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Fiske Praises SLU's Location, Classic Liberal Arts Education

Fiske’s annual list of colleges and universities that offer the best academic experience for an affordable price includes St. Lawrence University in its 2019 publication.

Guide to Colleges – which became available on July 10 and is available online at – emphasizes St. Lawrence’s classical liberal arts education, small class sizes and team-teaching approach. It also celebrates campus facilities, stating, “The campus is almost as breathtaking as the natural beauty that surrounds it.”

Fiske's popular college guide says “St. Lawrence offers a classical liberal arts education, placing a premium on small classes and team teaching.” It highlights majors in conservation biology, statistics, and business in the liberal arts as well as the environmental studies program, where students “are encouraged to pursue combined majors that integrate the study of environmental issues with substantial study in one of 10 other fields, such as geology, psychology, English, or sociology.”

Fiske underscores that 68 percent of St. Lawrence students 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., the Adirondack Semester and the Sustainability Program. In 2018, St. Lawrence received the NAFSA Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization.

Fiske also focuses on St. Lawrence’s First-Year Program, calling it a “national model” for creating a living-learning environment. “This program creates an instant living and learning community the moment you step on campus, and students within FYPs become like family,” Fiske quoted one student.

Fiske says “St. Lawrence makes up for frigid winters with the warmth of a close-knit, caring community." Plus, it zeroed in on perhaps one of the more underrated aspects of the campus climate: its friendliness. "Everyone at St. Lawrence smiles," Fiske quoted one student.

“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 ranked St. Lawrence’s alumni network No. 3 in the nation in Colleges That Pay You Back,  and it gave it a ranking of 17 for Best Science Facilities. St. Lawrence was also one of the 50 schools named in its second edition of Colleges That Create Futures: 50 Schools That Launch Careers by Going Beyond the Classroom as well as being included in The Princeton Review’s annual Best Colleges guidebook.

In December, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance included St. Lawrence University on its list of the Top 300 Best College Values of 2018. In November 2017, St. Lawrence was named a leader in study abroad by the International Educational Exchange’s “Open Doors” report, listing the University No. 15 in their “Leading Institutions by Institutional Type-Baccalaureate” category.

Learn more about St. Lawrence University accolades.