We invite you to apply to Lawrence University. With 15% of our 1,500 undergraduates coming from more than 50 countries beyond the U.S., our warm and welcoming community is one of the most internationally diverse in the country.

We consider you an international student if any of these apply:

  • You are currently studying in the United States with a student (F-1 or J-1) visa in high school, college/university or an English language program (ESL).
  • You are an American dual citizen who has received the majority of your secondary education outside the United States.
  • You are currently in the United States on a non immigrant visa.
  • You intend to enter the United States with a student (F-1 or J-1) visa.
Student Decision
Early Decision (binding) Nov. 1 Dec. 1 Dec. 15
Early Action 1 Nov. 1 Dec. 15 May 1
Early Action 2 Dec. 1 Jan 25 May 1
Regular Decision Jan. 15 April 1 May 1


If you are applying for a degree in the arts or sciences (e.g., in the humanities, visual arts, natural/life sciences, social sciences, etc.), you may apply during any of the application rounds.

If you are applying for a degree in music, you may choose from Early Decision, Early Action 1, or Regular Decision (Learn more about specific Conservatory audition requirements here.)

How to Apply

Lawrence accepts:

Common Application: Apply for 2020-21 Academic Year

Lawrence Application: Apply for 2020-21 Academic Year

In addition, we require the following:

Secondary School Report

Requested via your application, your school counselor will be prompted to complete their portion of these forms online via the Common Application or Lawrence Application process.

Teacher Evaluation

Requested via your application, your recommender—who must be of a core academic subject, including mathematics, science, English, or social sciences—will be prompted to complete their portion of these forms online via the Common Application or Lawrence Application process.

Secondary School Transcript

Request an official transcript be sent to Lawrence through your counselor or other school official. Transcripts may be uploaded online or sent via email, fax, or physical mail.

English Language Proficiency Test Scores

An official TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, or ACT report is required for all international students whose native language is not English, or whose previous instruction was not in English for a minimum of 7 years. Lawrence's code for the SAT and TOEFL is 1398. For the ACT, it is 4596.

If your first language is English or you have received instruction in English for a minimum of 7 years, you may request to waive the Proficiency requirement through a signed letter from your counselor or other school official stating your proficiency level and/or years of English experience.

Proficiency may be demonstrated by any one of the following:

  • TOEFL Internet Based: 80 out of 120
  • TOEFL Computer Based: 217 out of 300
  • TOEFL Paper Based: 553 out of 677
  • IELTS: 6.5 out of 9 overall band score
  • SAT: 580 on Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
  • ACT: 24 out of 36 on English/Writing
Passport Copy

A scanned copy of the personal information page of your passport must be uploaded directly to your online portal or e-mailed to admissions@lawrence.edu.


All applicants are strongly encouraged to interview.

Chinese citizens are required to complete an interview via Skype, IntitalView, or Vericant.

Certification of Finance Form

Available via your online portal, all applicants must complete the Lawrence Certification of Finance form no later than five days after your application deadline. No other forms (i.e. CSS Profile, etc) will be accepted in it's place.

Supporting financial documentation is required as part of the Lawrence Certification of Finance form which may include any combination of the following:

  • An current official bank statement
  • A letter or other documentation from an employer verifying parent income
  • A letter and bank statement from a private sponsor
  • Letter of financial support from sponsor program

If you have further documentation beyond any of these that may help us make a proper assessment, we welcome the opportunity to review it.

We accept attested (notarized) copies of financial documents via fax or e-mail. We reserve the right to request originals at any stage in the admissions process.

Please see the Scholarships and Financial Aid page for more details.

Students interested in music

Roughly 25% of our student body major in music. Having a world-class conservatory as part of a small, liberal arts campus is unique, and it greatly contributes to our culture here; in fact, we average 3 musical performances per night during the school year. Our facilities include instrument storage, classrooms, rehearsal spaces, jazz and percussion studios, faculty studios, practice rooms, a lecture hall, a black-box theatre, a full proscenium arch theater and 1250-seat auditorium. Our music library holds 31,000+ recordings, scores and reference works, and a state of the art recording studio where our specialized sound engineers can record rehearsals, concerts, and recitals and students may enlist their help in making audition tapes, competition recordings, etc. From Orchestra, Band, Choir and Jazz to Chamber Ensembles, Improvisation Group, Gamelan and Opera, there is a Lawrence ensemble that will provide a high quality life-changing musical experience.

To begin, there are four primary paths students interested in music can take. Click around to learn about each degree option.

Students who apply to Lawrence with the hope of majoring in any academic areas outside of music will have the option to minor in music, participate in ensembles, receive private instruction with professors and participate in classes specifically designed for non-music majors. Auditions for ensembles happen after you move to campus.

Students pursuing their Bachelor of Music (BMus) will spend 2/3 of their time in the Conservatory (lessons, classes such as music theory and history, and ensembles) and 1/3 of their time in the College. This is a great option for students with a passion for music who would like to work professionally in the music field and are considering graduate school in music. Students with BMus degrees have gone on to Eastman School of Music, Phoenix Symphony, and Chicago Opera Theatre.

Students pursuing their Bachelor of Arts in Music will spend 1/3 of their time in the Conservatory and 2/3 of their time in the College (general education classes and elective coursework). This option is ideal for students who have a strong interest in receiving advanced musical training in addition to exploring other areas of academics.

Students pursuing both a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts will spend 1/2 of their time in the Conservatory and 1/2 of their time in the College. Each incoming double degree student meets with two advisors (one from the Conservatory and one from the College) and student and advisors work collaboratively in order to help plan a successful course of study to graduate in five years.

Lawrence's newest degree option, the Bachelor of Musical Arts with a focus on jazz and contemporary improvisation is an intensive four-year program which empowers you to move beyond technical excellence and develop the musical fluency needed for 21st-century musicianship.

To apply to our Conservatory of Music as a Bachelor of Music candidate, 5-year Double Degree (Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Arts) candidate or Bachelor of Arts in Music candidate, International Students must include all of the above items and also:

  • Register and complete an audition: Once your application and supporting documents are submitted you will receive an email link within 24 hours to register for an audition. Choose an audition date that corresponds to your application timeline. You may choose to audition during an on-campus audition, at a domestic regional location, or submit a recorded audition.
  • Submit a music teacher recommendation: This letter of recommendation can be completed by your private music teacher, secondary school music teacher, or any teacher who can best speak to your musical abilities.
  • Complete a music resume: A music resume details your musical experiences such as master classes, summer festivals, private lessons, competitions, etc.

Conservatory applications are reviewed under the following timelines:

Admission and Scholarship
Early Decision (binding) Nov. 1 Nov. 10 Dec. 1
Early Action 1 Nov. 1 Nov. 10 Dec. 15
Regular Decision Jan. 15 Jan./Feb. April 1

More information on Audition Dates and Requirements be found on the Conservatory Admissions webpage.

Transfer Students Only

Transfer students—students who have attended a college or university prior to applying to Lawrence—must include all of the above items, as well as an official reviewed college transcript. Lawrence requires a Course by Course Evaluation Report directly from ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators).

Transfer applications are reviewed under the following timelines:

Entry Term Application Deadline Certification of Finances Deadline Admission &Scholarship Notification
Fall Apr. 1 Apr. 6 May. 15
Winter Nov. 1 Nov. 6 Nov. 15
Spring Feb. 1 Feb. 6 Feb. 15

Tracking Your Application

Within 48 hours of submitting your application, you will receive an email with instructions to log in to your online portal. This portal can be used to monitor the status of your application, upload documents, and complete your Certification of Finance form.

International Travel Piece

International Brochure

This guide to admissions procedures for international students (more than 10% of all Lawrentians) also includes helpful and interesting facts about Lawrence’s academics, community, and post-graduate preparation.