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Academic Support

Academic support at St. Lawrence focuses on the holistic educational experience and can be found in every space on campus. Our goal is to empower your undergraduate journey and prepare you to take on the world here on campus and beyond.

Academic Advising Programs and Services

The office of Academic Advising, located in the Fox Center for Academic Opportunity, serves as a connective hub of activities and opportunities that can help with your academic and personal growth.

Visit us for support and guidance on: 

  • Academic planning and strategizing
  • Time management
  • Study skills
  • Reading and test-taking strategies
  • Managing and overcoming academic challenges, including academic probation

Learn About Academic Support Services

Transitioning to college brings unique joys and challenges. Our First-Year Program (FYP) helps you navigate that change through assisted goal setting, personalized advising, and other resources to set you up for academic and personal success.

Learn About the FYP

Our Sophomore Success Initiative includes sophomore year seminars, a network of faculty and alumni mentors, and dynamic events designed to connect you to the services you need to take advantage of as you make decisions like choosing your major(s). The goal: to aid your exploration of academic and professional interests, build your professional network, and create a bold, visionary plan for your future.

Learn About the Initiative

Our Student Accessibility Services team will make every effort to support you as you work toward success and reach your goals. They provide a wide range of support services and accommodations for students with learning differences and or medical conditions.

Learn About Student Accessibility Services

The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) is a partnership between St. Lawrence University and the New York State Education Department, designed to find and support students who are capable and motivated to be successful as college students but whose test scores and/or high school grades do not meet regular admission standards and who come from very low-income families.

Learn About the Higher Education Opportunity Program

The purpose of the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) is to increase the number of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged undergraduate and graduate students who complete pre-professional or professional education programs of study that lead to professional licensure and to careers in mathematics, science, technology, and health-related fields.

Learn About CSTEP

St. Lawrence is one of 200 colleges and universities that offers the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program, which encourages the pursuit of doctoral study by involving students from underrepresented groups in multiple research-intensive experiences and providing extensive advising by faculty mentors. Students receive grant-funded stipends for their research work and opportunities to visit graduate schools and attend professional conferences, as well as monetary assistance in support of program goals.

Learn About the McNair Scholars Program

The Career Connections Program helps to coordinate career-related resources, activities, and support already available at St. Lawrence, as well as develop new programs, opportunities, and connections for students to leverage their undergraduate academic, co-curricular, and work experiences effectively in their professional lives.

Learn About Career Connections

You can request a free peer tutor for a class in which you need help. Tutoring is available for most introductory courses and for many popular intermediate-level courses.

Learn About Peer Tutoring

Chart Your Path to Academic Success

From helping you develop a network of mentors on campus to creating a holistic academic experience that allows you to pursue your interests, Academic Advising is here to help you achieve your goals. We don’t just tell you what you can do with your four years here. We help make a plan to achieve everything we know you're capable of.

11:1

Student-to-faculty ratio, supporting invaluable opportunities for one-on-one mentorship

63%

of classes with 20 students or less, creating a unique and personal learning experience

200+

faculty mentors students can choose from

Several distinct centers and resources to support student academic success, including:

  • WORD Studio
  • Peterson Quantitative Resource Center (PQRC)
  • Language Resource Center
  • Newell Center for Arts Technology
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

#18

In the nation for “Best Colleges for Getting Over the Sophomore Slump” (Great Value Colleges, 2021)

4

Number of recommended courses you should take per semester to make appropriate progress towards graduation

69

majors and more than 40 minors allow you to create a unique academic journey

47%

Of students pursue more than one major

61%

Of recent graduates spent at least one semester studying off-campus

31

Off-campus study programs available in 20+ countries

72%

Of students complete an internship by the time they graduate

94%

Of students are employed or in graduate school full-time one year after graduation

1 in 5

graduates complete an advanced degree within five years of graduation

82%

conduct original research before they graduate

First generation students

First-Generation Resources

Nearly 20 percent of St. Lawrence students are first-generation college students (students who are the first in their family to go to college). Our First-Gen Initiative has been developed to both support and celebrate this group of scholars.

Learn About the Initiative
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Advising Toolkit

An invaluable resource for you and your academic advisors, the Advising Tookit provides quick answers to any of your questions regarding academic requirements for graduation, academic policies on a range of issues, and resources for navigating other common questions that come up in your advising relationship. We strive to empower you with knowledge so you can pursue the most meaningful opportunities for growth.

Check Out Our Advising Toolkit
A Saint Lawrence University student, wearing a blue shirt, sits with a peer tutor at a table in the Word Studio. They are looking at a laptop.

WORD Studio

In our intentionally inclusive space, tutors in the W.O.R.D Studio support your written and oral communication, research, and design projects. Your classmates are trained to help with whatever you needs.

Explore the WORD Studio
Jessica Chapman, wearing a green shirt, stands next to a desk and speaks with three Saint Lawrence University students. There is a bulletin board in the background with information about the Peterson Quantitative Resource Center.

Peterson Quantitative Resource Center

Encouraging and developing quantitative reasoning, skills, and applications, the PQRC provides walk-in peer tutoring for students across all majors. You can gain help (or help others!) preparing for a quiz or exam, analyzing data, calculating and interpreting statistics, using quantitative software, designing an experiment, or anything else that would support your academic success.

Explore the PQRC
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The Language Lab

Enhance your connection to the global community with state-of-the-art video conferencing and recording spaces in our language labs. You’ll also have access to foreign language films, dictionaries, music, software, games, and world maps.

Connect With Us