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"Best Colleges" Praises Alumni Network, Science Labs

The Princeton Review commended St. Lawrence University for its loyal alumni network, robust science lab facilities and co-curricular opportunities in its latest publication “The Best 382 Colleges: 2018 Edition.”

The newest edition of the popular college guide, which was released on Tuesday, Aug. 1, describes St. Lawrence as a place where “everyone is thrilled to be a Laurentian for life,” highlighting the University’s small class sizes and strong alumni network. The Princeton Review also quotes St. Lawrence students who praise its faculty for being engaged and thorough, while commenting that the campus is “home to a very adventurous and passionate group” where “SLU students look out for other SLU students.”

This year, St. Lawrence was also included on several of The Princeton Review’s additional Top 20 and 25 lists, such as Best Alumni Network (#7), Best Science Lab Facilities (#17), and Impact Schools (#25) for its co-curricular offerings.

The Princeton Review has also included St. Lawrence in several additional publications, including Best Northeastern, “Green Colleges,” “Colleges That Create Futures,” and “Colleges That Pay You Back.”

“St. Lawrence is consistently recognized for cultivating purposeful connections inside and outside the classroom, including our deeply engaged alumni network that facilitates the numerous internship and career opportunities afforded to our students,” said President William L. Fox. “This distinction is evident in our most recent outcomes report of graduates less than one year out from graduation, which indicated that 97 percent are already employed or are seeking advanced degrees in graduate school.”

In their survey of current students, The Princeton Review quoted one as saying St. Lawrence's “very intelligent professors ... are always available to give insight and aim to engage students in every way. They never cease to impress!” Students also praised the campus for creating a safe community, providing “safe walks for anyone who feels unsafe on campus alone.” They also described St. Lawrence's pleasant campus atmosphere, stating, “It’s quickly apparent how happy everyone is to be here.”

“We chose St. Lawrence for this book because it offers outstanding academics,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s senior vice president-publisher and author of the annual college guide. “Our selections are primarily based on our surveys of administrators at several hundred four-year colleges. We also visit dozens of colleges each year and give considerable weight to opinions of our staff and our 24-member National College Counselor Advisory Board. Most importantly, we look at valuable feedback we get from each school’s customers – our surveys of students attending them.”

Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in “Best Colleges,” which is one of The Princeton Review’s most popular guides. The Princeton Review’s school profiles and ranking lists in “The Best 382 Colleges” are posted at PrincetonReview.com/best382.

Earlier this summer, St. Lawrence was included in Fiske Guide to Colleges, an annual list of colleges and universities that offer the best academic experience for an affordable price. In December, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance included St. Lawrence University on its list of the Top 300 Best College Values of 2017.

For more information on St. Lawrence accolades, visit University Communications.