St. Lawrence University

Campus Facts & Figures

out of 5

The Campus Pride Index is an overall indicator of institutional commitment to LGBTQ-inclusive policy, program and practice. How is this calculated?

Region: Mid-Atlantic
City/State: Canton, NY
Locale: Very Small Town (5,000 to 10,000)
Student Population (FTE): 2,500
In-State Tuition: $50,830.00
Out-of-State Tuition: $50,830.00
Institution Website:
Institution Type:
Master's College/University
Baccalaureate College/University
Private Institution
Liberal Arts College
Residential Campus

LGBTQ Student Opportunities


Colleges and universities want LGBTQ students, faculty and staff to be out and proud as part of the diversity of the campus community.  The Campus Pride Index provides campuses the opportunity to come out as LGBTQ-friendly and take responsibility for continually improving their LGBTQ campus climate. 
The Campus Pride Index features LGBTQ student opportunities by highlighting the positive work within higher education across the country. Prospective students and families may choose the best LGBTQ campuses searching the tool based on area of study, cost, location, type of campus and LGBTQ-inclusive policy, programs and practice for their college search.  
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Commitment to LGBTQ Issues

St. Lawrence University is committed to ensuring all members of the campus community are valued equally. Gender, gender identity or expression, and sexual orientation are protected under the St. Lawrence University's discrimination and harassment policies.

Our Synopsis

St. Lawrence University's LGBTQ Student Services is a collaborative interdepartmental initiative aiming to provide advocacy, information, and resources for LGBTQ students, allies, and the overall community of St. Lawrence University. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved with the LGBTQ community of St. Lawrence University and the local area through organizations ranging from student-run groups, such as Sexuality and Gender Activists (SaGA) and LGBTetc., as well as community advocacy organizations. SaGA works towards raising awareness of gender issues that arise on campus. This group strives to encourage equality among all and provide a space for those in the LGBTxyz community to feel safe and well represented among the student body. SaGA also works to promote safe sex, consent, education on sexuality and gender, and providing condoms as necessary. LGBTetc.'s main aim is to promote awareness and acceptance of diversity on the St. Lawrence University Campus. Meetings will focus on discussions, games, viewings, and other forms of media addressing the topics of the LGBT community. This group hopes to bring about a social and more informed environment on this campus, and is aimed towards any individual interested in getting to know more, no matter what their views or personal background. LGBTetc. seeks also to interest more of the student body to become allies- people who identify as heterosexual, but support the LGBT community.

Featured Quotes

Why you'll love St. Lawrence University

"... The reason I smile at our (Sexuality and Gender Activists) meetings is because we have individuals who come with a strong purpose, a like-minded field of attributes to bring to our 'team'. We're so different, but so similar."

— SaGA at SLU Facebook Page

Highlights & Organizations

Upcoming events


Pride Week

Groups & activities


Admissions Office

St. Lawrence University Admissions Office

St. Lawrence University
23 Romada Drive

Canton, NY 13617

Phone: (800) 285-1856

Admission Application Deadline:
Feb. 1

Email Campus Admissions

Overall Campus Pride Index Score

The Campus Pride Index has a strong theoretical research foundation in LGBTQ current programs, practices and policies for safer, more inclusive campus learning environments. The index tool has been tested extensively since 2001 and recently updated with new, higher LGBTQ national benchmarks in 2015. 

The Campus Pride Index is a vital tool for assisting campuses in learning ways to improve their LGBTQ campus life and ultimately shape the educational experience to be more inclusive, welcoming and respectful of LGBTQ and ally people. The index is owned and operated by Campus Pride, the leading national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create safer, more LGBTQ-Friendly learning environments at colleges and universities. Campus Pride commends the campuses participating in the index and their willingness to come out, be visible and actively advocate for improving higher education for LGBTQ people.

St. Lawrence University
LGBTQ-friendly break-down by inclusion factors

Sexual Orientation Score
3.5 of 5
Gender Identity/Expression Score
3.5 of 5
LGBTQ Policy Inclusion
3 of 5
LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment
3.5 of 5
LGBTQ Academic Life
3.5 of 5
LGBTQ Student Life
3.5 of 5
LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life
3.5 of 5
LGBTQ Campus Safety
5 of 5
LGBTQ Counseling & Health
1 of 5
LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention Efforts
3 of 5
Sections greyed out mean the campus does not offer those services

LGBTQ-Friendly Report Card

LGBTQ Policy Inclusion

Non-discrimination statement inclusive of sexual orientation
Non-discrimination statement inclusive of gender identity/expression
Health insurance coverage to employees’ same sex partner
Accessible, simple process for students to change their name on university records and documents
Accessible, simple process for students to change their gender identity on university records and documents
Students have option to self-identify sexual orientation on admission application or post enrollment forms
Students have option to self-identify gender identity/expression on admission application or post enrollment forms

LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment

Resource center/office with responsibilities for LGBTQ students
Paid staff with responsibilities for LGBTQ support services
Ally program or Safe Space/Safe Zone
Actively seek to employ diversity of faculty & staff including visible, out LGBTQ people
Standing advisory committee that deals with LGBTQ issues
LGBTQ alumni group

LGBTQ Academic Life

LGBTQ studies program
LGBTQ specific course offerings
Actively recruit faculty for LGBTQ-related academic scholarship
New faculty/staff training opportunities on sexual orientation issues
New faculty/staff training opportunities on gender identity issues
LGBTQ faculty/staff organization

LGBTQ Student Life

LGBTQ & Ally student organization
LGBTQ & Ally graduate student organization
LGBTQ social fraternity/sorority
Regularly plans LGBTQ social activities
Regularly plans educational events on transgender issues
Regularly offers educational events surrounding intersectionality of identities for LGBTQ people
LGBTQ-inclusive career services

LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life

LGBTQ living space, theme floors and/or living-learning community
Roommate matching for LGBTQ students to find LGBTQ-friendly roommate
Gender-inclusive housing for new students
Gender-inclusive housing for returning students
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy restroom facilities in campus housing
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy shower facilities in campus housing
Trains residence life and housing staff at all levels on LGBTQ issues and concerns

LGBTQ Campus Safety

Procedure for reporting LGBTQ related bias incidents and hate crimes
Active ongoing training for hate crime prevention
Active outreach to LGBTQ students and student organization
Trains campus police on sexual orientation issues
Trains campus police on gender identity/expression issues
Supports victims of LGBTQ sexual violence and partner violence

LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention

Annually participates in LGBTQ admission fairs
LGBTQ student scholarships
LGBTQ mentoring program to welcome and assist LGBTQ students in transitioning to academic and college life
Special Lavender or Rainbow Graduation ceremony for LGBTQ students and allies
Admission counselors receive LGBTQ-inclusive training and resources

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