Educating the whole person, seeking the truth, & serving others.

Developing You

Jesuit Mission

Our Jesuit heritage and mission is rooted in the belief that individuals deserve an education that not only serves to meet their career, but to develop them as a whole person. We believe in educating “the whole person” — mind, body, heart and spirit, because the more whole you are, the more you can contribute to the world. Our programs are rooted in this belief. The classroom experiences challenge students to think innovatively and compassionately about decisions and the world.


Education for All

Faithful to the values of promoting social justice and the dignity of all human beings, the Cook School is committed to Saint Louis University’s mission of fostering an inclusive environment that welcomes and celebrates all expressions of diversity and identity that advance the Jesuit mission of forming women and men for and with others. This commitment inspires and prepares students, faculty and staff to create communities unburdened by discrimination and oppression. 

Finding Truth

We don’t so much embrace ideas as challenge them, always looking for larger, stronger answers.

Therefore, not only will you learn to defend your ideas, you will learn to improve upon them, developing the intellectual wherewithal to think clearly, argue pointedly and express yourself beautifully.

This process of seeking truth will evolve as a leader, through acquiring the ethical and moral underpinning necessary to make sound judgments. Through class, service learning and learning to appreciate cultural difference, you will come to see the world — and your place in it — as a wondrous opportunity for growth and good works.

Giving Back

There are multiple opportunities and programs that the Cook School sponsors to support the SLU community and wider St. Louis community. Through volunteering time, talent and treasure through service days, community outreach programs, sponsorships, and educational programs and events, our students, faculty, staff, and alumni are making a difference in the lives of others.

Program Highlight

The Service Leadership Program is unique to the John Cook School of Business. Service Leadership often acts as a springboard for students, encouraging them to use their business skills for social service throughout their lives.

The Cook School’s Service Leadership Program provides students the opportunity to develop and hone their leadership skills while serving the St. Louis community. There are many valuable skills and attributes which Service Leaders gain through their participation in the program. These skills help students gain an advantage in the business world and help them continue to serve their communities beyond their collegiate experiences.


By volunteering at service sites, students will practice critical thinking, decision making, effective communication and team building. These are some of the skills that will help students become more effective future business leaders.