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.
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.
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.”