St. Lawrence University maintains its strong standing among national liberal arts colleges in the most recent edition of U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges 2020” rankings. The report builds upon a long list of national recognitions for St. Lawrence from The Princeton Review, Fiske and Kiplinger, among others.
“U.S. News has recognized St. Lawrence’s resolute commitment to individualized learning that capitalizes on a multi-dimensional approach to gaining both diverse knowledge and experience,” said Vice President of the University and Dean of Academic Affairs Karl Schonberg. “For example, our nationally-recognized First-Year Program demonstrates our unwavering support to jump-start student success; our award-winning off-campus study programs teach students the practical skills of intercultural competency with the world as their classroom; important student research opportunities through grants received by the National Science Foundation and Luce Foundation, as well as our SLU Fellow mentored research program, enhance learning outcomes as well as resumes; and, the 4+1 partnership with University of San Francisco validates the preparedness that St. Lawrence graduates have received over their four years.”
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 213 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 publication.
St. Lawrence was ranked 58 and listed as a “best value” school. U.S. News also recognized the University for its first-year experience as well as for Best Undergraduate Teaching and for being an A+ School for B students.
The college guide places the greatest emphasis on retaining and graduating students as well as how well schools graduate students who received federal Pell Grants. Faculty resources, assessments by peer institutions and high school guidance counselors, financial resources, student excellence, and alumni giving round out the ranking categories.
In October 2018, St. Lawrence University launched The Campaign for Every Laurentian. With a fundraising goal of $225 million, the Campaign will support four priorities: Endowing Our Future, Learning for the 21st Century, the Power of Connections, and Campus Stewardship as well as continued support for the St. Lawrence Fund. The Campaign will expand the student experience, broaden Laurentian engagement, strengthen and build St. Lawrence’s reputation, involve the entire campus community, and ensure the University’s financial security.
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