- Average Tution USD 45,801
- Acceptance Rate 68%
- Students 1,500
- International Students 13%
- Total Cost USD 55,833
- Scholarships Yes
- Student-Faculty Ratio 9:1
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.)
SchoolApply Ranking 291
US News (Liberal Arts) 60
Forbes (USA) 202
- Minimum GPA 3.20
- Minimum incoming TOEFL 90
- Minimum incoming IELTS 6.50
- Minimum ACT 24
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.
Established in 1847
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.
The Rabbit's Nose A Lawrentian, her classmates, moving pictures, and a great soundtrack (headphones recommended).4/13/2017 11:32:56 AM
This is Appleton A beautiful and eye-opening take on what makes Appleton a special place to live.4/13/2017 11:32:56 AM
Behind Cabaret Cabaret is Lawrence International's flagship event, featuring 100+ Lawrentians showcasing performing arts from across the globe.4/13/2017 11:32:56 AM
Engaged Learning Engaged Learning is an immersive and collaborative approach to education that's as demanding as it is rewarding. Simply put, Lawrentians learn by doing.4/13/2017 11:32:56 AM
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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.
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