Cyber Orientation 7 - Arrivals and New Beginnings

Hi there again, members of the Class of 2017:

This final Cyber-Orientation email is about a beginning and an arrival.  It provides information and a link to a special welcome to the Laurentian community from your student body president and important information to help your arrival on campus go smoothly.

Welcome to the community of Laurentians!

A week from today you will have had your first FYP class.  You will have met individuals with whom you will share a residence hall and a lot of laughs.  You will have bought books, eaten in Dana Dining Hall, and maybe even started working on your first homework in college. 

You will have also begun a life-long relationship—possibly the longest relationship you will ever have—with St. Lawrence University.  It begins when you matriculate, and lest you think it ends when you graduate in 2017, it does not.  You will be a Laurentian for life, which over 150 years of graduating Laurentians think is a pretty good thing to be.  Your time at SLU will begin the same way it has begun for thousands of Laurentians before you—Laurentians who have studied, played, performed, questioned, explored, and quite simply, walked before you. 

Getting Involved in Student groups at St. Lawrence! With over 100 active student run clubs and organizations, there is so much to keep you busy outside the classroom.

Welcome to St. Lawrence Class of 2017 from the Thelomathesian Society, the student government here at SLU! We know the first year on campus is a big change, but with so much to do we wanted to make sure you all feel confident jumping right into student life at SLU. Go ahead and explore the 100+ clubs and organizations SLU has to offer. Or check out this introduction guide to the Society and see how Thelmo can help to jumpstart your involvement in three easy steps! Meet the Executive Board and find out how YOU can get involved in Thelmo this semester! Think you are ready? Make sure to check out the Student Organization Fair on September 6th from 3-6 p.m. on Millennium Way. And be sure to check us out on the web!     @thelmoslu    Thelmo on Facebook

The Student-Alumni Association (SAA) recognizes the unique connection between current students and the alumni who came before them, giving students an opportunity to learn about the unique history and traditions of St. Lawrence, to foster school spirit, volunteerism and philanthropy, and to network with alumni groups when they visit campus.  If you are interested in the SAA, check it out at the Student Organization Fair on Friday, September 6th from 3-6 p.m. on Millennium Way in front of the Sullivan Student Center [or inside the Student Center in case of rain] and/or contact the advisor for the group Anne Clements, Assistant Director of Annual Giving & Laurentian Engagement.     

You may sit in the classroom that Senator Susan Collins ’75 from Maine once did, live in the same dorm room that actor Viggo Mortensen ‘80 once shared, skate in the rink where Olympian Gina Kingsbury ‘04 once competed, or dream about leading an international business giant, like as CEO Jeff Boyd ’78 does.  Perhaps you’ll write for the student paper as The Amsterdam News publisher Elinor Tatum ’93 did, or start a band with other students as musicians Grace Potter ‘06 and Matt Burr ’03 did [Grace Potter and the Nocturnals]. These are just a few of our Amazing Alumni.

Your name might even be one the Associate Dean mentions to the next generation of St. Lawrence students a decade or two from now. Even as a first-year student, you are part of the alumni community and hence the Alumni Officeis here to support you and facilitate connections while you are here as a student that will last a lifetime.

Some important last minute information about Arrival and Orientation/Matriculation.

We have posted driving and parking directions on the NSG&F.  These directions will help you to know how to get to and onto campus, where to unload given your residence hall, and where to park after you are unloaded.  Please be sure to move your car into a parking lot after you have unloaded all of your belongings. 

This year, families driving to SLU will encounter a special challenge: major construction on Route 11 in downtown Canton. To help you navigate the construction zone on your way to campus, we’ve prepared a special map to help you understand when you should follow detour signs for through traffic and when you should think like locals and enter the construction zone. The map also identifies which parking lots on campus to use for the different FYP colleges.

You received a sheet of information for your arrival at campus in the packet you were sent in early July, but it is also available in the Orientation section of the NSG&F. 

I highly recommend that you print out both the driving/parking instructions and the arrival information and bring them with you.

New Student Orientation begins this Sunday, August 25th, with our Matriculation Ceremony that begins at 3:30 p.m.  Earlier in the day are two Family Orientation sessions.  An overview of the Orientation Schedule is available on the NSG&F. You will receive a full paper schedule when you check-in.  Take a look but no need to print because we will provide more up-to-date hard copies when you check-in at your residence hall.

You will have Orientation Leaders (OLs) who will help you with everything from finding your classrooms to learning the names of your classmates to adjusting to life in a new environment. Look for the individuals in the red “Move-In Crew” shirts when you arrive on Sunday.

Lastly, several individuals will be welcoming you on Sunday, but one individual would like to share a special welcome with you now.  That individual is Taylor Castator ’15, the President of the Thelomathesian Society (a.k.a. Thelmo), your student government organization.  You will find a letter from Taylor to the Class on 2017 on the NSG&F.

So, welcome to the start of your lifetime membership in the St. Lawrence Community, good luck packing and see you soon!



Special p.s. about course registration:

Next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, you will be meeting with your academic advisors and finalizing your fall course schedule. It’s not uncommon for students to get “closed out” of courses during this time frame, which means that you were not able to enroll for one of a number of possible reasons. Here’s some information that might be helpful as you navigate the course selection process next week.

What Happens If You Do Not Get Into A Class During Registration?

Registration Overview, High Demand Courses & Helpful Hints About Post-Registration

Information For First Years, prepared by Caroline Winslow ’15 as part of a class project for Rhetoric and Citizenship in the spring of 2013.


At the heart of St. Lawrence’s Academic Advising is the principle that each student is ultimately responsible for – that is, each person “owns” – what happens during college. From the very beginning of their time here, students are urged to recognize that their four years are precious, a time of both exploration of myriad possibilities and conscious planning in light of this exploration.


Every course taught at St. Lawrence provides students with valuable information and knowledge for the future. Students must take a variety of classes whether for general education requirements, personal interest, or major/minor requirements. However, it is also important to recognize that it is more difficult to get into some courses than others. Recognizing this, students need to plan ahead!


What are the most popular majors currently on campus?





-Performance & Communication Arts


What courses does APR typically shut students out of?

-Introduction to Psychology

-Public Speaking

-Beginning Acting

-Introduction to Environmental Studies

-Studio Art Courses; Drawing I



Why is it difficult to enroll in certain courses?

There are only a certain number of seats available in each class. With the 12:1 student to professor ratio, we want to ensure small class size. However, sometimes students do not gain enrollment in the classes they request. A student must request the courses that they would like to take by adding them onto their ‘request list.’ The ‘working list’ allows students to put unlimited number of classes onto this list and proceed to move them onto their request list. Some students do not get into the classes on their request list because some classes have a lower enrollment, contribute to a variety of majors, and distribution requirement.


What can I do if I do not get into classes through APR, if APR shuts me out of a class?

If a student gets closed out of a class through APR there are a variety of steps s/he can take.


If you didn’t get a class you were hoping for, the first, and simplest, alternative is simply to pick another class. You have four years to take courses at SLU, and it’s not uncommon for students to have to wait to enroll in some of the more popular courses.

If you are still really interested in a particular course and you don’t want to wait, your first step is to check ‘My Registration Results’ [located on APR] to see why you did not get registered. It may be because there are not enough seats or you might lack a pre-requisite. A pre-requisite class is typically needed for upper level courses, which students usually take in their second year and on.

Go back to APR to see how many seats are available, if any. Look to see how many seats are reserved for majors, minors, seniors, juniors, sophomores, and first-year students. This will give you an idea if there is any availability for enrollment after APR has completed its open runs.

There is an add-drop period for 7 class days at the beginning of each semester. Students can pick up an add-drop slip in the Registrar’s Office, located in Vilas Hall #117. If a student finds an alternative class that they would like to take that fits into their schedule, they can drop one class and add the other. The slip must be signed by both professors; the professor whose class you intend to take and the professor whose class you are dropping. It also needs to be signed by both department heads and your current advisor.

Email the professor of the course and ask about any open seats. State your reasons for why you would like to take the course. Ask if you can be put on their waiting list. Sometimes students drop the course, which opens up seats.

Go to the desired class on the first day it meets. This shows how serious the student is about taking the course.

Plan ahead! If you do not get into a course one semester, make a schedule and a plan for the courses you would like to take the following semester.