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Princeton Review Praises SLU for Alumni, Study Abroad

The Princeton Review commended St. Lawrence University for its loyal alumni network, robust study abroad programs and active student government in its “Best 381 Colleges: 2017 Edition.”

The college guide, which was released Monday, Aug. 29, describes St. Lawrence as a “warm and welcoming” school, and it highlights the University’s low student-faculty ratio as well as its strong alumni network. The new book also cited St. Lawrence students, who call the University an “extremely tight-knit community that carries on a long-lasting tradition of Laurentian pride, academic rigor and sustainability efforts.”

This year, St. Lawrence was included on several of The Princeton Review’s additional Top 20 and 25 lists, such as Best Alumni Network (#6), Best Science Lab Facilities (#17), Impact Schools (#10), Most Active Students Government (#12), Most Popular Study Abroad Program (#15), and Top Internship Opportunities (#25).

The Princeton Review has also included St. Lawrence in several additional publications, including “Best Northeastern” colleges, “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 ’75. “This distinction is evident in our most recent outcomes report of graduates less than one year out from graduation, which indicated that 97 percent of the Class of 2015 are already employed or are seeking advanced degrees in graduate school.”

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

“St. Lawrence’s outstanding academics are the chief reason we chose it for this book and we strongly recommend it to applicants,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president-publisher and author of the annual college guide. “We make our selections primarily based on data we collect through our annual surveys of administrators at several hundred four-year colleges. Additionally, we give considerable weight to observations from our school visits, opinions of our staff and our 24-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, and an unparalleled amount of feedback we get from our surveys of students attending these schools.”

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.

Earlier this summer, St. Lawrence was also included in Fiske Guide to Colleges, an annual list of colleges and universities that offer the best academic experience for an affordable price, and was named by Buffalo Business First magazine an Elite 10 Upstate New York college.

For more information on St. Lawrence accolades, visit University Communications at www.stlawu.edu/university-communications/accolades.