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Colleges / St. Lawrence University

St. Lawrence University

Canton, NY 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate57%

St Lawrence University Admissions

St. Lawrence University is moderately difficult to get into. Around 57% of applicants get into St. Lawrence University each year. Out of 5,217 applications received in 2023, 2,950 students were offered admission.

Check in with St. Lawrence University's admissions department for any important information, including application fees.

St. Lawrence University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of St. Lawrence University's admissions stats.

St. Lawrence University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 29.9%
Mean SAT Score 1255
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 18%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 4%
Waitlist Yes

St. Lawrence University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for St. Lawrence University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1
Early Decision II Yes February 1
Early Action No
Regular Decision Yes 2 1

Applying Early to St. Lawrence University?

St. Lawrence University offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1

🗓️ Early Decision II applications are due February 1.

The early decision acceptance rate at St. Lawrence University is 81%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 57%. Last year, St. Lawrence University admitted 223 of the 275 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply early in hopes that it will increase their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of acceptance, since it is a way to show your interest in a school.

➡️ Find a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on St. Lawrence University Admissions

Is St. Lawrence University Hard To Get Into?

St Lawrence University is a moderately difficult school to get into.

In 2022, St Lawrence University accepted 57% of students, approximately 2,950 from the 5,217 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like St Lawrence University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transferring to St. Lawrence University

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to St. Lawrence University

In 2022, St. Lawrence University waitlisted 153 students and 64 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 3 eventually received an admissions offer.

What's Most Important for Getting Into St. Lawrence University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at St. Lawrence University

Wondering what factors are considered by St. Lawrence University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Class Rank Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Interview Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with St. Lawrence University for more information on admission factors.

St. Lawrence University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to St. Lawrence University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with St. Lawrence University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation
Transcript(S) of College Record
Transcript of High School Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into St. Lawrence University?

Students admitted to St. Lawrence University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.

Out of all students that were admitted, 27.2% submitted a class rank. At St. Lawrence University 29.9% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 72% were in the top 25% and 95.1% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At St. Lawrence University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 25.38%
3.75 and 3.99 17.02%
3.50 and 3.74 24.54%
3.25 and 3.49 14.2%
3.00 and 3.24 13.35%
2.50 and 2.9 5.01%
2.00 and 2.49 0.5%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to St. Lawrence University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

St. Lawrence University is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 18% of St. Lawrence University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 4% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for St. Lawrence University?

To be competitive with other St. Lawrence University applicants, you should aim to earn between 1230 and 1380 (or higher!) on the SAT. At St. Lawrence University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1380 and 25% of scored lower than 1230, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a St. Lawrence University student is 1255.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of St. Lawrence University students scored 690 or higher and 75% of students scored 620 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of St. Lawrence University students scored 710 or higher, and 75% scored a 620 or higher.

To be most competitive at St. Lawrence University, you should strive to earn between 29 and 32 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 32 means you fall in the 75th percentile for St. Lawrence University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 32, and three out of four students scored lower than 32 on the ACT.

A 29 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for St. Lawrence University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 29.

More Information on Transferring to St. Lawrence University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to St. Lawrence University.

Transfer students can enroll in St. Lawrence University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

St. Lawrence University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to St. Lawrence University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to St. Lawrence University.

Does St. Lawrence University accept transfer credits?

✅ St. Lawrence University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does St. Lawrence University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ St. Lawrence University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to St. Lawrence University?

❌ No, St. Lawrence University is test optional, so you can decide if you want to to submit your standardized test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is St. Lawrence University's acceptance rate?

✅ St. Lawrence University has an acceptance rate of 57%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at St. Lawrence University?

✅ St. Lawrence University's early decision acceptance rate was 81% in 2021.

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St Lawrence University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into St Lawrence University? St Lawrence University is a somewhat selective institution. The St Lawrence University acceptance rate is 57%. This means that the institution accepts 56 out of every 100 applicants.


St Lawrence University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Not available

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to St Lawrence University is Feb 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

St Lawrence University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1230 - 1380


Math SAT Range

600 - 690


Reading SAT Range

620 - 710

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1380 and Above


1230 to 1380


1230 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for St Lawrence University students is 1255. Applicants with SAT scores of 1380 and above have a good chance of being admitted to St Lawrence University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1230 to 1380 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1230 have a low chance of being offered a spot at St Lawrence University.

St Lawrence University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At St Lawrence University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.6. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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Campus Setting

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Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

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