Pre-Professional and Dual-Degree Programs
The Power of the Liberal Arts
About one in five St. Lawrence students enroll in postgraduate programs immediately after graduation, and our pre-professional and dual degree programs are among their most popular choices. The reputation of St. Lawrence’s liberal arts education and academic programs, as well as the faculty who teach in them, have led to arrangements and agreements all over the country with several well-known advanced study programs that create pathways for you to get where you want to go.
Programs and Agreements
Health careers involve the unique integration of scientific knowledge and human concern to help people when they are most vulnerable. The philosophy of St. Lawrence’s Pre-Health Program is that future healthcare practitioners can develop these skills by completing rigorous scientific coursework, engaging in volunteer and service activities, and shadowing healthcare providers to identify a health career that best fits them.
Faculty and staff involved in our Pre-Health Program will take the time to get to know you as an individual, understand what you’re looking for in a future career, and help you identify options that best fit your interests, academic performance, and goals. The Pre-Health Program offers services such as advising, information sessions, health careers committee interviews, and committee letters to support your applications.
Career paths supported by the Pre-Health Program include:
- Pre-Physician Assistant
- Pre-Physical Therapy
- Other Health Careers
As one of St. Lawrence's newest programs, college graduates with a newfound interest in the medical field, or those who want a competitive edge in preparing for medical school, will gain hands-on experience in the North Country. Eligible students will complete Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training and 120 hours of clinical experience at a local facility after completing pre-requisite courses for medical school or upper-level science courses to strengthen their medical school application.
A unique offering of the program is St. Lawrence’s Foundations of Medicine course series that provides students with a holistic sense of the healthcare system through workshops and MCAT preparation.
Law schools don’t require a particular major, which is why your liberal arts background and the skills you hone at St. Lawrence will set you up for success. We encourage you to take foundational courses in the humanities, sciences, social sciences, and the arts while pursuing degree programs in economics, government, and history.
We offer a number of courses and majors that will prepare you for the demands of studying law such as expository writing, sustained research, and the analysis of arguments. Courses in reasoning and symbolic logic are also helpful in preparing for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).
Our Academic Advising and Center for Career Excellence teams can share more information about the LSAT and our Pre-Law Advising Committee, which provides briefings periodically for students at all levels of preparation.
The St. Lawrence University-Cornell Law School Scholarship Fund
A scholarship is awarded to one St. Lawrence student per year who is accepted to and enrolls in Cornell Law School.
We have an agreement with the University of San Francisco (USF) that gives qualified St. Lawrence students the opportunity to pursue a Master of Science in Data Science (MSDS).
Under this agreement, USF gives priority admission to qualified St. Lawrence students, waives the application fee, waives the GRE requirement, and offers a minimum of a four-unit scholarship in recognition of the preparation offered at St. Lawrence before arrival.
Engineers in today’s world need strong communication and critical thinking skills you will hone through virtually any of St. Lawrence’s programs. St. Lawrence offers combined programs with engineering programs at:
- Columbia University
- Dartmouth College
- Clarkson University
- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- University of Rochester
You will start your journey at St. Lawrence and complete it at one of these institutions, and then earn degrees from both.
At St. Lawrence, you will likely major in either mathematics, physics, or chemistry (though other options are possible). At the partner engineering institution, the student pursues an engineering discipline of their choice, such as mechanical, biomedical, civil, environmental, chemical, or electrical engineering.
St. Lawrence offers a “fast track” to a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with neighboring Clarkson University. This special program gives you the opportunity to combine four years at St. Lawrence, during which you complete a prescribed protocol of courses (including some at Clarkson), that qualifies you for one year in Clarkson’s MBA program. You will earn your undergraduate degree from St. Lawrence and your MBA from Clarkson in five years rather than the usual six or more.
We also have a relationship with Syracuse University for a 4+1 master’s program in finance and the Rochester Institute of Technology for an accelerated MBA program.
St. Lawrence has an articulation agreement with the New York University (NYU) College of Nursing that enables St. Lawrence students who complete the required coursework and graduate from the University to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing through an accelerated 15-month program.
Faculty members from our Health Careers Committee will guide you through planning your academic adventure to ensure you take the required courses.
St. Lawrence has an articulation agreement with the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences that enables St. Lawrence students to complete three years of pre-requisite courses at St. Lawrence before entering the four-year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program.
You will benefit from the mentorship of the faculty on the Health Careers Committee who will work to ensure careful course planning includes the several required courses and prerequisites. You will also need to complete a Health Careers Committee Interview to obtain a letter of recommendation during February or March of your sophomore spring semester.
A Supportive Network
Study and work alongside determined students just like you who will cheer you on as you do everything necessary to reach your goals.
And nearly every student enjoys at least one experiential learning opportunity.
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