Lawrence University

An aerial view of Lawrence University

“Lawrence is a place that helps young people find themselves and then make the best of what they find.
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Lawrence University
711 E Boldt Way SPC 29
Appleton, Wisconsin 54911-5699
920.832.6500 / 800.227.0982
⋅ Approximately 1,500 students
⋅ 8:1 student-to-faculty ratio
⋅ Average class size: 15
⋅ 63% of last year’s classes were 1-on-1
⋅ Students hail from nearly every state and over 50 countries; 13% international student population.
⋅ 2018-2019 Comprehensive Fee (excluding travel expenses): $57,816
⋅ 99% of students receive financial assistance.

A Lawrence University campus building on a sunny autumn day

A Lawrence University student ice skates on campus

A Lawrence University student orchestra rehearses together

The Lawrence University football team celebrates a great play

A fountain on the Lawrence University campus

  • 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.

Worth Noting
  • 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 engaged 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.

Faculty & Academics
  • 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.

Areas of Study
For the most current listings, please check the college website.

Majors, Minors & Areas of Emphasis
Archaeology ^
Biological Anthropology ^
Art History
Studio Art
Biomedical Ethics
Cognitive Science
Computer Science
East Asian Studies
Engineering *
Creative Writing ^
Environmental Studies
Ethnic Studies
Film Studies
Forestry *
Francophone Studies
Gender Studies
Global Studies
Political Science ^
International Relations ^
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Latin American Studies
Natural Sciences
Occupational Therapy *
Religious Studies

Italics denotes minor only
* denotes 3-2 program
^ denotes area of emphasis

Lawrence also offers cooperative degree programs:
Forestry and Environmental Studies
Occupational Studies

Campus Life
  • Lawrence’s 1,500 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.
  • Take a virtual tour of Lawrence University here!

Varsity Sports

21 varsity sports in the NCAA Division III Midwest Conference:

Baseball (Men)
Cross Country
Football (Men)
Hockey (Men)
Softball (Women)
Swimming and Diving
Track and Field
Volleyball (Women)

Life After College
  • Even in a challenging economy, Lawrence graduates continue to succeed. In their first year after graduation, about 73% are working in an array of professional fields all over the world, including such places as Apple, Facebook, Google, Hiroshima Prefectural Government, 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 22% 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.

Academic Profile of Entering Class
  • Middle 50% ACT composite scores: 25-32*
  • Middle 50% SAT composite scores: 1790-2130*
  • Average Unweighted GPA: 3.61
  • Rank in top ten percent of class: 38%
    *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.