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Exceptional Education

St. Lawrence County is home to 5 highly regarded colleges and universities, 18 local school districts and many vocational tech programs, offering outstanding education options from K-12 and beyond.

Impressive K-12 Performance

Graduation Rate92%

St. Lawrence County is home to one of the state’s highest performing K-12 educational systems.

Student report cards are at or higher than their New York State peers. And the County’s junior and senior high school students vastly outperform their peers in most STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) categories, setting them up for future success in important emerging industries.

Progressive Career & Technical Education

Training Programs16

Since the early 1950s, the Board Of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) has provided cost-effective shared services to the region’s school districts, including career training for high-school students and adults.

BOCES’ Career and Technical Education (CTE) program currently offers 16 occupational training programs to more than 1,000 secondary students and adults annually.  Training programs are determined with input from local industry, participating school districts and the public to provide relevant career and college preparation to secondary students and adults.


A Vibrant College Community

Number of Students14,000+

St. Lawrence County’s award-winning higher-educational colleges and universities prepare students for careers in computer science, technology, engineering, forestry and are a nationwide leader in music education.


Agricultural Studies
Health Careers
Building Trades
Culinary Arts
Graphic Design
Natural Resources Management
Software Development
Business Design

St. Lawrence University

St. Lawrence University, a private university, is well-regarded for its “Engineering Combined Plan. ” The program shapes students into in-demand engineers with a program that combines strong communication and critical thinking skills with liberal arts and engineering education. The University also provides degrees in Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.

SLU Notable Alums, include Author Lorrie Moore, Astronomer Derrick Pitts, United States Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), and Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA), singer/songwriter Grace Potter, actors Kirk Douglas and Viggo Mortensen, and transplant surgeon Robert Montgomery.

St. Lawrence University is one of the best 'Hidden Gem' institutions in New York State.

College Raptor

Clarkson University

Clarkson University is a nationally ranked research university offering more than 50 comprehensive programs in business, engineering, science, liberal arts, health sciences, and environmental studies.

Clarkson has an international reputation in the field of Advanced Materials Science, Biotechnology, Environment & Energy, Entrepreneurship, and Global Supply Chain Management.

Clarkson is one of the Top 10 Colleges for producing engineers.


State University of New York at Canton

Originally chartered in 1906 as the first postsecondary, two-year college in New York, SUNY Canton has grown to become a leader in technology education and providing students with strong career flexibility. Bachelor Degree programs include Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems, Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Industrial Technology Management, Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology and Mechatronics Technology, which integrates mechanical engineering, computer science and electronics. Students also have the opportunity to cross-register with Clarkson University, St. Lawrence University, and SUNY Potsdam.

SUNY Canton is also home to the county’s Small Business Development Center and CREST: Career Ready Education And Success Training, offering customized workforce development training.

State University of New York at Potsdam

SUNY Potsdam was founded in 1816, making it one of America’s first 50 colleges, and the oldest in the SUNY system. SUNY Potsdam is divided into three schools: Arts and Sciences, Music and Teacher Education Programs with more than 40 majors offered.  The State University of New York at Potsdam is also home to the Crane School of Music, a world-renowned leader in music and music education.

132 Academic Programs

11:1 Student to Faculty Ration

400 Annual Arts Performances

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry's Ranger School

Located in the heart of the six million–acre Adirondack Park, the 2,800-acre campus supports the field-based education that is a hallmark of SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s Ranger School. The Ranger School educates students for careers in the areas of: Environmental conservation, forestry and surveying, while also providing preparation for continued education in related bachelor’s degree programs. Established in 1912, The Ranger School has trained over 4,000 students and earned a national reputation for excellence.

The Ranger School offers a unique educational experience in a spectacular natural setting.

Entrepreneurial Development

Several of the County’s colleges offer entrepreneurship curricula to assist college students in creating their own startup businesses while attending college in St. Lawrence County, fostering the next generation of local business leaders.


The St. Lawrence County Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (STL-CEL) Core Program enhances the talents and operating abilities of practicing entrepreneurs. This peer-based, mentor-driven program empowers its participants to overcome business challenges, create new opportunities and develop meaningful connections within the business community. Core participants explore new methods for business growth in a confidential, noncompetitive environment with assistance from fellow classmates, exceptional facilitators and external business experts. STL-CEL is a perfect example of the collaborative culture you’ll find for business in St. Lawrence County.

The Reh Center for Entrepreneurship

The Reh Center for Entrepreneurship provides experiential opportunities that establish a solid entrepreneurial foundation. Students gain advice and expertise to not only propel their businesses forward, but also learn how to work systematically – a skill that will pay off when they enter industry. The best part? Many of the student-run businesses continue to operate after the students graduate.

Young Innovators & Entrepreneurs Program

Young Innovators & Entrepreneurs Program catapults student ideas into business success stories. In a unique partnership, students within this program attend Clarkson tuition-free through a combination of merit-based financial aid and the University’s acquisition of a 10 percent ownership interest in their business ventures. A maximum of five students per year can participate in this one-of-a-kind program that allows you to pursue your idea while earning a degree at a top-ranked university.

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