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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
3,579
Acceptance Rate
63%
Average HS GPA
3.66

GPA Breakdown

43%
Over 3.75
26%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
9%
3.00 - 3.24
4%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
555 - 693
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
578 - 713
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
570 - 690

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
620 - 730
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
600 - 740

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
26 - 31

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — November 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
8.5:1
Total Faculty
201
with Terminal Degree
172

112
Men
89
Women
32
Minority
5
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
64%
Graduate in 5 years
78%
Graduate in 6 years
79%

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


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
64%
Graduate in 5 years
78%
Graduate in 6 years
79%

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."

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 5

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$33,637

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$31,617

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,658

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
64%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$34,750

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$33,637

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)
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
1,532
Foreign Countries Represented
52

Demographics

5.37%
Asian
3.78%
African-American
7.70%
Hispanic
67.68%
Caucasian
11.28%
International

54% female
46% male
71% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

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

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

15% join a fraternity
15% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

22% participate in intramural sports
19% 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

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
lynn.vanzeeland@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 (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


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