BAD: Billikens After Dark

Provides late night, alcohol alternative programming. Past events have included pop culture trivia nights, dances, and glow-in-the-dark volleyball.

Banner: Banner Self-Service

This extension of the online MySLU portal is where students will got to register for classes, accept financial aid packages, and view academic information. This portal is located under the "Tools" tab.

BSC: Busch Student Center

The home to many offices, eateries, and study spaces. The Bookstore, Student Success Center, Dean of Students and Student Development Office, Student Involvement Center, and Information Technology Services (ITS) are all located here, as well Student Government Association.

Billiken Bucks

A debit account plan whose deposited funds can be used for purchases at the Instructional Media Center, the Bookstore, the Library for copying and printing, Information and Technology Services (ITS) and all University Dine SLU locations.

CA: Commuter Assistant

Upperclassmen students that work with freshman commuter students, who have been exempted from the residency requirement, throughout their first year at SLU.

CCC: Cross Cultural Center

Provides co-curricular and educational experiences that engage the SLU community by broadening knowledge of diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice.

CSCE: Center for Service and Community Engagement

Creates a coordinated interface between the University and the urban communities that surround it by providing opportunities for students to engage in community service, service learning, academic research, and community partnership.

DPS: Department of Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness

DPS is dedicated to providing a safe campus for SLU students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The Department is staffed with well-trained and dedicated officers who patrol the campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid

A free application that helps calculate a family's expected contribution. This calculation is then used to determine eligibility and amount of financial aid. For more information, refer to the handout located within your SLU101 folder and/or Student Financial Services.

FERPA: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

At the postsecondary school level, the rights afforded by FERPA belong, in general, to the student rather than the parent or guardian.


Flex dollars come with all meal plans and are used to purchase food. Flex can be used at all DineSLU locations, and should be used at times when an all-you-care-to-eat meal is not what you have in mind.

FSL: Fraternity and Sorority Life

Fraternities and sororities have been a part of campus life at Saint Louis University since the early 1900s. Membership has grown steadily, and today more than 1,800 men and women belong to 24 different chapters. More than just social groups, fraternities and sororities are values-based organizations that seek to develop better men and women. This includes chapters with the Fraternity Council (FC), Panhellenic Council, and the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC).

FYE: First-Year Experience

This initiative facilitates students' transition to SLU from high school or another college/university. FYE begins the process of engaging students in the SLU experience.

HIPAA: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

This act ensures that the handling of health information, like that of records within Student Health and the University Counseling Center, remain confidential and protected.

Billikens LEAD: Billikens Learn Empower Act Discern

A leadership curriculum for all SLU students. Through Billikens LEAD, students learn what it means to be a servant leader both on campus and in the community.

ITS: Information Technology Services

The primary provider of technology support and services at SLU. The Student Tech Services Center (TSC) is the primary support center for students, located in the BSC.

South Campus

All locations south of Interstate 64/Highway 40 are considered part of SLU’s South Campus. The South Campus includes the Allied Health Building, Salus Center, and School of Nursing among others.


The mission of Saint Louis University is the pursuit of truth for the greater glory of God and for the service of humanity. The Mission is an integral part of SLU, contributing to classes, student life, and much more.

MSC: Mail Stop Code

This refers to students' mailbox number, located in the Busch Student Center. This is to be included when receiving mail through the SLU Mail Services (i.e. MSC 1111).


An online portal that students have access to. The portal includes access to a student's class schedule, financial aid information, campus information, and much more.

LC: Learning Community

An LC houses a group of students on one or more floors of a residence hall with an academic unit tie or a common interest such as faith or service. All LCs are open to first-year students and offer a variety of special features such as study groups, associated courses, resources, etc.


Fall Orientation Leaders known for their orange shirts and helping create a successful move-in and Fall Welcome experience for new students.

The Rec: Simon Recreation Center

The main recreation facility on campus, located between the Griesedieck Complex and the Center for Global Citizenship. The Rec offers workout spaces and fitness classes.

RA: Resident Advisor

Upperclass paraprofessional staff members who provide immediate support and guidance for students in the residence halls and apartments in the many areas including personal development, community building, programming, academic support, and referrals to campus resources.


The Office of the University Registrar is responsible for course registration, the online update and production of the schedule of classes, maintenance of academic records and transcripts, enrollment verifications, graduation, academic room scheduling, criminal background checks, external testing services, academic catalogs, and the academic calendar.

RHA: Residence Hall Association

A student-run and led organization comprised of representatives from each residence hall that provides programming throughout the year.

RHC: Residence Hall Coordinator

Professional staff members who live in the residence halls. They supervise student staff and oversee the community building and the administrative aspects of their building.

SAB: Student Activities Board

A student organization tat provides specail event programming and entertainment to campus. Events include comedians, concerts, game nights, and more.

SIC: Student Involvement Center

The Student Involvement Center is committed to creating educational experiences that engage students through their campus involvement, leadership development, and college transitions.

SGA: Student Government Association

Oversees the chartering and funding of all of the student organizations on-campus and serves as a resource and a voice for the student body.


A swipe is a buffet style type of meal at Grand Dining Hall. Other popular on-campus dining spots allow students to use a meal swipe from 5-10 p.m.

U101: University 101

A first-year experience course that aims to support students in their transition to college, including orienting students to campus resources.