St Lawrence University

Canton, New York

#141 National Colleges

42.41% Admission Rate
Somewhat Selective

2,360 Undergraduates Enrolled

  • Private nonprofit
  • Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus
  • Four-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in
  • Four-year, small, highly residential

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St. Lawrence University is a private liberal arts college in the village of Canton in St. Lawrence County, New York. It has roughly 2,400 undergraduate and 100 graduate students, about equally split between men and women.

Though St. Lawrence today is non-denominational, it was founded in 1856 by leaders of the Universalist Church, who were seeking to establish a seminary west of New England and were enthusiastically courted by the citizens of Canton. The church almost did not place the school in Canton, however, as they felt students might be exposed to too much "excitement" within the village limits in 1856. The denomination, which has since merged with the Unitarian faith, was part of the liberal wing of Protestantism, championing such ideas as critical thinking and sex equality—attributes that surfaced in the new Theological School of St. Lawrence University, which was progressive in its teaching philosophy and coeducational from the beginning.

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Canton, New York

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Town: Remote (in urban cluster more than 35 miles from an urbanized area)

Mid East (DE, DC, MD, NJ, NY, PA)


Predominant Degree Awarded
Predominantly bachelor's-degree granting

Highest Degree Awarded
Graduate degree

Most Popular Fields

Field % Students
Social Sciences 32.6%
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 15.2%
Psychology 13.1%
Mathematics And Statistics 5.9%
English Language And Literature/Letters 5.9%
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 5.9%
Physical Sciences 4.2%
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 4.0%
History 3.1%
Visual And Performing Arts 2.1%
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 2.1%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1.9%
Natural Resources And Conservation 1.9%
Philosophy And Religious Studies 1.1%
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 0.9%



Percentage Students Receiving Aid

Average Net Cost After Aid


SAT Scores

1281 Composite Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 680 635 590
Verbal 670 630 590

ACT Scores

29 Cumulative Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 0 0 0
English 0 0 0