Founded in 1847—one of the first in the United States to be founded coeducational—Lawrence University is an undergraduate university located in Appleton, Wisconsin (metro population 250,000) consisting of a college of liberal arts and sciences and a conservatory of music.
Lawrence’s community of 1,500 students enjoys a warm, welcoming, and supportive environment that lets them be who they are while they are still figuring out who they are becoming. Our students come from nearly every state and more than 50 countries to challenge themselves with a rigorous academic experience that doesn’t just push them but lifts them by providing them the resources they need to succeed—both in their lives at Lawrence and in the rapidly changing world they will enter after they graduate.
The power of engaged learning
It starts with a curriculum focused entirely on undergraduate students. We place those students—bright and motivated—into small classrooms, labs, and studios with professors who are master researchers, writers, scientists, artists, musicians, and friends.
With more faculty members per student than nearly every college in the country, Lawrence offers high-impact, interactive, and engaging classroom environments. The Gallup-Purdue study, Great Jobs and Great Lives, shows that students who reported having a professor who got them excited about learning and who cared about them as a person were two times more likely to be engaged in their work after graduation and three times more likely to be thriving in their well-being.
At Lawrence—where our average class size is 15 and there are abundant opportunities to take one-on-one courses with a professor—you and your professors will build those life-changing relationships and experiences.
That’s the power of engaged learning.
Freshman studies to senior experience
Few colleges have a first-year requirement like Freshman Studies, a two-term introduction to the liberal arts and sciences that will teach you how to think, write, and speak like a Lawrentian. From 11:10 am to 12:20 pm every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, you and your classmates (divided into small classes of 14–15 each) will explore with your professors about a dozen compelling works from a common reading list that changes every year—except for Plato’s Republic, which has been on the list since Freshman Studies started in 1945.
At the other end of your time at Lawrence is your required Senior Experience, where you will get to show the world what you have learned through an original independent project that you design to demonstrate mastery of your favorite subject matter. You may do so through a research project, a seminar paper, a field experience, an exhibition, a performance…it’s your choice because it’s your passion. (Grants are available to help students dream big.)
And everything that happens between Freshman Studies and Senior Experience? That’s where Lawrence earns its reputation as one of the Colleges That Change Lives.
The Lawrence community
With 1,500 undergraduate students, the Lawrence University community is small enough to feel close-knit but large enough to offer more ways to have an engaging life than you will have hours in a day or days in a week. Lawrentians…
• Join more than 150 student groups and activities, including Lawrence International, Swing Dance Club, Cultural Food Club, Model UN, and Slam Poetry Club;
• Play in dozens of ensembles like the Symphony Orchestra, Balinese Gamelan, Jazz Ensemble, and many more through our Conservatory of Music or even in groups they form themselves;
• Compete in 21 NCAA Division III varsity sports throughout the year, including football, soccer, baseball, tennis, swimming…even fencing; and
• Share their time and talents through thousands of volunteer service hours to 144 organizations in the Appleton community each year.
Life after Lawrence
By the time they are ready to graduate, Lawrentians benefit from the creative, flexible, nimble thinking and deep learning they experienced while they were here—and 99% of them are fully engaged within six months of graduation. Most (about 72%) are working, many (about 23%) are in graduate or professional school, and a small group (about 4%) are engaged in year-long postgraduate study programs like the Watson or Fulbright Fellowship or are traveling or volunteering.
Ten years after graduation, Lawrentians earn salaries that place them alongside graduates of the nation’s other top-ranked liberal arts colleges. But more than just a healthy salary, Lawrentians enjoy a healthy life, according to The Princeton Review, which highlights that Lawrentians report, at a rate that exceeds their peers, that their jobs have meaning and make a difference.
How to apply
Lawrence University reviews each application holistically, evaluating several factors, including your high school academic record, personal statement or essay, letters of recommendation, and your standardized test scores (Lawrence is a test-optional institution). For Conservatory of Music candidates, an audition is required and will be considered in addition to the above requirements. For details on the application process, visit go.lawrence.edu/apply.
Areas of Study in the College:
• Art & Art History
• Biomedical Ethics
• Cognitive Science
• Computer Science
• East Asian Studies
• Education & Education Studies
• Environmental Studies
• Ethnic Studies
• Film Studies
• French & Francophone Studies
• Freshman Studies
• Gender Studies
• Global Studies
• Innovation & Entrepreneurship
• International Studies
• Latin American Studies
• Museum Studies
• Natural Sciences
• Religious Studies
• Theatre Arts
• University Courses
Areas of Study in the Conservatory of Music:
• Music Composition
• Music Education
• Music Performance
• Music Theory
Areas of Emphasis:
• Collaborative Piano
• Jazz and Improvisational Music