Lawrence welcomes transfer applications from students who have graduated from high school or have a GED/HSED and are attending or have attended other colleges or universities. As an institution that prizes individuality and values diversity, Lawrence knows that transfer students often bring with them new or different perspectives that enrich not only their own educational experiences but those of other students.

Dates and Deadlines

Fall Term: July 1st, with notification on a rolling basis.
Winter Term: November 1--Notification: November 15

Because many colleges have semester calendars, September and January entrances are most popular. However, we discourage applications for Term II (January) from students who have completed only one semester or term elsewhere.

**If you are an international student who would like to transfer to Lawrence, please make sure to use the international admissions checklist when applying.

Apply to Lawrence

November 1 is the deadline for both Early Decision and Early Action 1 application programs.

Early Decision is best if Lawrence is your first choice and you intend to enroll if you are admitted and if your financial package makes it possible for you to attend Lawrence. In addition to the benefit of closing out your college search and moving on to the business of being a Lawrentian, you'll also be eligible for priority financial aid and priority housing consideration. If you are admitted as an Early Decision applicant to Lawrence, you will need to withdraw your applications from any other colleges to which you applied and submit your enrollment deposit by December 15.

Early Action 1 is a great option to be considered early for admission. You will hear back from us by December 15. You'll have until May 1 to consider your offer of admission and enroll at Lawrence.

We accept either the Common Application or the Lawrence Application with no preference for one over the other. Lawrence University does not charge an application fee.

Common Application

Lawrence Application

What We Consider

Application review is about more than just evaluating a transcript and some test scores. Lawrence's review process takes into consideration every piece of information you choose to send our way.

Applicants should display the potential and drive to complete a bachelor’s degree at a liberal arts college, have earned a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75 or better, and demonstrate leadership abilities and critical thinking skills.

Residence Requirements for a Lawrence Degree

To qualify for a Lawrence University Bachelor or Arts or Bachelor of Music degree, you must have a minimum of six terms (two years) in residence at Lawrence or on LU-affiliated programs and earn 108 units (approximately 18 courses). Nine terms in residence and 162 units are required for the five-year B.A. and B.Mus. double-degree program. Enrollment in courses held on campus, at Lawrence off-campus study programs, ACM programs, and other special arrangements under Lawrence sponsorship contribute toward fulfilling the residence requirement.

See the course catalog for a complete listing of degree requirements.

Learn more about transfer credit and how it will apply to a Lawrence degree.

Transferring from a University of Wisconsin College

In 2014, Lawrence University and the University of Wisconsin entered into an articulation agreement designed to facilitate the transfer from the two-year college system of students wishing to pursue a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Music degree at Lawrence University.  We believe that these transfer students from local institutions help to strengthen our bonds with the community in which we live and bring different experiences and perspectives to academic work.

Learn more about applying as a transfer student from a UW college and learn about our special partnership with UW Fox.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to live on campus?

Lawrence is a residential college--by design and policy--and students are required to live on campus. Exceptions are granted only to fifth-year students (including those starting their fifth year after high school), married students, students with a documented domestic partner, and/or students with dependent children.

Can you evaluate my transcripts before I apply?

Yes, if you would like an informal evaluation, you may send a copy of your college transcript with an email and attach your unofficial transcript requesting an assessment to the transfer coordinator, Chuck Erickson. Please note that this informal assessment is provisional and not binding.

Are transfer students eligible for scholarships?

Yes! Transfer students are considered for scholarships. Learn more about what scholarships are available.

If I applied to Lawrence before, must I reapply?

If you completed an application to Lawrence within the past year, you may reactivate your previous application folder by writing or emailing the admissions office. There is no application fee required for reactivation. Refer to the checklist to see what items you anticipate we still need to complete your file. Otherwise we will notify you of any outstanding documents.

Do you consider freshman applications midyear?

Lawrence typically discourages applications for Term II or Term III from students who have completed only one term of coursework elsewhere or who have not previously enrolled at a college following high school graduation. (This is due to the unique nature of Freshman Studies, a two-term course for first-year students, and because a new student orientation is offered only in the fall.)

Contact Us

We have an admissions officer dedicated to transfer admissions; feel free to contact him anytime.

Chuck Erickson
Transfer Admissions Coordinator

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Schedule a Visit

 Visiting campus is the best way to get a feel for the campus which will help with your decision. Try the food, meet some students, see the sights, chat with professors, sit down with an admission counselor and more. Schedule your visit to Lawrence.

Financial Aid Information

Transfer students are eligible for merit-based scholarships up to $30,000 per year! Phi Theta Kappa scholars will receive a scholarship of $30,000 upon admittance. Learn more about the financial aid offered to transfer students at Lawrence and see the financial aid checklist.

Lawrence is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa 2017 Honor Roll, recognizing excellence in the creation of community college transfer pathways.