#17 Best Private Colleges in New York

St Lawrence University

Canton, New York

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St Lawrence University overview
Location Canton, New York
Online stlawu.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Remote Town
St Lawrence University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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St. Lawrence University, founded in 1856 and located in the rural village of Canton, New York, is a private liberal arts institution that offers a diverse range of undergraduate programs. The campus architecture is predominantly Collegiate Gothic, harmoniously blending with the surrounding natural landscapes. Its proximity to the Adirondack Mountains allows unique field-based study opportunities that complement its environmental studies and outdoor leadership programs, which are among the most renowned. While St. Lawrence is not adjacent to a major city, it provides a tranquil, closely-knit academic environment. The university is characterized by a selective application process, aiming to admit students who demonstrate strong academic potential and diverse talents. Residence halls and townhouses facilitate on-campus living, fostering a supportive residential experience. St. Lawrence offers a broad range of majors, with economics, psychology, and government being popular choices among students. Although the university is not typically celebrated for its athletics, it competes in Division I ice hockey and is a member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference.

In the most recent statistical year 5,172 prospective students applied, and 3,284 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 533 enrolled in the school.  2,139 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 36 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $61,600 plus fees of $420. St Lawrence University is ranked 159 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












St Lawrence University is rated within the top 26% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 8 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Very High
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SAT 1240/1410
ACT 29/32
GPA 3.6

Applications Accepted

St Lawrence University overview
Applications Due Feb 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for St Lawrence University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$750
Other Fees$420
Room and Board $15,995
Budget for Other Expenses$900
Total One Year Cost$79,665

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$53,100 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

80% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by St Lawrence University students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 30%
Psychology 13%
English and Literature 9%
Biology 9%
Visual and Performing Arts 7%

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