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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: CAs and RAs are really helpful resources if you have any issue or question about your dorm. The res halls are kept pretty clean and the room sizes vary dependin on dorm type and location. Pretty much every dorm has a kitchen and lounge area. Laundry is free and most are centrally located. SLU is the place to come for great dorm life, they really can become a home away from home, as long as you don't mind the non-stop parties.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Most professors really care and take pride in teaching great lessons. If you have a bad professor, or issue with something, you can make a report and try to have something done bout it. Students fill out reports on each class an professor at the end of the semester. The class sizes are fairly small. My smallest class was three students an my largest class so far had about 40. A good portion of the courses are lecture based, but interactive as well, and most teachers have flexible office hours.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: SLU has an amazing alumni network. A degree from this school will definitely get you noticed, an most students leave with at least an internship or graduate school plans. Career services has more workshops than one person can attend, an they are all focused on specific topics which range from future plans to how to build the perfect resume. The people there are super helpful, and if you have a question they can't answer, they will refer you to someone who can.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Hockey is really big on campus an students really enjoy football games. Varsity sports are the go-to event for a competitive atmosphere. If you're just looking for a fun time with friends, intramurals are great even if you're just part of the crowd. SLU has a ton of school spirit, even when we lose, but the players definitely take it hard. The gym, track, workout room, and pool are all open to students with an ID card, very clean, and easily accessible.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a few off campus theme houses and dorms which are the same as the cost of on campus living per semester. There really isn't any need to get an apartment that isn't owned by the school. Its not worth the hassle.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greeks are pretty normal, outgoing people here, and definitely throw great parties but they can be very exclusive. There are only a few options for Greek life, but it is available if you want to join.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are two main dining options on campus: Dana, the buffet style dining hall, which is open three times a day and twice on weekends; the pub, which is open pretty much all day every day and also has a coffee shop and mini convenience store. There is also Pub 56, which doubles as a bar and hangout space, usually only utilized on weekend nights. The Grab-and Go which is good for a bagged lunch you can carry to class, the Bookstore coffee shop which has the best muffins and cappacinos, and a few others small limited option places. You can pretty much get anything you're craving on campus, and the full flex meal plan covers most of it.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The food is fairly good quality and there are some really ethnic places. Plus a mcdonalds, and four or five different pizza places. The only problem is that they don't open until late afternoon, but they're great if you want a large pepperoni at 2AM

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Students on campus are pretty ignorant to LGBT issues, so when you see a gay couple, it's definitely a breath of fresh air. The student body is ridiculously homogenous. Pretty much everyone looks, dresses, and acts alike but you can find a few groups of super cool people.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Most parties happen on campus but they tend to get shut down quickly by security. There isn't much of a nightlife in town. The only two options are the Hoot (a 21+ bar) and Ticker (18+, fun if you're drunk, kind of disgusting when you're sober). However, SUNY Canton is pretty close and they have great parties.

College Sophomore

Majors: I haven't actually declared my major yet, but it is nice to know that I can double major. All the classes I've taken so far have been focused and interesting. When I do officially choose my majors, I have confidence that the classes I take will be both fun and teach me a lot.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: When you're first accepted, admissions asks for a desired major. You can plan and take courses to fulfill your major's requirements, but can't actually declare until sophomore year. The new APR system does make it a bit harder than it has been in the past to get into classes you need seeing as how there are no more preferences for majors/class years. But other than that, picking a major and taking the proper classes is pretty easy and you can change or create your own major.

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

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.

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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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.

2 Recent Alumnus

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

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.


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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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