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Academics

Lawrence University is a small liberal arts college in Appleton, Wisconsin, centered entirely around the ethos of Engaged Learning, in which students learn by doing. Beginning with the cornerstone Freshman Studies program, these "crazy smart" students are grouped into course sections of about fifteen students, and commence the reading and discussion of great works. Exploration of the mind is stressed, and "even the smallest idea is considered on a grand scale." Tutoring is readily available, and the school "places an incredible focus on mental health issues and counseling." Professors "have great opportunities for help and discussion outside of class," and "there are many opportunities for experiential learning (off-campus study, visits, field trips, grants) that are available to those that work for them, without being too hard to get." Lawrence is especially good at "providing a creative and explorative atmosphere within the college," and structuring itself in a manner that allows for student flexibility, so students "are able to explore and study whatever we are interested in and we are encouraged to do so." A stunning 9:1 student-to-faculty ratio means students have access to their professors at all times, all of whom "are excited to transfer their knowledge to us through various kind of ways." Professors "upfront with us and treat us more like academic peers," and make time to help students outside of class and connect the course to larger ideas. "To the professors, you are a person and they make sure that they know your name and what you're about," says a student.

Student Body

There's a surprisingly large number of international students at Lawrence University, and people embrace the opportunity to learn about different cultures and topics in general: they are all "exceptionally curious and eager to explore fields outside their own major." "Not only do we yearn for experiences that take us outside what is comfortable and known, it is safe to do so," says one. Students here "are not afraid to show who they really are" and "truly just love expressing how every person is their own and that we all accept it." This "healthy and excellent" social atmosphere is due to the chemistry of the student body, which is a "combination of odd, quirky kids, who are dedicated to music or the arts, but also dedicated student athletes." More than anything, the students here "are kind, funny, intelligent and a little bit wacko—in the best way."

Campus Life

One student sums up Lawrentian life: "cheese curds, high stress, ten weeks, snow, repeat." "Study takes big part of people's life," but most are also on many different clubs or committees "whether for the student government, towards our major, or just for fun like long boarding club or painting club." "People are always hoping for more time in a day here," says a student. Admittedly, "there isn't much to do in Appleton," so this entirely residential campus is able "to cultivate a fantastic atmosphere within the college," but "outside of the Lawrence bubble is a mystery to most of us." Many people take advantage of the school's offered activities like dances, comedians, musicians, speakers who are brought to campus, and movies shown in the cinema on , and every term has a big event, such as the Fall Festival, Trivia, Winter Carnival, Cabaret and LU-aroo. On weekends, partying is a popular pastime; underclassmen spend their time at the cafe on campus while upperclassmen "flock to our on-campus bar, where we often see our professors during happy hour." As the university houses a popular music conservatory, "there is ALWAYS a type of concert going on (Monday jazz sessions are highlight)."

Overview

Applicants
3,612
Acceptance Rate
61%
Average HS GPA
3.45

GPA Breakdown

29%
Over 3.75
21%
3.50 - 3.74
19%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
14%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
620 - 730
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
600 - 730
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
25 - 32

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — October 31

Early Decision II — November 1

Early Action — December 1

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


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
7.7:1
Total Faculty
214
with Terminal Degree
181

119
Men
95
Women
34
Minority
5
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
65%
Graduate in 5 years
79%
Graduate in 6 years
80%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies, Other.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology, General.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Neuroscience.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Music Teacher Education.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Pre-Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.


  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Chinese Language and Literature.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Linguistics.
  • Russian Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, Other.
  • Mathematics.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

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

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

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

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Economics.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music Theory and Composition.
  • Music.


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
65%
Graduate in 5 years
79%
Graduate in 6 years
80%

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)
$47,000

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$95,100

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$48,900

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$100,300

Percent High Job Meaning
64%

Percent STEM
21%


Students Say

The Career Services office at Lawrence really helps students approach the job hunt with confidence and purpose. To begin with, freshmen are encouraged to schedule an initial visit to introduce themselves, share their interests and learn how they can best use the office's resources in the years to come. Seniors (and upperclassmen in general) can participate in a 5-week program titled “Strategies for Career Success.” This provides undergrads with the tools and skills they need to kick start their job search and successfully market themselves. Additionally, Career Services hosts numerous workshops on topics such as setting goals, resume writing, networking, branding and social media and exploring whether grad school is right for you. All undergrads can log into LU Works, a website through Lawrence, to find and manage job and internship opportunities.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Jan 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$36,619

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$33,921

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,657

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
60%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$32,488

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$36,619

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$45,801
Required Fees
$300
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$900

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,640
Transportation for Commuters
$975

On-Campus Room and Board
$10,032
Comprehensive Fee

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)

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,473
Foreign Countries Represented
52

Demographics

5.27%
Asian
4.93%
African-American
8.95%
Hispanic
64.54%
Caucasian
11.73%
International

53% female
47% male
71% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
94%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

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

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Center for Academic Success

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Monita Mohammadian Gray

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
135
Number of Honor Societies
5

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
3

10% join a fraternity
14% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

24% participate in intramural sports
20% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Vikings)
12 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Fencing
Football
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

73/99

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo

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-2pm
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
admissions@lawrence.edu

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 (Chapman Hall), which is on the south side of College Ave. Visitor parking is located in the building parking lot.

Local Accommodations
Too many to list


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