St. Lawrence University Admissions

Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

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

St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York 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. Calculate your chances of getting in with this free tool from Cappex.

Admissions Data (2016)

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. Explore the campus with the St. Lawrence University Photo Tour.

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 percent male; 55 percent female
  • 99 percent full-time

Costs (2016-17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $51,200
  • Books: $750 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $13,190
  • Other Expenses: $900
  • Total Cost: $66,040

St. Lawrence University Financial Aid (2015 -16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100 percent
    • Loans: 55 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $32,191
    • Loans: $7,775

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 percent
  • Transfer-out Rate: 12 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 81 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 84 percent

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

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Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics