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Fiske Praises SLU’s Classic Liberal Arts Education

Fiske’s annual list of colleges and universities that offer the best academic experience for an affordable price has included St. Lawrence University in its 2020 publication.

With quotes from multiple students, Fiske Guide to Colleges—which became available on July 9 and is available online at—emphasizes St. Lawrence’s classical liberal arts education, small class sizes and team-teaching approach. “The classroom environment is always a place for open discussion where anyone can speak their mind,” Fiske quoted an English and global studies major.

Fiske also celebrates St. Lawrence’s location and campus facilities: “Isolation breeds camaraderie, and St. Lawrence students have a special bond,” writes Fiske. “Where else can you live and work in a Mongolian-style yurt?” in reference to the University’s Adirondack Semester.

Fiske underscores that 70 percent of St. Lawrence students take part in internships, while 64 percent study abroad for a semester or more at one of the University’s 25 international programs in 19 countries or at one of its domestic programs, such as the Liberal Arts in New York CityThe Washington Center program in Washington, D.C., and the Adirondack Semester.

Fiske praised the University for “always looking for ways to improve. There are always new things being added to the St. Lawrence student experience.”

Fiske also focuses on St. Lawrence’s First-Year Program, which emphasizes critical thinking, communication, and interdisciplinary content. “This program creates an instant living and learning community the moment you step on campus, and students within FYPs become like family,” said one student. In addition, optional Sophomore Seminars involve intensive advising, teas and coffees with professors, and course-related field trips.

“The true Laurentian experience comes with the active and engaged student community living on our historic and scenic campus," said St. Lawrence President William L. Fox, "learning from faculty who are dedicated to academic rigor, and connecting with our accomplished and loyal alumni who want to see future generations of Laurentians succeed in their own right.”

Earlier this year, The Princeton Review in Colleges That Pay You Back ranked St. Lawrence’s alumni network No. 3 in the nation for a second year in a row and named the University a Best Schools for Internships. St. Lawrence was included in The Princeton Review’s annual Best Colleges guidebook. Money magazine listed St. Lawrence University among the Best Small Colleges in the country while College Consensus named St. Lawrence University one of the Best Colleges in New York state.

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