St. Lawrence Goes Up in 'U.S. News' Rankings

St. Lawrence University moved up seven spots in the latest U.S. News & World Report release of its “Best Colleges” guidebook.

In the 2017 edition, which was released on Sept. 13, U.S. News ranked St. Lawrence number 53 best National Liberal Arts Colleges, up from 60 a year ago.

U.S. News categorizes national liberal arts colleges as institutions that focus almost exclusively on undergraduate education and award at least 50 percent of their degrees in the arts and sciences, such as languages, literature, biology and life sciences, philosophy, and psychology. The ranking included 219 private and 20 public institutions. Fewer than half of the nation’s higher educational institutions—about 1,400 colleges and universities—are ranked in any category by the magazine.

The U.S. News rankings places equal weight on graduation and retention rates as well as assessment by peer institutions and high school guidance counselors (22.5 percent, each) followed by faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving. St. Lawrence has a first-year retention rate of 91 percent and a graduation rate for first-time, fulltime students of 87 percent.

“St. Lawrence consistently is recognized for its enduring commitment to student success, which translates into a strong reputation among its peer institutions and among high school counselors,” said President William L. Fox ’75. “Our commitment to students is evident in our student outcomes, with 97 percent of the most recent graduating class either working or in graduate school less than one year after graduation.”

The University also remained on U.S. News’ list of A+ Schools for B Students.

In USA Today’s College Factual ranking released Sept. 8, St. Lawrence placed number 13 out of 111 Best New York Colleges and number 91 out of out of 1,387 Best Nationwide Colleges. College Factual also placed St. Lawrence in the top 1 percent of highest paid graduates in the fields of economics, biology, communications and media studies, and philosophy and religious studies.

U.S. News’ profile of St. Lawrence can be found at

USA Today's College Factual, meanwhile, uses its own methodology and reviews a variety of factors, including average test scores, educational resources, degree completion rates and post-graduate earnings. College Factual’s profile of St. Lawrence University can be found at

Recently, The Princeton Review commended St. Lawrence University for its loyal alumni network, robust study abroad programs and active student government in its “Best 381 Colleges: 2017 Edition,” which was released on Aug. 29.

For more information on St. Lawrence accolades, visit University Communications.