Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri is an institution of firsts. Established in 1818, it was the first university west of the Mississippi River, and was also the first American institution of education to create a free-standing campus in Europe (in Madrid, Spain.) The St. Louis campus, in particular, emphasizes individual attention and small class sizes; the student-to-faculty ratio here is just 12 to 1. Students here major in any of hundreds of fields, including aerospace engineering, emergency management, meteorology and theological studies. Steeped in the Jesuit tradition, SLU is proud of the rigor of its academics as well as of training the “whole person” – mind, body, heart and spirit. The impressive ten-story Edward A. Doisy Research Center serves as home for the Center for World Health and Medicine, a non-profit drug discovery group. Other improvements within the last twenty years total over $840 million in expenditures and include the multi-purpose Chaifetz Arena, within which the SLU Billikens compete in basketball, soccer, swimming and lots more sports. For a complete collegiate experience and the power of being first, few places can match the pioneering spirit of Saint Louis University!