Hey, there. I was hoping to be the first to post an answer, but looks like Shaun3000 beat me! I was an Aviation Science major at SLU for 2 years before transferring back here to the University of San Diego.
You couldn't pick a better place. Like mentioned above, SLU is an actual university. Whereas Embry Riddle is 100% aviation, it is very immersed in it. SLU has everything, and you get immersed in aviation, but you are equally exposed to college and college life.
Also, the costs of flying, plane rentals, airport usage, and all that is included in tuition. So an aviation student pays the same tuition as a nursing, math, business, and theology student. It's not your fault that your classroom is 2 miles long with approach lights.
This was my day as an Aviation Science major while flying:
-wake up 6am for my 730am class.
-catch free SLU shuttle from campus to airport in Illinois
-arrive at airport by 725am.
-get my flight plan and gear from the main desk at the airport
-meet with my flight instructor
-we go over the day's itinerary including procedures
-taxi, takeoff, fly, land
-meet with instructor and go over what we just did
-catch shuttle back to main campus
So it's a very regimented program. And not to steal from Shaun3000, but if you lag behind, you will not be happy. I'm proof of that. After the great experience SLU gave me of letting me fly, I realized that I didn't want to be in the cockpit anymore. As a result, I decided to stop flying at the end of the semester. That meant flying for a month when I didn't want to fly anymore. It's BAD news flying when you don't care, because you don't pay attention. I guess my point is that if you want to do it, then it's the best program for you, and if not, then get out when you can.
Oh, also, when I was there, 1999-2001, TWA would come to SLU first, looking for people who'd like to do internships at STL. So there's that opportunity too.
I left SLU because I am born and raised in Los Angeles, and LA is a super fast paced city, compared to a slower midwest town. I'd say that if you're from the midwest or used to that life, then there's no problem... but big city life will lure you right back home.
I really hope you look in to SLU because there's just nothing like it. It's a university and a flight school. And like Shaun3000 said, if you don't want to do aviation at SLU, then you can take your pick at other majors. And you get to meet people of all interests... something you may not get at Embry Riddle.
My posts/replies are strictly my opinion and not that of any company, organization, or Southwest Airlines.