Redefining Success

What you've got in front of you here is a seemingly confusing conglomeration of colors made with statistics compiled over the course of three years to help demonstrate how a Lawrence liberal arts education prepares students for success. It's actually much easier to understand than it appears, and understanding it is as simple as this:

On the left you can see the student's major.

On the right you can see the student's career path.

See how students who studied biology not only enter the medical field, but also the fields of consulting, finance, and management. History majors go on to pursue education, social and religious services, sales, or continue their education in grad school. Music performance majors not only pursue careers in music, but in medicine and law, too. 

This kind of information is crucial to understanding the true value of a liberal arts education of the quality Lawrence provides. The world is changing faster than ever and people are making career switches with more regularity. That's why being prepared not for a career but for life after college is so important -- which is exactly what Lawrence provides.

Lawrentians Six Months Later

Since it's generally a good practice to back up a point with some evidence, here are some numbers and names to show how Lawrentians are doing within 6 months of graduation.

73% Employed 22% Graduate School 4% Fellowships, Military or Volunteer 1% Seeking Employment


They continued their education at places like:

  • University of Wisconsin
  • Columbia University
  • University of Michigan
  • Boston University
  • Purdue University
  • Indiana University
  • New York University
  • Royal College of Music
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Northwestern University

Or started their career at places like:

  • Google
  • Americorps
  • Bank of America
  • New York Jazz Academy
  • Portland Public Schools
  • Northern Trust
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Peace Corps
  • Mayo Clinic
  • LinkedIn


Sophie Vogt '16

Student headshot.Hometown: Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Majors: Chinese Language and Literature, Linguistics
Next Step: Middle school ESL teacher in South Korea

"I am most excited to live on the other side of the world and eat spicy, flavorful food."

Alek Wasserman '16

WassermanHometown: Whitefish Bay, Wis.
Major: Performance (Piano)
Next Step: Master's in music teaching at Oberlin Conservatory of Music

"Without the rigor and thoroughness of my Lawrence education, I could not have achieved the high level of music performance and pedagogy that was necessary to go on to graduate study. My time at Lawrence was transformative."

Samantha Knott '16

Samantha Knott

Hometown: Potter, Wis. 
Major: Biochemistry
Next Step: Ph.D. in chemical biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

“I am looking forward to continuing my journey in the field of scientific research, while gaining a variety of valuable skills that will allow me to pursue a career in the biomedical research industry. I cannot wait to be challenged, to learn and to grow.”

Santiago Alvarez '16

Student headshot.Hometown: Lima, Peru
Majors: History, Government
Next Step: US Army, Special Forces

"It has been my dream to join the Army SF like my dad did before me. I believe Lawrence has set me up for success by teaching me how to address issues and solve them even when they are outside of my comfort zone."

Nutt Punnanitinont '16

NuttHometown: Udon Thani, Thailand
Major: Biochemistry
Next Step: Research assistant at Rosewell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y.

"I am extremely thrilled to join Dr. Patnaik's lab at Rosewell Park. This opportunity will strengthen my laboratory skills and knowledge while keeping my feet wet in the area of cancer research prior to applying to medical school."

Past Graduates

Read about past graduates and how Lawrence prepared them not for a job, but for life after college.

Alex Ajayi '12

Profession: Doctoral Student in Counseling Psychology at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Lawrence Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Garth Neustadter '10

Profession: Freelance Composer and Los Angeles Opera Chorus Member

Lawrence Degree: Bachelor of Music in Music Performance (Violin & Voice)

Susan Medak '76

Profession: Managing Director at Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Lawrence Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Drama

Catherine Sawinski '99

Profession: Assistant Curator of Earlier European Art at the Milwaukee Art Museum

Lawrence Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Art History & Classics

Wenjie Chen '04

Profession: Assistant Professor of International Business and International Affairs at George Washington University, School of Business and Elliott School of International Affairs

Lawrence Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Economics-Mathematics

James Gandre '81

Profession: President of Manhattan School of Music

Lawrence Degree: Bachelor of Music in Music Performance (Voice)

Roman Boed '87

Profession: Senior Legal Officer and Chief of the Appeals Chamber Support Section at the United Nations, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

Lawrence Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Economics & Government

Christine Benedict '99

Profession: Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Edgewood College

Lawrence Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Biology & French

Heidi Stober '00

Profession: Opera Singer at Deutsche Oper Berlin and International Guest Artist

Lawrence Degree: Bachelor of Music with a Self-Designed Major

Lan Huang '93

Profession: Chairman and CEO, Dalian Wanchun Biotechnology Co. Ltd., Dalian, China

Lawrence Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Chemistry

The Plans of the Class of 2016

Some students volunteered to talk more about their next steps. Watch videos below and check back from time to time as more graduates step up to talk about their plans.

Eduardo Elizondo Rueda '16

Hometown: Monterrey, Mexico
Major: Math-Computer Science
Next Step: Software engineer for Facebook

​"I look forward to contributing and making Facebook better, faster, and more reliable for the 1.3 billion people that use it every month! Lawrence has given me a very good foundation. I was able to pick up and develop world class software almost immediately."

Katie Schumacher '16

Hometown: Little Chute, Wis.
Majors: Psychology, Gender Studies 
Next Step: Master's in social and applied psychology at the University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom

"I'm very excited to begin a new chapter of my life at the University of Kent, where I can grow academically, professionally and personally. I am confident that my time at Lawrence has prepared me very well for my next chapter."

Elizabeth Burke '16

Hometown: Golden Valley, Minn.
Majors: Economics, Spanish
Next Step: Merchant banking analyst at Piper Jaffray

“I’m looking forward to entering this next stage of my life with the confidence that Lawrence has prepared me to be successful in my new role."

Zachary Martin '16

Hometown: Burlington, Wis.
Major: Economics—Interdisciplinary Area: Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Next Step: Senior business analyst at Optum

“I'm excited to apply the skills and problem-solving techniques I learned in my economic courses to help make health care more efficient and, overall, a better market.”

Jenny Niedenfuehr '16

Hometown: Minneapolis, Minn. 
Major: Anthropology
Next Step: Foundation Certificate, Leiths School of Food and Wine, London, United Kingdom

“I’ve been excited about food and cooking for many years, and Lawrence gave me the freedom to co-found the Cultural Food Club that is still thriving today. I did all my major research projects on various food topics, including a local Japanese restaurant, food market vendors in London and my capstone on Italian mothers and food."

Troy Miller '16

Hometown: Huntley, Ill.
Majors: Economics, Mathematics-Economics
Next Step: Finance Development Program,
Zurich Insurance Group

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to learn and be challenged in order to enhance and further my career development.”

Vahaken Mouradian '16

Hometown: Nicosia, Cyprus
Majors: Politics, Philosophy, Economics (student-designed)
Next Step: Master’s in international security at University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School as a Sié Fellow

“Through my coursework, I've sharpened my analytic and communication skills, which will prove crucial in my life after Lawrence. I’m eagerly awaiting the next step—specializing in security studies—so I can meaningfully contribute to public life in my island-nation, Cyprus.”

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