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St. Lawrence Admissions Information

St. Lawrence University
Canton, NY (map)


Founded in 1856, St. Lawrence University stakes its place in history as New York's oldest coed university. Today, the school's reputation has shifted from that of pioneer in equality, to one of academic achievement. With a low student acceptance rate and a campus geared toward studies, St. Lewis encourages a pursuit of knowledge on students' behalf. In fact, the university's Canton, NY campus is considered a walking zone, as no vehicles are permitted on campus; in addition, those walking the campus will notice a zen, Japanese-like environment. In fact, these areas were designed by students who were simultaneously inspired by the reflective nature of Japan and the quiet beauty of upstate New York. This combination makes for a tranquil and welcoming environment for students, even at otherwise stressful exam times.

Despite the school's name, SLU is completely secular and not affiliated with any church. Following suit, the school's student body is comprised of many different ethnicities, religions, and backgrounds. Extracurricular offerings are similarly diverse. From the Islamic Culture Club to the Sexuality and Gender Activists (with many in between), SLU earns high marks for its range of student organizations.



Basic Info

Main Address: 23 Romoda Drive
Canton, NY 13617
Phone Number: (315) 229-5011  
Website: http://www.stlawu.edu/  


Type of school: Private, Liberal Arts  
Type of school: Coed  
Setting: Rural setting, small town; Residential campus  
Athletics: Division III, Intercollegiate, Club and Intramural Sports  
Degrees offered: Bachelor's, Master's  
Size of undergraduate student body: 2,327  
Percent out-of-state: 57%  
Percent international: 5.84%  
Female to Male ratio: 54:46  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 12:1  
Most popular majors: Social Sciences
Visual and Performing Arts
Mathematics and statistics
Special study programs: Cross-Registration
Double Major
Independent Study
ROTC, Air Force
ROTC, Army
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification
Visiting/Exchange Student Program
Washington Semester

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed Housing
Fraternity/Sorority Housing
Wellness housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)
Apartments For Single Students
Special Housing For International Students
Campus Ministries
Film Society
International Students
Literary Magazine
Radio Station
Student Government
Choral Groups
Jazz Band
Music Ensembles
Student Newspaper

Fun Facts

  • St. Lawrence is the oldest coed university in the state of New York.
  • Although St. Lawrence is a nondenominational school, its mascot is the Saints.
  • Ranked a top northeastern university by U.S. News and World Report

Admissions Information

Featuring a relatively low admissions rate of 39%, St. Lawrence attracts students who are equal parts academically driven and creatively inspired. Notably, the school asserts that an applicant's academic GPA and demonstrated personal qualities hold equal weight to selection officials (and, together, comprise the most important factors for admission). Other considerations, including an applicant's class rank, extracurricular activities, ethnicity, alumni relation, interview, and work experience all play a part in the admissions process, though to varying degrees.

Admissions address: Payson Hall
Canton, NY 13617
Phone number: (315) 229-5261  
Fax number: (315) 229-5818  
Admissions Website: http://www.stlawu.edu/admissions  
Email: admissions@stlawu.edu  
Contact Person: Terry Cowdrey, Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid  
Number of first-year applications received: 4,900  
Percent of applicants admitted: 39%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: February 1  
Early decision/action deadline: November 1 (Early Decision)  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes  
Admission requirements: 2 Academic Teacher Evaluations
School Report/Mid Year Report/Final Report

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? No-Always Mandatory
Considered if submitted: SAT or ACT with writing
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Scores are considered if submitted, but not required  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 2805  
ACT code: 2352  
Learn more about other Small New York schools:
Skidmore   Hamilton   Bard  

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