Our son’s college choice is down to St. Lawrence and Ithaca College. There is a lot about St. Lawrence that make it the preferred choice, but he is deeply concerned about gay social life at St. Lawrence because it is relatively small and isolated. Our son has been attending a small boarding school (150 students in 6 grades) in a small town for the past 4 years. He has plenty of friends, and teachers and students all think he is a great guy, but he is the only openly gay student a the school, and he is tired of being a community of 1.
He is concerned that at St. Lawrence, he would be part of another tiny community. A posting in this forum last year makes it sound like he is right to be concerned, that he will only have a community of about a dozen. Simple numbers would also say that he is right to be concerned. Ithaca College alone has more undergrads than St. Lawrence and SUNY Canton combined, and Cornell adds another 14,000 undergrads to the Ithaca area.
As much as he likes the FYP, the study abroad programs, the outdoor activities (especially downhill skiing) and the people he met at St. Lawrence, right now he is thinking that Ithaca college must be his choice if he is to have a meaningful gay community. I am curious if anyone at St. Lawrence would agree or disagree? I don’t know if it makes a difference, but he will have a car.