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Reviews 543 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

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.

2 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Girls: preppy, stuck up, think they're all that

Guys: Egotistic, pretentious, honestly just mean

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Classes are academically challenging, and professors open your eyes to knew ideas.

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I couldn't wait to transfer. Actually, I had to withdraw mid-year because it got so bad. The weather is terribly cold, and the people are stuck-up and only care about themselves. Socially it was hard for me because I did not feel like I fit in, and other people did not make it easy. If you are looking for a real college experience, this is simply an extension of high school.

I do have to give the professors credit though, because they are some of the most genuinely intelligent people that I have ever met. If it hadn't been so bad socially, I think I could have pulled through because of the professors.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Boring. No variety. It can be pretty unsanitary at times.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus has a relatively safe feel to it. The only thing is if you are a young woman at a party by yourself, the guys can be very persistent about going home with you.

1 College Sophomore


1 College Sophomore

Nightlife: People usually party in their dorms. There's Java which sometimes has good music, and there's the ticker. But girls, if you want to be objectified by men (I mean boys) and be treated like their little toys, go right ahead and be part of the nightlife scene.

1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There are some decent people in Frats and Sororities, but the majority of girls and guys are stuck up and think that the world revolves around them.

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Besides one pretty decent restaurant, there is none. No options.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The school has vans. That's it. Can be pricey. They tend to overcharge. Good luck getting out of Canton.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: This school is very wealthy. And they know it. They could at least put a little bit more effort into giving students scholarship money. I received very little.

College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Didn't drink at all during high school? Haven't learned how to smoke a blunt yet? Well, the students at St. Lawrence University will absolutely make sure that you graduate knowing your drinks and drugs. Drug and alcohol usage is very, very visible at this school. Since we are located in basically the middle of nowhere, students rarely find anything else to do. No one will peer pressure you into doing it, but students do tend to "look down upon" people who choose to stay in on the weekends. They may be portrayed as boring individuals. The students who do use drugs and alcohol have literally nothing else to talk about. Looking for people to have real conversations with? All of the conversations students have here will merely consist of how drunk or high they got and what terrible choices they made over the weekend.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: My biggest complaint is the noise in some dorm areas. Otherwise, SLU does a good job of balancing.

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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Nobody really lives off campus and I don't have any experience or knowledge in the matter.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Not too diverse ethnically, but different in a lot of other areas. Everyone is very accepting though so it's not a big deal.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: It's not really huge on campus, but they do some cool fundraisers and I they do throw parties.

College Sophomore

Transportation: We don't really have transportation. You don't really need a car for anything, but students have them to go into town. Everything you need is pretty much on campus, but if you don't prepare, then you'll need a car for sure because we're so rural.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There's a few good places in town, but you have to travel a bit to get something good (Thai food!). Restaurants are open late though and are pretty cheap, which is good. Also they deliver right to your room.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: This school is so expensive, I didn't receive nearly as much aid as I needed and they are very disorganized and continue to charge me for things that didn't happen or put me on financial hold for a bill that isn't due yet. However, they always fix their mistakes.


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Allison Talbot
East Machias
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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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