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SLU gets largely positive reviews from students, and few have complaints about the academics or the campus itself. It's certainly safe to say that no one attends for the cheap tuition, so the size of the student body speaks for itself. Above all else, however, it's important to understand that you get out what you put in at SLU. Of course, this can be said for any college, but given the large commuter population at St. Louis, it's especially applicable here. The worst feelings toward the University tend to come from students who haven't been involved with much during their time on campus; ironically, these are the students who complain about the lack of things to do. SLU is definitely a university that needs to be experienced through its many clubs, service opportunities, and extracurricular programs.
If you do choose to attend SLU, take some time to find your way around the campus and meet as many people as possible. It's also a good idea to explore the city itself, though this can be a lot more interesting with a group of friends. School and city alike offer a wealth of things to become involved with, or just ways to kill time; these can be as important to college life as any classroom.
There's ways around school policies and as long as you're not an idiot you won't get caught with alcohol. If you have a chill RA in the dorms, which most of them are, you can get away with most everything.
Greek life is very involving for those who choose to be involved in it. SLU's statistic on how many students are involved in greek life is misleading: there are way more greeks than they lead you to believe. But if you're not in a frat or sorority, it's no big deal.
SLU is primarily upper middle class white kids from the midwest, but kids of all backgrounds are accepted. There's clubs on campus for every type of race/ethnicity, and political beliefs. The rainbow alliance is huge on campus as well. Even though SLU is a Jesuit school and you must take a theology class to graduate, the majority of my class was non-Catholic. There is diversity on campus... sorta.
You get all four seasons in Saint Louis, there is plenty of snow in the winter and sun in the spring and summer. But it has always been said that if you don't like the weather just wait five minutes.
There is a small drug scene at Saint Louis University, but it's nothing that is hardcore. It mainly consists of smoking marijuana and drinking. I haven't heard of any more serious cases.
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