St. Lawrence University campus
St. Lawrence University campus
St. Lawrence University campus
St. Lawrence University campus
St. Lawrence University campus
St. Lawrence University campus
St. Lawrence University campus
St. Lawrence University campus
St. Lawrence University campus
St. Lawrence University campus
St. Lawrence University campus
St. Lawrence University campus
St. Lawrence University campus
St. Lawrence University campus
St. Lawrence University campus

From the School

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.”


From The School

St. Lawrence seeks undergraduates with the capacity to manage a demanding academic regimen successfully. In addition, the ideal student contributes substantially to the quality of community life. The University strives to enroll students who represent the broadest possible range of economic, ethnic, geographic, and social backgrounds. The admissions committee values academic achievement, but ability in athletics, community service, leadership, or the creative arts is also considered a strong indicator of a student's capacity to benefit from her or his time at St. Lawrence. The University is test optional for all domestic students; students may choose whether they would like the results of their SAT and/or ACT used during the evaluation process. Students are strongly encouraged to plan a campus visit; interviews may be scheduled to occur on campus. In certain areas, off-campus interviews are also an option.

The University makes no requirement of applicants' high school curricula; however, successful applicants generally demonstrate extensive preparation in the humanities, mathematics, the natural sciences, and the social sciences. Advanced Placement, IB and honors work are looked upon favorably, as they demonstrate the applicants intellectual curiosity and maturity. These are qualities that are highly sought by the admission committee.

St. Lawrence uses the Common Application exclusively and students are free to use any version of the Common Application. An application supplement is required and is available on-line. The application processing fee is $60. Applicants pursuing regular decision should submit all materials by February 1; they will be notified in March of their decision. Students whose first choice is St. Lawrence may apply for Early Decision: the priority deadline for Early Decision applications begins on November 1. Applicants for transfer to St. Lawrence should submit all application materials by November 1 for the spring semester or March 1 for the fall semester.

To request an application or for more information, students should contact:
Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
St. Lawrence University
Canton, NY 13617


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

Learn about new SAT scores and college admission here
SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
550 - 650
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
560 - 650
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
540 - 650
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


Early Decision
November 1

Early Decision II
February 1

February 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay

Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating


From The School

Academic Programs

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

Thirty-six 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.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Students have the following major/minors to choose from:

African Studies, African-American Studies, Anthropology, Art & Art History, Asian Studies, Biochemistry, Biology, Biology-Physics, Business in the Liberal Arts, Canadian Studies, Caribbean and Latin American Studies, Chemistry, Communications, Computer Science, Conservation Biology, Creative Writing, Dance, Economics, Economics-Mathematics, Education, English, Environmental Studies, Estudios Hispanicos (Spanish), European Studies, Exercise Science, Film and Representation Studies, Foreign Languages, Francophone Studies (French), Gender and Sexuality Studies, Geology, Geology-Physics, German Studies, Global Studies, Government, History, International Economics, International Studies, Japanese Studies, Journalism, Languages, Latin American Studies, Mathematics, Modern Languages & Literatures, Multifield (self-designed), Music, Native American Studies, Neuroscience, Outdoor Studies, Peace Studies, Performance and Communication Arts, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Sports Studies and Exercise Science, Statistics, Studio Art, Theatre, Visual Art, and Writing.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • 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

  • Communication Studies/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 in tiny Canton, New York, near the Canadian border, St. Lawrence University is a "warm and welcoming" little school with myriad merit scholarships, great study abroad programs, and a reputation as "the snowiest place where you will have the time of your life and meet amazing people." A low student-faculty ratio and strong alumni network really ice the cake on this "extremely tight-knit community" that carries on a "long lasting tradition of Laurentian pride, academic rigor and sustainability efforts."

The "very intelligent professors" are always available to give insight and help, and "aim to engage students in every way, even if the students seem uninterested." "They never cease to impress!" Faculty does a good job of tying in a lot of different themes, so "eventually all of your classes intersect." "They would rather we internalize the information and material of the class well than get through the syllabus on time, leading to more in depth learning," says a student.

St. Lawrence encourages students to participate in all aspects of their education, and there is great ability "for students to make an impact and have meaningful change on the way operations occur on campus." The "projects/research being done surround you" and St. Lawrence "emphasizes students taking initiative and holding leadership positions for various clubs," providing "everything one can need in their four years of college on a camp in the middle of nowhere." "The alumni still love it even fifty years after they graduate, so there must be a certain charm to it (and there is)!" surmises up a student.


Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Susan Collins '75
US Senator, Maine

Kirk Douglas '39
Actor, Author

Vigggo Mortensen '80
Actor, Poet, Painter

Lorrie Moore '78

Grace Potter '06

Jeff Boyd '78
Chiar of the Board, Priceline

Katherine Clark '85
U.S. Congresswoman, Massachusetts

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

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

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

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Percent High Job Meaning

Percent STEM

Students Say

The "absolutely excellent" Career Services Office offers a host of resources for students looking for jobs, internships, or research opportunities, including online tools, career fairs, and a new Business Case Study Course. The school's Shadow A Saint program allows current undergraduates to spend work time during the summer with an alumni in their area of career interest, and the Laurentians in Residence program brings alumni and parent leaders to the school throughout the year for panels, networking, and mentoring. "Networking and alumni contact is HUGE! Alumni are very helpful and are proud to lend a hand," says a student. Ninety-five percent of the most recent graduating class had a job or was enrolled in graduate school within a year after commencement. Forty-one percent of SLU graduates who visited felt their job was meaningful to the world, and visitors reported an average starting salary of $42,600.

Colleges that Create Futures

Practical Experience

The University President William L. Fox is vocal in his belief that “superior rhetoric and communication skills [are] a key differentiator for students who earn liberal arts degrees—skills employers that consistently identify as ‘most important’ in surveys conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).” To that end, the “Writing Competency Requirement” is more than just a hoop to jump through at St. Lawrence—students graduate prepared to read, write, speak, and listen well. The school says that RCP “demands greater accountability for identifying students with serious weaknesses in their writing skills and getting a customized tutoring plan in place to help each student develop greater proficiency and skills as a writer.” Beginning with the First-Year Program, the RCP offers seminars on how to deliver effective oral presentations. St. Lawrence’s W.O.R.D. Studio further support students’ communication skills by providing them with the space and resources they need to discuss and develop writing, oral presentations, research, and multimedia projects.
Global Education

In an effort to encourage students’ development as citizens not just of the St. Lawrence community but also of the world, the school offers a multi-language major, in which students are required to complete four credits in three different foreign languages (with one language chosen as their concentration language). Multi-language majors are strongly encouraged to study abroad. This is not difficult since, as one St. Lawrence professor noted, “Over 50 percent [of St. Lawrence students participate] in study abroad [and] the interest in connecting local and global issues is palpable across the St. Lawrence community.” Each of the language majors and minors—Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Swahili—offer corresponding study abroad options. One multi-language major—whose focus is in Spanish, Arabic, and Chinese—said, “The Multi-Language Program that [St. Lawrence] offered is incredibly unique and fit my interests perfectly.” The Modern Languages department also offers students the opportunity to sharpen their conversation skills in the new languages they’re learning in the classroom in a more relaxed setting with a program called Modern Language Conversation Tables. Once a week at a designated spot on campus, students come together to converse in Spanish, Arabic, or Chinese—the other languages surely have unofficial gathering spots, too—with both fellow newcomers and native speakers. In addition to honing their conversation skills, the Conversation Tables also give students a chance to learn about different cultures, watch movies and television shows from the countries whose languages they’re studying, and even swap study abroad stories The International Economics and Modern Languages and Literatures combined majors will afford students with enhanced opportunities to develop careers in the profit, not-for-profit and government sectors of the economy.
Since 1974, St. Lawrence has offered a semester-long experience for students in Nairobi, Kenya, where the school maintains a satellite four-acre campus. At over forty years old, the Kenya program is one of the longest-running study abroad programs on the African continent. Students who participate in the program get the chance to experience busy city living in Nairobi, as well as rural living outside the city and in Tanzania during home-stays with families. All students are required to study Swahili during their semester abroad. The Kenya Semester Program is an interdisciplinary one that encourages cultural immersion; students take two required courses—Swahili and Culture, Environment, and Development in East Africa—and get to choose two elective courses that are in line with their individual areas of study. While abroad, St. Lawrence students have the chance to get hands-on experience with organizations like the African Wildlife Foundation and the Federation of Women Lawyers, helping prepare them for potential careers that encompass important contemporary social issues. Since the 1980s, St. Lawrence has offered two scholarships annually to Kenyan students to attend college in New York and many of these graduates now assist current St. Lawrence students during their semester abroad in Nairobi. Kenyan graduates of St. Lawrence have also gone on to hold key governmental positions in their native country.
Alumni Network

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 96 percent of the Class of 2013 were either employed or attending graduate school within one year of graduation. In a joint effort, Career Services and the Student Alumni Association bring graduates back to campus in an ongoing effort called Laurentians in Residence. The program offers classroom presentations, panels, and networking and mentoring opportunities for current students looking to connect with alumni who were once in their shoes. One foreign language major summed up St. Lawrence as a “tight-knit community that translates into broad post-grad opportunities, thanks to the strong professor and alumni relationships.” 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 helps match up current St. Lawrence freshmen and sophomores with participating St. Lawrence alumni with careers in the students’ desired fields. The connection helps build the students’ networking skills and lays the groundwork for a potential long-term mentoring situation. 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 student with alumni volunteers who work in the field that best matches the students’ interest. The program allows students the opportunity 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. And 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.”


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Tuition: $50,830
Room: $7,104
Board: $6,086
Fees: $370
Total: $64,390

Typical annual personal costs and book expenditures are an additional $1,650.

Financial Aid

St. Lawrence University offers merit scholarships as well as need-based financial assistance.

The school grants aid in some form to more than 93 percent of its students. Aid packages typically consist of grants, student loans, and campus jobs

Aid applicants must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) between October 1 and February 1, and request that results be sent to St. Lawrence.


Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Mar 30

Required Forms

Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

Tuition for all students runs $50,830 and room and board is another $13,190. Ninety-three percent of all SLU undergrads receive financial aid, with the average need-based package running $33,515. Sixtyseven percent of students take out some form of loan, graduating with an average of $26,792 in loan debt.

Bang For Your Buck

The "very generous" university states that it will do everything possible to help students plan their SLU education in an affordable way, and to that end, gives out more than $43 million in financial aid each year. Many, many merit-based scholarships are available also, including the full tuition offered through the Trustee Scholarship for the top male and female in each first-year class; the $32,000 per year Momentum Scholarships, which reward academic and co-curricular achievements; and the Sesquicentennial and University Scholarships. Leaderships Scholarships and Community Service Scholarship recipients get $10,000 per year. For those who need assistance while working, the various Internship Fellowship Awards help offset living and travel costs incurred during a student's internship (specific awards are given for certain fields or regions).

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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

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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


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.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



55% female
45% male
59% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Students Say

Preppy is the done thing here, with "basically anything in khakis and a button down for guys and Ralph Lauren and Hunter boots or summer dresses for girls," and the majority of people hail from "just outside of Boston, New York, Connecticut, or Vermont." The positive atmosphere of the student body is "palpable," from "the smiles to the school spirit, to the passion for everything that students do." It's quickly apparent "how happy everyone is to be here," and there's "a sense of love and respect for our school" all around.


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 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.

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.

Off-Campus Opportunities

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.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

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

Students Say

St. Lawrence is a school that "manages to find fun in everything despite being in ‘the middle of nowhere.'" The athletic facilities are "top notch," work opportunities abound, and there is plenty of "accessibility to funds for student activities." "Free laundry" is a surprisingly big draw, as are free weekend movies, as well as the community building aspect of the [living-learning] First-Year Program, which "will make you friends for life." Being in such a small town means there are lots of activities that take place at school, so "if you are bored you are not paying attention to what is happening on campus."

Theme houses allow students to live with others that share a common interest or goal, which can be an academic area, specific issue, or hobby or skill. The security on this "gorgeous" campus is "amazing" and "does safe walks for anyone who feels unsafe on campus alone." This is a very outdoorsy bunch, and most people love to ski, rock climb, canoe, and hike (all of which is easily accessible through the Adirondacks). People "will always drink for fun on the weekends," but can also be found "at sports games, watching movies at the student center, or hanging out on our quad." Hockey games are largely attended, and there are "comedians, bands, movies, [and] petting zoos brought to campus every weekend."

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Office of Special Needs

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

John Meagher, Director

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Documentation Requred for LD
Psychoeducational evaluation

Documentation Requred for ADHD

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

11% join a fraternity
16% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division III

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

Men's Sports (Saints)
17 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Equestrian Sports
Ice Hockey
Skiing Downhill Alpine
Skiing Nordic Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Saints)
18 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Equestrian Sports
Field Hockey
Ice Hockey
Skiing Downhill Alpine
Skiing Nordic Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

LGBT Support Groups: LGBTetc and Sexuality and Gender Activists (SaGA),

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


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.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2016.

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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Jeremy Freeman
Executive Director of Admissions

Payson Hall
23 Romoda Drive
Canton, NY 13617



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

Information Sessions
Not Available


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office


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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