About Lawrence University

Founded in 1847, Lawrence University. is a Private college. Located in Wisconsin, which is a city setting in Wisconsin, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 1,528 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.

The Lawrence University Academic calendar runs on a Trimester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 9:1. There are 169 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Lawrence University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate62%
Application Deadline15-Nov
Application Fee0
SAT Range1133-1406
ACT Range26-31

Admissions at are considered Selective, with ,30% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 10 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

99% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 81% were in the top quarter, and 46% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Lawrence University.

0%
“We”re apathetic”
19%
“We know about current events and vote”
56%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
25%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
19%
“Sometimes, but not often”
50%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
31%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
0%
“I only go out in groups”
12%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
88%
“I feel extremely safe”
13%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
63%
“We bought the gear”
25%
“We live for the big game”
0%
“It”s not really our thing”
0%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
24%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
76%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
44%
“They keep regular office hours”
56%
“They”re always available”
0%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
50%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
50%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
0%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
44%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
44%
“We only party on weekends”
13%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
6%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
69%
“There might be people who do”
19%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
6%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
0%
“We”re apathetic”
19%
“We know about current events and vote”
56%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
25%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
19%
“Sometimes, but not often”
50%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
31%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
0%
“I only go out in groups”
12%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
88%
“I feel extremely safe”
13%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
63%
“We bought the gear”
25%
“We live for the big game”
0%
“It”s not really our thing”
0%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
24%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
76%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
44%
“They keep regular office hours”
56%
“They”re always available”
0%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
50%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
50%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
0%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
44%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
44%
“We only party on weekends”
13%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
6%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
69%
“There might be people who do”
19%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
6%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Lawrence University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    64 Students rated on-campus housing 3.9 stars. 22 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    29 Students rated off-campus housing 2.3 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    65 Students rated campus food 3.2 stars. 14 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    66 Students rated campus facilities 4.2 stars. 44 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    66 Students rated class size 4.8 stars. 85 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    66 Students rated school activities 4.2 stars. 45 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    66 Students rated local services 3.8 stars. 30 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    66 Students rated academics 4.2 stars. 47 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Lawrence University?

17 Students rated Lawrence University

Ian - 11/19/2021

It is a good small private school to attend to and its cultural essence is just great to be around and learn about. I play football here and the school spirit is great they all come and support the football team when there are home games and the culture around is great with students who are new and learning the tradition it has.

Hanna - 10/22/2021

There are a few really great professors here and plenty of great students, but this university will screw you over financially if you aren't a trust fund baby. They give huge scholarships for first years and then diminish it the next year. My out-of-pocket tuition cost tripled from freshman to sophomore year despite the fact that I'm a Pell Grant recipient. The staff here is like 85% white, Appleton is a depressing little city where all there is to do is drink, and it's impossible to get around anywhere without a car (which you have to pay $600/year to park)!

Lilia - 03/12/2021

I am so thankful to be at Lawrence. They have done a fantastic job at navigating covid times. It is great living on campus and all the staff are amazing and helpful. The students are smart, creative, and original. At Lawrence, you don't have to let one thing define you, like being a jock or being a con kid. Instead, you can be in multiple groups and be involved in anything from frats/sororities to on-campus jobs and clubs.

Leon - 11/22/2020

Excellent school, I attended on an NSF grant in mathematics. Professors were excellent, dialogue in class was inclusive. Campus was nice to walk, day or night. I felt more at home at Lawrence than I did at Baylor, but then it was a smaller campus and smaller enrollment. In addition, the campus was very close to the downtown area, so it was much easier to walk into town to do things.

Lawrence University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Lawrence University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Lawrence University is 62%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    I would tell myself to focus on what I want and not get pressured by those around me. Sometimes the best school for you isn't the highest ranked, or the one that gives the most financial aid. You have to find out as much as you can about schools before you can make a decision, but you'll never know what it will be like until you try it!

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates are a group of smart and passionate young adults. They are hard workers, but also very socialable and friendly.

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  4. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Fabulous combination of conservatory and liberal arts environment... there is no real division between the schools either, which is wonderful.

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  5. What's unique about your campus?

    what is the best fit for YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    I think the worst thing about Lawrence University is the lack of communication between the administration and the faculty. Lawrence recently had a new president take office and, while she is doing a great job as a fundraiser, communication between the faculty and the administration is weaker than it should be. This gap affects the variety and the strength of incoming freshmen and therefore the dynamic of the student population both in and out of the classroom.

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  7. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Lawrence University is a tremendous place to grow academically, socially, and emotionally as a person, and I would not trade my experience there for anything.

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  8. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Students who are closed minded, overly competitive, elitist, or not willing to work hard should not attend Lawrence.

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  9. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    How small the classes are.

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  10. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish that I would have really known how to study and prepare for classes, exams, projects and music/voice-related events. Everything here takes a good amount of time and focus - a very different experience from high school for me!

    Read all  9 answers
  11. What kind of person should attend this school?

    The kind of person that should attend this school is someone who is willing and ready to attempt all areas of study. The person should also be very hardworking and able to master a very heavy work shedule.

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  12. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Music.

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  13. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    There is always something to do on campus. Although we obviously don't have football games where the streets get blocked off and thousands of people are chanting, we do have tons of athletic events. I think it's cool to go to these events knowing the athletes and being able to support your friends and vice versa. The opportunity to continue athletics has been great and I've made some really good friends through soccer and track. Weekends are whatever you want them to be and what you do depends on your interests and friends. You can go to athletic events, concerts, guest speakers, play Halo, read, sleep, watch TV, play games, whatever!

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  14. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The cold

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  15. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    I'll admit that some of the things I see going on around campus are strange to me, but it's a quirky/fun sort of thing. Everybody finds their own group of friends and niche, I'm sure some people look at some things I do and scratch their head.

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  16. What are the academics like at your school?

    The level of interaction with professors is simply unbelievable. I know I keep repeating this fact, but I love getting to know my professors and the fact that they are always there for you. I also think it's awesome that I have an adviser who knows me not only on an academic level, but also on a personal level. I always know that, no matter what, I have someone in my corner willing to lend me a hand.

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  17. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    The main fact that lingers amongst LU students as a stereotype is that students here are trapped or in the "Lawrence Bubble”

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  18. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    I love the type of education I'm receiving at Lawrence. Lawrence doesn't teach you how to memorize, Lawrence teaches you how to think and develop ideas, research and support those ideas, and then discuss, argue, and present those ideas. Lawrence truly produces well-rounded people and has tons of opportunities for leadership. I find the size of the school to be just right as I can walk around campus and know a good deal of the people I meet, yet I still make new friends all the time. The smaller class sizes allow an unbelievable amount of interaction with professors and also lead to amazing opportunites that are simply not available at other schools. I just got back from a weekend at Bjorklunden (the school's beautiful property in Door County) talking to alumni doctors and learning about the medical field that I attend to get into. In class, you can always ask questions, are able to give oral presentations, and professors are available to you outside of class.

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  19. Describe the best and worst parts of the social scene on campus.

    Students voice their views on the types social activities students can take part in on campus, as well as the appleton community.

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  20. Describe your school to someone who's never heard of it.

    A peek into the life an experience on the Lawrence University Campus. A range a places from the campus center, Biorkulunden, dorm life, and more!

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  21. What are your classes like?

    LU students offer suggestions and advice on how to study for classes and prepare for exams.

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Student Body

Students

54%

female

46%

male

1,528

Total Undergrad Enrollment

N/A

Total Grad Students

63%

Out-Of-State

25%

In-State

12%

International

Organizations

100

Student Organizations

5

Fraternities

3

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

96%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
5%
% Black or African-American
4%
% Hispanic/Latino
8%
% White or Caucasian
67%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

99% of students attending Lawrence University receive some sort of financial aid. 16% were awarded federal grants. While 52% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$44,844

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$900

Books and Supplies

$9,654

Room and Board

55,398

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$17,489
$30 - $48K
$17,849
$48 - $75K
$21,074
$75 - $110K
$25,053
$110K & UP
$32,056

We use student reviews and the most current publicly available data on our school pages. As such, we don't typically remove or edit college information. Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Portions of college data include copyrighted material, which is reproduced on this website by permission of Wintergreen Orchard House, a division of Carnegie Communications. © 2009-2016 by Wintergreen Orchard House. All rights reserved.

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