Please note: The information displayed here is current as of Thursday, March 22, 2018, but the official Course Catalog should be used for all official planning.

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This catalog was created on Thursday, March 22, 2018.


Admission to the university

Lawrence admits students whose talents and aspirations match well with what the university has to offer and who will contribute to our academic and residential community. Strong candidates for admission have taken at least 16 academic units from the areas of English, mathematics, history, social studies, natural sciences, and foreign languages. We are interested in students who have challenged themselves in high school, who have performed well in their academic work, who express themselves well both verbally and in writing, who understand the value of a liberal arts education, and who are imaginative, energetic, and willing to become active members of a learning community.

Lawrence considers the strength of each applicant’s course of study, grades, recommendations and extracurricular activities, roughly in that order. Lawrence will consider, but does not require, SAT or ACT scores for admission.

Note: International students whose primary language is not English must submit the results of the ACT, SAT, IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).

Candidates for the Bachelor of Music degree and for the five-year double-degree program are evaluated additionally on musicianship, musical background, performance potential, and music teachers’ recommendations. Along with the regular application forms, music degree applicants must submit a music resume and a recommendation from a private music teacher, and must audition on their primary instrument.

We welcome applications from transfer students who wish to complete their degree at Lawrence. Transfer candidates are required to submit college transcripts and a college faculty recommendation along with the application, secondary school report, and final high school transcript. Lawrence accepts, but does not require, SAT or ACT scores for transfer admission. Transfer candidates for the music degree must also submit a music resume and a recommendation from a music teacher, and must audition on their primary instrument. Generally, coursework in the arts and sciences completed satisfactorily at accredited institutions is accepted toward a Lawrence degree.

For information on residence requirements for each degree program please see Residence Requirements.

On occasion, Lawrence accepts qualified applicants for early admission who are prepared to begin college at the end of the junior year of high school.

Application deadlines and campus visits

There are three application deadlines for first-year students planning to enroll in September.

Early Action I: November 1 (notification December 15)
Early Action II: December 1 (notification January 25)
Regular Decision: January 15 (notification April 1)

Admitted students have until the May 1 National Candidates Reply Date to choose to accept or decline Lawrence’s offer of admission.

Transfer admission is competitive and offered on a space-available basis. We consider transfer students for admission to any of our three terms, though we generally discourage midyear transfers from students who are currently enrolled in their first term at another college.

Fall Term: April 1 application deadline (notification May 15)
Winter Term: November 1 (notification November 15)
Spring Term: February 1 (notification February 15)

Lawrence welcomes visits by prospective students, as a campus visit is the best way to learn about a college. We encourage students to visit when classes are in session and there is an abundance of campus activities. We can arrange class visits, individual meetings with faculty, meals in the dining hall, a campus tour, and an interview with an admissions officer. We ask that visits be arranged at least two weeks in advance and that students limit residence-hall overnights to one night. We provide overnight stays for high school seniors and transfer students visits on Sunday through Thursday nights. Summer visits consist of an individual interview or group presentation and campus tour.

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