St. Lawrence University


St. Lawrence is a private liberal arts college located in the village of Canton in Saint Lawrence County in New York State. St. Lawrence is a small school home to approximately 2,400 students. St. Lawrence today is non-denominational, though originally founded by leaders of the Universalist Church, who were seeking to establish a seminary in 1856. The village of Canton is tucked between the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains and the Canadian border.

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Visitor Information: Tour St. Lawrence University

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StayThe Best Western University Inn is the most convenient, located right next to campus. As an alternative to the Best Western, there are many Bed and Breakfasts in the surrounding area. The Litengard is also close to campus and is a quaint place to stay. In Potsdam, a 15-20 minute drive from campus, the rustic Clarkson Inn is many parents go to hotel when they are visiting.

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Coffee: Fuel up at Brewer Bookstore, St. Lawrence's Bookstore right on campus.

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BreakfastThe Bagelry is one of the few places in Canton to get breakfast, hence a student favorite. Another student recommends Foxy Roxy’s if you’re staying in Potsdam.

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LunchThe Village Diner has an extensive traditional diner menu located in Potsdam. First Crush, lined with local art is a cozy bistro serving all day breakfast, panini’s and small tapa style plates.

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CasualJake's on The Water, is every student’s favorite place to take their parents. Approximately a 20-minute drive in Hannawa Falls, Jake’s is a scenic lakeside spot with a creative, inventive menu.

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A Step Up: Quality ingredients and a seasonal menu are the highlights at The 1844 House, a restaurant as well as a B&B. Dinner is an event, so allow time for your meal, served in a simple, elegant style.

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Late Night Snack: Sergi's Pizza and Banquet Hall is every student’s favorite late night spot.

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Local AttractionsLampson Falls is a beautiful waterfall where many students spend their time. The North Country offers a lot of scenic outdoor areas that are quiet and relaxing, with many nature trails and hikes. For a list of the best places to hike click here. 

— Quotes From Campus —

St. Lawrence is in the middle of nowhere, the surrounding area is far from high-end, but this creates a community on campus, which to me, is unparalleled. Everyone is friends with each other, and everyone looks out for one another. If you’re worried about the weather — we’re all doing it together and have survived thus far.
— Ellie
Don’t let the weather deter you. If I could go to college 100 more times, I would go to St. Lawrence 100 more times regardless of the negative degrees for most of the year. It’s all worth it. If you’re looking for a community, a small campus with warm people, and a lot of outdoor activity - St. Lawrence is the right place for you!
— Spencer






School Colors

Scarlet & Brown

Acceptance Rate


Common Application


Supplement Essays


Early Action/Decision

Early Decision, Rolling








Admissions Office

23 Romoda Drive, Payson Hall
Canton, NY 13617

(p) (315) 229-5261

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division III

Greek Life


Noteworthy Alumni

Kirk Douglas
Viggo Mortensen
Olympia Brown

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