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St. Lawrence a College That Creates Futures: Princeton Review

St. Lawrence University is one of only 50 colleges in the nation that has been profiled in The Princeton Review’s new book Colleges That Create Futures: 50 Schools That Launch Careers By Going Beyond the Classroom, which was released this week.

To commemorate its inclusion in the book, University Communications will hold a book signing event beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 18, in the Sullivan Student Center. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to stop by and sign a copy of the book with a commemorative pen. The signed book will permanently be placed in the University’s Owen D. Young Library archives. Students can also tell us about their future goals and enjoy some free cookies. 

According to The Princeton Review, the 50 institutions profiled in the new book share distinctive attributes, such as offering an array of internship opportunities, cooperative education, service learning and experiential learning programs. They involve undergraduates in collaborative research with faculty, have strong cultures of civic engagement and support student participation in community service and study abroad programs.

“St. Lawrence is proud of its strong sense of community and dedication to academics,” President William L. Fox ’75 said. “The Princeton Review aptly zeroes in on facets that make the St. Lawrence experience a transformational one for careers, such as the flexibility to create multi-disciplinary majors and the opportunity to tap into a proactive network of highly-accomplished Laurentian professionals.”

Specifically, The Princeton Review editors weighed information about the colleges’ career center services, internship, externship, cooperative learning and collaborative research opportunities, and student engagement in community service and study abroad programs.

“Simply put, these colleges are stellar at putting the ‘hire’ in ‘higher education,’” said Robert Franek, the book’s author and senior vice president and publisher at The Princeton Review. “We chose and commend them for the extraordinary opportunities they are giving their students for practical, hands-on learning that complements their academic experiences. These will not only enhance their resumes but also fast-track them for successful careers.”

The Princeton Review chose the 50 schools – which are profiled in the book in alphabetical order, not ranked – based on data from the company’s surveys of administrators and students at hundreds of universities between 2013 and 2015. The school selections and narrative profiles drew on feedback from 18,000 current students and 200 interviews with current faculty, administrators and alumni. 

The profile of St. Lawrence includes quotes from students, faculty and alumni and highlights several academic programs, such as Business in the Liberal Arts, Global Studies, and the Rhetoric and Communications Studies program, a skill that employers consistently rate as one of the most important in surveys conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

In addition to the book, The Princeton Review launched a “Colleges That Create Futures” resource area, where St. Lawrence University’s profile can be found.