Canton, NY
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Reviews 562 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Senior

Facilities: Great facilities overall. A good mix of new/modern buildings and old/historical buildings from when the campus was first created. Some of the dorms are subpar, but they're always in the process of revamping them. A brand new dorm was just built.

5 College Senior

Guys & Girls: There is a mix of preppy and outdoorsy people at St. Lawrence. The people are generally really nice and friends are easy to come by! Also, there is some statistic floating around about the amount of people who marry a fellow Laurentian. I can't remember the exact statistic, but it's pretty high.

5 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life is small at St. Lawrence for we only have four sororities and two fraternities.

4 College Senior

Athletics: We have some really great teams, and some not so great ones. Yet, we still have a lot of school spirit, games are attended by students often, and our facilities are fantastic (for athletes and non-athletes alike).

5 College Senior

Campus Dining: We really do have great food and dining facilities.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Canton is a small town and has a cute downtown area. There isn't much nightlife or shopping to be had, but there are a lot of opportunities for outdoor recreation. The St. Lawrence River and the Adirondacks are nearby(ish) and the roads are great for biking/running.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: St. Lawrence is very generous with their merit scholarships and financial aid. If you believe you need more financial aid, you can send the office a letter explaining your situation/why you need more money. They may or may not give you more, but it's worth a shot!

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Not a lot of people date and more are interested in just hooking up exclusively without the label.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There are 4 sororities and 2 frats. However, only the sororities have nice houses and the frats live in run-down ones. The Greek parties are fun and most of the people are nice

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus police are very reasonable and will let you go as long as you pour out your alcohol and make everyone leave your room. They aren't harsh on you and you may only get community service hours, but basically nothing really happens unless there are major safety risks.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Not many people choose to live off campus, but if they do the houses are very cheap and small so a lot of those people throw parties.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The facilities are great, except sometimes its hard to get a spot if the gym is really crowded.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The town is very small and when the summer comes around the town is very pretty, but during the winter its like a ghost town and there isn't much to do. There aren't any good places to shop unless you go out of town and there is one movie theatre that I never went to.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I was lucky and my room was in a building that was an old frat house so my room was one of the bigger ones. It was bigger than I expected and you get a wardrobe, desk, chair, bed (obvi), and a chest of drawers. Some dorm rooms have the closets built into the walls. I never had any problem with noise and my dorm had a great basement where my friends and I watched movies and sometimes had parties. The common room has computers and a kitchen and overall the dorms are pretty nice

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love the way the school welcomes freshman students. You get to pick your top 5 choices for a First Year Program class and you are assigned a dorm room next to all of the kids in that class with you. I was put into an old frat building which was pretty isolated off of campus, but I loved the people in my building and at night the dorm building parties were really fun because I got to know all of the students in the building really well. I loved my freshman year.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I have no idea really what I want to major in but once you find a teacher that you really connect with its easy to see where you want to head. There are also a lot of free classes that help with internships, finding a career path and help in finding jobs.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors are always there to help you when you need it and the workload is manageable. There were plenty of times that I had to choose to stay in and study rather than go out, but I didn't feel that I missed out on much. This year had a new registration process, which sucked because the website opened at 7am and you had to click "register" (one class per day) while hundreds of other students are trying to register at the same time and the internet becomes slow with that many people so its luck of the draw for getting into a class, but I got into 2/4 I wanted and i'll just try next semester for the other 2. I never really did my homework in the library expect for exams because I liked doing it in my dorm common room, in my dorm room or at the Pub, because in the winter its brutal to walk all the way to the library.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: If you have a car there are tons of restaurants in the next town over, but locally there are only a few places and fast food.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: We have a lot of foreign students that make up most of the diversity on campus and I would like to see more diversity with the American students. Religions is diverse, but not very. While a lot of students have a lot of money, there are many on financial aid and most of the time you can hardly tell someones economic status.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: They throw money at you if you were a decent high school student who was involved in EC's.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The security let us party, but not disrupt. A good balance

3 College Freshman

Academics: Not too challenging. Very manageable work load.

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2 College Freshman

Nightlife: Some weekends you really have to hunt for something to do.

College Freshman

Transportation: I have not had the situation to have to use school transportation.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: There is a great sense of school pride. The hockey games are obviously the most popular, and there are traditions and chants that have sustained through the years at the games.

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Allison Talbot
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One of the University's biggest detractors is its location; Canton is in the middle of farmland, and the nearest city is Montreal, at about two hours away. However, the location contributes to the community feel on campus, since students are there all of the time, and opens up opportunities for trips to Canada or the Adirondacks over breaks. Even so, many mourn the lack of off-campus entertainment and the difficulty of getting anywhere. Because of St. Lawrence’s location and strong campus community, there is a tendency for students to get caught in the "SLU bubble." To resolve that problem, students should make a point to volunteer or take advantage of other opportunities in the surrounding area. Some classes have a community-based learning component, which gets students volunteering in the community in a way that contributes to their class experience. SLU expects students to not only be able to memorize facts, but to also be able to apply them to real world experiences. Volunteerism, study abroad, research opportunities, and internships are all part of SLU’s hands-on approach to learning and a major focus of academics at the University.

Since it is a liberal arts college, SLU focuses less on job-specific skills and more on students’ ability to reason through problems in creative ways. Writing and speaking effectively are skill sets highlighted by the unique First-Year Program, but these qualities are also built upon in some ways in all classes. The small class size forces students to actively know the material and contribute to discussions. Classes are designed to engage students in the material, and it’s not a place for those who like to nap in class. The interactive approach, especially in the First-Year Program class, makes students work creatively to present and apply information. For many students, this is one of the best aspects of SLU.

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