‘Best Colleges’ Praises SLU's Career Services, Student Gov't | St. Lawrence University

‘Best Colleges’ Praises SLU's Career Services, Student Gov't

The Princeton Review commended St. Lawrence University for its excellent Career Services office, active student government and overall smooth operation in its most recent publication The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition.

The newest edition of the popular college guide, which was released on Tuesday, Aug. 7, describes St. Lawrence as a place with “a strong sense of community and a dedication to academics.” The publication praises the University’s small class sizes and quotes one history major, who said St. Lawrence is “a university that pushes me to pursue my dreams,” a place where “it felt like I was coming home, not leaving home.” 

In The Best 384 Colleges, the University also received rankings for Best Career Services (#14), Best-Run Colleges (#18) and Most Active Student Government (#15). In addition to Best Colleges, The Princeton Review has also included St. Lawrence in several of its additional publications, including being one of the 50 schools featured in the publication Colleges That Create Futures, Best Northeastern, and Colleges That Pay You Back, in which St. Lawrence earned the No. 3 spot for Best Alumni Network in the nation.

The Best 384 Colleges rankings are based on surveys of 138,000 students at 384 top colleges that includes a wide representation by region, size, selectivity and character. The book has detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores in eight categories as well as ranking lists of top 20 schools in 62 categories.

“We picked the 384 ‘best’ colleges for our book primarily for their outstanding academics,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief and the book’s lead author.

In their survey of current students, The Princeton Review quoted one as saying St. Lawrence’s small class size means professors “are able to be real people and not just information presenters” and “they engage in dialogues, even in technically lecture classes.” Teachers “see their students as human beings, not just another name on their roster.”

In its profile of St. Lawrence, The Princeton Review also states that liberal arts education is heavily stressed at St. Lawrence, and that “students of all majors take classes outside of their comfort zone to diversify their education.” The publisher also notes that students come from a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds, and quotes a student, saying “SLU students look out for SLU students.” I feel comfortable leaving my laptop, phone, and any other expensive gadget out in the open and knowing that no one will touch it,” says one.

“St. Lawrence is consistently recognized for cultivating purposeful connections inside and outside the classroom, including our deeply engaged alumni network that facilitates the numerous internship and career opportunities afforded to our students,” said President William L. Fox. “This distinction is evident in our most recent outcomes report of graduates less than one year out from graduation, which indicated that 97 percent are already employed or are seeking advanced degrees in graduate school.”

Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in Best Colleges, which is one of The Princeton Review’s most popular guides. The Princeton Review’s school profiles and ranking lists in The Best 384 Colleges are posted online at www.princetonreview.com.

Earlier this summer, St. Lawrence was included in Fiske Guide to Colleges, an annual list of colleges and universities that offer the best academic experience for an affordable price.

This past spring, St. Lawrence University received the NAFSA: Association of International Educators 2018 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization. And in December 2017, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance included St. Lawrence University on its list of the Top 300 Best College Values of 2018.

For more information on St. Lawrence accolades, visit University Communications.