some people need to spend more time on homework than others just based on academic ability. I like that most of my philosophy and theology classes have been predominantly discussion-based. I have met with almost all of my teachers out of class, whether I have gone to their office hours, or made plans to meet with them outside of class.

Joey

The class sizes here are generally small unless you take general chemistry or biology or other introductory classes. The teachers are all very open and want their students to succeed. They listen to students' requests and make sure that the class is engaging. The students really have a bigger voice than they think and I suggest use it to your advantage.

Jared

Professors are pretty good. Some are arrogant, though and very headstrong. Business classes are pretty easy, but the liberal arts courses are a pain in the rear. A good academic school.

Meg

Classes at SLU are really hit or miss. I've had a few good classes, but a ton of terrible ones. Many of my big science classes have been taught by professors who are more interested in doing outside research than their classes, and it shows. Classes in the actual physical department, however, are perfectly fine and I've actually learned from them. My favorite class thus far was IPE 370 - Healthcare Ethics. This was a Tuesday/Thursday class, and on Tuesdays, the class sat in a giant lecture hall and listened to a professional ethicist lecture about the ethical principles surrounding health care. On Thursdays, everyone split up into small groups - no more than 17 students or so - and applied the principles to three cases.

Jennifer

The classes are pretty small, maybe about 20-30 students. They take attendance in all classes but the few big lectures. Because SLU is famous for it's med school and pre-med program, if you're pre-med, you're going to have some big lectures. Although Professor Aspinwall once surprised me when he knew me by name in a lecture of 200.

Sarah

Professors are really great here. I spent a year elsewhere where I thought that professors cared, but here they like, really do. Most of them are great about responding to emails promptly and the ones that weren't were just scatterbrained, but hunting them down worked just fine. In the upper-level courses they're obsessed with what they're teaching, and in the lower-level courses they still care. Watch out for the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences guys, though - they'd rather dig for fossils next to the parking lot than come to their own classes. There are a few oddballs, but I've had some really great professors that'll even like, go for a walk and conversation down West Pine.

Tom

The classes are outstanding here, the professors actually make an effort to make it fun and usually don't take themselves too seriously. They are always available for help during office hours and usually any time you need help otherwise (I had some problems with math that I needed help with, so get off my back already). Enough about professors, what do the students do you ask. First, we take our studies seriously, unless its Friday or Saturday...those are designated days of indulgence with Sundays set aside for hangovers and some homework. If you are looking for people studying (hey, maybe that's your thing...I don't judge...wait, yeah I do), just look in the library. The homework and tests are usually fair and frequent, but is manageable.

Katrina

Slu is a hard academic school but this is because Slu wants each student to get the best education possible. The professors are great and they have office hours and are there to answer any questions. I'm a psychology major and I love the department, the classes are fun and the professors are great! Slu students do have to study alot but in the end it will all be worth it because a slu education looks really good when trying to find a job.

Jeff

The academics are good. Students are very competitive when it comes to grades. The class sizes are relatively small unless you are a pre-med student. In which case you will be in large lecture halls and students are VERY competitive about grades. Although blow off classes aren't offered like at state schools, the philosophy classes and social justice classes that are offered can be interesting

KJ

Prestigous, critical thinking academics. Well rounded core of history, philosophy, theology, art, foreign language, social science, math and science. Public speaking course should be taken by everyone regardless of major, becuase you'll be so much more confident doing presentations afterwards. Anthony Witherspoon teaches African American Religous Traditions as a theology elective and also Human sexuality as a sociology elective. Great teacher, great classes, in depth information without much boredom. SLU offers practical courses in management, grpahic design, and many others as well as courses just for knowledge sake. As a senior, i realize now how those courses for knowledge sake actually did come in quite handy in my way of thinking, but at the time when I was taking those knowledge seeking courses like theology and philosophy i thought it was sometimes unnecessary. SLU's a catholic university, so there are 9 hr requirements for theo and phil, which hurts becuase some of the course material is similar and is repeated info, and takes some time to complete the requirement. Graphic design program is emerging, and there are lots of opportunities for practical experience in on campus work and internships.

Phil

There are some extremely good professors here at SLU. Use ratemyprofessor.com. It's usually pretty accurate. However, you are bound to have a few poor professors here and there. Most motivated students are in the pre-med, engineering, and nursing programs (maybe one or two others). You'll find a lot of partying with the B-School students. There are many programs like the engineering and aviation programs, that are geared towards careers. But you can find a decent liberal arts education here if you are looking for it.

Jessica

Academics are challenging but if you work hard, getting B's and A's is within reach.

Taylor

I like the classes, they are small, some were not as challenging as I would expect. If you are in science or engineering you will be challenged. I was a sociology and international studies major, and was not very challenged. Most students are not too competitive. Professors are really great, they helped me in many ways, and would help students as much as they need outside of class. You have to take three classes in religion and three classes in philosophy.

Julian

It's a mixed bag, and it really depends on what department you're in and what you're looking for out of college. Generally I found classes to be stimulating and challenging, but none have been all that difficult. While some of my fellow students have been absolutely brilliant, a lot are also lazy and, well, kind of dumb. If you do your work, seem enthusiastic, and have even mildly worthwhile things to say in class, you'll stand out. Grade inflation is definitely real at SLU; you don't have to be exceptional to make A's. I have had one or two terrible professors at SLU, but also several excellent ones. Classes can be quite small; I once had a fascinating history class on heresy and inquisition where I was one of just two students! SLU requires all students to take several theology and philosophy classes. A lot of people gripe about this, but I think it's wonderful. Enjoy these classes and invest yourselves in them, and, regardless of your major, you'll get a lot out of them. Some of SLU's best professors are also in these departments. History at SLU is so-so. The faculty is overwhelmingly male, generally pretty old, and pretty politically conservative. There are a few great professors, many that are decent, and handful of stinkers. It's an excellent choice if you're interested in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, and, on the off chance you're interested in the Byzantine Empire, we're a world-class institution.

Scott

Academics at SLU is what you make it. It's really dependent upon which program you choose. The science, medical and allied health programs are pretty hardcore, along with a few other programs.

Bobby

I have had personal conversations with almost every one of my professors and have benefited greatly from that. I've had classes as small as 4 students (Honors Theology 100) and as large as 60 (Intro to International Studies). Class participation is encouraged in 9 out of 10 of my classes and my professors have done their best to keep students engaged and interested in the material. If you're ever struggling, the first task ahead of you is to attend office hours and ask your professor to help you personally.

Katie

Academics at SLU are perfect for me. I love being right in the think of community, and I really feel that way here. I see most of my professors outside of class, some of them are now my friends. I trust the teachers that I have had. I really think that the faculty and staff are the best and brightest asset that SLU has.

Cameron

One thing a person should know before entering SLU, wether a class is important or not, or whether you like it or not, you WILL have to study non-stop. The way the system is made and the sucess of all of the well educated professors one cannot get away with just glancing at the material. Lets just say youll spend at least 30 hours per week studying no matter what major or class you have.

Blake

The academic environment at SLU is phenomenal. I haven't had more than 30 students in any of my classes, so I've always gotten to know the professor, and learned a lot from them both inside and outside the classroom. Truthfully, I don't study much, but that's because I'm in the humanities, so I do a lot of outside reading. The sciences students study a lot, because they need to. SLU students definitely know how to have fun, but they can also learn from each other academically outside of the classroom. My freshman year, I stayed up every night having philosophical and theological discussions for 2 hours with different people over the course of 3 or 4 months.

KJ

Many classes are large and the professor won't get to know you unless you ask questions or visit them during office hours.

Kayla

The professors at SLU are very willing to help you and they DO care if you pass or fail. At other colleges, many professors dont really care about the students, they just care about their paycheck. Professors at SLU are so enthusiastic about helping their students and making sure they succeed.

Rachel

Sometimes you have to work really hard for the classes you think will be a breeze.

Lisa

Half of my classes are lecture classes, and the other half have 25 or less students. My courses are challanging, but I really enjoy them. There is a lot of competition to do well, but I think that most students strive because of this. Finals are very stressful, but if you keep up with studying throughout the semester, you will be able to do well.

Ashley

I know all of my professors names and they take pride in the fact that they know our names. My favorite class has been all of my philosophy classes. Students are always studying, there are always students in the library. Class participation depends on the type of class and professor. Yes, I think that some students have intellectual conversations outside of class. My major is Psychology and the department is great. The director of

Rachel

I keep in pretty close contact with all of my professors. It is not hard at all to form a relationship with them. The most unique class I've taken so far is History of Jazz. We oftentimes watched videos of jazz musicians on youtube and had conversations about the genre's impact on American society and the world.

Mary

SLU's grading scale is tough, most professors require a 93 or higher to get an A in the class. Professors typically know you by name, unless it is a lecture class. They also expect a lot. Most professors assume you know so much and won't back track during class, but are more than willing to help if you ask outside of class. All professors have office hours and encourage students to come to them with questions. Most people at SLU take school very seriously, but its really not too competitive. Its not uncommon for people to stay in on the weekends if they have a big test or project the next week.

Tate

Science and business. They offer a really good curriculum in both and there are good teachers for both majors. For pre-med, they have this thing called the med scholars and if you are one of them, you basically get accepted to SLU's med school at the end of sophomore year. Seems like a good deal if that is what you want to do.

Tyler

I have gotten to know a few of my professors, but the majority of the time I have kept to my own. I however have never had a problem setting up appointments with professors to get help for a class. If help is needed, it is there. The academics at SLU are very intense but help students to gain the necessary knowledge for their future careers and tests (MCAT, DAT).

Tricia

I'm an occupational therapy student and am completely in love w/ my major. The teachers are amazing and all know my name. The requirements are rigorous but not impossible. I know that my degree will actually mean something when I graduate from slu.

megan

Academics at SLU are what you make of them. You have to work for A's and some majors are more difficult than others such as pre-med. Advisors are very helpful and take time to sit down with each student to work on schedules. Internships both during the school year and during summer are common. Most students are academic geared and competitive amongst themselves

Heather

Class sizes are small enough for the most part so that you get to know your professors and you really get to know other students in your classes. The professors trust their students for the most part and really expect us to know the material well and to do the assignments, but are very open and available if a student needs help. SLU has a great Political Science department. My first Poli Sci class, American Politics, has been my favorite class thus far at SLU. The professor was an excellent lecturer, and I really enjoyed going to class and taking notes. I now have notes that I plan to keep and refer back to in my later Poli Sci classes.

Megan

Most all professors will get to know your name. Since a lot of classes are so small 25 or less class attendence and participation in required. There are some classes that are hard like all the economics classes, Accounting and sciences but other wise classes are not so hard where it is impossible to get an A if you study. I find my Marketing and International business classes which are my majors not to be extremly hard, yet I find them interesting and try to attend all the classes. You have to take a variety of all different types of classes no matter what you major is because SLU wants you to be well rounded.

Nikki

Besides the science and history lectures, most classes are small enough that your professor knows your name. And even for those large lectures, the professor or TA in your your lab or discussion usually knows your name. The difficulty of the classes is, from what I've heard from friends, more difficult than a state school, but if you can get into SLU, you can definitely handle the workload.

Jessica

Academics at SLU are generally good. Of course there are those teachers that have a different style and are hard to learn from, but in general, most professors are fabulous. In my experience as a social work major, not only have teachers known my name, but they and make students think outside of class. I know I have talked about what I learned outside of class Professors seem to know things about what I'm interested in, what I'm doing, and where I'm going. Even the administration in my department know these things. They remember e-mails from the summer and make sure everything is going ok. I think all of this depends on the major, but my experience is that professors care and are knowledgeable. They emphasize class participation s various times because i was interested in the topic. I have even talked with teachers outside of their class about the topic after completing the class. My favorite and most unique class I have taken is the class that I still discuss with the professor. The class is Theo: Social Justice. It really pushes students to think beyond academia, and into the real world. I think this class should be required for everyone! Other classes probably shouldn't. For example, I'm a social work major and have to take a science class. I'm in Earth Science. I promise we're not learning about global warming or respecting nature...it's technical, and boring! I will never use it. Overall though, having a broad list of academic requirements pushes us to learn more about the world holistically.

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