Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution with campuses in St Louis, Missouri and Madrid, Spain. Founded in 1812, Saint Louis University was the first university west of the Mississippi River. In SLU's classrooms, ethics, spirituality and compassion are fundamental, no matter what the subject. More than 80 of SLU's courses integrate service into academics. And this spirit pervades campus; SLU students, faculty and staff provide more than a million service hours each year.In addition, Saint Louis University is a major catalyst for urban renewal in the heart of a remarkable city. The University has funded more than $850 million in campus improvements and expansions during the past 25 years. And its annual economic impact on the region exceeds $715 million.