St. Lawrence University: Narrative Description

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Canton, NY 13617-1455
Tel: (315)229-5011
Free: 800-285-1856
Admissions: (315)229-5261
Fax: (315)229-5502
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1856. Setting: 1,000-acre small town campus with easy access to Ottawa. Endowment: $198.7 million. Research spending 2003-04: $338,560. Educational spending 2003-04: $12,519 per student. Total enrollment: 2,277. Faculty: 206 (164 full-time, 42 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. 2,985 applied, 61% were admitted. 37% from top 10% of their high school class, 74% from top quarter, 95% from top half. 18 valedictorians. Full-time: 2,103 students, 52% women, 48% men. Part-time: 30 students, 77% women, 23% men. Students come from 41 states and territories, 21 other countries, 50% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 2% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 4% 25 or older, 96% live on campus, 1% transferred in. Retention: 86% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; English; psychology; visual/performing arts. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Clarkson University, State University of New York College of Technology at Canton, State University of New York College at Potsdam, Fisk University, American University. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations. Recommended: minimum 2.0 high school GPA, interview. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 2/15, 11/15 for early decision plan 1, 1/15 for early decision plan 2. Notification: 3/31, 12/15 for early decision plan 1, 2/15 for early decision plan 2.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $38,235 includes full-time tuition ($30,270), mandatory fees ($210), and college room and board ($7755). College room only: $4170. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $3785 per course.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 100 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local sororities; 15% of eligible men and 23% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Outing Club, student newspaper, student government, Circle K, Habitat for Humanity. Major annual events: Springfest, Peak Weekend, Festival of the Arts. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. College housing designed to accommodate 1,928 students; 1,950 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Option: coed housing available. Owen D. Young Library plus 1 other with 555,364 books, 594,961 microform titles, 1,961 serials, 5,281 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $3.1 million. 550 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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