St. Lawrence University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Saint Lawrence University - Richardson Hall
Saint Lawrence University - Richardson Hall (more photos). Photo Credit: Tara Freeman, SLU Photographer

St. Lawrence University Admissions Overview:

St. Lawrence University is a somewhat selective school--less than half of applicants are accepted each year. Students with strong grades and an impressive application, however, have a decent chance of being admitted. Applicants are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores. They will need to send in high school transcripts, a personal essay, and several letters of recommendation.

For help with the application process, feel free to contact the admissions office at St. Lawrence.

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Admissions Data (2015):

St. Lawrence University Description:

St. Lawrence University can boast that it has been coeducational with a progressive teaching philosophy since its founding in 1856. The school's name comes from the nearby St. Lawrence river, the site of both crew practice and academic research. The university is located in Canton, New York, a town not far from Potsdam.

The university has a graduate program in education, but SLU's primary focus is at the undergraduate level. With an 12 to 1 student / faculty ratio, students are sure to get a lot of interaction with the faculty. Study abroad, community service, and sustainability are all important parts of St. Lawrence's identity, and starting in the fall of 2012, some first-year students got the opportunity to spend their first college semester in London, and the university has had a second-semester program in France for several years.

On the athletic front, the St. Lawrence Saints compete in the NCAA Division III Liberty League for most sports. The university has 32 intercollegiate teams and made my list of top equestrian colleges.

Enrollment (2015):

  • Total Enrollment: 2,472 (2,379 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 45% Male; 55% Female
  • 99% Full-time

Costs (2015 - 16):

  • Tuition and Fees: $49,420
  • Books: $750 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $12,730
  • Other Expenses: $900
  • Total Cost: $63,800

St. Lawrence University Financial Aid (2014 - 15):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 96%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 96%
    • Loans: 56%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $30,601
    • Loans: $7,286

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Art, Biology, Economics, English, Fine Arts, History, Mathematics, Political Science, Psychology, Social Science, Sociology

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 89%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 12%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 82%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 87%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Skiing, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Riding, Rowing, Lacrosse, Basketball, Baseball, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Skiing, Riding, Soccer, Softball, Basketball, Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Cross Country

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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