Mission Statement

Lawrence University of Wisconsin, through its undergraduate residential college and Conservatory of Music, educates students in the liberal arts and sciences. The university is devoted to excellence and integrity in all of its activities and committed to the development of intellect and talent, the pursuit of knowledge and understanding, the cultivation of sound judgment and respect for the perspectives of others. Lawrence prepares students for lives of achievement, responsible and meaningful citizenship, lifelong learning and personal fulfillment. As a diverse learning community of scholars and artists, we actively foster a transformative process that emphasizes engaged learning, supported by an environment of rich educational opportunities in a residential campus setting.

Educational Philosophy

Students enter Lawrence at a time when they are actively forging their identities and seeking their places in the world. A Lawrence education is therefore transformative: We strive to help each student develop as a liberally educated person who can think deeply and creatively about ideas, gather and analyze evidence, communicate effectively, and articulate a personal identity that leads to thoughtful life choices. This transformation is supported by a learning community that immerses students in the breadth of human experience, engages ideas in a spirit of open discourse, values the uniqueness of the individual and celebrates accomplishment. The foundation for this learning community is a vibrant, safe and healthful residential campus that contains talented and diverse groups of students, faculty, administrators and staff. Our residential experience is enhanced by opportunities to study abroad and to become involved in the wider community. The university values effective teaching combined with distinguished scholarship and creative activity.

We see in each student the potential to become an informed, independent thinker and concerned, responsible citizen. Lawrence students can personalize their learning through interactions with peers, professors and staff in a wide variety of settings, both formal and informal. The process begins with our Freshman Studies program, continues through the sophomore and junior years and ends with our Senior Experience programs.

Lawrence in the Community

Lawrence is part of an intellectual and creative community that includes the Fox Valley, Lawrence's alumni and the larger global community. We are committed to providing service to and learning from the larger community. Through such resources as Björklunden and the Academy of Music, Lawrence contributes to the vitality of the surrounding community by:

  • making available programs of cultural enrichment
  • drawing on the knowledge and experience of members of that community in the exploration of significant issues
  • providing opportunities for alumni to maintain a lifelong connection with the institution and each other and encouraging their continuing interest in learning
  • providing such educational programs as the certification as public school teachers in the state of Wisconsin

A Residential Community

Lawrence is by design a residential college. All students live on campus because we believe that a small residential community with abundant opportunities for personal interaction outside the classroom provides the proper environment for a liberal arts education. Juniors can learn from freshmen, science majors from art majors and student athletes from student musicians. Located near downtown Appleton on the banks of the Fox River, the Lawrence campus has become the cultural and intellectual heart of a vibrant, modern, Midwestern city.

At the core of everything we do is a deep commitment to our mission to educate men and women in the liberal arts and sciences: developing intellect, talent, knowledge, and understanding; cultivating judgment and values; and preparing students for lives of service, achievement, leadership, personal fulfillment and lifelong learning.

Academic Freedom Statement

Lawrence University, a liberal arts college and conservatory of music, is dedicated to the development of intellect and talent, the pursuit of knowledge and understanding, and the cultivation of critical literacy and sound judgment. To that end, members of the Lawrence community are free to engage in, speak on, and write about scholarly research and creative activity without fear of censorship or retaliation. In the classroom, laboratory, and studio, teachers must be free to teach and students free to learn; we must be free to challenge each other’s beliefs, to explore new ideas and critically examine old ones, and to listen to others without disruption. Knowledge, skill, understanding, and creative expression are acquired through interactions that are often complex and even controversial. Although these interactions may at times cause discomfort, they may not be obstructed. Intellectually honest and vibrant communities engage in complex interactions and the ability, hereby protected, to exchange ideas in a spirit of mutual respect is essential to our educational mission.

Lawrence University faculty, as well as invited speakers and performers, may express their views publicly. However, the University may restrict speech that is defamatory of character, harassing, or infringes a protected right to privacy or confidentiality.

adopted February 7, 2017

Statement on Inclusion

The Faculty of Lawrence University reaffirms its commitment to fostering a diverse and welcoming learning community that embraces all members, including those marginalized by aspects of their identities. The principles of respect and inclusion are critical to our mission as an educational institution dedicated to cultivating dialogue across differences and to the development of meaningful citizenship that will meet the challenges of a complex world.

adopted February 7, 2017

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