St. Lawrence University provides a distinctive learning environment, offering 36 majors, 37 minors, and 3 graduate programs in education. Its First-Year Program is nationally recognized. St. Lawrence offers international study programs on six continents; it also belongs to the International Student Exchange Program. The University offers four off-campus programs within the United States, including a semester program in the Adirondack wilderness and a program in New York City. St. Lawrence is currently undergoing an educational renaissance; bold academic initiatives are underway to maximize the learning potential of each and every student. A major facilities upgrade has been completed to provide expanded resources to undergraduates. A new residence hall opened in Fall, 2014.
Campus Facilities & Equipment
The University's two libraries, the Owen D. Young Library and Launders Science Library, contain more than half a million volumes, electronic resources, and ample space for reading and research.
Students also enjoy an arts center with recital hall, two theaters, and an art gallery as well as a 7,000-piece art collection. The Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall, a 19,000 square-foot space for the performing arts, is part of the campus dedicated to the arts.
St. Lawrence's science complex including the Gold LEED-certified Johnson Hall of Science is connected to the science library and computing center.
A 15,000-square-foot Sullivan Student Center is available for student meetings, studying, staff offices and one of the dining areas available on campus.
Recreational facilities include cross-country ski, mountain bike, and running trails; a 133-station fitness center; a three-story climbing wall; indoor and outdoor tennis courts; and two gymnasium/fieldhouse complexes, one with a 9-lane/400-meter track and five tennis/basketball courts and the other with a 200-meter track, three tennis courts, and ten squash courts. Facilities also include a pool, ice arena, equestrian center, golf course, indoor golf facility, boathouse, AstroTurf field, baseball, soccer and softball fields.
St. Lawrence University offers international programs in 17 countries: Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, Spain, Thailand and Trinidad and Tobago; students can also direct-enroll in foreign universities in countries through the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP).
The University also offers four off-campus study programs within the United States. These are located at: American University, Washington, D.C.; Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee; New York City and the Adirondack Semester, near Tupper Lake, New York.
Student Organizations & Activities
Undergraduates commence their studies with the First-Year Program, which places approximately 30 first-year students in communities that live and learn together.
Once they achieve upper-class status, students may choose to live in traditional residence halls, interest-based theme suites, theme cottages, Greek houses, or senior townhouses.
St. Lawrence provides a full range of services to students, including comprehensive career planning as well as graduate and professional school guidance.
Students seeking co-curricular activities can choose from over 100 organizations, including everything from student government to interest groups to arts and culture.
St. Lawrence boasts 32 intercollegiate teams including NCAA Division I teams in men's and women's ice hockey. All other teams compete in the NCAA's Division III. Club sports are also available, as is participation in a broad range of popular intramural sports.
The University is home to numerous recreational facilities, including: a 133-station fitness center; a three-story climbing wall; cross-country ski and running trails; and indoor and outdoor tennis courts. Students enjoy access to two gymnasium/fieldhouse complexes; one has a 9-lane/400-meter track as well as five basketball/tennis courts, while the other has a 200-meter track, ten squash courts, and three tennis courts. Other facilities include an AstroTurf field; baseball, softball, and soccer fields; an equestrian center; a golf course; an indoor golf facility; an ice arena; a boathouse; and a pool.
Canton is “a quaint town that has a lot of farms” located “in the beautiful
Adirondacks.” Perhaps this is why much of campus life is centered on the
outdoors. Aside from the typical Canton “haunts” like Hoot Owl and Tick
Tock, students at St. Lawrence go “canoeing on campus, rock-climbing, hiking,
and even cross-country skiing” or participate in the school’s “excellent outdoor
program” and outing club. Every year, Peak Weekend takes place and assigns
adventurers to “every high peak in the Adirondacks.” “A large portion of the
student body are varsity athletes” who were drawn to the school for its “strong
athletic tradition,” while others are “passionate, active students who work
hard and play hard.” One student proudly described her weekly routine:
“Monday [through] Thursday: school, homework, and campus involvement in
clubs and organization. Thursday: pre-game and ticker. Friday: Chill out in the
dorms, casual drinking. Saturday: pre-game and ticker. Sunday: Dana Brunch
and library all day.” “Theme houses” provide an “alternative party-hangout
spot for the students not involved with the ‘Greek life’ system,” and while
some say drinking is prevalent, it is “not forced” on campus life. In terms of
the “huge” music scene, “people like to go to Java, the music venue on campus,
which books small bands every weekend,” and students “also go to Ottawa or
Montreal and Burlington fairly often for concerts.” Life here may be naturefocused,
but students do criticize the administration for not “following
through with the green initiatives they pride themselves on” and providing
more public transportation resources. Still, the “unique environment” of St.
Lawrence leaves students here “genuinely happy.”