Colleges That Change Lives

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Lawrence University

"Lawrence is a place that helps young people find themselves and then make the best of what they find."
-Colleges That Change Lives

C H A R A C T E R
 
  • Three campuses: The 84-acre main campus overlooking the historic (and northward-flowing) Fox River; Bjorklunden vid Sjon, a 425-acre estate on Lake Michigan in Door County, WI; and the London Study Center.
  • You can drive to Appleton from Milwaukee or Madison, WI in just under two hours, from Chicago in around three hours and from Minneapolis in five hours. Appleton’s airport—only 6 miles from campus—offers direct flights to eight major hubs: Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Orlando, Las Vegas and Milwaukee.
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W O R T H   N O T I N G
 
  • Believing that academic performance in school is the best indicator of a student's academic potential in college, Lawrence allows you to choose whether you will submit your ACT and/or SAT results for admission review.
  • Lawrence's Honor Code creates an academic and social environment that values cooperation over competition. At Lawrence, when you complete any assignment or test, you'll reaffirm this Honor Code. The Honor Code works so well that professors will often give take-home exams with the simple instructions: "Don't use your notes or books. Take an hour to answer the questions. Bring it back next week." You can do your work in the comfort of your own room, along the Fox River, at the coffee shop—wherever. We trust you.
  • Explore your interests more deeply by taking advantage of almost limitless opportunities for individualized learning through one-on-one tutorials, independent study, honors projects and studio lessons. Last year, nearly two-thirds of our classes had a total enrollment of just one student.
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F A C U L T Y   &   A C A D E M I C S
 
  • All classes, including introductory courses, are taught by faculty members, 97% of whom hold the most advanced degree in their field.
  • We teach about 2,100 courses, nearly two-thirds of which have total enrollments of one.
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C A M P U S   L I F E
 
  • Lawrence's 1,450 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, talented and interesting people who are pursuing an astonishing variety of academic and extracurricular interests.
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L I F E   A F T E R   C O L L E G E
 
  • Even in a challenging economy, Lawrence graduates continue to succeed. In their first year after graduation, about 60% are working in an array of professional fields all over the world, including such places as Hiroshima Prefectural Government, The Clinton Foundation, Baltimore City Public Schools, Mediterranean Center for Arts & Sciences (Italy), Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Peace Corps, and Humana.  Our music education majors who have chosen to teach music after college have traditionally enjoyed a 100 percent placement rate.
  • Well beyond that first year, however, the news continues to be strong: a national survey by PayScale puts Lawrence University's mid-career salaries among the top-tier of liberal arts college graduates.
  • For those not working right out of college, about 25% are attending graduate, medical and law school right after graduation at such places as Georgetown University, Mayo College of Medicine, Purdue University, University of Wisconsin, Yale University, and Boston College Law School.
  • Every year, a significant number of Lawrence graduates successfully attain Fulbright Scholarships and Watson Fellowships. The rest of our graduates are pursuing meaningful internships and travel.
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A C A D E M I C   P R O F I L E   O F   E N T E R I N G   C L A S S
 
  • Middle 50% ACT composite scores: 26-31*
  • Middle 50% SAT composite scores: 1790-2130*
  • Average GPA: 3.62
  • Rank in top quarter of class: 70%
  • *Lawrence University does not require standardized tests for admission or scholarship. The score ranges shown reflect those of the three-quarters of our new students who submitted them with their applications.