The Princeton Review recognized St. Lawrence University as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate students in its most recent publication, “The Best 387 Colleges: 2022 Edition.”
The popular college guide, which was released on Tuesday, Aug. 31, commended St. Lawrence for its outstanding academic and co-curricular offerings, compassionate professors and staff, dedicated alumni, and its tight-knit community. For the 30th anniversary edition of its book, The Princeton Review looked to previous editions to identify the colleges which have made appearances on its ranking lists.
"We salute St. Lawrence University for its outstanding academics and we are genuinely pleased to recommend it to prospective applicants searching for their ‘best-fit’ college,” said Rob Franek, The Princeton Review's editor-in-chief and lead author of “The Best 387 Colleges.”
According to the book's editors at The Princeton Review, “Students specifically note that the ‘compassion professors have for individual success is incredible,’ particularly in the way that they ‘know people have different styles of learning’ and so ‘are responsive to questions and always try to make the class [as] interactive as possible.’” One student wrote, “As for the staff, ‘I’ve never felt so supported and believed in.”
The power of St. Lawrence’s community and its connections were also featured by the publication thanks to student responses. One student wrote, “Even if you don’t know someone, you treat them as if you do,” and another mentioned the “extremely positive and loving” atmosphere this creates. Students view their community as “a welcoming family in which everybody can find friends.”
“Students specifically note that the ‘compassion professors have for individual success is incredible,’ particularly in the way that they ‘know people have different styles of learning’ and so ‘are responsive to questions and always try to make the class [as] interactive as possible.’” - The Princeton Review
A “Survey Says” sidebar in the book's profile on St. Lawrence lists topics that St. Lawrence students were in most agreement about in their answers to its survey questions. The list includes: “students are happy [and] friendly,” “great library,” “internships are widely available,” students are environmentally aware,” as well as “everyone loves the Saints.” Students also noted that “alumni are active on campus” and there are “active student-run political groups.”
St. Lawrence has been included in several of The Princeton Review’s other popular publications, including Best Value Colleges, in which St. Lawrence’s alumni network has been ranked among the best in the nation for the last several years, most recently earning the No. 3 spot. The University has also been included their list of Colleges That Create Futures as well as Best Northeastern and the Guide to Green Colleges.
In August 2020, the University received several rankings in the publication’s 2021 edition that highlight the adventurous nature of St. Lawrence students, who find innovative and meaningful ways to use the world as their classroom, including Best Science Lab Facilities (#14), Most Active Student Government (#14), Most Popular Study Abroad Program (#17), Best Career Services (#18), and Best-Run Colleges (#18).
Due to the pandemic and the fact that many college students across the country were learning remotely last year, The Princeton Review was not able to survey students about their on-campus experiences for the annual “Top 20 Colleges” ranking lists.
Only about 14% of America’s 2,700 four-year colleges are profiled in the book, which is one of The Princeton Review’s most popular publications. The Princeton Review’s school profiles and ranking lists in The Best 387 Colleges are posted online at www.princetonreview.com.