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.”
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.
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."
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