Lawrence University is a college of liberal arts and sciences and a conservatory of music in Appleton, Wisconsin, USA. 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. Offering 50+ study abroad programs, a campus in London, and a powerful alumni network spanning six continents, Lawrence prepared graduates to be globally engaged citizens.

Common Application: Apply for 2018-19 Academic Year

Lawrence Application: Apply for 2018-19 Academic Year

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 Conservatory admission and auditions.)

Student Decision
Early Decision (binding) Oct. 31 Dec. 1 Dec. 15
Early Action 1 Nov. 1 Dec. 15 May 1
Early Action 2 Dec. 1 Jan 25 May 1
Regular Decision Feb. 15 April 1 May 1

How to Apply

Lawrence accepts the Common Application. 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


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. Please see the Scholarships & Financial Aid section below for more details.

Conservatory Students Only

Students applying to our Conservatory of Music must also complete an audition, music teacher recommendation, and music resume. More information can 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.

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