From the School

St. Lawrence University is a private, independent, non-denominational, university that seeks to provide a stimulating and rigorous liberal arts education to undergraduate students chosen for their intellectual potential and seriousness of purpose. Chartered in 1856, it is New York State's oldest continuously coeducational college or university. St. Lawrence's 2,300 students arrive from 40 states and 45 countries. The school is situated in Canton, New York (pop. 6,500), midway between the Adirondacks Mountains and Ottawa, Canada's national capital. The University provides unmatched access to social and cultural opportunities, international government, and outdoor recreation.

Overview

Applicants
4,424
Acceptance Rate
46%
Average HS GPA
3.49

GPA Breakdown

33%
Over 3.75
24%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
8%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
550 - 650
SAT Math
570 - 660
ACT Composite
25 - 30

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Early Decision II
February 1

Regular
February 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities

Overall

From The School

The University confers the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees; it also awards graduate degrees in education.

36 majors are available, as is the option to declare a double major (see Majors and Degrees Offered.)

The University offers 37 optional minors (see Majors and Degrees Offered.)

Qualified students may pursue five-year programs in business administration (this program leads to the MBA) and engineering, combining coursework at St. Lawrence with work at other institutions.

Specialized advising is available for postgraduate work in dentistry, law, medicine, and veterinary medicine.

The St. Lawrence distribution requirements involve coursework in six areas.

All students are expected to demonstrate writing competence before graduating.

The University provides extensive opportunities for honors projects and independent work.

Students Say

“The best-kept secret in the Northeast,” St. Lawrence University provides an “excellent well-rounded liberal arts education” that is “intellectually stimulating, personally enriching, and culturally engaging.” “The high quality of professors and facilities” attract “individuals who are serious about their education” and build “an oasis of learning, separated from distractions, but preparing you for the real world.” Boasting a science program that “is one of the strongest” among liberal arts schools, “well-developed study abroad programs,” and “admissions and financial aid offices [that] seek to offer many scholarship opportunities,” St. Lawrence offers a wide array of academic prospects. Although some students feel that the university may be “understaffed,” small class sizes and a “faculty who desire achievement” play a critical role in the St. Lawrence experience. Professors are “approachable, funny, and extremely able” and they “have flexible hours.” As one student says, “The professors here are truly exceptional…they put so much time into ensuring you grow as a scholar and as a person.” “Very rarely will a professor lecture for the full amount of class time,” which encourages discussion and “experiential learning.” Students are encouraged to “make a sustainable and meaningful impact in communities on both local and global scales” and cite that “alumni are extremely successful.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12:1
Total Faculty
207
with Terminal Degree
185

108
Women
99
Men
30
Minority
5
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
96%
Graduate in 5 years
100%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Susan Collins '75
US Senator, Maine

Kirk Douglas '39
Actor, Author

Vigggo Mortensen '80
Actor, Poet, Painter

Lorrie Moore '78
Author

Grace Potter '06
Musician

Jeff Boyd '78
Chiar of the Board, Priceline

Martha MacCallum
Fox News Anchor

Overview

From The School

For the 2011-2012 academic year, the comprehensive fee (including tuition, fees, and typical room and board) is $53,740.

Typically, annual personal costs and book expenditures cost an additional $1,650.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
89
Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Mar 30

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$31,953

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$31,110

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,824

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$26,832

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
65%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$29,262

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$47,350
Required Fees
$346
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$750

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$400

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

From The School

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.

Students Say

Though “Bean boots, Patagonia, and J. Crew” describe the “homogeneous” dominant atmosphere at St. Lawrence, the school “seamlessly fuses the three major social categories of preps, jocks, and hippies” and “blends future activists, executives, and business professionals…to foster a mixed culture of preppiness and crunchiness.” Extracurricular activities are vehicles for fitting in on campus, and students characterize the student body as “made up of overachievers” who are “easy to get along with and a lot of fun.” Students are “motivated to be successful and are genuinely interested in their classes” while also being “engaging and thoughtful, seeking to take advantage of campus activities and to make a difference.” Despite the fact that “many members of the student body are definitely rich, there is a lot of economic diversity that goes unnoticed.” More than anything, it’s the “strong sense of community” and the feeling that “everybody loves everybody” that make this “a wonderful place for just about anyone who can stand the cold.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,414
Out of State
57%

International
9%
Foreign Countries Represented
46

Demographics

2.03%
Asian
3.38%
African-American
4.47%
Hispanic
87.05%
Caucasian
8.57%
International

55% female
45% male
57% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

From The School

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 in 17 nations; 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. 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, fueled by more than $200 million, is providing expanded resources to undergraduates.

Students Say

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.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
98%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
81
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Village
Fire safety rating
76

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Office of Special Needs

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
John Meagher, Director

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Psychoeducational evaluation

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Yes

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
117
Number of Honor Societies
22

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
4

8% join a fraternity
18% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Saints)
17 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Equestrian Sports
Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Skiing Downhill Alpine
Skiing Nordic Cross Country
Soccer
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Saints)
18 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Equestrian Sports
Field Hockey
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Skiing Downhill Alpine
Skiing Nordic Cross Country
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: PRIDES: People recognizing diversity of ethnicity and sexuality; http://it.stlawu.edu/%7Esluprides/ Sexuality and Gender Activists

Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Clarkson University
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Clarkson University

Sustainability

St. Lawrence’s culture of sustainability extends from university operations to academics and co-curricular activities. The University drew from the success of its Adirondack Semester and launched the Sustainability Semester, where students live off campus at a nearby farmstead, are educated and exposed to environmental problems and solutions, and are guaranteed a paid internship in a sustainability-related field. St. Lawrence also added environmental literacy as a required component of the University’s core curriculum. St. Lawrence is committed to ensuring that a minimum of 15 percent of its electricity is derived from renewable sources. And, impressively, the university’s Johnson Hall of Science was the first LEED Gold science building in New York. Further, as part of St. Lawrence’s promise to achieve climate neutrality, all future construction will be designed to meet LEED Silver certification, including a new residence hall that opened in August 2014 and uses twenty-four geothermal wells for heating and cooling. The school is also aiming to lower its greenhouse gas emissions by trumpeting alternative transportation methods. St. Lawrence aims to lower its greenhouse gas emissions through alternative transportation methods, such as its green bikes program— where students and employees can “check out” bicycles—a ChargePoint EV charging station available free to the public, and sustainable management of campus grounds. Most of the campus is pesticide and herbicide free, the athletic fields benefit from a water-informed irrigation system, and low-mow zones increase biodiversity and reduce emissions. Dining Services also remains committed to sustainability by practicing pre-consumer food composting in its dining halls and purchasing food from a local agricultural cooperative.

Green Rating
93
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
11%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
608

Average Number of PC's per Lab
15

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Jeff Rickey
Vice President and Dean of Admissions an

Address
Payson Hall
23 Romoda Drive
Canton, NY 13617

Phone
800-285-1856

Email
jrickey@stlawu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Newell Field House & Stafford Fitness Center
Brewer Bookstore
Johnson Hall of Science
Owen D. Young Library
Sullivan Student Center
New residence hall opened Fall 2014, Newell Center for Arts Technology opened 2007, LEED Gold Johnson Hall of Science opened fall 2007Student Center opened January 2004

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Adirondack Mountains
Lake Placid, NY
Ottawa, Ontario
Burlington, Vermont
St. Lawrence River

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@stlawu.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Trailways Bus service to Canton, NY. Nearest large airport is Ottawa, Ontario, 90 minutes away. Cape Air provides service from Ogdensburg, NY, to Albany, NY, and from Saranac Lake to Boston. Taxi service available in Canton. College provides free airport transportation.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Albany, N.Y.: I-87 (the Adirondack Northway) north to exit 23, Warrensburg; Route 9 north to Route 28 to Blue Mountain Lake; Route 30 north to Tupper Lake; Route 3 West to Route 56 north; Route 56 North to Colton; Route 68 to Route 11 on outskirts of Canton; left on Route 11/Main Street to traffic light at Park Street (village park and post office are at this intersection); left on Park Street 6/10 mile to Admissions Parking on the right, Payson Hall (admissions and financial aid offices) across the street (4 hours) Syracuse, N.Y.: I-81 north to exit 48 north of Watertown; Route 342 to Route 11; Route 11 north to Canton; follow Main Street into center of town to traffic light at Park Street (village park and post office are at this intersection); right on Park Street 6/10 mile to Admissions Parking on the right, Payson Hall (admissions and financial aid offices) across the street (2 1/2 hours) Burlington, VT.: I-89 north to Exit 17, Route 2; follow signs to Grand Isle Ferry (daily, year-round); upon exiting ferry, Route 314 to I-87 south; I-87 south one exit to Exit 38; Route 374 west to Chateaugay; Route 11 south to Malone; Route 11B to Potsdam; Route 11 to Canton, to traffic light at Park Street (village park and post office are at this intersection); left on Park Street 6/10 mile to Admissions Parking on the right, Payson Hall (admissions and financial aid offices) across the street (3 hours) OR I-89 north Swanton; Route 78 to Route 2 to Rouses Point, N.Y.; Route 11 south to Malone; Route 11B to Potsdam; Route 11 to Canton, to traffic light at Park Street (village park and post office are at this intersection); left on Park Street 6/10 mile to Admissions Parking on the right, Payson Hall (admissions and financial aid offices) across the street (3 hours) Detroit/Windsor: Highway 401 to Prescott, Ont.; bridge to USA; Route 37 west one mile to Route 68 south to Canton follow Main Street into center of town to traffic light at Park Street (village park and post office are at this intersection); right on Park Street 6/10 mile to Admissions Parking on the right, Payson Hall (admissions and financial aid offices) across the street (8 hours) New York Metropolitan Area, western Connecticut and Massachusetts: via Albany above (6-8 hours) Boston area, Rhode Island, eastern Connecticut and Massachusetts, northern New England: via Burlington above (5-7 hours) New Jersey, Philadelphia/Washington Corridor and south: via Syracuse above Rochester (4 hours), Buffalo (5 hours), central and western Pennsylvania, Ohio and Lower Great Lakes Region: via Syracuse above Michigan, Chicago, Upper Great Lakes Region: via Detroit above Other Canadian Points: Montreal: Highway 20/40 west to Highway 401 to Cornwall; bridge to USA, Route 37 west to Massena; Route 56 south to Raymondville; Route 310 south to Route 11; right on Route 11 into Canton, to traffic light at Park Street (village park and post office are at this intersection); left on Park Street 6/10 mile to Admissions Parking on the right, Payson Hall (admissions and financial aid offices) across the street (3 hours) Ottawa: Highway 16/416 south to Prescott; bridge to USA; Route 37 west one mile to Route 68 south to Canton follow Main Street into center of town to traffic light at Park Street (village park and post office are at this intersection); right on Park Street 6/10 mile to Admissions Parking on the right, Payson Hall (admissions and financial aid offices) across the street (1-1/2 hours) Toronto: Highway 401 to Prescott, Ont.; bridge to USA; Route 37 west one mile to Route 68 south to Canton follow Main Street into center of town to traffic light at Park Street (village park and post office are at this intersection); right on Park Street 6/10 mile to Admissions Parking on the right, Payson Hall (admissions and financial aid offices) across the street (4-1/2 hours)

Local Accommodations
Best Western University Inn, Comfort Suites, numerous Bed and Breakfast establishments. Contact Admissions for list or www.stlawu.edu, Information for Visitors
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Key Stats

4,424
Applicants
2,414
Size
46%
Acceptance Rate
1220
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists