What are our "comparison schools," and why those particular
The "New Comparison Group" is a list of 25 colleges and
sities that have enough in common (assets, curriculum, enrollment,
etc.) to warrant their being considered valid bench-markers for us
when it comes time to make major decisions, such as comprehensive
fee increases. They are:
College of the Holy Cross
College of Wooster
For more information: Lisa Cania, associate vice president for
University relations, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who is eligible to live off campus?
Students can reside off-campus if:
they meet criteria for commuter status.
they have a documented residential need that cannot be accommodated
in campus housing (physical, psychological, learning-related or economic).
they are seniors selected in the off-campus lottery.
"Last year," says director of residential learning communities
and housing Gary Hartz (for more information: email@example.com),
"we granted 30 seniors permission to live off-campus. With the
creation of a new townhouse-style senior housing complex, potential
residential occupancy will increase, and the need for the off-campus
lottery will be reevaluated."
What percentage of students study abroad?
About 40 percent of our students spend a semester or longer studying
in another country on a University-sanctioned program (our own 13,
plus the International Student Exchange Program, which places students
in any of over 100 countries).
For more information: Nancy Pierce, coordinator of off-campus programs,
How do we pick our Commencement speaker?
We don't anymore. At Commencement ceremonies, all candidates for honorary
degrees are asked to give brief remarks. And we select honorary degree
recipients based on faculty and Board of Trustees-approved criteria,
including stature, connection to the University's mission and existing
or potential relationships with the University.
For more information: Lisa Cania, associate vice president of University
How do I get a transcript?
Transcripts must be requested from the registrar's office. You may
call them for details, at 315-229-5268, or fill out their on-line
form, at http://web.stlawu.edu/registrar/homepage.html
For more information: Carolyn Filippi, registrar, firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I get there from here?
More than half of St. Lawrence's students have cars. For those who
do not, the University offers two new options: free transportation
to airports in Ogdensburg, Massena, Watertown, Syracuse, Ottawa and
Montreal, and subsidized bus service at college vacations to New York
City, Buffalo and Boston, with several stops on each route.
Does the state budget situation affect St. Lawrence?
The financial impact on New York State of the September 11 attack,
when coupled with the economic slowdown, has caused the state not
to fund fully programs to which it had earlier committed. The impact
on us is relatively small, but still significant. For example, the
University receives assistance based on the number of students who
graduate each year. This program, nicknamed Bundy Aid, was slated
to bring in $237,900 but brought in only $197,900. The state also
usually provides full funding for the Higher Education Opportunity
Program (HEOP) and the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program
(CSTEP). Both these programs had commitments for staffing and services
this year that St. Lawrence has picked up in the absence of state
aid. Altogether, state support to St. Lawrence will miss the mark
by over $125,000.
Is (name establishment) still there?
Come back and check! But if you can't travel here right away,
you can check out the Canton Chamber of Commerce Web site at www.cantonnychamber.org/
Will the Snow Bowl reopen?
We have no plans to reopen the Snow Bowl, as the liability is too
How many students are there?
This year, we have just under 2,000 undergraduates and 100 graduate
students, 54% women and 46% men; about 6.5% are U.S. minorities. Students
come from 35 states and 20 foreign countries. Those numbers have remained
remarkably consistent over several years.
What are the University's plans for the future?
St. Lawrence is in the fifth year of a 10-year master plan to support
excellence across the curriculum; increase the size of the faculty,
allowing even closer student-faculty initiatives; and renovate and
construct facilities related to student development and academic mission.
A full accounting of our achievements to date is posted on the University's
Web site under Major Initiatives: www.stlawu.edu/initiatives/initiatives.html.
What's next? In spring 2002, we'll break ground for a new townhouse
for seniors (up to 50 beds constructed on open land between Lee Hall/Eben
Holden and the golf course) and a new student center which will make
possible, after 2004 when it opens, the renovation of the Noble Center
for the arts. We will continue our annual investment in residential
facilities refurbishment (Sykes is next), and our annual investment
in information technology and recurring capital projects. In the planning
stages with architects, and for which we are seeking more comprehensive
funding, are new and renovated science and mathematics facilities.
Improvement in the University's financial picture, the continued
existence of major facilities needs, and historically low interest
rates convinced the trustees last year that an additional tax-exempt
borrowing should be undertaken to ensure that we can keep the facilities
momentum going. In spring 2001, the trustees decided to structure
a $40 million borrowing. Our goal is to match it with $40 million
in new/capital gifts for facilities improvements so that a total of
$80 million in additional projects can be accomplished in the next