There are so many answers to that question and, depending upon whom you ask, the answers will differ greatly. (That's a good thing.) Here are a handful of ways we'd at least start answering the question.

Engaged Learning Makes The Difference

At Lawrence, we are fully committed to Engaged Learning. Whether in a practice room in the conservatory or a chemistry class in Steitz Hall or a Freshman Studies discussion, you will learn by doing. By discussing. By participating. By engaging.

Engaged Learning isn’t limited to the occasional lab class. It is an integral part of every class taught at Lawrence. There is simply no room at Lawrence for people who expect to sit back and passively listen to a lecture.

Freshman Studies

Freshman Studies has been a cornerstone of the Lawrence experience since 1945, when it was developed by then-president Nathan Pusey (who went on to become the president of a certain college in Cambridge, Mass. that rhymes with "Schmarvard.")

Senior Experience

The perfect bookend to Freshman Studies, Senior Experience gives all graduating Lawrentians the chance to flex their scholarly and creative muscles in a project uniquely their own that demonstrates their mastery in one or more of their academic interests. Not only is it a fitting capstone to your Lawrence experience, it is a piece of your portfolio that you will carry with you into the next phase of your life, be it the world of work or graduate or professional school.

IHRTLUHC

When Lawrentians complete assignments and tests, they write these initials, short for, "I hereby reaffirm the Lawrence University Honor Code," which states:

No Lawrence student will unfairly advance his or her own academic performance or in any way limit or impede the academic pursuits of other students of the Lawrence community.

Our students do great work—and they don't do it at the expense of others.

Read more about the Honor Code and the Honor Council.

Björklunden

Call it "Lawrence North," "The Estate," or even "That Amazing Unpronounceable Lodge on the Lake." Whatever you like, you get to call Björklunden "home."

Its blend of the cosmopolitan with the natural makes Appleton a true gem—and a place that often surprises our visitors from places like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Denver who were expecting something quite different from a city in northeastern Wisconsin.

Lawrence University = College + Conservatory

Some people think "university" means "big school with graduate students".

We have 1,500 students (not so big) and we have no graduate programs (and, therefore, no graduate students). Our 165 professors devote all of their teaching energy to—and share their research opportunities with—freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

(If you're doing the math, 1,500 students working with 165 professors comes out to a 9 to 1 student to faculty ratio.)

We are a "university" because we have two degree-granting bodies under one metaphorical roof: a college of liberal arts and sciences (home to about 75% of our students) and a conservatory of music (home to about 25%).

Looking for a "typical Lawrentian"? Good luck with that.

Visit Lawrence's campus, and you'll have a hard time identifying a "typical Lawrentian":

They come from every kind of family,
from every kind of neighborhood,
from every kind of school,
in every kind of town, city, and country.

They are chemists and cellists,
philosophers and philanthropists,
anthropologists and athletes
(sometimes all in the same person).

They are not "undecided."
They are "multi-interested."

They are intelligent,
respectfully argumentative,
artistically analytical,
and creatively entrepreneurial
(often all in the same person).

You can learn more about them in the 2014 New Student Profile.

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