The publication, based in Washington D.C., ranks schools based on their contribution to the public good in three categories: social mobility, research and service. Other notable honors Saint Louis University received from Washington Monthly were "Top Jesuit School," "Top Faith-Based School" and second-place ranking as a top private institution. Additionally, the university was named to the for the sixth consecutive year, the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for commitment to service-learning and community engagement.
Highlights of Saint Louis University’s community service include its Make a Difference Day, one of the largest collegiate days of service in the nation, and its , which allows work-study students to work with local nonprofits.
The university also raised $130,000 to help fight cancer during its 2012 Relay for Life, which had more than 1,300 participants. The SLU Relay for Life has raised more than $1.25 million since 2004 for the American Cancer Society of Eastern Missouri and was awarded the "Thanks A Million" Award by the group. The university also is participating in the President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, a White House initiative inviting institutions of higher education to commit to interfaith cooperation and community service programming on campus.
According to a survey, 84 percent of SLU students volunteer at least once during the academic year, well above the national average of 60 percent. Nearly half are regular volunteers, providing service multiple times a month. Learn more about service at SLU by visiting the . [Saint Louis University]