Lawrence University is a residential liberal arts college and conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. It is a supportive and welcoming academic community of 1,500 intellectually curious, diverse, multi-interested students from nearly every state and 50 countries—all committed to a rigorous and challenging educational experience.
Led by a faculty of 165 professors* (95% of whom have a Ph.D. or other terminal degree), Lawrence is devoted to Engaged Learning as the most effective way to prepare students for lives of personal fulfillment and professional accomplishment. It is a demanding approach to education for students who demand much of themselves. Engaged Learning takes place in the classroom, the residence hall, the community and all our off-campus and international programs. It is what characterizes a Lawrence education and distinguishes Lawrentians.
Using this engaging approach to learning, Lawrence helps students develop the abilities that are highly valued by graduate schools as well as employers. Among these are the ability to solve problems, communicate effectively, work collaboratively and thrive in a rapidly changing world.
Lawrence is located adjacent to downtown Appleton, a vibrant city of 74,000 (situated in a growing metropolitan area of 250,000) in which the community and the college benefit from one another.
* That works out to a 9 to 1 student to faculty ratio, one of the smallest in the country. Looking at it another way, Lawrence has more professors per student than nearly every other college in the country. (The translation? You will have plenty of opportunities to collaborate with your professors.)
Enrollment (Fall 2015)
Total Enrollment: 1,561
Full-Time: 1,515 (97%)
Part-Time: 46 (3%)
Degree-Seeking Students: 1,527
Men: 688 (45%)
Women: 839 (55%)
Total Student FTEa: 1,530
Total Student FTEa: 1,530
27-32 ACT Composite (Middle 50%)
570–710 SAT Reading (Middle 50%)
610–710 SAT Math (Middle 50%)
3.64 Average Unweighted GPA
3.91 Average Weighted GPA
27% Top 5% in class
42% Top 10% in class
79% Top 25% in class
African American: 52 (3.3%)
Asian: 78 (5.0%)
Hispanic/Latino/Latina of any race: 102 (6.5%)
Two or more races: 56 (3.6%)
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander: 1 (0.1%)
Native American/Alaskan Native: 7 (0.4%)
Non-Resident International: 176 (11.3%)
Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 15 (1.0%)
White: 1,074 (68.8%)
46 states plus the District of Columbia and Virgin Islands
42 foreign countries
a Based on IPEDS calculation of FTE by enrollment headcount: Full-time + (Part-time/3)
Additional statistical information about Lawrence is available from the Office of Research Administration.