Lawrence University campus

Overview

Applicants
3,014
Acceptance Rate
68%
Average HS GPA
3.64

GPA Breakdown

46%
Over 3.75
26%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
8%
3.00 - 3.24
6%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
560 - 690
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
610 - 730
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
580 - 690
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
26 - 32

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Early Action
November 15

Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Non-Academic

Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
9:1
Total Faculty
197
with Terminal Degree
165

114
Men
83
Women
22
Minority
4
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
63%
Graduate in 5 years
75%
Graduate in 6 years
76%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • East Asian Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
  • 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
  • Education, Other
  • 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

  • Engineering

  • Pre-Engineering

  • 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
  • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

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

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

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

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics
  • 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
  • Music, Other
  • 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].”

Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


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
63%
Graduate in 5 years
75%
Graduate in 6 years
76%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$36,400

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$89,500

Percent High Job Meaning
64%


Students Say

Of Lawrence University Alumni visiting PayScale.com, 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

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

Tuition at Lawrence currently runs just over $43,400 with room and board adding close to $9,200. 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 more than $29,000 in need-based scholarship aid to freshmen and $5,400 in loans, can significantly offset these costs.

Bang For Your Buck

Lawrence offers gift aid such as merit scholarships and need-based grants offered based on the FAFSA, in addition to “self-help” aid derived from federal loans and student employment. It offers several Academic and Music scholarships of up to $22,000 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
$31,540

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$29,622

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,583

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
62%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$33,343

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$31,540

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$44,544
Required Fees
$300
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$900

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,135
Transportation for Commuters
$900

On-Campus Room and Board
$9,654
Comprehensive Fee
$54,498

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
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)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,561
Foreign Countries Represented
32

Demographics

5.04%
Asian
3.34%
African-American
6.68%
Hispanic
69.68%
Caucasian
10.35%
International

55% female
45% male
71% 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].”

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
96%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Cooperative
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
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
135
Number of Honor Societies
5

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
3

20% join a fraternity
14% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

21% participate in intramural sports
19% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Vikings)
13 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Fencing
Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Vikings)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Fencing
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball


Sustainability


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: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

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: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
354

Average Number of PC's per Lab
10

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

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

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Kathy Hogan
Campus Visit Coordinator

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

Phone
920-832-6504

Email
admissions@lawrence.edu

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
920-832-6504

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Various times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
http://www.lawrence.edu/admissions/visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
1-night stay Sun-Thurs nights

Transportation

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