St. Lawrence in the Community
A Home for Four Years. Connections for Life.
When you’re here, you’ll call St. Lawrence—and our surrounding community—home.
Whether academic or service-oriented, student experiences are woven into the fabric of the North Country. When you embrace all that our location has to offer, you’ll discover a passionate community of teachers, entrepreneurs, farmers, artists, civil servants, and more who are eager to welcome and collaborate with you.
Engage With Our Community
Your experience at St. Lawrence will encompass so much more than just the things you do on campus. Making the most of your time here also means finding ways to help the communities you’re proud to call home.
From first-year seminars to courses across all disciplines, you’ll have the opportunity to learn in a setting that combines civic engagement with academic instruction, critical thinking, and reflection in a reciprocal relationship that benefits our campus and community partners alike.
St. Lawrence students value the chance to understand and collaborate with members of our local community while developing leadership and advocacy skills through volunteer work. Volunteer Services coordinates service projects nearly every week of the year.
Through yearly volunteer events like Make a Difference Day, Random Act of Kindness Day, and Laurentians Serve, or through regular volunteer opportunities with SLU Reading Buddies or Campus Kitchens, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to make your mark.
Our Public Interest Corps program (known as SLU PIC) links students and recent graduates with North Country public interest and non-profit organizations to improve their ability to provide services to their constituencies and to help develop the next generation of changemakers in this sector.
Join the countless Laurentians before you who have left a lasting impact on the area by conducting critical research that continues to greatly benefit entities throughout the North Country, like the Adirondack Park and regional economic development offices.
Laurentians strive to make a positive difference through actions big and small every day. You can get involved through any of a number of student-run advocacy or service organizations, including SLU’s Humane Society, SLU Advocates, Campus Kitchens, SLU Reading Buddies, SLU Adaptive, and so many more.
Live and Learn in a Supportive, Close-Knit Community
Acres on campus featuring plenty of green space
Campus trails free and open to the public
At St. Lawrence, there’s a tree with your name on it (at least for four years).
Courses each year with a Community-Based Learning component
of students pursue volunteer work
time-honored traditions (and counting) such as Make a Difference Day
Recognized Green Campus
In 2021, The Princeton Review named us to their list of the nation's most environmentally responsible campuses.
St. Lawrence's Economic Impact on the North Country
Through its institutional operations and jobs related to supporting student services, research, and construction (2019, Center for Governmental Research on behalf of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities [CICU])
Giving Back to the North Country
Every member of our campus community believes in doing all we can to preserve, protect, and make a difference in the region and in the lives of others who join us in proudly calling this place home. Here are a few ways we do that.
Augsbury/North Country Scholarship
The Augsbury/North Country Scholarship (ANCS) was established in 1974 and recognizes academic and extracurricular leaders among designated North Country and Canadian high school students. Students can be nominated by their high school or nominate themselves. Recipients will receive a scholarship between $20,000-$35,000 for each of their four years at St. Lawrence ($80,000-$140,000 total).
Throughout the year, departments and student organizations host many events open to the public—including many that are free—as well as opportunities to see the Saints in action. Keep an eye out for musicals, guest speakers, plays, athletic competitions, and performances.
Nature Up North
This community-based organization, based right on campus, uses technology to encourage and enhance outdoor experiential learning. Nature Up North enables members of the campus and North Country communities to share experiences and observations in nature through science, art, photography, or writing.
Richard F. Brush Art Gallery
A free resource for the campus and the North Country, the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery hosts exhibitions, lectures, panel discussions, residencies, tours, acquisitions, conservation projects, and campus displays in order to provide aesthetic, educational, and cultural opportunities for a variety of audiences. The Gallery’s permanent collection, which is one of the most significant of its kind across northern New York, now includes more than 7,000 items in genres ranging from representational and documentary to Abstract Expressionism, Pop, character design, and others.
North Country Symposium
We live in a special place. That’s why we created the North Country Symposium as a way to empower and support people who are passionate about the future of northern New York and eager to enhance the region's economic, environmental, and educational vitality. This annual event brings everyone from regional leaders to U.S. senators to campus for a day of workshops and panel discussions.
Summer Sports Camps
For decades, our Athletics department has offered a wide variety of summer sports camps that provide a fun and safe environment for its participants to improve their athletic abilities.
North Country Public Radio
Our commitment to radio broadcasting dates back to 1922 when our physics department built an experimental station, making the University home to one of the first college radio stations in the country. Today, St. Lawrence is the license holder for North Country Public Radio (NCPR).