Applying to St. Lawrence

Ready to Apply?

It’s time to decide if you want to apply Early Decision, which is the best option if St. Lawrence is your first choice, or pursue our Early Action or Regular Decision options, which are outlined in detail below.

We don't want an application fee to come between you and your ability to see yourself in our community. That's why we made it free to apply.

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Application Options

No matter how you choose to apply, you have a choice between two applications for admission to St. Lawrence. We encourage you to use the one most comfortable for you.

Begin Your Common Application

You can apply using the St. Lawrence Application, where you will create a user account within our SLU portal so you can keep track of your admissions application materials and find out more details regarding next steps.

Begin Your St. Lawrence Application

Application Deadlines

Whether you’re interested in St. Lawrence’s Early Decision process, applying Early Action or Regular Decision, or transferring from another college or university, these are the important admissions dates for you to remember.

Application Information Deadline/Timeline
Early Decision Students Nov. 1 — Feb. 1
Early Action Students Dec. 1
Regular Decision Students Feb. 1
Transfer Students (Spring Entry) Nov. 1
Transfer Students (Fall Entry) March 1


Our Admissions Process

You are so much more than a transcript and test score to us, which is why we believe in a holistic approach to admissions. This means we consider your academic achievements along with your activities, interests, and aspirations. 

If you’re curious, care about your community, and committed to making the world a better place, you’ll fit in among the passionate changemakers at St. Lawrence University -- and we encourage you to apply.

What We’re Looking For

To be ready for academic life at St. Lawrence University, we encourage broad preparation and participation at the high school level. 

Your Educational Background

We’ll evaluate your academic record individually,  while looking at the context of what’s offered at your school. Competitive candidates to St. Lawrence typically present a transcript that shows:

  • Four years of English
  • Three years of sciences
  • Three years of social studies
  • Three years of mathematics
  • Three years of a foreign language
  • A range of elective courses

Your School & Community Involvement

We’re looking for students who will positively contribute to our campus community; we want to know about your extracurricular and co-curricular activities, outside hobbies and interests, volunteer and work experience, and civic engagement. 

Application Checklist

  • St. Lawrence Application or Common Application
  • Official copy of your high school transcript
  • Official standardized exam scores (optional for most applicants—see policy below)
  • Counselor letter of recommendation
  • Two academic recommendations from teachers who have taught you in high school
  • Resume (optional)

We’re thrilled that you are interested in St. Lawrence University, and we wish you the best of luck as you begin the college application process and round out your high school experience.

Test Optional & Self-Report Score Policy

If you have a strong high school record, we welcome your application regardless of how you performed on your SAT or ACT. 

Students whose native language is not English and who are not attending an English-speaking school must submit either TOEFL or IELTS scores as proof of English language proficiency.

Submitting Scores

Indicate on your Common Application or St. Lawrence Application which scores, if any, you wish to be considered in the application process.

  • List St. Lawrence University as a recipient institution when registering for exams to ensure the testing agency sends us your report; use the appropriate school code: 
    • SAT/TOEFL code: 2805
    • ACT code: 2896
  • If you decide to submit your scores, St. Lawrence will now accept self-reported scores at the time of your application. This means that you can send us your scores through:

    • An official score report sent by the testing agency (SAT/TOEFL code: 2805; ACT code: 2896)
    • Via email from your high school counselor
    • On your official high school transcript (if your school includes test scores on transcripts)
    • Self-reported by sending a screenshot or PDF of your full student score report to (the screenshot or PDF must include your full name)
  • If you’ve taken a test multiple times, please submit all of the results. You should not convert, superscore, or recalculate your self-reported scores in any fashion.

Next Steps: Making it Official

We gladly accept self-reported scores during the application process. Should you decide to enroll at St. Lawrence, you will need to provide official test scores from the testing agency or your high school. 

Please note: your admission decision could be at risk if your self-reported scores differ in any way from your official score reports.

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Scholarships & Financial Aid

When you apply to St. Lawrence, you’re automatically considered for merit scholarships. To determine eligibility for additional types of aid, complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible.

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