St. Lawrence Ranked Among Best Liberal Arts Colleges

CANTON — An annual ranking of hundreds of colleges and universities has once again placed St. Lawrence University among the best higher educational institutions in the country.

U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges 2014 ranked St. Lawrence number 56 in its list of “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges," the same spot held by the University last year. The rankings were released Tuesday.

St. Lawrence increased its scores in several key areas measured in the rankings, including graduation and student retention rates, and continued to perform well in comparison to the ranked national liberal arts colleges in other areas, including academic reputation, student selectivity and faculty resources.

The University was also once again included on the magazine’s list of “A-plus Schools for B Students.” The list includes colleges and universities that consider student engagement and individuality, as well as academic achievement, in admissions decisions.

“The perennially strong recognition of St. Lawrence by U.S. News speaks to the many shining characteristics of our record, particularly with our small class sizes and our excellent retention and graduation rates,” said St. Lawrence President William L. Fox ’75. “While rankings such as these don’t necessarily tell the whole story about a university, it’s gratifying to be consistently ranked among the country’s best universities, in a very favorable comparison with our peers, and it reinforces the fact that we are providing our students with a superb education and a life-changing experience.”

U.S. News includes 240 institutions in its “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” list, placing St. Lawrence in the top 25 percent of this group. The publication categorizes national liberal arts colleges as institutions that focus almost exclusively on undergraduate education and award at least 50 percent of their degrees in the arts and sciences. 

Fewer than half of the nation’s higher educational institutions – about 1,400 colleges and universities – are ranked in any category by the magazine.

U.S. News looks at a variety of data to calculate their overall college rankings. The publication measures academic reputation – including input from high school guidance counselors – retention rates, faculty resources – including salaries and class sizes – student selectivity, per-student spending, financial resources and alumni giving.

The 2014 rankings are available at