Lawrence University

Lawrence University is a residential liberal arts college and conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. It is a supportive and welcoming academic community of 1,500 intellectually curious, diverse, multi-interested students from nearly every state and 50 countries—all committed to a rigorous and challenging educational experience. With about 13% of students & faculty coming from beyond the United States, Lawrence is one of the most internationally diverse colleges in the country.

  • Average Tuition USD 45,801
  • Acceptance Rate 68%
  • Students 1,500
  • International Students 13%
  • Total Cost USD 55,833
  • Scholarships Yes
  • Student-Faculty Ratio 9:1

School Description

Lawrence University is a residential liberal arts college and conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. It is a supportive and welcoming academic community of 1,500 intellectually curious, diverse, multi-interested students from nearly every state and 50 countries—all committed to a rigorous and challenging educational experience.

Led by a faculty of 167 professors* (92 percent of whom have a Ph.D. or other terminal degree), Lawrence is devoted to Engaged Learning as the most effective way to prepare students for lives of personal fulfillment and professional accomplishment. It is a demanding approach to education for students who demand much of themselves. Engaged Learning takes place in the classroom, the residence hall, the community and all our off-campus and international programs.

Using this engaging approach to learning, Lawrence helps students develop the abilities that are highly valued by graduate schools as well as employers. Among these are the ability to solve problems, communicate effectively, work collaboratively and thrive in a rapidly changing world.

Lawrence is located adjacent to downtown Appleton, a vibrant city of 74,000 (situated in a growing metropolitan area of 250,000) in which the community and the college benefit from one another.

* That works out to a 8.5 to 1 student to faculty ratio, one of the smallest in the country. (The translation? You will have plenty of opportunities to collaborate with your professors.)

Bachelor Programs

  • Lawrence University
    711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911, USA

    Anthropology

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the systematic study of human beings, their antecedents and related primates, and their cultural behavior and institutions, in comparative perspective. Includes instruction in biological/physical anthropology, primatology, human paleontology and prehistoric archeology, hominid evolution, anthropological linguistics, ethnography, ethnology, ethnohistory, socio-cultural anthropology, psychological anthropology, research methods, and applications to areas such as medicine, forensic pathology, museum studies, and international affairs.

  • Lawrence University
    711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911, USA

    Art and Art History

    USD 44,544 Tuition Fee

    Any instructional program in fine arts and art studies not listed above.

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    711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911, USA

    Biochemistry

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the scientific study of the composition and behavior of matter, including its micro- and macro-structure, the processes of chemical change, and the theoretical description and laboratory simulation of these phenomena.

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    711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911, USA

    Biology

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    A general program of biology at the introductory, basic level or a program in biology or the biological sciences that is undifferentiated as to title or content. Includes instruction in general biology and programs covering a variety of biological specializations.

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    711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911, USA

    Biomedical Ethics

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    A general, program that focuses on the integrative scientific study of biological issues related to health and medicine, or a program in one or more of the biomedical sciences that is undifferentiated as to title. Includes instruction in any of the basic medical sciences at the research level; biological science research in biomedical faculties; and general studies encompassing a variety of the biomedical disciplines.

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    711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911, USA

    Chemistry

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the scientific study of the composition and behavior of matter, including its micro- and macro-structure, the processes of chemical change, and the theoretical description and laboratory simulation of these phenomena.

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    711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911, USA

    Chinese

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the history, society, politics, culture, and economics of one or more of the peoples of present-day China and its historical predecessors, related borderlands and island groups, and the overseas Chinese diaspora.

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    711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911, USA

    Classics

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the literary culture of the ancient Graeco-Roman world and the Greek and Latin languages and literatures and their development prior to the fall of the Roman Empire.

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    711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911, USA

    Cognitive Science

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the study of the mind and the nature of intelligence from the interdisciplinary perspectives of computer science, philosophy, mathematics, psychology, neuroscience, and other disciplines. Includes instruction in mathematics and logic, cognitive process modeling, dynamic systems, learning theories, brain and cognition, neural networking, programming, and applications to topics such as language acquisition, computer systems, and perception and behavior.

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    711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911, USA

    Computer Science

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on computer theory, computing problems and solutions, and the design of computer systems and user interfaces from a scientific perspective. Includes instruction in the principles of computational science, computer development and programming, and applications to a variety of end-use situations.

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    711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911, USA

    East Asian Studies

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    An interdisciplinary program that focuses on the analysis and critique of culture in its varied forms, including values, ideas, belief systems, and expressive acts, and the relationship between cultural forms, everyday life, and structures of power. Includes instruction in anthropology, communications, history, literary studies, philosophy, political economy, and sociology, as well as recent theories and methodologies such as semiotics, deconstruction, postcolonial studies, gender theory, and ethnography.

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    711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911, USA

    Economics

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the systematic study of the production, conservation and allocation of resources in conditions of scarcity, together with the organizational frameworks related to these processes. Includes instruction in economic theory, micro- and macroeconomics, comparative economic systems, money and banking systems, international economics, quantitative analytical methods, and applications to specific industries and public policy issues.

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    711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911, USA

    Education & Education

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the theory and practice of learning and teaching, and related research, administrative and support services.

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    711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911, USA

    English

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the structure and use of the English language and dialects, speech, writing, and various aspects of the literatures and cultures of the English-speaking peoples.

  • Lawrence University
    711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911, USA

    Environmental Studies

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on environment-related issues using scientific, social scientific, or humanistic approaches or a combination. Includes instruction in the basic principles of ecology and environmental science and related subjects such as policy, politics, law, economics, social aspects, planning, pollution control, natural resources, and the interactions of human beings and nature.

  • Lawrence University
    711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911, USA

    Ethnic Studies

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    An interdisciplinary program that focuses on the analysis and critique of culture in its varied forms, including values, ideas, belief systems, and expressive acts, and the relationship between cultural forms, everyday life, and structures of power. Includes instruction in anthropology, communications, history, literary studies, philosophy, political economy, and sociology, as well as recent theories and methodologies such as semiotics, deconstruction, postcolonial studies, gender theory, and ethnography.

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    711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911, USA

    Film Studies

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    A program in the visual arts that focuses on the study of the history, development, theory, and criticism of the film/video arts, as well as the basic principles of film making and film production.

  • Lawrence University
    711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911, USA

    French and Francophone Studies

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the history, society, politics, culture, and economics of France, other Francophone countries inside and outside Europe, and the French colonial experience and the associated French minorities around the world.

  • Lawrence University
    711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911, USA

    Gender Studies

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the defined areas, regions, and countries of the world; defined minority groups within and across societies; and issues relevant to collective gender and group experience.

  • Lawrence University
    711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911, USA

    Geology

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on environment-related issues using scientific, social scientific, or humanistic approaches or a combination. Includes instruction in the basic principles of ecology and environmental science and related subjects such as policy, politics, law, economics, social aspects, planning, pollution control, natural resources, and the interactions of human beings and nature.

  • Lawrence University
    711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911, USA

    German

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on language, language development, and relationships among languages and language groups from a humanistic and/or scientific perspective. Includes instruction in subjects such as psycholinguistics, behavioral linguistics, language acquisition, sociolinguistics, mathematical and computational linguistics, grammatical theory and theoretical linguistics, philosophical linguistics, philology and historical linguistics, comparative linguistics, phonetics, phonemics, dialectology, semantics, functional grammar and linguistics, language typology, lexicography, morphology and syntax, orthography, stylistics, structuralism, rhetoric, and applications to artificial intelligence.

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    711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911, USA

    Global Studies

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on combined studies and research in the humanities subjects as distinguished from the social and physical sciences, emphasizing languages, literatures, art, music, philosophy and religion.

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    711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911, USA

    Government

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the systematic study of political institutions and behavior. Includes instruction in political philosophy, political theory, comparative government and politics, political parties and interest groups, public opinion, political research methods, studies of the government and politics of specific countries, and studies of specific political institutions and processes.

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    711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911, USA

    History

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the study and interpretation of past events, institutions, issues, and cultures.

  • Lawrence University
    711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911, USA

    Innovation & Entrepreneurship

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    A program that generally prepares individuals to perform development, marketing and management functions associated with owning and operating a business.

  • Lawrence University
    711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911, USA

    International Studies

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    An advanced, professional study of the law, policies, and regulations governing transnational business and commercial practices, including the specialized tax law related to international financial transactions.

  • Lawrence University
    711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911, USA

    Japanese

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on language, language development, and relationships among languages and language groups from a humanistic and/or scientific perspective. Includes instruction in subjects such as psycholinguistics, behavioral linguistics, language acquisition, sociolinguistics, mathematical and computational linguistics, grammatical theory and theoretical linguistics, philosophical linguistics, philology and historical linguistics, comparative linguistics, phonetics, phonemics, dialectology, semantics, functional grammar and linguistics, language typology, lexicography, morphology and syntax, orthography, stylistics, structuralism, rhetoric, and applications to artificial intelligence.

  • Lawrence University
    711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911, USA

    Latin American Studies

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the Latin language and literature from its origins through its decline and its current ecclesiastical usage, as a secular and/or theological subject. Includes instruction in philology, related Italic dialects, Late Roman and Medieval Latin, and modern Church Latin.

  • Lawrence University
    711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911, USA

    Linguistics

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on language, language development, and relationships among languages and language groups from a humanistic and/or scientific perspective. Includes instruction in subjects such as psycholinguistics, behavioral linguistics, language acquisition, sociolinguistics, mathematical and computational linguistics, grammatical theory and theoretical linguistics, philosophical linguistics, philology and historical linguistics, comparative linguistics, phonetics, phonemics, dialectology, semantics, functional grammar and linguistics, language typology, lexicography, morphology and syntax, orthography, stylistics, structuralism, rhetoric, and applications to artificial intelligence.

  • Lawrence University
    711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911, USA

    Mathematics

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the analysis of quantities, magnitudes, forms, and their relationships, using symbolic logic and language. Includes instruction in algebra, calculus, functional analysis, geometry, number theory, logic, topology and other mathematical specializations.

  • Lawrence University
    711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911, USA

    Museum Studies

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the study of the historical development of art as social and intellectual phenomenon, the analysis of works of art, and art conservation. Includes instruction in the theory of art, art history research methods, connoisseurship, the preservation and conservation of works of art, and the study of specific periods, cultures, styles, and themes.

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    711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911, USA

    Music

    USD 44,544 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the knowledge and skills associated with personal music appreciation, the playing of a musical instrument, singing or recreational composition. This CIP code is not valid for IPEDS reporting.

  • Lawrence University
    711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911, USA

    Music Composition

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the introductory study and appreciation of music and the performing arts. Includes instruction in music, dance, and other performing arts media.

  • Lawrence University
    711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911, USA

    Natural Science

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on environment-related issues using scientific, social scientific, or humanistic approaches or a combination. Includes instruction in the basic principles of ecology and environmental science and related subjects such as policy, politics, law, economics, social aspects, planning, pollution control, natural resources, and the interactions of human beings and nature.

  • Lawrence University
    711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911, USA

    Neuroscience

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the interdisciplinary scientific study of the molecular, structural, physiologic, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of the brain and nervous system. Includes instruction in molecular and cellular neuroscience, brain science, anatomy and physiology of the central nervous system, molecular and biochemical bases of information processing, behavioral neuroscience, biology of neuropsychiatric disorders, and applications to the clinical sciences and biomedical engineering.

  • Lawrence University
    711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911, USA

    Philosophy

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on ideas and their logical structure, including arguments and investigations about abstract and real phenomena. Includes instruction in logic, ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, metaphysics, symbolism, and history of philosophy, and applications to the theoretical foundations and methods of other disciplines.

  • Lawrence University
    711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911, USA

    Physics

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the scientific study of matter and energy, and the formulation and testing of the laws governing the behavior of the matter-energy continuum. Includes instruction in classical and modern physics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, mechanics, wave properties, nuclear processes, relativity and quantum theory, quantitative methods, and laboratory methods.

  • Lawrence University
    711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911, USA

    Psychology

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the scientific study of the behavior of individuals, independently or collectively, and the physical and environmental bases of mental, emotional, and neurological activity.

  • Lawrence University
    711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911, USA

    Religious Studies

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the theory and practice of providing educational services to members of faith communities, within the context of a particular religion, and that prepares individuals to serve as religious educators. Includes instruction in planning and teaching lessons, organizing and supervising instructional activities, designing and developing instructional materials, and administering religious education programs and facilities.

  • Lawrence University
    711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911, USA

    Russian

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on language, language development, and relationships among languages and language groups from a humanistic and/or scientific perspective. Includes instruction in subjects such as psycholinguistics, behavioral linguistics, language acquisition, sociolinguistics, mathematical and computational linguistics, grammatical theory and theoretical linguistics, philosophical linguistics, philology and historical linguistics, comparative linguistics, phonetics, phonemics, dialectology, semantics, functional grammar and linguistics, language typology, lexicography, morphology and syntax, orthography, stylistics, structuralism, rhetoric, and applications to artificial intelligence.

  • Lawrence University
    711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911, USA

    Spanish

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the Spanish language and related dialects. Includes instruction in philology; Modern Castillan; Latin American and regional Spanish dialects; and applications in business, science/technology, and other settings.

  • Lawrence University
    711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911, USA

    Studies

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the theory and practice of learning and teaching, and related research, administrative and support services.

  • Lawrence University
    711 E Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911, USA

    Theatre Arts

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the general study of dramatic works and their performance. Includes instruction in major works of dramatic literature, dramatic styles and types, and the principles of organizing and producing full live or filmed productions.

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Rankings

  • SchoolApply Ranking 291
  • US News (Liberal Arts) 60
  • Forbes (USA) 202

Facts

  • Minimum GPA 3.20
  • Minimum incoming TOEFL 90
  • Minimum incoming IELTS 6.50
  • Minimum ACT 24

Accreditations

    Financial Aid & Scholarship

    The total cost of attendance—including tuition, room, board, and fees—for the 2017-18 academic year is $56,133 USD.

    Merit-based scholarship as well as need-based financial aid is available to international applicants. Applicants are most competitive for admission if they can contribute a minimum of $30,000 USD per academic year toward the cost of attendance.

    If you receive scholarship and financial aid, you will learn about it at the time you receive your admissions decision from us. Once you have been awarded your scholarship and financial aid, you cannot lose it; the same level of scholarship and aid will be awarded annually through graduation.

    All students will be automatically considered for merit scholarships simply through their admissions application.

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    Established in 1847

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    Freshmen Studies: Freshman Studies has been the cornerstone of the Lawrence curriculum for more than 60 years. Designed by Nathan Pusey, who left Lawrence for the presidency at Harvard, it was first taught in 1945 and is still best understood as an introduction to liberal learning. 

    Students take Freshman Studies in their first two terms on campus. Each section of the course includes about fifteen students, allowing for close relationships between students and teachers. Because each section uses the same reading list, Freshman Studies also helps students to join in the life of a larger intellectual community, one that now includes generations of Lawrentians.

    In keeping with such goals, Freshman Studies is expansive and inclusive. Instead of endorsing a single point of view, the course embraces works from many different traditions. Every division of the curriculum is represented on the syllabus, and recent versions of the course have included works by Plato and Shakespeare, Bishop and Einstein, Borges and Kandinsky, Zhuangzi, Stravinsky and Milgram.

    Senior Experience: A biology major sequences her own genes to hunt for evidence of mutations that are the cause of her chronic joint pain... A contemporary improvisation and guitar performance major brings two of his personal music heroes to campus to perform and record on an experimental album he has written and produced... A Russian studies and government major spends 10 December days in Kiev examining how NGOs are supporting internally displaced Urkrainians in the wake of Russia’s annexation of Crimea...A film studies major develops a dialogue-driven virtual reality game where players teach an AI to discover its purpose...

    These are just four of the more than 300 Senior Experiences Lawrentians are working on this year. 

    Senior Experience is the culmination of a Lawrence education, a way for students to integrate knowledge and skills developed through years of study, demonstrate proficiency in their major fields, and develop scholarly or artistic independence. Every graduating senior produces something significant — an independent or collaborative project, major seminar paper, portfolio, performance, or exhibition — to satisfy criteria for the major set by the faculty of that department or program. The Senior Experience is thus unique to each student yet universal to students across the university.

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          • 1973-1976, Bachelor of Science (BS)

            Large enough explore the future, small enough to have personal guidance

            I learned how to innovate across disciplines and cultures to create leadership and learning opportunities. Faculty were approachable. Graduates became superstars in their fields.

          • 1974-1978, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

            Lawrence University is a terrific college.

            I had wanted to be a veterinarian since 4th grade, specifically an equine vet. I chose Lawrence for its strong science department. I had also discovered in high school that I really liked music theory. During my four years at Lawrence I had a radio show, ran the feminist council, participated in a musical, played rugby for one season and ended up an Anthropology major. My independent study with Dr. Mason is something I will treasure. I even shared my senior paper from 1978 with my kids' pediatrician in 1994 who was studying Sudden Infant Death Syndrome within the Native American culture. Lawrence is big enough to offer a wide range of studies yet small enough so that I could explore all sorts of interests at an entry level. Isn't that what education is all about? I highly recommend Lawrence.

          • 1955-1959, Bachelor of Music

            Lawrence University provides an education for life long learning.

            Lawrence University is an outstanding school with a rigorous liberal arts curriculum. It also has a conservatory of music with a national reputation. Students are encouraged to explore their creativity and individuality. The student/professor ratio insures that students can receive individual attention.