Sustainability Semester Application Forms

Rolling application deadline for admission to the program for the Spring 2016.

You may submit most of the application on line beginning now. The application forms can be accessed below. If you have questions the website doesn't answer, please contact Director Cathy Shrady.

The Sustainability Semester Application Process

Participation in the Sustainability Semester is a privilege, and admission to the program is competitive. The Sustainability Semester is similar to a SLU off-campus study abroad program, and to the Adirondack Semester but unique in many ways.  A maximum of twelve students will live together with two staff members on a homestead farm four miles from the St. Lawrence University campus engaging in the study and practice of sustainability. Students will take four classes together, all taught on site and participate in the operation of the homestead including the growing and processing of food and building projects.  They will live a materially simple lifestyle which includes the use of educational and communication technology and amenities such as flush toilets and showers while deciding as a community how best to live as sustainably as possible.  As with other off-campus programs, this is a place-based semester and immersion in the intellectual and experiential components of the program is required. Interaction with campus and the North Country community will be supported but limited in keeping with principles of sustainability and community development. Also, as with other off-campus programs, efforts will be made to accommodate food allergies and dietary restrictions within the budgetary and logistical limits of our program.

Admissions Policies and Process:

The application process consists of submission of the application materials and an interview with the selection committee. Applications will be judged according to the following criteria: the overall academic record and interests of the candidate, the quality of the essays in the application, the strength of recommendations, and the level of maturity, responsibility, commitment to creating a supportive community and genuine interest the candidate brings to this particular program. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status via e-mail. The applicants selected to attend the semester will be sent an Acceptance Packet via intercampus mail.


Students who are not on disciplinary, social or academic probation are eligible to apply for the Sustainability Semester.  First year students are eligible to apply.  Preference will be given to students who currently hold a grade point average of 2.8 or higher and who are matriculated St. Lawrence University students. Students must also be capable of and committed to working as part of a team, contributing to a safe and productive learning environment for their peers, and participating in the chores and tasks required to maintain that community. This includes work in the garden and potentially with farm animals. The academic and community goals of this program are such that students who participate in the semester will not be able to participate in a spring sport. We will deny admission to anyone we believe to be unable to meet the emotional, social, or safety demands of the program.