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Visiting Young Scholars

Are you looking for the college experience before you graduate high school? Saint Louis University's Visiting Young Scholars program offers that opportunity to current high school students looking to challenge themselves.

Visiting Young Scholars are current high school students chosen to take regular lower-level Saint Louis University classes on SLU’s campus. This dual-enrollment program, offered through the 1818 Advanced College Credit program, bridges the gap between courses in high schools and college courses. Determining if the courses count toward high school graduation is at the discretion of the high school administration.

The benefits of becoming a Visiting Young Scholar go beyond just college credit. You will also have the opportunity to receive:

  • Reduced tuition rate for Saint Louis University undergraduate courses
  • A Saint Louis University transcript
  • Coursework applicable toward a degree at SLU upon acceptance as a full-time student
  • Coursework that is transferable to other colleges and universities
  • Access to campus libraries, computer labs, museums, athletic activities, and various social and cultural events


The Visiting Young Scholars program is an exceptional opportunity for exceptional students. You’re eligible to apply if you:

  • Are entering grades 11 or 12
  • Hold a 2.7 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Have parent and high school permission

The Visiting Young Scholars program follows the same academic deadlines as full-time undergraduate SLU students.

Visiting Young Scholars, once accepted to the program,  are expected to complete online orientation and responsible for the content in the Visiting Young Scholars Handbook.


You should apply to the Visiting Young Scholars program the semester before you want to take courses.

You can take up to 11 credit hours per semester. While AP credit may satisfy a university's full-time student prerequisite of a course, SLU’s Visiting Young Scholars program does not acknowledge AP credit as satisfactorily meeting a course prerequisite.

New Scholars
  1. Fill out the Visiting Young Scholar application.
  2. Submit the application via email to
  3. The VYS Director will review your application and receive instructor approval for you to enroll.
  4.  You will be notified with a formal letter to your personal email of the program's decision of your application.
Returning Scholars

If you’ve already completed a semester in the Visiting Young Scholars program and are in good standing, you do not need to re-submit application materials.

  1. Email the Visiting Young Scholars office with your request to continue taking classes. In the email, include your full name, Banner ID, and the CRN(s) for the course(s) you wish to enroll in.
  2. The VYS office will verify instructor approval and confirm your enrollment with a letter emailed to your personal email account.


As a Visiting Young Scholar, you can enroll in courses for which you have met SLU prerequisites on a space-available basis at a reduced tuition rate.

The tuition rate is $350 per credit hour. Visiting Young Scholars pay the same lab fees as full-time matriculating students.

How to Pay Your Bill

There are three ways to pay your bills. If you don't pay your tuition in full on time, you will be dropped from your class and have to pay a $50 reinstatement fee.

Pay Online

Follow the steps below to make payments online.

  1. Log into MySLU.
  2. Once in mySLU click on the "Tools" tab near the SLU header.
  3. On the next page choose the "Payment Suite" icon.
  4. Click the green "Make a Payment" button.
  5. Choose the button for "Current Account Balance" and then "Continue"
  6. Select your payment method using the drop down menu.
Pay by Mail

You can also pay your tuition bill by mail by writing a check payable to “Saint Louis University.” In the check memo line, put your full name and Banner ID number. Mail your check to:
Saint Louis University
P.O. Box 790165
Saint Louis, MO 63179

Pay in Person

You can pay your tuition bill in person at Saint Louis University's campus. Make the check payable to "Saint Louis University." In the check memo line, write your full name and Banner ID. Drop your check off in the payment box outside of the cashier’s office in Dubourg Hall.

If you do not have a tuition statement, please visit the Office of Student Financial Services in DuBourg Hall Room 121 to obtain a printed copy.