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St. Louis Colleges, Universities, Trade and Vocational Schools

St. Louis Colleges and Schools

Known for its music and performing arts scene, the city of St. Louis has roots in everything from Roman Catholicism to blues, jazz, and ragtime music. The city's vibrant downtown area has a unique vibe and its own regional cuisine, which has been influenced by ethnic groups and its immigrant past over time.

With a population of 317,419 in 2014, St. Louis was Missouri's second largest city. Key industries in the area include service, manufacturing, trade, tourism, and transportation. The city's location on the Mississippi River makes it a key player in logistics and supply management, but it is mostly known for the unique "arch" that graces its skyline.

Colleges and Schools in St. Louis, Missouri

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), 25 institutions of higher education reside in the St. Louis, Missouri area. While that figure includes some traditional, four-year schools, it also includes an array of trade schools, community colleges, and beauty schools. Together, all institutions combined hosted a student population of 108,608 in 2014.

Fontbonne University

  • Tuition and fees (2014-15): $22,770
  • Graduation rate (2008): 48%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 44 undergraduate majors, 8 graduate programs, 6 evening/online programs

As a private, four-year school, Fontbonne University offers undergraduate and graduate programs aimed at helping students achieve their personal and professional aspirations. Student enrollment was 1,819 in 2014, and students enjoyed a student-to-faculty ratio of 11:1. Popular degree programs included those in accounting, supply chain management, education, and computer science.

Hickey College

  • Tuition and fees (2014-15): $13,850
  • Graduation rate (2008): 70%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 10

Hickey College offers ten separate career-oriented degree programs, most of which can be completed in two years or less. Student enrollment was 415 in 2014, and popular degree programs could be found in fields like computer systems management, graphic design, culinary arts, and veterinary technology.

Missouri Baptist University

  • Tuition and fees (2014-15): $22,760
  • Graduation rate (2008): 44%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 50 undergraduate and graduate degrees

At Missouri Baptist University, total student enrollment included 5,322 individuals in 2014. Students studied a variety of interdisciplinary majors and pursued a wide range of career-oriented degree programs, some of which can be completed online. Popular degree programs were in fields such as business administration, public relations, education, and health sciences.

St. Louis Community College

  • In-district tuition and fees (2014-15): $3,030
  • Graduation rate (2011): 10%, although 22% also transferred out
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 8 Associate in Arts, 2 Associate in Science, 4 Associate in Fine Arts, 1 Associate of Arts in Teaching, 41 Associate of Applied Science degrees

As a two-year community college, St. Louis Community College offers programs that prepare students for real-world careers or a transfer to a four-year school. Student enrollment included 21,218 students in 2014, and popular programs were in fields such as nursing, office information systems, dental hygiene, and accounting. In addition to its on-campus programs, SLCC also offers eight programs that can be completed entirely online.

Saint Louis University

  • Tuition and fees (2014-15): $37,966
  • Graduation rate (2008): 72%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: almost 100 undergraduate programs, 80 post-baccalaureate programs, 25 online degree programs

With a student population of 17,052 in 2014, Saint Louis University was one of the area's largest private schools. In addition to its popular degrees in fields like aerospace engineering and education, the school offers fully-online degree programs for busy, working adults. A few of its most popular online programs are its B.S. in Computer Information Systems and B.S. in Nursing - RN to BSN.

Webster University

  • Tuition and fees (2014-15): $24,600
  • Graduation rate (2008): 64%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 119 undergraduate majors, 64 master's degrees

Webster University is a global pioneer in higher education, with its array of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in forward-thinking fields such as data analytics, biological sciences, game design, and information systems. In addition to its fabulous on-campus programs, Webster also offers 25 online master's degrees and five fully-online bachelor's degrees as well as a number of online certificate programs meant to improve one's skills and bolster one's resume. Student enrollment included 16,769 individuals in 2014.

Facts for Students of St. Louis Colleges and Schools

St. Louis Economy

Due to a sagging economy, 27.4 percent of St. Louis residents lived below the poverty line through 2013. Further, the median household income in the area was just $34,582 through 2013, which doesn't fare well against the state average income of $47,280 that year. Low housing prices keep the St. Louis area affordable, however. Through 2013, the median housing value in St. Louis was just $119,200.

St. Louis Demographics

The St. Louis area was home to 317,419 residents through 2014. Approximately 29.6 percent of the adult population held a Bachelor's degree through 2013, and 82.9 percent held a high school diploma. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, only 6.7 percent of the St. Louis population was foreign-born through 2013.

St. Louis Fun Facts

With its St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Rams, and St. Louis Blues, St. Louis has a professional sporting team for each of the top three attractions in the U.S. - baseball, football, and hockey. Further, the city is known as home to more than 100 parks, which include playgrounds, sports facilities, natural areas, picnic areas, and concert arenas.

Sources:

  1. College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
  2. State & County QuickFacts, U.S. Census Bureau, St. Louis, http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/29/2965000.html
  3. The City of St. Louis, Missouri Official Website, https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/

Colleges in St Louis with Selective Admissions

These schools do not admit all qualified applicants.
Based on 2008-2009 information.

Aquinas Institute of Theology
23 S. Spring Ave.
Saint Louis, MO 63108

  • Programs: theological and ministerial studies, theology, ministry
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Master's.
  • Student Body: 245 students, 130 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance.

Barnes-Jewish College Goldfarb School of Nursing
4483 Duncan Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63110

  • Programs: registered nursing, health service and sciences
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's. Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 632 students, 763 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.

Concordia Seminary
801 Seminary Place
Saint Louis, MO 63105-3196

  • Programs: ministry, theology
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Master's.
  • Student Body: 660 students, 514 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 271 student capacity.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Study abroad option.

Covenant Theological Seminary
12330 Conway Road
Saint Louis, MO 63141-8697

  • Programs: theology, pastoral counseling, religious education
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Master's.
  • Student Body: 794 students, 552 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 325 student capacity.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance.

Fontbonne University
6800 Wydown Blvd
Saint Louis, MO 63105-3098

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: business management, education, organizational behavior, human resources management, speech pathology, special ed, dietitian, art studies
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 2,969 students, 2,553 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 280 student capacity.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

Kenrick Glennon Seminary
5200 Glennon Dr
Saint Louis, MO 63119-4399

  • Programs: ministry, theology
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 70 students.
  • Dorms: 110 student capacity.
  • SAT: not generally required.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling.

Lutheran School of Nursing
3547 S Jefferson Ave
Saint Louis, MO 63118

  • Programs: various nursing
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 151 students, 151 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 25 student capacity.
  • Flexibility: AP credits.
  • Notable: Career counseling.

Maryville University of Saint Louis
650 Maryville University Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63141-7299

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: business, registered nursing, accounting, medical preparatory, superintendency and administration, physical therapy, psychology, curriculum and instruction
  • Degrees/Certificates: Bachelor's. Master's. Doctor's.
  • Student Body: 3,422 students, 2,818 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 626 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 470-580. Math: 470-650.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

Missouri Baptist University
One College Park Dr
Saint Louis, MO 63141-8698

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: teacher education, business management, school counseling, elementary school teaching, superintendency and administration, secondary school administration, elementary/middle school admin, psychology
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's. Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 4,598 students, 3,449 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 225 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 410-470. Math: 375-535.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

Patricia Stevens College
330 North Fourth Street, Suite 306
Saint Louis, MO 63102-2008

  • Programs: interior design, retail, business management, legal assistant, tourism and travel, office management, administrative assistant, fashion merchandising
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's. Bachelor's.
  • Student Body: 150 students, 243 full-time equivalent.
  • SAT: not generally required.
  • Flexibility: Credit for experience. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.

Saint Louis University-Main Campus
221 N Grand Blvd
Saint Louis, MO 63103-2097

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: business management, law, registered nursing, medicine, communication studies, biology, psychology, social work
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's. Master's. Doctor's. First-professional degree.
  • Student Body: 15,539 students, 10,122 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 3,542 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 540-650. Math: 550-660.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

St Louis College of Pharmacy
4588 Parkview Pl
Saint Louis, MO 63110-1088

  • Programs: pharmacy
  • Degrees/Certificates: First-professional degree.
  • Student Body: 1,156 students, 660 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 380 student capacity.
  • Flexibility: AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services. Member of a national athletic association.

St Louis Hair Academy
3701 Kossuth
Saint Louis, MO 63107-1737

  • Programs: cosmetology, cosmetoloty instructor, manicurist
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 23 students, 44 full-time equivalent.
  • SAT: not generally required.
  • Flexibility: Weekend classes available.
  • Notable: Placement assistance.

University of Missouri-St Louis
One University Boulevard
Saint Louis, MO 63121-4400

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: business, registered nursing, accounting, elementary school teaching, psychology, communication studies, criminology, social work
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 15,527 students, 9,650 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 1,675 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Math: 520-620.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

Washington University in St Louis
One Brookings Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63130-4899

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: business management, law, psychology, social work, finance, economics, biology, biomedical engineering
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's. Bachelor's. Master's. Doctor's. First-professional degree.
  • Student Body: 13,382 students, 10,253 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 6,419 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 680-760. Math: 700-780.
  • Flexibility: Weekend classes available. AP credits.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

Webster University
470 E Lockwood Ave.
Saint Louis, MO 63119-3194

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: business management, counseling psychology, human resources management, human resources development, MIS, security and protective services, international relations, teacher education and development
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's. Master's. Doctor's.
  • Student Body: 19,398 students, 13,030 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 725 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 570-630. Math: 535-620. Writing: 590-645.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

St Louis Colleges with Open Admissions

Schools open to most or all qualified applicants (qualifications vary).
Based on 2008-2009 information.

Divas Unlimited Academy
3306 Brown Rd
St Louis, MO 63114

  • Programs: personal grooming, cosmetology, manicurist, aesthetician and skin care
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 4 students, 15 full-time equivalent.
  • Notable: Placement assistance.

Elaine Steven Beauty College
10420 W Florissant
Saint Louis, MO 63136-5618

  • Programs: cosmetology, cosmetoloty instructor, manicurist, aesthetician and skin care
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 193 students, 211 full-time equivalent.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.

Harris-Stowe State University
3026 Laclede Ave
Saint Louis, MO 63103-2136

  • Programs: Several programs. Most popular include: business management, elementary school teaching, criminal justice and safety, accounting, health care administration, interdisciplinary studies, secondary teaching, information science
  • Degrees/Certificates: Bachelor's.
  • Student Body: 1,882 students, 1,348 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 228 student capacity.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services. Member of a national athletic association.

National Academy of Beauty Arts Saint Louis
157 Concord Plz Lower Level
Saint Louis, MO 63128-0000

  • Programs: cosmetology
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 357 students, 364 full-time equivalent.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance.

Ranken Technical College
4431 Finney Ave
Saint Louis, MO 63113-2811

  • Programs: Several programs. Most popular include: industrial electronics tech, automobile mechanics, HVAC tech, autobody repair, carpentry, machinist, instrumentation tech, plumbing
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's. Bachelor's.
  • Student Body: 1,743 students, 1,491 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.

Saint Louis Community College-Florissant Valley
3400 Pershall Rd
Saint Louis, MO 63135

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: liberal arts and sciences, child care provider, quality control tech, criminal justice and police, human services, sign language translation, legal assistant, American Sign Language
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's.
  • Student Body: 6,250 students, 4,276 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare. Remedial services. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

Saint Louis Community College-Forest Park
5600 Oakland Ave
Saint Louis, MO 63110

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: liberal arts and sciences, registered nursing, chef training, automobile mechanics, radiographer, funeral direction, dental hygienist, tourism and travel
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's.
  • Student Body: 7,230 students, 4,799 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare. Remedial services. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

St Louis College of Health Careers Saint Louis
909 South Taylor Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63110

  • Programs: medical assistant, medical billing, pharmacy tech, massage therapy, allied health and medical assisting, nursing assistant
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's.
  • Student Body: 285 students, 447 full-time equivalent.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance.
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