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Canton, NY
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2,374
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$45,705
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Honestly, you're going to hit bumps wherever you go. But I loved my experience at SLU overall.

5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: For a small school, SLU is pretty much going to have everything you need as far as facilities go.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: It's a teeny tiny farm town.

It's beautiful to drive around in the fall, and SLU always finds ways to interact with the community (I actually helped some baby pigs be born!), but Canton is not for those who dream of city schools.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There are some gems that use lots of local farm fresh food. My suggestions are and always will be the Blackbird and 1844 House!

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I loved being an English major at SLU. I wouldn't do it any differently if I had to do it again.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Professors were fantastic! Except for a few duds, of course.

2 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: 98% of SLU students live on campus. It's not worth it to live off campus. You are guaranteed housing all 4 years on campus.

5 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Students at SLU love to party and have fun, and they will find ways to do that even if it's -30 degrees.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: This is a tough topic to speak about. But I'm going to be honest. I know quite a few girls that have been sexually assaulted at St. Lawrence. I don't think this is an issue with SLU, particularly, but with the college aged kids in America.

As a girl, I would never accept a drink from a stranger, and I would usually stick with my friends. I felt safe walking at night on campus by myself.

For girls, I would recommend doing the same.

For boys, stop raping girls and the issue will be nonexistent.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I had a terrible internship while abroad in London. I think some people have better experiences, but I didn't.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: If you want, you can design your own major-- which I think it pretty awesome.

I was an English major and wouldn't change a thing. There is some tension between the English Lit profs and the English Writing profs, but that's just a small stupid thing. It's mostly just the old guys that need to recognize that English Writing is a valuable part of the English world.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek life is there if you want it, but pretty nonexistent if you don't. I always HATED Greek life, but towards the end of my time at SLU, I opened my mind a little bit. Only like 13% of students are involved in Greek life, so it's totally avoidable. But I had friends that decided to rush, and they stayed my same friends even after they were in sororities or fraternities.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Diversity can mean a bunch of different things. To me, it means different type of people. I think SLU is really opening up to different type of people (meaning different interests, different political beliefs, etc.) You're going to find jocks at this school, and you're going to find hippies, and everything in between.

As long as you're an outgoing person, you are going to fit in somewhere at St. Lawrence. If you're quieter, you might be in a little bit of trouble.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Honestly, the campus security officers are pretty cool. They want the students to be safe, but they also want them to have fun. I have been found at many parties that have been "shut down" but nothing really happens, you're just asked to leave as long as you're cooperative.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: The athletic facilities are pretty great for a school that's D3 in most sports.

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: SO MANY people are on scholarships at SLU. Something like 90% of kids get financial help in some way shape or form. I personally had two types-- loans and another scholarship.

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I felt like I didn't know what to do after graduation. The Alumni network is INSANELY helpful, but career services got me nowhere. If I didn't know how to network with alumni, I wouldn't have a job right now.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I loved the courses offered at SLU. Simple as that.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Housing was pretty awesome. I was able to avoid the "dreaded" room draw every year by living in a theme house (interview process) and then by living in a senior townhouse (application process). They're always re-doing certain dorms, so you're not really gonna be too screwed over no matter what you get.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Food isn't bad at all. At the end of each semester, I would definitely get tired of the food. But as soon as I got back to campus for the beginning of a new semester, I was always itching for a Dr. Feelgood.

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.

2 people found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Senior

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

1 person found this useful Report
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).

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5 College Senior

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

2 people found this useful Report
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Allison Talbot
Hometown
East Machias
Major
English
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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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