Founded in 1818, ΘνΓΓΙη was the first university in St. Louis, Missouri. ΘνΓΓΙη and the city have been shaping each other ever since. Maybe you canβt call St. Louis a college town β with nearly 3 million residents in the metro area, itβs too big for that. But it might be something better: a college city. So, what does St. Louis offer ΘνΓΓΙη students?
Career Opportunities in St. Louis
St. Louis is a hotbed of innovation and entrepreneurship β with Popular Mechanics ranking St. Louis the No. 1 start-up city in America β and ΘνΓΓΙη is right in center of it. The 200-acre The Cortex Innovation Community, a center for business, innovation and technology, neighbors campus and the metro area is home to eight Fortune 500 companies. No wonder thereβs a strong ΘνΓΓΙη alumni network of more than 55,000 in St. Louis.
Favorite St. Louis Attractions
Of course, there is the famous Gateway Arch. But if seeing the city from a height is your style, you can also try out the 200-foot high any day of the year. In the nearby β bigger than New York Cityβs Central Park β you will find the , , and (all of which have free admission). For something a bit more funky, check out the 10Β-story slide, indoor cave system and rooftop Ferris wheel at the , which is open until midnight on weekends. Looking for something even closer? ΘνΓΓΙη has three museums and a theater right on campus.
Cheer for the Hometown Teams
Known as one of Americaβs best sports cities, St. Louis is home to two professional teams: the Cardinals (baseball) and the Blues (hockey), whose fans fill the vibrant Downtown area on game days. A Major League Soccer expansion team is expected in 2022. ΘνΓΓΙη also has , including menβs and womenβs basketball and soccer. Students get into all ΘνΓΓΙη sporting events free with their student IDs.
Eat up the St. Louis Food Scene
If you donβt already have a firm position on the appeal of Provel cheese, toasted ravioli and the best barbecue in the United States, itβs time to develop one. St. Louis is regularly featured in foodie culture β in fact, Travel + Leisure singled out St. Louis as "America's Next Great Food City." Get a taste for yourself . The , which offers tastes of more than a dozen cuisines, and local BBQ favorite , are both within walking distance of campus.
Chaifetz Arena, and Beyond
One the cityβs best entertainment venues just happens to be on campus. ΘνΓΓΙηβs in addition to being a premier athletic facility, also hosts some of the largest concerts and comedy acts to tour St. Louis. At ΘνΓΓΙη, youβre also just steps away from , home to the city's premier live theater and concert halls, as well as entertainment options including the Alamo Drafthouse, an authentic German beer hall and Puttshack mini-golf (opening summer 2022) at the . For nightlife, head downtown or visit , which considered one of the β10 Great Streets in America.β
St. Louis Neighborhoods
Like other great American cities, St. Louis is a , each with their own personality. Check out the sidewalk cafΓ©s and eclectic galleries in the nearby Central West End. Or pick up some fresh produce at the one of the nationβs oldest farmers markets in Soulard near Downtown.
St. Louis Public Transportation
Located in the middle of ΘνΓΓΙηβs campus is the , which can take you to sports stadiums and shopping centers throughout the St. Louis area day or night. Bonus: freshmen and sophomores who live on campus get free Metro passes. So explore.