St. Lawrence Welcomes Class of 2018

With the first day of classes taking place on Wednesday, Aug. 27, St. Lawrence University welcomed returning students as well as 610 first-year students, who officially joined the Laurentian community and began their four-year baccalaureate academic journey.

The Class of 2018 is one of the most diverse classes in St. Lawrence’s history, with 14 percent being U.S. students of color. Fifty-two percent of the Class of 2018 is female, 38 percent of students come from New York State, and 51 percent come from 29 other states.

The Class of 2018 also happens to be one of St. Lawrence’s most international classes, with 67 international students representing 26 countries around the globe. China and Canada are the two countries most represented, with 21 and 14 students respectively.

Malakia Takane ’18 came to St. Lawrence from Lesotho, a country that is situated completely within South Africa. During a welcoming reception for international students, he said St. Lawrence is everything he had hoped it would be.

“I was looking for a small, liberal arts college specifically,” said Malakia, who graduated from a United World College school. “I’m interested in engineering, so math and physics are important to me as well. I saw a picture of St. Lawrence at my (UWC) school, and I said ‘that’s where I want to go.’ The people have been so friendly. It’s been wonderful so far.”

On Sunday, Aug. 24, first-year students participated in St. Lawrence University’s traditional Matriculation Ceremony, which welcomes new students to campus and inaugurates them into the Class of 2018.

View a photo gallery of Matriculation Ceremony events

Read the speech from President William L. Fox ’75 during Matriculation

Read the speech from Kelly Appenzeller ’15, president of the Thelomathesian Society (Thelmo)

Sixty-six percent of the incoming class ranked in the top fifth of their high school graduating class. Nearly 90 percent of students played high school sports, more than 80 percent participated in community service or volunteer activities, 67 percent held leadership positions, 39 percent participate in academic clubs, and 35 percent participated in the arts. About 68 percent of students came from public high schools, while more than 31 percent came from private or parochial schools. Students in the Class of 2018 represent a total of 408 high schools.

A total of 27 students who were named Augsbury/North Country Scholars joined the Class of 2018. The Augsbury/North Country Scholarship was established in 1974 and serves to recognize academic and co-curricular leadership among designated North Country and Canadian high school students.

Keep up to date with first-year students by following #stlawu2018 on our social media page.