Lawrence University, located in Appleton, Wisconsin, is a private liberal arts college and a conservatory of music, dedicated exclusively to undergraduate education. Located on an 84-acre campus, Lawrence is adjacent to downtown Appleton, a vibrant city of approximately 74,000, situated inside of a growing metropolitan area of about 250,000. Lawrence boasts one of the lowest student-to-faculty ratios in the country and the school is committed to an “Engaged Learning” method in which students become active participants in the learning experience, exploring, debating, creating, researching, practicing and performing in collaboration with fellow classmates and professors alike. Lawrence’s undergraduate liberal arts college is uniquely and completely integrated with its nationally renowned conservatory of music, allowing students to choose from a broad range of studies and explore several areas of interests at once.
Academic ProgramsLawrence University is accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and awards both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees. Lawrence’s liberal arts school offers more than forty areas of study, including Anthropology; Art & Art History; Biomedical Ethics; Chemistry; Classics; Computer Science; Environmental Studies; Gender Studies; Government; Innovation & Entrepreneurship; International Studies; Linguistics; Mathematics; Music; Natural Sciences; Philosophy; Psychology; and Theatre Arts. The Conservatory of Music also offers a number of study programs which include multiple individual instruments as well as Music Education; Musicology; Music Theory; and Jazz & Improvisational Music.
Collaborative student-faculty research is highly encouraged at Lawrence and the university seeks to cultivate a research-rich environment where diverse scholarly interests may be nurtured. A wide range of on-campus research opportunities exist along with the LU-R1 program which partners qualified student with Lawrence-alumni who are conducting research at leading R1 universities across the country during a 10-week-long collaboration over the summer. This unique opportunity allows students who are majoring in the natural sciences the opportunity to conduct research at major universities, clinical research settings and government agencies which are normally reserved for graduate students.
Student LifeA little over 1,500 students are enrolled at Lawrence, coming from over 45 states plus Washington, D.C. and the Virgin Islands and more than 40 foreign countries. Lawrence’s student body is made up by a group of curious, diverse, and multi-interested students who are eager to learn at what has been ranked as one of the most rigorous college in the United States. Designed to be a residential college, all of Lawrence’s students live on campus, providing them with plenty of opportunities for personal interaction outside of the classroom, creating an inclusive environment.
Lawrence’s student population is highly active in community engagement at both a local and global level. Community engagement is seen as essential ingredient to a liberal arts education and Lawrence provides its students with opportunities to connect learning in the classroom, studio and lab with plenty of real-world experiences in and around Appleton, Fox Cities, and throughout the world.