Lawrence University
Year established: 1847
Type of school: university, private (nonprofit)
Programs: 4-year undergraduate
Religious affiliation: no
Campus enrollment: 1,400 students
Coeducational information: coeducational institution, founded as coeducational institution
Location description: in or near a small/medium city (pop. 75,000-300,000)
Application fee: $40

Street address: Lawrence University
PO Box 599
Appleton, WI 54912
Mailing address: Lawrence University
PO Box 599
Appleton, WI 54912
Main telephone numbers: 920 832-7000
920 832-6606 (fax)

Lawrence University
Main homepage:
Athletics homepage:
Undergraduate studies homepage:
International student information homepage:
Financial aid homepage:
School newspaper:
Campus map:
Conservatory of Music:

SAT number: 1398
ACT number: 4596
FAFSA number: 003856
FICE number: 3856

Lawrence University is a nationally recognized undergraduate college of the liberal arts and sciences and a conservatory of music. Lawrence offers coursework in more than 30 areas and grants the Bachelor of Arts degree, the Bachelor of Music degree, and the combined Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Music double degree (five-year program).

Within Lawrence's student population, one of the nation's most internationally diverse, you'll find a close-knit residential community of scholars pursuing an astonishing variety of academic, artistic and athletic interests. People come from all over the world to enjoy a trusting and open environment deeply influenced by our Honor Code and a genuine respect for the diversity of ideas.

Lawrence University believes that college should not be a onesize-fits-all experience. You will learn best when youíre educated as a unique individual. Thatís why we offer a personalized,
meaningful education that gives you the freedom and flexibility to develop and combine your talents and passions at a level few colleges can provide.

Your professors will give you abundant opportunities to ask big questions, challenge old ideas and create new knowledge. Through classes, directed study, independent projects, labs, studio lessons, study abroad and an extraordinary number of tutorials, you'll develop as an individual with the tools to shape your own life and-why hold back?-shape the world. Thatís the power of individualized learning.


The admissions information below is valid for the 2007-08 academic year.

Lawrence University
Admissions officer: Ken Anselment,
Director of Admissions
Contacting the office: 800 227-0982
920 832-6782 (fax)

Is there an application deadline for fall? yes
Final filing date for fall: January 15
Freshmen are accepted for terms other than fall: no
Application fee: $40
Can the application fee be waived? yes
Are refunds available on the application fee? no
Is the Common Application form accepted? yes
Supplemental forms required for those using Common Application: yes
High school graduation is: required, GED is not accepted
A general college preparatory program is: required
Campus visit is: recommended
Interview is: recommended
Off-campus interview: can be arranged with admissions representative, can be arranged with alumni representative
Standardized test requirements: SAT I or ACT considered if submitted, SAT II considered if submitted
School's test preference: no preference
Dates test scores should be received: Application Deadline for SAT I/ACT, Application Deadline for SAT II
High school units required or recommended:
English: 4 recommended
Foreign language: 2 recommended
History: 3 recommended
Math: 3 recommended
Science: 3 recommended
Total: 15 recommended
Special requirements for admission to specific programs:
  • Audition required of music program applicants.
School has formalized early decision program: yes
Early decision application deadline: November 15
Number of early decision applications submitted: 32
Number of early decision applications accepted: 25 (78%)
School has early action program: yes
School has concurrent enrollment program for high school: yes

Academic criteria:
  • secondary school report very important
  • class rank very important
  • recommendations important
  • standardized test scores considered
  • essay important
Nonacademic criteria:
  • interview considered
  • extracurricular activities important
  • particular talent/ability important
  • character/personal qualities important
  • alumni/ae relationship considered
  • geographical residence not considered
  • state residency not considered
  • religious affiliation/commitment not considered
  • minority affiliation considered
  • volunteer work considered
  • work experience considered
Admissions is need blind: yes
Average secondary school GPA: 3.59
Percent of freshmen who submitted GPA: 90%
Percent of student body in each high school class rank: Top tenth: 39%
Top quarter: 32%
Top half: 25%
Bottom half: 4%
Percent of freshmen who submitted class rank: 60%
Combined SAT I middle 50% range: 1200 - 1430
Combined ACT middle 50% range: 27 - 31
Test taken by majority of applicants: ACT
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted SAT I scores: 39%
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted ACT score: 55%

Notification of admission: by April 1
Acceptance of admission: must accept by May 1

Number of completed applications received: 2,599
Number of applicants offered admission: 1,444 (56%)
Number of applicants offered admission who enrolled: 364 (25%)
School has a waiting list policy: yes
Number of students put on waiting list: 264
Number accepting place on waiting list: 101 (38%)
Number of those on waiting list who were enrolled: 35 (35%)
Percent of freshmen who came from out of state: 70%
Tuition deposit amount: $200, nonrefundable
Admission may be deferred: yes, up to 1 year

Semester/term begin dates: in late September, early January, and late March.
Calendar system: trimester system (three terms comprise academic year)
Month(s) in which new student orientation is held: Orientation for new students held in September.

Majors with the highest enrollment: biology, music performance, English
Average freshman GPA: 3.07 on a 4.0 scale
Percent of full-time freshman students who returned for sophomore year: 88%
Student:Faculty ratio: 9:1
Total faculty: 185 total
Full-time faculty: 152 total
Part-time faculty: 33 total
Faculty degrees: 96% PhD
Graduation rate: 79% within six years

Lawrence University
General education/core curriculum is required: yes
Minor requirements: not required for graduation
Physical education is required: no
There are religious requirements for graduation: no
Minimum GPA required to graduate: 2.0

Undergraduate studies homepage:
Special programs offered:
student-designed majors, double majors, dual degrees, independent study, Phi Beta Kappa, pass/fail grading option, internships
Minors and other miscellaneous programs offered:
Many minors offered.
Preprofessional programs offered:
pre-law, pre-medicine, pre-veterinary science, pre-pharmacy, pre-dentistry, pre-optometry
Education certifications:
middle/junior high, secondary
Cooperative education programs:
engineering, health professions, Forestry; Environmental Management; Medical Technology; Occupational Therapy
Combined 3-2 programs available:
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Music
Graduate schools/programs are offered: no
Qualified undergraduates may take graduate-level classes: no
Domestic off-campus semester-away programs: Washington Semester (American University), Sea Semester, UN Semester, Chicago Arts, Newberry Library, Urban Studies, Oak Ridge Science Semester
Study abroad opportunities:
Argentina; Australia; Austria; Canada; Chile; China; Costa Rica; Czech Republic; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; Netherlands; New Zealand; Russia; Senegal; Spain; Tanzania; United Kingdom
Army ROTC: not offered
Navy ROTC: not offered
Air Force ROTC: not offered

Bachelor's Degrees

  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Ethics
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Classics
  • Cognitive Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Francophone Studies
  • French
  • Gender Studies
  • Geology/Earth Science
  • German
  • Government
  • History
  • International Studies
  • Japanese
  • Latin American Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics/Economics
  • Music Education
  • Music Performance
  • Music Theory/Composition
  • Natural Sciences
  • Neuroscience
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Russian
  • Spanish Language
  • Studio Art
  • Theatre Arts

Credit placement options:
  • credit and/or placement for CEEB Advanced Placement (scores of 4 or higher)
  • credit and/or placement for international baccalaureate
Restrictions on CEEB Advanced Placement options:
Please refer to current Course Catalog for details.
Other credit/placement programs:
Lawrence awards substantial credit to students who have scored 5 or higher on all exams in the course of achieving an IB diploma. Students who score below 5 on any exam, but who complete the IB diploma may receive whole or partial course credit for each grade of 5 or higher on higher- or subsidiary-level exams. Students who complete individual courses in the IB program, but who are not diploma candidates, will receive credit for each grade of 5 or higher on higher-level exams. (Lawrence awards credit only for those IB courses for which we offer a similar course.)

The financial aid information below is valid for the 2008-09 academic year.

Financial aid officer: Sara Beth Holman,
Director of Financial Aid
Contacting the office: 920 832-6583
920 832-6582 (fax)
FAFSA number: 003856
Financial aid homepage:

Undergraduate tuition: $33,006; $33,006 out-of-state
Comprehensive tuition/room/board fees: $41,901
Tuition notes: comprehensive tuition/room/board fees, in-state tuition based on per credit hour, out-of-state tuition based on per credit hour
Additional required fees: $258
Book fees: $675
Miscellaneous expenses: $1,005
Combined room and board expenses: $6,957 - $6,957


Required form Priority date Rolling? Closing date
FAFSAMarch 15yesN/A
Institution's own financial aid formMarch 15yesN/A

Applied for financial aid:
76% of first-year students
72% of full-time undergraduates
Determined to have financial need:
77% of first-year students
82% of full-time undergraduates
Students determined to have financial need who received any financial aid:
100% of first-year students
100% of full-time undergraduates
Students determined to have financial need who received any need-based gift aid:
100% of first-year students
99% of full-time undergraduates
Students receiving financial aid who received need-based self-help aid:
100% of first-year students
100% of full-time undergraduates
Students receiving financial aid who received any non-need-based gift aid:
0% of first-year students
0% of full-time undergraduates
Students receiving financial aid whose need was fully met (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
76% of first-year students
86% of full-time undergraduates
Average percent of need that was met of students who received any need-based aid (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
91% for first-year students
94% for full-time undergraduates
0% for part-time undergraduates
Average financial aid package (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
$25,600 for first-year students
$25,800 for full-time undergraduates
$0 for part-time undergraduates
Average need-based gift award:
$18,100 for first-year students
$1,800 for full-time undergraduates
$0 for part-time undergraduates
Average need-based self-help award (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
$7,500 for first-year students
$7,800 for full-time undergraduates
$0 for part-time undergraduates
Average need-based loan (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
$5,000 for first-year students
$5,500 for full-time undergraduates
$0 for part-time undergraduates
Students who had no financial aid need and who received non-need-based aid (excluding athletic awards and tuition benefits):
24% of first-year students
21% of full-time undergraduates
Average award to students who had no financial aid need and who received non-need-based aid (excluding athletic awards and tuition benefits):
$13,480 for first-year students
$10,690 for full-time undergraduates
$0 for part-time undergraduates
Students who received a non-need-based athletic award:
0% of first-year students
0% of full-time undergraduates
Average non-need-based athletic award:
$0 for first-year students
$0 for full-time undergraduates
$0 for part-time undergraduates
School participates in Federal Work-Study Program: yes
Percent of students who received aid that participated in Federal Work Study: 51%

Types of loans available:
  • Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
  • Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
  • Direct PLUS Loans
  • FFEL PLUS Loans
  • Federal Perkins Loans
Parent loans packaged to meet need: no
Percent of undergraduates who have borrowed through all loan programs: 74%
Average student debt upon graduation: $25,374
Types of payment plans:
  • school's own payment plan(s)
Need-based scholarships/grants available:
  • need-based (general)
  • Federal Pell Grants
  • SEOG
  • state scholarships/grants
  • college/university scholarships/grants (institutional funds)
  • private scholarships/grants
Non-need-based scholarships/grants available:
  • non-need-based (general)
  • state scholarships/grants
  • academic merit scholarships/grants
Percent of scholarship aid awarded to out-of-state students: 52%

Total undergraduates: 670 men, 781 women, 1,451 total
Full-time undergraduates: 641 men, 747 women, 1,388 total
Part-time undergraduates: 29 men, 34 women, 63 total
Average age of full-time undergraduates: 21
U.S. region where majority of students come from: Midwest
Percent of full-time U.S. undergraduates from out of state: 68%
First-year student breakdown:
2.0% Black (non-Hispanic)
4.0% Asian or Pacific Islander
3.4% Hispanic
70.5% White (non-Hispanic)
9.6% total international (nonresident aliens)
10.5% race/ethnicity unreported/unknown
Undergraduate breakdown:
1.7% Black (non-Hispanic)
0.2% American Indian or Alaskan Native
2.8% Asian or Pacific Islander
2.1% Hispanic
75.9% White (non-Hispanic)
7.0% total international (nonresident aliens)
10.4% race/ethnicity unreported/unknown

Lawrence University
Campus size: 84 acres
City or town school is located in: Appleton
Population of city/town: 72,000
Locations of branch/satellite campuses: Bjorklunden, Lawrence's 425-acre estate in Door County, WI; London, England
Nearest major city: Milwaukee
Distance of nearest major city: 90 miles
Population of nearest major city: 1,500,000
Online campus map:

Institution offers housing: yes
Campus housing available to all unmarried students regardless of year: yes
Housing types (% in housing type, if given):
  • coed dorms (79%)
  • women's dorms (2%)
  • men's dorms
  • sorority housing
  • fraternity housing
  • single-student apartments
  • married-student apartments
  • special housing for disabled students
  • special housing for international students
  • cooperative housing
  • other housing including Student Organization Housing (19%)
Percent of freshmen who live in school housing: 99%
Percent of students who live in school housing: 89%
Percent of students who live off campus: 11%
Students required to live on campus: All students are required to live in campus housing unless they (a) are more than four years out of high school, (b) are married, and/or (c) have children.
Percent of all students who have cars on campus: 30%
Student conduct policies:
class attendance policies set by individual instructors, honor code, hazing prohibited, smoking prohibited
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age: yes

Every student is required to lease or own a computer: no
Every student is required to take a computer course: no
Computer equipment is provided in: residence halls, library, computer center/lab(s)
Total number of microcomputers available to students: 190
Other computer facilities/services: 100% of student housing has at least one network port per student. Mini-hubs are available for checkout for all other locations where roommates share a network port. Online registration of student-owned computers with vulnerability scanningfree anti-virus software.
Internet access provided to all students: yes
E-mail services/accounts provided to all students: yes
School has a library on campus: yes
Additional library facilities/collections:
Music collections currently include over 16,000 audio-visual items and over 16,700 musical scores in addition to reference works and other materials related to music in the main library collections; Lincoln Reading Room contains collections of books and other materials related to Abraham Lincoln and the U.S.Civil War; Milwaukee-Downer Room houses more than 3,400 rare or unique books, some dating to the sixteenth century; Visual Resources Collection includes 65,000 images,both slides and digital.
Museums and other special academic buildings/equipment on campus:
Wriston Art Center, Bjorklunden-Retreat Center

Remedial learning services:
Tutorial help available in all areas - not remedial service in usual sense
Additional services offered:
nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, health insurance
Counseling services:
minority student, older student, birth control, career, personal, academic, psychological
Career placement services:
internships, career/job search classes, interest inventory, on-campus job interviews, resumé assistance, alumni services, interview training
Services for students with disabilities:
We provide appropriate accomodations according to student's needs.
Amount of campus that is accessible to physically handicapped: partially

Number of social fraternities on campus: 5
Percent of men who join fraternities: 15%
Number of social sororities on campus: 3
Percent of women who join sororities: 7%
Student activities:
student government, student newspaper, literary magazine, yearbook, radio station
School newspaper(s): The Lawrentian
Newspaper homepage:
Total number of registered organizations: 110
Campus-based religious organizations:
Hillel, Lawrence Christian Fellowship, Lawrence University Catholic Youth
Minority student organizations:
VIVA, Black Organization of Students, Asia-A, Lawrence International, GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance), GLOW (Gay, Lesbian or Whatever)
International student organizations:
Lawrence International
Other student organizations, musical groups, activities, and committees:
Habitat for Humanity, Greenfire, College Democrats, College Republicans, Amnesty International, Swing Dancers, V Day, Circle K, SWAHP (Student's War against Hunger and Poverty)

School has an athletic program: yes
Athletic director: Robert Beeman,
Athletic Director
Director of women's athletics: Kim Tatro,
Associate Director of Athletics
Athletics homepage:
School mascot: Vikings
Athletic conference memberships: Midwest Conference (Division III); Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (Division III); Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association

Sports offered Scholarships? Athletic Assoc.
Men's baseballno 
Men's basketballno 
Men's cross-countryno 
Men's fencingno 
Men's footballno 
Men's golfno 
Men's ice hockeyno 
Men's soccerno 
Men's swimmingno 
Men's tennisno 
Men's track and field (indoor)no 
Men's track and field (outdoor)no 
Men's wrestlingno 
Women's basketballno 
Women's cross-countryno 
Women's fencingno 
Women's golfnoNCAA Div. III
Women's soccerno 
Women's softballno 
Women's swimmingno 
Women's tennisno 
Women's track and field (indoor)no 
Women's track and field (outdoor)no 
Women's volleyballno 

Percent of students in varsity/club intercollegiate sports: 30%
Athletic facilities:
Recreation Center, Alexander Gym

Public transportation serves campus: yes
Nearest international airport: Chicago, IL (180 miles)
Nearest other airport: Appleton, WI (5 miles)
Nearest passenger train service: Milwaukee (90 miles)
Nearest passenger bus service: Appleton (1 mile)

Institutional employment is available: yes
Percent of full-time undergraduates working on campus: 21%
Off-campus employment opportunities for undergraduates are: good
Freshmen are discouraged from working for first term: no

Percent of graduates who pursue further study: 33% immediately, 29% within one year of graduation
List of graduate schools most often selected by recent graduates:
Iowa State University (IA);Marquette University (WI);Purdue University--North Central (IN);University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign (IL);University of Iowa (IA);University of Massachusetts--Amherst (MA);University of Michigan--Ann Arbor (MI);University of Minnesota--Twin Cities (MN);University of St. Thomas (MN);University of Texas--Austin (TX);University of Wisconsin--Madison (WI);University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee (WI)
Percent of graduates who enter job market in field related to major: 53% within one year of graduation
List of firms that most frequently hire graduates:
Americorps, Epic Systems Corporation, Humana, Lawrence University
List of most prominent alumni/ae:
  • David Mulford, U.S.Ambassador to India
  • Terry Moran, ABC Nightly News Anchor
  • Barbara Lawton, Lieutenant Govenor of Wisconsin

The transfer admissions information below is valid for the 2007-08 academic year.

Transfer applicants are accepted: yes
Number of transfer applications received: 101
Number of transfer applicants offered admission: 34 (34%)
Number of transfer applicants offered admission who enrolled: 15 (44%)
Percent of all new students who were transfers: 4%

Terms for which transfers may enroll: fall, winter, spring
Minimum number of credits applicant needs to apply as a transfer student: 0
Items required of transfer students to apply for admission:
  • high school transcript required of all
  • college transcript(s) required of all
  • essay or personal statement required of all
  • interview recommended of all
  • standardized test scores not required
  • statement(s) of good standing from prior institution(s) recommended of some
Minimum college GPA required for transfer applicants: 2.75 using a 4.0 scale
Closing date for transfer applicants: May 1 for fall, November 1 for winter, February 1 for spring
Notification date for transfer applicants: rolling for fall, rolling for spring
Lowest course grade that may be transferred for credit: C-
Maximum number of credits that may be transferred: 108 credits from a two-year institution, 108 credits from a four-year institution
Minimum number of credits that must be earned at school: 108 to receive a bachelor's degree
Other/Unique transfer policies: A minimum of one full year of coursework is required to be considered a transfer applicant. A maximum of two years coursework is transferable. Eighteen courses must be completed in residency.

International student contact: Nicole Buenzli,
Associate Director of Admissions
Contacting the office: 920 832-7067
International student information homepage:

Number of foreign countries represented: 47
Most represented countries: Canada, China, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam

Preapplication form is required of foreign applicants: no
A separate international application form is required: no
Application closing dates: January 15 for fall
Advance deposit is required of foreign applicants: no
Test requirements: TOEFL required
Minimum SAT I score: 550 verbal, 550 math, 1100 combined
Minimum ACT score: 21 English, 21 math, 24 composite
Test preference: none
Minimum TOEFL score: 577 paper, 233 computer
Special services offered for international applicants: special counselors/advisors, international student center, special orientation

Nonfederal aid is offered to international students: yes
Number of international applicants who received aid: 93


Required form Priority date Rolling? Closing date
Foreign Student's Financial Aid ApplicationJanuary 15noJanuary 15
Foreign Student's Certification of FinancesJanuary 15noJanuary 15

Learning disabled program contact: Geoffrey Gajewski,
Dean of Student Academic Services
Contacting the office: 920 832-6530

According to the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities, "learning disabilities" is a "general term that refers to a heterogeneous group of disorders manifested by significant difficulties in the acquisition and use of listening, speaking, reading, writing, reasoning, or mathematical abilities." A learning disability is presumably due to central nervous system dysfunction, and is not primarily due to other handicapping conditions, environmental, or cultural influences. It is not a form of mental retardation, or an emotional disorder.
Institution accepts students according to the above definition: yes
Learning disabled program available: support services but no program
Total number of students in LD program: 30
Services available to LD students:
We work with individual students to provide appropriate accommodations.
LD students are tutored: individually
A lighter course load is allowed for LD students: no
Additional time to complete degree is allowed for LD students: yes
There are additional costs for LD students: no

An essay is required: yes
Untimed tests are accepted: yes
GED is accepted: no


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