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 Annual Cost USD 55,833
  • Campus Setting Small City

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

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    Anthropology

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the conceptual knowledge of Anthropology. The program offers courses that focus on the study of human language, culture, societies, biological and material remains, biology, and the behavior of primates.

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    Art and Art History

    USD 44,544 Tuition Fee

    This program offers a wide range of courses that focus on the study of art history; art theory and criticism; performing arts; 2D art; 3D art; digital art; photography, and architectural modelmaking.

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    Biochemistry

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Chemistry. The program offers courses that focus on the study of general chemistry, organic chemistry, and chemical analysis.

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    Biology

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Biology. The program offers courses that focus on the study of cell growth, DNA expression, botany, parasitology and recombinant DNA technology.

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    Biomedical Ethics

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the fundamentals of Biomedical Science. The program combines biology and medicine and offers courses that focus on the study of molecular biology, parasitology, and toxicology.

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    Chemistry

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Chemistry. The program offers courses that focus on the study of general chemistry, organic chemistry, and chemical analysis.

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    Chinese

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    The program offers courses that develop students' Chinese conversation, reading, and compositional skills.

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    Classics

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the concepts of Classics. The program offers courses that focus on the study of literature, history, philosophy, languages, and archaeology of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds.

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    Cognitive Science

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Cognitive Science. The program offers courses that focus on studying the mind and its processes through psychological science, cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and biology.

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    Computer Science

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the conceptual and practical knowledge of Computer Science. The program offers courses that focus on the study of artificial intelligence, cyber security, the blockchain, and big data.

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    East Asian Studies

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the concepts of Cultural Studies. The program offers courses that focus on culture; racial and ethnic issues; gender and popular culture; culture and media; and culture and globalization.

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    Economics

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the fundamentals of Business Economics. The program offers courses that focus on the study of the systematic and efficient allocation of resources; economic theory; micro and macroeconomics; comparative economic systems; banking systems; international economics; quantitative analytical methods; and public policy.

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    Education & Education

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the concepts of Education. The program offers courses that focus on the study of research, and administrative and support services related to learning and teaching.

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    English

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with critical, practical, and analytical knowledge of the fundamentals of English. The program offers courses that focus on three major objectives; reading, writing, and literature.

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    Environmental Studies

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the principles of Environmental Studies. The program offers courses that focus on renewable and non-renewable resources, ecosystems, pollution, and biodiversity.

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    Ethnic Studies

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the concepts of Cultural Studies. The program offers courses that focus on culture; racial and ethnic issues; gender and popular culture; culture and media; and culture and globalization.

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    Film Studies

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the conceptual and practical knowledge of Film Studies. The program offers courses that focus on the study of visual arts; the history, development, theory, and critical analysis of film; and the principles of filmmaking and film production.

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    French and Francophone Studies

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    This program offers courses that develop students' French conversation, reading, and compositional skills.

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    Gender Studies

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the concepts of Gender Studies. The program offers courses that focus on women's studies, men's studies, and LGBTQ studies.

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    Geology

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the principles of Environmental Studies. The program offers courses that focus on renewable and non-renewable resources, ecosystems, pollution, and biodiversity.

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    German

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    This program offers courses that focus on the study of language development, and the relationship between languages and language groups from a humanistic and/or scientific perspective.

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    Global Studies

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the fundamentals of Humanities. The program offers courses that focus on the study of the social and physical sciences, languages, literature, art, music, philosophy, and religion.

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    Government

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and conceptual knowledge of the fundamentals of Political Science. The program offers courses that focus on understanding political ideas, ideologies, institutions, policies, processes, and behavior. As well as groups, classes, government, diplomacy, law, strategy, and war.

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    History

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with comprehensive knowledge of History. The program offers courses that focus on developing an awareness of differing political, cultural, social, and economic structures in past societies and their interrelationship.

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    Innovation & Entrepreneurship

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge required to perform development, marketing and management functions associated with owning and operating a business.

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    International Studies

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the law, the policies, and the regulations governing transnational businesses and commercial practices. The program offers a wide range of courses that provide students with insights into global economic and business climates.

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    Japanese

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    This program offers courses that focus on the study of language development, and the relationship between languages and language groups from a humanistic and/or scientific perspective.

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    Latin American Studies

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    This program offers courses that focus on Latin as a language; ancient history; classical art/archaeology; and classical literature.

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    Linguistics

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    This program offers courses that focus on the study of language development, and the relationship between languages and language groups from a humanistic and/or scientific perspective.

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    Mathematics

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Mathematics. The program offers courses that focus on algebra, calculus, functional analysis, geometry, number theory, logic, topology and other mathematical specializations.

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    Museum Studies

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Art History. The program offers courses that focus on the study of the historical development of art; the theory of art; art history research methods; the conservation of works of art; and the study of specific periods, cultures, styles, and themes.

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    Music

    USD 44,544 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the conceptual and practical knowledge of Music. The program offers courses that focus on the study of medieval, renaissance, classical, romantic, jazz, pop, and rock music.

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    Music Composition

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the conceptual and practical knowledge of Music Education. The program offers courses that focus on the teaching and learning of music.

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    Natural Science

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the principles of Environmental Studies. The program offers courses that focus on renewable and non-renewable resources, ecosystems, pollution, and biodiversity.

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

    Neuroscience

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Applied Cognition and Neuroscience. The program offers courses that focus on cognition, artificial intelligence, human-computer interactions and neurological diagnosis and monitoring.

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

    Philosophy

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and conceptual knowledge of the fundamentals of Philosophy. The program offers courses that focus on the study of Eastern and Western philosophy, aesthetics, epistemology, ethics, logic, metaphysics, and contemporary philosophy.

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

    Physics

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Physics. The program offers courses that focus on the study of matter and energy at a fundamental level using mathematics as the primary language to communicate concepts.

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

    Psychology

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the fundamentals of Psychology. The program offers courses that focus on understanding and analyzing human behavior.

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

    Religious Studies

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theological and practical knowledge of Religious Education. The program offers courses that focus on teaching the fundamentals of religion and different belief systems; doctrines; rituals; customs; rites; and religion in society.

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    Russian

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    This program offers courses that focus on the study of language development, and the relationship between languages and language groups from a humanistic and/or scientific perspective.

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

    Spanish

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    The program offers courses that develop students' Spanish conversation, reading, and compositional skills.

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

    Studies

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the concepts of Education. The program offers courses that focus on the study of research, and administrative and support services related to learning and teaching.

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

    Theatre Arts

    USD 45,801 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the conceptual, technical and practical knowledge of the elements of Drama. The program offers courses that focus on the study of the history of theatre; dramatic literature; dramatic styles; and the analysis of theatre plays. Students are also offered performance-focused courses in acting, musical theatre, costume design and stage management.

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Rankings

  • SchoolApply Ranking
    SchoolApply Ranking 290
  • US News (Liberal Arts)
    US News (Liberal Arts) 58
  • Forbes (USA)
    Forbes (USA) 202

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA 3.20
  • Minimum incoming TOEFL iBT 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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          • Testimony
            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.

          • Testimony
            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.

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            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.