St. Lawrence Among Most Economically Diverse Top Colleges
The New York Times has listed St. Lawrence University among the Most Economically Diverse Top Colleges in the nation.
In its College Access Index, The Times based its results on the share of first year students from low-income income families receiving Pell grants and on the net price of attendance for low- and middle-income families. Only colleges with four-year graduation rates of at least 75 percent were included.
“There are several important reasons why this list is important for us to recognize,” said Jeff Rickey, vice president and dean for admissions and financial aid. “First, The Times only considered schools with graduation rates of 75 percent or higher. That alone is a notable achievement. Then it looked at access in terms of the number of freshmen who come from low-income families measured by Pell grant recipients. And finally, it considered the net price of attendance for low- and middle-income families making $30,000 to $48,000 a year.”
The Times list attempts to see which selective colleges are doing the most to attract a more economically diverse student body. When accounting for the institutions that have the same index result, St. Lawrence tied for number 17 on this list.
“What the Times index affirms – especially given our reputation as a nationally recognized liberal arts institution by several other national publications – is that St. Lawrence has a commitment to attracting economically diverse groups of students while at the same time remaining academically competitive among our peers,” Rickey said. “Couple this recognition with our high retention rates, the fact that nearly 97 percent of our graduates are either employed or are in graduate school, and that our graduates have loan debt below the national average – even below the average for public college graduates – and it’s clear to see that St. Lawrence is an outstanding choice for any student regardless of her or his background.”