Fiske Praises SLU's Classical Liberal Arts Education

St. Lawrence University has been once again profiled in Fiske Guide to Colleges, the annual list of colleges and universities that offer the best academic experience for an affordable price.

The guidebook highlights St. Lawrence’s classical liberal arts education, small classes and team teaching approach, First-Year Program and campus facilities, stating “The campus is almost as breathtaking as the natural beauty that surrounds it.”

“Fiske identified in its Guide to Colleges many of the same attributes that we ourselves believe are the hallmarks of a St. Lawrence education and experience,” President William L. Fox ’75 said. “It’s reassuring to read in a college guidebook that relies heavily on direct student comments that they, too, value our sense of community and lifelong relationships as well as our small class sizes, infrastructure investments, and natural surroundings.”

Fiske focuses how more than half of St. Lawrence students spend time off campus, either at one of the University’s 19 international programs or one of six domestic programs in New York City, Washington, D.C., and the Adirondack Semester. The guide also refers to the University Fellowship Program, which offers 25 to 30 students housing and stipends for summer research.

The guidebook frequently mentions how St. Lawrence classes are taught by terminal-degree professors rather than graduate students, which is often the case at larger, research-based institutions. “Full professors teach even the introductory courses; more than two-thirds of the courses taken by freshmen have fewer than 20 students.”

Fiske Guide to Colleges 2017 is available in bookstores on July 1 and is available online at

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