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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love this campus with a passion, though the winters are frigid and snowy it is a gorgeous environment. Hockey games in the winter and football games in the fall, the campus never gets boring. You can go skiing every weekend and there are a number of plays and events year round to keep us active and informed. Though the classes are challenging, the professors make it their greatest interest to help students understand the work. there are many free resources to help also therefore failing is not an option. If you put in the effort, you will get a favorable reward. My school is unique because of our hockey games and pub cookies as well as the Monday dinner special called the saints bowl. If it could do it all over again, I would still chose St. Lawrence because of the atmosphere and the year round beautiful campus as well as my friends.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: St. Lawrence is amazing! I was raised in Queens, NY (NYC), so coming to St. Lawrence was definitely a huge change from the big city to the North Country! However, if you are open minded, you can definitely make it! I have come to enjoy outdoor activities and even though there aren't as many stores around as the city, it is a typical college town. St. Lawrence does a fabulous job of making sure that everyone is comfortable in terms of adjusting and transitioning. The professors are always there for you to talk to, and being a small school, you are able to get one-on-one help easily as well as gain connections! The dining hall food is pretty good for dining hall food. There have been a lot of changes to the campus since I have been at St. Lawrence, but there are currently 5 places that you can eat on campus, and at difference times. Coming to St. Lawrence, a liberal arts college, my career path has changed A LOT, but there was never any judgement from my professors or peers, just encouragement! You also have a lot of flexibility with what you can study! I am currently an Economics major, with a double minor in Fine Arts and Anthropology! The abroad semesters are fantastic as well! I have many scholarships, but even so SLU ( St. Lawrence) wants people to be able to study abroad and have that experience! This past Spring I went to Trinidad and Tobago. For a person who is struggling financially, I was still able to go abroad and have that experience! Housing is an interesting part of SLU as well! The dorms are very good for dorms. They recently built a new dorm and have renovated one of the current dorms. St. Lawrence also has senior townhouses as well as theme houses. The theme houses are very unique to SLU. You literally live in a house, and this house consists of a group of students ranging from 8-20, that share similar interests! I have lived in a theme house for the past two years and I love it!

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: The campus, academics, athletics, and people are amazing. It is truly a great school and has much to offer. It is rigorous, yet there is always help if needed.

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1 College Freshman

Local Area: Look up Canton in Google maps. And laugh.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: SLU takes its athletics seriously. Most people are physically involved one way or another.

Also, the department is amazing.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: SLU parties. A lot.

I don't like to drink a lot, but it's sort of hard to avoid.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Make friends with someone that owns a car ASAP. Canton restaurants are a joke. The local Chinese and Mexican are horrendous (The woman at the Chinese restaurant doesn't even label her menu right). To get decent food, you need to go to bigger cities further away and you're not going there on foot.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: I personally think things get a little too crazy sometimes, but I totally understand. In Canton, NY, there is absolutely nothing else you can do in weekends than party (Note: there are only parties on campus. There is no other place to party). That's probably why the admin is so lenient.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got a decent scholarship, though still lacking in terms of my need. I feel that the admissions office really didn't care for my financial situation and just threw whatever money they thought was reasonable to them.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: I'm not a picky eater (thank God), but sooner or later, Dana food gets really (and I mean REALLY) repetitive. It doesn't help that the quality of the food is at the lower end of the spectrum.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I don't understand why people think the dorms are great. I find them small, overcrowded, and run-down (with the exception of the New Dorms of course). Heaters are not always reliable (which becomes a huge problem in Canton, NY) and there's absolutely no ventilation installed other than windows (which doesn't help my dust allergies) :|

That being said, I actually think they're tolerable. They are habitable and I think that's enough.

1 College Freshman

Local Area: Horrible. Canton is literally in the middle of nowhere with nothing in it.The student body out numbers the population. It is not even a town, it is a village.

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2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: If I could go back in time, I would not apply to this school. It is too expensive for a poor student to afford. There is not much diversity. Don't let them fool you. If you are from a big city, diversity on campus is a joke. If you are from a small, mostly all white town, then this place has tons of diversity. Not just racial diversity that is lacking it is also economic and ideology diversity. Most kids are from upper middle class families, dress the same (it is like a uniform), and think the same way. People are generally nice but there is a lot of stuck up kids. The African Studies program, and Global Studies programs are really good and unique. Other than that, other departments are as good as other, cheaper schools. I really do not like how there is nothing to do outside of campus. You can be caught easily in the SLU bubble and most people are. Personally, this school is too expensive, homogeneous and ignorant student body and there is nothing to do in Canton. I've only met a few people who don't fit the mold of SLU that I am really good friends with and I have good bonds with some professors. Overall, I don't like it and I most likely will transfer. You really have to be a certain type of student to like it here.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Classes are generally small. The professors are pretty good. The variety of courses falls short. There is usually one or two sections for all classes which is really frustrating when you need a certain class.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The alumni network is the best thing this school offers. If you can take advantage of all the things Career Services offers especially the LINC Program. They offer free trips to NYC and you get to meet stellar alumni. Plus you also get matched up with an alumni as your mentor. The internships are okay. There is barely anything for majors other than business, economics, math, or the physical sciences. Also being a Florida resident there are no opportunities for help to find internships that are not in the Northeast.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Not a lot of things happen around here so it is generally safe. Some people do get harassed but you just have to careful especially if you are drinking. However, the health center is not reliable but no means. They close during the weekends so EMS is your only option. Even when they are open EMS is generally the only option. I went in one morning about glass in my foot and they said no one would be there to help until one and I should wait. What kind if bull is that? Why are they open if no one is going to be there to help. If you have a problem that is not the flu or some type of infection just call EMS. Also there is a problem with the safety of transgender people on campus.

1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are not really any options and you cannot live off campus anyway unless you have special permission.

1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are not many places to eat around here. There is a Chinese Restaurant which is average. Sergi's is the worst pizza ever and only drunk people order it. It is super expensive for the value. A lot of kids here think their pizza is the best thing on the planet but if you tasted real pizza or grew up in a city (which most of these kids didn't) you will know it is crap. There is a Dominioe's and Pizza Hut about a mile from campus. Not a lot of options, things are close until the weather gets cold and then one mile becomes five.

4 College Freshman

Administration: We have a "Use don't abuse policy here." You may drink alcohol but don't be dumb. However if you are drinking in public and not in your room or a party the security will ask you to pour out your drink. Also the school does not allow the Canton Police on campus so that is good. Security does not break up parties unless it gets super, super crazy which is very rare.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: It is hard to find a place to party outside of the school because the school is in the middle of nowhere. The Ticker is run down and very dirty and certainly not worth the cover charge of $10 for underage kids. Usually a theme house, the suites, or the townhouses throw parties. It is not hard to find parties on a Thursday or a Saturday night. Some clubs on campus even throw parties. But be aware you will party at the same places over and over again. So after several weeks nothing is really new but you still have fun.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: The aid is great if your middle class but for an extremely poor student it is not so great. My roommate who has both parents working and can use her parent's credit card when she wants gets more than I do. Nuts isn't it? If you have some money consider going here otherwise stay away if you need a lot of financial aid.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: At first I enjoyed the food. However it gets very old very fast. Dana usually does not have anything decent. The Pub takes a long time with orders during lunch and dinner hours. So if you think you can snag a meal between classes, think again. There is usually on average a 30 to 45 minute wait. Before people would leave their orders when it would take too long. But now we have to put our ID numbers on our order so if we leave it we will still get charged for it. Other places are okay. Johnson usually serves salads, sandwiches and soups so does the cafe in the gym. Overall, the amount you pay for a meal plan is not worth it.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: You have you fair share of crappy dorms and you have your fair share of really nice ones such as the new dorm. There are plenty of options for students. If dorm life is not your thing we have tons of theme houses and there are a few sororities and fraternities. Housing is really expensive for what you get. If you can stay away from Dirty Dean!

2 College Junior

Campus Housing: A lot of old buildings that are run down

4 College Junior

Administration: It's a very wet campus and the administration knows it. Not trying to get anyone in trouble just trying to keep everyone safe.

5 people found this useful Report
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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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