Canton, NY
St Lawrence University


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Beth
What is your overall opinion of this school?

St. Lawrence has a wonderful community that strives very hard to meet the wants and needs of the students. Everybody is very...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

St. Lawrence has a wonderful community that strives very hard to meet the wants and needs of the students. Everybody is very down-to-earth and accepting. There are plenty of ways to get involved and meet people as well as find out the types of activities and academic areas of study in which you relate or enjoy being involved in. Additionally, the town of Canton, NY (the town in which St. Lawrence is based) does a very good job of supporting the students of St. Lawrence University. Our Community-Wide Accounts (CWAs) help us to interact and support the local restaurants and cafes. Canton and St. Lawrence are both very safe and wonderful communities to be a part of.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

St. Lawrence is a wonderful place to learn how to learn (which is more important than you may think), and how to think in addition to learning more about yourself. Our alumni connection is very strong and we had a 97% placement rate in 2007 and in 2008. Oh! And our food is very good!!!! I can't forget this amazing fact!! :)

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Not at all! St. Lawrence University is one of the only places I looked at where I felt a true sense of community when looking at colleges. At St. Lawrence, you are an individual with individual and special educational and social needs, not just another student (or "number"). The faculty and staff try very hard to make sure that you are getting what you want out of your education and they do so in many different and creative ways. While the majority of students are white and there are a fair amount of upper-middle to upper class students, that culture doesn't dominate or have an over-whelming feeling on campus. This campus tries very hard to diversify the way people think and welcome everybody who attends or visits! Because this is college campus, of course you can find parties and alcohol use. However, we have plenty of other organizations and such to get involved in just in case you aren't into the whole college party scene.

What are the academics like at your school?

One of the best part about attending St. Lawrence University is the classroom setting. Our student-teacher ratio is 11:1 and our average class size is 16. Professors not only know your name, but typically they know something about you and are always willing to know more. The doors to the professors' offices are almost always open and overall, the professors are very approachable and are easy to connect with outside of class. In addition, professors experiment with different ways of teaching rather than just doing lecture-based classes. Many students with different majors experience creative classes and for the most part, love the topics that they study and who they study them with. Because the classes are so small, typically a lot of classes will involve a participation-based part of your overall grade, which helps to facilitate conversations and discussions in and out of the classroom. The academic requirements help to help you realize what you are passionate about, what you may or may not agree with and, in my opinion, help you to find your potential and learn more about yourself.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

The social life here at SLU is very active because 98% of our students live on campus (some commute and very few seniors live off-campus). Like I mentioned before, there are over a hundred different organizations to get involved with, tons of sports teams (club, intramural or varsity), and a good variety of ensembles and activities in the performing arts. The university and student entertainment groups are always bringing bands, speakers, lectures and other interesting and cool people to campus. Even though we have a strong academic school, we know how to have a good time and make sure that everybody is getting not only a well-rounded academic education, but a good social education as well. Some people wonder what the Greek life is like on campus. This campus doesn't have a very influential Greek life (we have 4 sororities: Kappa Delta Sigma, Delta Delta Delta, Chi Omega, and Kappa Kappa Gamma..... and 2 fraternities: Alpha Tau Omega and soon to be back on campus is Beta Theta Pi). It is totally acceptable to join a fraternity/sorority and they definitely interact on campus, but it doesn't dominate the social scene.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

This a very stuck-up place full of "preps"... only rich, white students attend. This is a party school.

Describe the students at your school.

The number one thing I'm always asked when out on tour is what kind of student would not fit in well here at SLU. I always reply with "The type of student that doesn't want to get involved on campus in some kind of organization, club, sport, ensemble or doesn't want to get something started!" SLU is a very involved campus (with 2,200 students and 137 student organizations!) and anybody who needs entertainment handed to them will not like it here. A lot of this has to do with the fact that we are based in a rural setting. St. Lawrence students come from different backgrounds, but the majority of students are from the Northeastern region of the US. We have students from all over the world and our students travel all over (50% of us, students, travel abroad sometime in their 4 years here!). Many students are politically aware/active and have anywhere from very conservative to very liberal stances. This campus doesn't have a particular political alignment, but we are working towards becoming a very sustainable campus. If you're looking for a campus that is accepting, has ever-increasing diversity (whether it be racially, internationally, or epistemological), then this is the type of student body that you want to be a part of!!

Somphone
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Students, if you are unsure of what you want. Do not attend college immidiately, start a semester or year later. This will ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Students, if you are unsure of what you want. Do not attend college immidiately, start a semester or year later. This will help you prioritize and give you a better understanding of who you are. Parents, encourage your children to take summer courses so you do not have to pay as much. Also, have your child work. This will help motivate them to do better.

What kind of person should attend this school?

This school are for those that enjoy small, close, knit communities. They should come here to meet future soulmates and at the same time can enjoy a conservative environment. People of diverse backgrounds should not come here because the school is very small and it is very hard to find someone with similar background. The staff are great and will truly help you suceed.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The lack of social and economic diversity. I also hate even in small groups, an individual can still feel disenfranchised or alienated. It is hard to go here knowing that your family does not have alot of money or social connections.

Brooke
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

It is very small and there are not a lot of class chooses I wish there was more.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

It is very small and there are not a lot of class chooses I wish there was more.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Always make sure you go to a school you feel that you can find yourself in because college is all about finding yourself and building your future. Do not rush into picking a school make sure you research all your options and try to stay the night at each university to get a feel for classes and campus life. Even if you are not interested in a certain area I still recommend checking out all that the school offers because in the end you never know what will happen. My number one piece of advice is to never limit yourself in anything and go for what ever makes you happy.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

People are always partying and drinking and I am not like that at all I hate staying at school on the weekends.

Eloise
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Snow, D1 Hockey, The Adirondacks and Snow Bowl

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Snow, D1 Hockey, The Adirondacks and Snow Bowl

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Even if you have no idea what you really want to do with your time in college or the career that you want to pursue, the most important factor to consider is the quality of education you will receive and the environment that you will find yourself in for the duration of four years. If the faculty are inviting and accessible and you find that you "click" with the campus, the rest will fall into place. Academics are important and the real reason that we all go to college, but in the end your time spent outside the classroom will impact you just as much if not more than your your textbooks, lectures and labs. Try as many new things as possible, but remember that college is a time to define your character, not reinvent who you are, and the right combination of academics and extra curriculars will nurture who you will become.

What's unique about your campus?

There are always opportunities if you know where to look and are persistant.

Maria
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A small liberal arts college, in beautiful upstate new york, with a wonderful mix of athletes, artists, students, and any oth...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A small liberal arts college, in beautiful upstate new york, with a wonderful mix of athletes, artists, students, and any other typer of person.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

It is very important to visit each school that you or your child applys to. I think some may be detered from the location of SLu.

emmanuel
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

pick where the most things you want to do are available. If you like to snowboard, ski, play a sport pick a place where you c...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

pick where the most things you want to do are available. If you like to snowboard, ski, play a sport pick a place where you can do all three so if you can snowboard but can't play a sport you will only be happy only a part of the school year

Describe the students at your school.

very wealthy and most have a house and then a timeshare, or a vacation home

Kamber
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

pick a college where the campus fits the personality, the academic program is compatible with lifegoals and varied to provide...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

pick a college where the campus fits the personality, the academic program is compatible with lifegoals and varied to provide strong education basis in mulitple areas. Especially look for schools with low student to professor ratios... its prevents students from being a number rather than a person

What's unique about your campus?

strong, intelligent professors and beautiful campus with really fun and bright students. interesting classes and fun abroad programs

Benjamin
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

course catologue, interviews of recent alums

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

course catologue, interviews of recent alums

What's unique about your campus?

My school has a strong abroad program that sends students all over the world offering huge experiences to its students. The other thing is that teachers give you the time of day to help you learn. The athletics are great and the general vibe of the place is very positive.

What kind of person should attend this school?

An outgoing one who wants to gain something. Positive attitude and a zest for learning. Someone who also likes to party as college students should while enjoying the most liberating time of their life.

Alexis
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The college process is a long and complicated one. It is important for parents and students to work together in the process....

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The college process is a long and complicated one. It is important for parents and students to work together in the process. You should make sure to visit every school you go to. When there try to pick up a school newspaper and maybe talk to a student not affiliated with admissions, these things will give you a more acurate depiction of the school. You different types of schools to get a good feel for what will work best academically and socially for you. Once you get to school you should become involved with at least one thing that interests you. This is a great way to develop a social group and keep yourself busy on campus. Probably most importantly go to class and get your work done. College is an incredible experience, but it is important to remember that academics are the number one priortiy. If you make an effort to always get your work done first it will alleviate a lot of unecessary stress. College students have an abundance of free time, if that time is managed well it makes life much easier.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

More about how awful the weather is. How dull the social life is if you are not in a sorority.

Describe the students at your school.

Most come to class unprepared and rarely participate. People procrasitnate and frequently choose partying before academics. There are a lot of scholarship kids and super wealthy kids that pay full tuition, who are not as intelligent as the school advertises the average.

Jennifer
Describe the students at your school.

Wealthy spoiled conservatives mixed in with wealthy hippies.

Describe the students at your school.

Wealthy spoiled conservatives mixed in with wealthy hippies.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't ever rule a school out just because you think you might not fit in there. I considered changing schools Junior year, but I stuck it out and ended up making the best friends I've ever known. Giving up is never the answer.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who likes the freedom of living in a big city. Canton is very cold and in the middle of nowhere, so anyone who likes to be warm and entertained 24/7 should avoid SLU.

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