Lawrence University

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School Overview

Lawrence University is a coeducational undergraduate liberal arts college located in Appleton, Wisconsin. It was a founded in 1847 and was the second college in the nation to admit both men and women. It is among just a handful of colleges that offers a curriculum based on the Great Books Program, a group of 100 texts that constitute the foundation of Western literary culture.

Lawrence is situated on a 85-acre campus in the downtown sector of Appleton and is one of the few college campuses in the nation to be divided in half by a major river (Fox River). In addition to its main campus Lawrence University also owns a 400-acre estated it uses to host seminars, performances, retreats and special events.

Lawrence oeprates according to trimester system which divides the academic year in three terms. The academic year begins in September and ends in June. The institution offers undergraduate bachelor of arts degrees in various fields of study (e.g. engineering, busines, health sciences, foreign language, etc.) and is particularly well know for its music programs.

The university has a total annual enrollment of roughly 1,500 students and a full-time faculty and staff of 140 to 160. The student-to-faculty ratio at Lawrence is about 9 to 1.

General Information

Admission Office

Box 599

Appleton, WI 54912-0599

(920) 832-6500

(800) 227-0982

Fax: (920) 832-6782

Contact: Steven Syverson

Vice President for Enrollment Management
Main Address

Box 599

Appleton, WI 54912-0599

(920) 832-7000

Total undergrads: 1,503

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 382

Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,452


Urban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $40

Online application fee: $40
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 59%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 85%

College Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

Chinese Studies B
East Asian Studies B
Japanese Studies B
Russian/Slavic Area Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music Theory/Composition B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Music Teacher Education B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Chinese B
Classics B
East Asian B
French B
German B
Greek, Ancient B
Japanese B
Latin B
Linguistics B
Russian B
Spanish B


History – General B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Cognitive Science B
Global Studies B
Mathematics/Computer Science B
Natural Sciences B
Neuroscience B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Studies B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Political Science/Government B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Lawrence University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (920) 832-7000
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: College Ave, Appleton, WI 54911
Setting: City: Small
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 1,442
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 80%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 8 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*: 1,442 (100% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $49,122
Out-of-state Tuition: $49,122
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $33,979

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Lawrence University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Lawrence University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 3
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 3
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1
Education 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 7
History 1
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 4
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies 2
Physical Sciences 4
Psychology 1
Social Sciences 3
Visual and Performing Arts 7
Grand total 40

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Lawrence University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $49,122
Out-of-state $49,122
Books and supplies $900

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 396 100%
Grant or scholarship aid 396 100% $33,979
Student loan aid 221 56% $6,643

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,424 97% $31,316
Federal student loans 741 51% $6,142

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Lawrence University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Lawrence University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 3,463 1,691 1,772
Percent admitted 100% 57% 67%
Percent admitted who enrolled 11% 10% 12%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Lawrence University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 1,442
Undergraduate enrollment 1,442
Graduate enrollment 0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Lawrence University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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