Graduation Requirements

Total Units

To graduate, students must complete 33.5 units, a major, and the general education requirements. They must also demonstrate competency in college level writing.

Taking four classes per semester—including FYP/FYS in the first year—over eight semesters leaves a student with 33 units. This means that at some point during the four years each St. Lawrence student must pick up an "extra" .5 unit. Options for satisfying the .5 unit requirement include (but are not limited to) lab courses that offers extra units, an additional .25 or .5 unit course taken along with four other courses, or a course overload of a fifth course (every student making satisfactory progress is allowed to do an overload in any semester; the overload course can only be added during the add/drop period using an overload form).

Also be aware that the maximum units of transfer credit allowed is 17.5, if transfer work is taken prior to matriculation (students must earn at least 16 units at SLU). If transfer credits are taken after matriculation, a student may transfer a maximum of 8 units.

General Education Requirements

A liberal arts education demands not only depth of learning in one area, but breadth of knowledge and experience across different ways of understanding and engaging with the world. General education requirements provide an opportunity to cultivate breadth, explore possibilities, and master a diverse set of skills and approaches.

The SLU curriculum's general education requirements are laid out in the university catalog. Students are bound by the curricular requirements laid out in the catalog of the year they matriculated at SLU. The current curricular requirements were revised in 2013 and all students matriculating since that time have the same general education requirements.

A summary of general education requirements can be found on the Academic Advising website, along with an Academic Planning Worksheet.

Note: Students should strive to fulfill general education requirements early in their careers at St. Lawrence. Students who enter their senior year with general education requirements unmet may have difficulty enrolling in the courses they need to fulfill these.

Cumulative and Major or Minor Grade Point Average Requirements

In order to graduate, students must have a cumulative grade point average of at least a 2.0. In addition, students must have completed a major and must have at least a 2.0 GPA in it. While additional majors and minors are not required for graduation, a student must have a 2.0 GPA in all declared majors and minors.