From the School

The mission of St. Lawrence University is to provide an inspiring and demanding undergraduate education in the liberal arts to students selected for their seriousness of purpose and intellectual promise.

Nestled in the small upstate New York town of Canton that’s closer to Canada than it is to Manhattan, St. Lawrence is a liberal arts school with a strong sense of community and a dedication to academics. For one history major, St. Lawrence is “a university that pushes me to pursue my dreams,” a place where “it felt like I was coming home, not leaving home.” With roughly 2,400 students and a student to faculty ratio of 12:1, St. Lawrence prides itself on small classes and a tight knit environment where students and professors know their fellow Laurentians by name. With interdisciplinary studies encouraged, the most popular majors at St. Lawrence include economics, biology, government, psychology, and mathematics. Even though its location might be considered remote, the school’s proximity to the Adirondacks is a huge draw and, as one anthropology major jokes, “St. Lawrence manages to be a place with countless opportunities and things going on despite being in the middle of nowhere.”

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Overview

Applicants
5,866
Acceptance Rate
48%
Average HS GPA
3.60

GPA Breakdown

38%
Over 3.75
25%
3.50 - 3.74
15%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
7%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
590 - 680
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
580 - 675
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
25 - 30

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

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

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
217
with Terminal Degree
207

109
Women
108
Men
29
Minority
8
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
82%
Graduate in 5 years
85%
Graduate in 6 years
85%

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Biophysics.
  • Conservation Biology.
  • Neuroscience.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Business/Commerce, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.
  • Statistics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • International/Global Studies.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Geophysics and Seismology.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Social Sciences, Other.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Music, General.


Students Say

Located deep in northern New York, St. Lawrence University provides its 2,400 students an "excellent and rigorous academic schedule," plenty of financial aid and scholarships, a low student to faculty ratio, rich study abroad options, and "lots of opportunities to engage in the community." The required First Year Program for freshmen helps them become acquainted with fellow peers and also makes for "a valuable transition…into college-level courses." This is a group that is "smart and eager to learn," and "everyone is thrilled to be a Laurentian for life." Alumni "are so eager to help current students through shadowing opportunities, internships, discussion panels, [and] networking events," playing "a huge role in our very high placement rate after graduation."

Faculty members find it easy to find the time to be "dedicated and caring," and "the lectures are most often understandable due to [their] thorough preparation." The small class size means professors "are able to be real people and not just information presenters" and "they engage in dialogues, even in technically lecture classes." Teachers "see their students as human beings, not just another name on their roster." "I've even gone to professors' houses with my classes for meals…. I have learned so much because the professors take the time to make sure everyone is on the same page before moving on," says a student. The liberal arts education is heavily stressed at SLU, and "students of all majors take classes outside of their comfort zone to diversify their education." Academics always come first and but "it is stressed to get involved in different groups and activities."


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

Notable Faculty


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

Katherine Clark '85
U.S. Congresswoman, Massachusetts

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
82%
Graduate in 5 years
85%
Graduate in 6 years
85%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$52,000

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$98,400

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$53,400

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$108,500

Percent High Job Meaning
46%

Percent STEM
24%


Students Say

St. Lawrence students are rather fortunate in that they can both tap into a “great alumni network” and take advantage of a fabulous career services office. In fact, undergrads here make a point of mentioning that the office does “a good job with providing resources for students.” Indeed, it's one of the school's “greatest strengths.” As one impressed undergrad explains, “Sophomore year at St. Lawrence offers a career boot-camp [in which] a very large [number] of students participate. This career boot-camp made sure my resume, LinkedIn [profile] and networking skills were on point.” And best of all, “the career services advisers go out of their way to make sure as many students as possible are taking advantage of the panels, networking events and internships available.” Ninety-seven percent of the Class of 2016 where employed or enrolled in graduate school within a year after commencement.

Through the St. Lawrence University Fellows program, students get a head start on their future careers by pursuing particular academic topics that interest them during the summer, with the assistance of a faculty adviser. These lines of inquiry often lead to a future research project or course of study the next academic year. The Liberal Arts in New York City Semester gives students the chance to study and intern in New York City. Students are housed at the 92nd Street Y, and intern for institutions such as Credit Suisse, Christie's Auction House, MTV, Cosmopolitan and Vogue magazines, and Morgan Stanley. The Fellows program, open to twenty-five to thirty students each summer, provides a $3,500 stipend and pairs the student with a faculty member. More than 97 percent of the Class of 2015 were either employed or attending graduate school within one year of graduation. The Career Connections program offers a Career Boot Camp, which specifically targets sophomores who are on the cusp of declaring their major. Career Services also offers students the opportunity to participate in a program called Laurentians Investing Networking and Careers (LINC), which started in 2013 funded by a generous alumnus donation. The program matches current St. Lawrence first and sophomore year students with participating St. Lawrence alumni with careers in their desired fields. For students who are interested in getting a leg-up on the career search during winter break, St. Lawrence's Shadow a Saint program pairs students with alumni volunteers who work in potential field of interest. The program allows students to get to know their mentor, hopefully sowing the seeds for career guidance in the future, and also gives them an in-depth look at the industry they'd like to work in after graduation. Laurentians make good use of these career resources. As journalist and St. Lawrence alumnus Ed Forbes put it: "Our people are extremely resilient, are fairly adventurous, and willing to take risks. We're great critical thinkers, great writers, great team players, and are ready to lead the charge."

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$39,769

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$37,572

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,492

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
60%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$32,627

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$33,084

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$50,830
Required Fees
$370
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$750

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,100
Transportation for Commuters
$400

On-Campus Room and Board
$13,190
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,414
Foreign Countries Represented
62

Demographics

1.39%
Asian
3.29%
African-American
4.97%
Hispanic
78.21%
Caucasian
9.02%
International

56% female
44% male
60% are out of state
55% are full time
45% are part time

Students Say

St. Lawrence is home to a "very adventurous and passionate" group as a whole, and students here are "driven yet laid-back, competitive yet helpful, and always a good time." There are students from a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds, and "SLU students look out for SLU students." "I feel comfortable leaving my laptop, phone, and any other expensive gadget out in the open and knowing that no one will touch it," says one. Students tend to fall into one of two groups: traditionally preppy, or "those who wear flannel shirts and Carhartt pants and give no thought to what they wear save for its practicality."

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Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

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

Students Say

SLU may be remotely located, but this "outdoorsy [and] spontaneous" campus fosters activities every week that include hiking, rock climbing, canoeing, biking, and skiing; additionally, there are "music concerts, comedians, movies and sporting events on campus almost every weekend." Most everyone here is involved in varsity or intramural sports, and the athletic facilities are of such good quality that "even if you don't play sports or work out often, you want to go there to try it out." When students aren't doing homework, they're "almost always doing group activities" like exploring the cute town of Canton, which has a farmer 's market, plenty of small shops, restaurants, and a couple bars.

Almost all of the students live on campus and rarely leave; theme housing, where students apply to live in on-campus communities based around particular lifestyles, "is bigger than sororities or fraternities." "If you like being outdoors, there's the Outing Club house. If you like living sustainably, there's the Greenhouse. If you like volunteering, there's the HOPE (Helping Out People Everywhere) house," explains a student.


Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Not Applicable

Director
Matt McCluskey

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Documentation requirements to received accommodations from the Disability and Accessibility Services Office are made on a case-by-case basis.

Documentation Required for ADHD

Documentation requirements to received accommodations from the Disability and Accessibility Services Office are made on a case-by-case basis.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

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

12% join a fraternity
16% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

3% participate in intramural sports
1% participate in intercollegiate sports

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: LGBTetc and Sexuality and Gender Activists (SaGA), http://www.stlawu.edu/lgbtq/

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.

68/99

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Jeremy Freeman
Executive Director of Admissions

Address
Payson Hall
23 Romoda Drive
Canton, NY 13617

Phone
800-285-1856

Email
jfreeman@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
Kirk Douglas Hall opened Fall 2014, Newell Center for Arts Technology opened 2007, LEED Gold Johnson Hall of Science opened fall 2007, Sullivan Student Center opened January 2004

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Adirondack Mountains
Lake Placid, NY
Ottawa, Ontario
Burlington, Vermont
Montreal, Quebec
Students, faculty and staff enjoy the wide-open spaces and natural resources that lie between the St. Lawrence River and the Adirondack Mountains, with numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation.

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, and Massena, NY, to Albany, NY, and from Saranac Lake, NY, 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 48A north of Watertown; I-781 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/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 (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, University Suites, (Canton); Hampton Inn, Clarkson Inn (Potsdam. Numerous bed and breakfast locations near campus.


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