Lawrence University campus
Lawrence University campus
Lawrence University campus
Lawrence University campus
Lawrence University campus
Lawrence University campus
Lawrence University campus
Lawrence University campus
Lawrence University campus
Lawrence University campus
Lawrence University campus
Lawrence University campus
Lawrence University campus

From the School

Lawrence University is an internationally recognized college of liberal arts and sciences and a conservatory of music-both dedicated exclusively to undergraduate education.

Our 1,520 students come from nearly every state and more than 50 countries to enjoy the distinctive benefits of this engaged-and engaging-community. It's a close-knit, residential, 24/7 campus filled with smart and talented people pursuing an astonishing variety of academic and extracurricular interests. Lawrence students are comfortable being themselves-and quite comfortable letting others be themselves, too. Our picturesque, residential campus is nestled on the banks of the Fox River in Appleton, Wisconsin (pop. 72,000; metro pop. 250,000), an area recognized annually by national publications for its safety and high quality of life.

With about 12 percent of our students and 13 percent of our faculty coming from beyond the United States, Lawrence is one of the most internationally diverse liberal arts colleges in the country.


From The School

Whether you apply to our college of liberal arts and sciences or our conservatory of music (or both, as a double-degree candidate), the admission staff will consider the strength of your curriculum, academic performance (grades and rank, if applicable), recommendations, extracurricular activities, and standardized test results (if you choose to submit them; Lawrence does not require ACT or SAT results for admission). We do not require personal interviews—but we strongly encourage and offer them in abundance on campus, on the road or online.

Additionally, music candidates are judged on musicianship, performance potential, recommendations of teachers, and general academic ability. All music applicants must perform an audition-either on campus, at one of our regional sites, or on a high-quality digital recording-as well as submit a music resume and music teacher's recommendation.

Roughly half of Lawrence's students graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school class. Lawrence accepts the Common Application. We offer three application plans: Early Decision (November 15 deadline; December 1 notification); Early Action (December 1 deadline; January 15 notification); Regular Decision (January 15 deadline; April 1 notification). Conservatory applicants and international students typically apply through Regular Decision. Lawrence also encourages applications from transfer students.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
580 - 690
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
560 - 720
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
570 - 680
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
25 - 31


Early Decision
November 1

Early Action
November 15

January 15

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA

Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating


From The School

Academic Programs

Lawrence University—home to a world-class liberal arts college and conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education-believes that college should not be a one-size-fits-all experience.

Like most private colleges, Lawrence offers a small student-to-faculty ratio (9:1) and average class size (15). Unlike most private colleges, however, Lawrence teaches an extraordinary number of individualized courses-honors projects, tutorials, studio lessons-with one student working directly under the guidance of one professor. Of the 2,000 courses Lawrence teaches each year, nearly two-thirds have total enrollments of one. By the time they graduate, 90% of our students will have had at least one individualized class.

Lawrence offers a number of other meaningful points of distinction: Freshman Studies, a nationally-renowned first-year seminar that integrates material and Lawrence professors from the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences to teach students how to think critically, argue civilly, and write confidently; the Honor Code, which ensures academic integrity, promotes mutual trust and respect, and values cooperation and collaboration over competition in all aspects of campus life; Bjorklunden, a 425-acre estate on Lake Michigan in Door County, Wisconsin, serves as Lawrence's northern campus, hosting retreats and seminars for Lawrence students through the academic year; and our Conservatory of Music-with a superb faculty of performers, composers, scholars and teachers-seamlessly integrates professional education in music with the liberal arts.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Our academic calendar is trimester-based (three 10-week terms), beginning in late September and ending in mid-June. Lawrence awards the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), the Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.), as well as a five-year double-degree (B.A./B.Mus). More than 30 areas of study include anthropology, art history, biology, biomedical ethics, chemistry, Chinese, classics, cognitive science, computer science, East Asian Studies, economics, education, English, environmental studies, ethnic studies, French, gender studies, geology, German, government, history, international studies, Japanese, linguistics, mathematics, mathematics-economics, music, music education, music performance, music theory-composition, natural sciences, neuroscience, philosophy, physics, psychology, religious studies, Russian, Spanish, studio art, and theater arts. Pre-professional study is available in business, education, law, and medicine. Cooperative degree programs are available in engineering, environmental management, forestry, medical technology, nursing, and occupational therapy. You will also have plenty of opportunities to put your own personal stamp on your academic program with independent study and tutorials.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • East Asian Studies
  • Russian Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
  • Biology, General
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Environmental Biology
  • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
  • Microbiology, General
  • Molecular Biochemistry
  • Neuroscience

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Education, General
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Ancient Near Eastern and Biblical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Russian Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy Studies
  • Pre-Physical Therapy Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Pre-Law Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Cognitive Science
  • International/Global Studies
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Natural Sciences

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Religion/Religious Studies, Other

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General
  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, Other

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts
  • Fine and Studio Arts
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Piano and Organ
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General

Students Say

The minute you step foot onto the campus of Lawrence University, you immediately sense that the school is comprised of a “beautifully warm and positive community.” Soon after, you realize that it deftly manages to balance this supportive nature with a “weird, quirky vibe.” And students couldn’t be happier about the combination. Of course, it also doesn’t hurt that Lawrence is “very helpful” when it comes to financial aid. Undoubtedly, the university really strives to make higher education “affordable.” Looking beyond financials, many undergraduates are drawn to Lawrence for its “world-class” music conservatory. They also really value the fact that LU “encourages creativity and exploration.” In fact, students can even “create [their] own major or design [their] own class.” Another hallmark of a Lawrence education is professor “accessibility.” As one extremely satisfied student states, “There is not a professor here who wouldn’t at the very least get coffee or lunch upon request.” After all, since LU “is an undergraduate-only school, professors really are here for their students. There’s an extraordinary amount of support and academic enthusiasm [from them].”



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

Thomas Steitz
Nobel Prize Recipient and Professor of Chemistry at Yale University

Terry Moran
Chief Foreign Correspondent, ABC News

Christopher Murray
Ambassador to the Republic of the Congo

Joanne Bauer
President of Health Care, Kimberly-Clark Corporation

W. Anthony Vernon
EVP and President, Kraft Foods North America

Garth Neustadter
Emmy Award Winning Composer

Catherine Tatge
Emmy Award Winning Documentary Filmmaker

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary

Median Mid-Career Salary

Alumni with High Job Meaning

Return on Education (ROE) rating

Students Say

Of Lawrence University Alumni visiting, an extremely solid 65 percent report deriving a high level of meaning from their careers. For current students, Lawrence offers a career services department to help students navigate internship programs, graduate education, and employment opportunities. In spite of this, several students listed the career center as being “hard to navigate” or as generally needing improvement, while others praise the department as being “very helpful” and fostering strong alumni relationships. There is far less disagreement on the value of a Lawrence education, however, which is praised for “[preparing] students for any career path through the power of individualized learning” and “preparing students for the future by broadening the way we think.”

Colleges that Create Futures


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Tuition and fees $34,326; room and board: $7,053.

Financial Aid

Lawrence adheres to a need-blind admission policy. For U.S. citizens and permanent residents, the Financial Aid Office makes awards on the basis of the candidate's need, as determined from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Lawrence University Application for Financial Aid. Lawrence strives to make it financially viable for every admitted applicant to enroll. For the 2007 academic year, the average aid package exceeded $25,000. To apply for financial aid, students must submit the FAFSA and the Lawrence Application for Financial Aid. Lawrence awards merit-based scholarships and conservatory performance awards ranging from $7,000 to $15,000 per year.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

Tuition at Lawrence currently runs just over $42,300 with room and board adding close to $8,800. Required fees come to $300, putting the total cost of a year at Lawrence University at somewhere around $51,500. However, the school’s many scholarships and financial aid programs, which grant an average of $28,600 in need-based scholarship aid to freshmen and $5,400 in loans, can significantly offset these costs.

Bang For Your Buck

Lawrence offers gift aide such as merit scholarships and need-based grants offered based on the FAFSA, in addition to “self-help” aide derived from federal loans and student employment. It offers several Academic and Music scholarships of up to $20,000 per year. Recognizing that prospective students come from many different academic environments, the school emphasizes that it takes a “holistic approach” to evaluating students for scholarships, rather than applying a standardized formula to evaluating candidates. Lawrence also offers smaller scholarships via diverse programs such as National Merit and the National Hispanic Recognition Program. Prospective students are also eligible for a More Light! Scholarship program that rewards applicants for excellence in areas such as Community Engagement or Environmental Leadership. Many students report receiving “generous” and “significant” financial aid packages, and others note that “almost everyone here has some financial aid from the school.” That casual observation is supported by fact—94 percent of undergraduates at Lawrence are receiving some form of financial aid.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

Lawrence offers the kind of campus life that only a fully residential community can. (Housing is required and guaranteed.) Nearly all of our students live on campus in one of our seven residence halls or theme houses, apartments and small residences. Every day on campus, you will find countless concerts, recitals, theater performances, intercollegiate athletic competitions, poetry slams, artist exhibitions and lectures. More than 80 student clubs and organizations provide a wide variety of activities, ranging from performances by major music ensembles and an international film series to the annual Trivia Weekend (the longest-running and most notorious trivia contest in the country), crew on the Fox River, and winter camping along Lake Michigan.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



54% female
46% male
72% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Students Say

When asked to reflect on their peers, one of the first words that springs to mind for many LU students is “intellectual.” As one impressed freshman explains, “at any given time there will [be] plenty of conversations going on about Plato, conservation, politics, or art.” However, if you’re looking beyond book smarts, many LU undergrads say you’ll be hard pressed to find an adjective or category that could easily encompass all of these students. A relieved freshman reports, “You’ll find all sorts of people here—homebodies who like to study all the time, party-goers, musicians, athletes, scientists, gamers, you name it, we have it. There will always be someone here that you can fit in with, and it’s wonderful.” And a thrilled senior brags, “Talk to any student for 15 minutes and you’ll learn something fascinating and unexpected—even the people you thought you would never get along with.” Additionally, these “motivated” and “independent” undergrads typically maintain “a variety of interests and passions” and tend to be “open-minded [and] liberal.” All in all, as a linguistics and German double major confidently summarizes, “If you are at all a social person, you will have no trouble making friends within your dorm, classes, or extracurricular [activities].”


From The School


Lawrence is proud to make its home in Appleton, a city of 72,000 people, located on the banks of the historic Fox River in northeast Wisconsin. The metropolitan area (pop. 250,000) is not only one of the safest metro areas in the United States, it is also frequently cited in national publications as one of the country's best places to live and work. Our 84-acre campus, adjacent to Appleton's thriving downtown, overlooks the northward-flowing Fox River. Appleton offers the cultural and commercial advantages (and airport) of a larger urban area with the recreational opportunities and convenience of a Midwestern town.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

The new Warch Campus Center, a LEED-Gold building, is home to our dining services (provided by Bon Appetit), retail outlets, 134-seat cinema, and stunning views of the Fox River. Seeley G. Mudd Library, one of the top libraries among liberal arts colleges, has, among its hundreds of thousands of books, government documents, and periodical subscriptions, more than 20,000 recordings and videos along with thousands of musical scores. In addition to the online catalog, the library can access national computerized bibliographic databases. Science facilities include 23 general laboratories for student use; 25 special laboratories for research, including a laser physics lab; a graphics and computational physics lab; four environmentally controlled rooms; animal rooms for psychology and biology; a greenhouse; multiple electron microscopes; a variety of spectroscopic instruments (nuclear magnetic resonance, infrared, UV-visible, atomic absorbance); and an X-ray diffractometer. The Music-Drama Center and the Shattuck Hall of Music house private practice studios, classrooms, a recital hall, large and small ensemble rehearsal halls, a digital recording studio, performance facilities for the theater department, and WLFM, Lawrence's Internet-based radio station. Lawrence has two theaters: Stansbury, with a proscenium stage, seats 500 people; Cloak is an experimental theater, adaptable to arenaor thrust-stage productions. The Memorial Chapel seats 1,250 people and is the primary venue for convocations, performances by Lawrence's large ensembles, and other public events and concerts. The Wriston Art Center offers a first-rate facility for the studio art and art history programs. It includes an outdoor amphitheater, three galleries, twoand three-dimensional art studios, and houses the university's outstanding permanent collection. The Buchanan Kiewit Recreation Center offers an indoor track; swimming pool; weight/exercise room; dance room; racquetball courts; gymnasium; and saunas. Alexander Gymnasium, Whiting Field, and the Banta Bowl (a 5,300-seat football stadium) house 22 varsity (NCAA Division III) and four club sports teams.

Off-Campus Opportunities

More than half of all Lawrence students take advantage of a wide variety of domestic and international off-campus study opportunities. You can choose to attend Lawrence's London program, just a short tube ride from Piccadilly Circus. You can also choose from more than 50 programs in cities such as Beijing, Florence, Melbourne, Rome, and Tokyo; areas and countries such as the British West Indies, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, France, India, Russia, Senegal, Spain, and Tanzania; and domestic programs in Chicago; Washington, DC; Woods Hole, Massachusetts; and Oak Ridge, Tennessee. We offer need-based financial aid to assist students with the additional costs of attending an off-campus program sponsored by or endorsed by Lawrence.

Student Organizations & Activities

Lawrence offers the kind of campus life that only a fully residential community can. (Housing is required and guaranteed.) Nearly all of our students live on campus in one of our seven residence halls or theme houses, apartments and small residences. Every day on campus, you will find countless concerts, recitals, theater performances, intercollegiate athletic competitions, poetry slams, artist exhibitions and lectures. More than 80 student clubs and organizations provide a wide variety of activities, ranging from performances by major music ensembles and an international film series to the annual Trivia Weekend (the longest-running and most notorious trivia contest in the country), crew on the Fox River, and winter camping along Lake Michigan.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing

Students Say

Life at Lawrence certainly moves at a hectic pace. In fact, there’s usually so much activity buzzing through campus that undergrads often “argue with each other about who has a busier schedule.” As one junior happily explains, “There’s so much going on at any given time that [students] rarely want to leave even for a weekend. There are (free) concerts, speakers, parties, musicals/plays, movie showings, get togethers, game nights, club meetings, and a whole ton of other events.” An economics major rushes to add, “Students [also] go on backpacking trips, cross-country skiing...[and] volunteer at the Boys & Girls Club.” There’s even “an active swing dance community!” Of course, Lawrence’s stellar music program means that “conservatory concerts, shows, and recitals... account for [a large portion] of the night life.” And if the aforementioned options don’t excite you, a knowing senior assures us, “Everyone [is able to have] fun in their own way—from ultimate frisbee... to raising sea urchins.” Moreover, trivia nights are another extremely popular activity at Lawrence. An English major shares, “LU is home to the Great Midwestern Trivia Contest, 48 straight hours of trivia in which teams both on and off campus compete, mostly for bragging rights. It’s a lot of crazy fun and sleep deprivation.” Finally, if you’re looking to escape the confines of the university, the “campus is surrounded by some great shops, coffee shops, and restaurants.”

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

21% join a fraternity
15% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division III

18% participate in intramural sports
20% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Vikings)
13 Sports

Cross Country
Ice Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Vikings)
11 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Kathy Hogan
Campus Visit Coordinator

Admissions Office
711 East Boldt Way
Appleton, WI 54911-5699



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Warch Campus Center
Memorial Chapel
Alexander Gymnasium
Seeley G. Mudd Library
Hurvis Center Film Studies

Most Popular Places Off Campus
College Avenue - coffee shops and so much more
Numerous Parks and Museums
Fox River Mall
Fox Valley Performing Arts Center
Bjorklunden Retreat Center, Door County, WI
It's Wisconsin, so we'd better include Green Bay Packers, Lambeau Field

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; Saturday
8am-5pm; 9am-noon

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Various times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

1-night stay Sun-Thurs nights


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Appleton's Airport (ATW) is approximately 5 miles from campus. Greyhound Bus Lines serves Appleton; the bus station is 6 blocks from campus. Taxi service and county transit (bus) available throughout the Fox Valley metro area.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From U.S. Hwy. 41, exit on College Ave. Proceed east 4 miles to the admissions office (Hurvis Center), which is on the south side of College Ave. Visitor parking is located in the building parking lot.

Local Accommodations
Too many to list