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St. Lawrence University

Canton, New York, United States
St. Lawrence University is a vibrant, collaborative community of learners who value thought and action. Students tap their full potential as they embrace the natural environment, engage with global challenges, and experience the relevance and adventure of a liberal arts education in a complex and changing world.



  • Founded in April 3, 1856 by leaders of the Universalist Church, a progressive Christian denomination.
  • Oldest continuously coeducational institutionof higher learning in New York State.
  • Considerable growth in enrollment led to expansion of physical plant following World War II
  • First international study program inaugurated in 1964.


A St. Lawrence education is at once empathetic, ethical, and intellectual, which begins with an openness of mind and spirit to difference in traditions and ideas. We value diversity for its own sake and also because it gives us stronger processes of truth seeking.  We must be willing to face difficulty and discomfort in the search for ideas. We oppose the unjust silencing of any voice.


Experiential learning in its many forms is a vital component of a St. Lawrence education, linking academic work with practical skills development while in school and enriching academic, civic, and professional lives after graduation.


Career Services is committed to empowering students and graduates to develop their sense of purpose through formal study and active engagement beyond the classroom. We work to establish a network of support to help students navigate their own development with confidence as they explore career options, advance their personal brand, expand their experiences and thrive in a dynamic world. 

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

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Student services

International Student Services supports the intellectual, ethical, personal, and social development of St. Lawrence's international students as they explore their place and purpose as engaged learners in a diverse and interdependent University and world.

Housing services

The mission of the Office of Residence Life is to foster a community living environment which promotes the pursuit of academic excellence, personal growth, and integrity. By living on campus during their undergraduate education, students, together with the support of the Residence Life staff, learn to become engaged and responsible citizens.

Library services

The primary purpose of the Libraries at St. Lawrence University is to support the educational mission of the college. Librarians and support staff at both Libraries are committed to providing students with "an increasingly sophisticated means of acquiring and evaluating knowledge during the course of their careers."

Medical services

The Health and Counseling Center will be open to serve students approved to remain on campus, and those who live in the Canton area. Eligibility for on-site Health Services will stay in effect only for students who remain within St. Lawrence County. 

Student Life

Campus life

St. Lawrence University requires all undergraduate students to reside on-campus for the whole of their University experience. This requirement is predicated upon the belief that over the course of four years, students benefit progressively from a residential curriculum in a number of ways. They learn to live with a diversity of students and to value the unique contributions of community members. Students develop and utilize leadership skills, allowing them to have a positive impact on their residential communities. They also develop life skills which will benefit them throughout their lives - including communication, assertiveness, prioritization and time management skills.

Student clubs

  • Active Minds
  • Advocates Program
  • African Student Union
  • Alpha Phi Omega
  • American Chemical Society
  • Amnesty International
  • Anthropology Club
  • Asian Students Intercultural Association
  • Association for Campus Entertainment
  • Astronomy Club
  • Best Buddies International
  • Black Student Union
  • Bookworms
  • CantonCCL
  • Cheerleading Team
  • Chess Society

Canton, New York, United States


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