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.
With a population of 73,000+ (in a metro area of a quarter million), Appleton is part of one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the Midwest. The area’s size, cultural complexity, and breadth of businesses give you ample opportunities for internships, research projects, civic engagement, and community service.
You can get here from there.
ATW (Appleton's airport) is only 6 miles from campus. It serves Appleton by connecting to major hubs on major airlines: United/Continental (through Chicago O'Hare); and Delta (Detroit, Minneapolis, and Atlanta).
About that weather...
OK, we'll admit it can get cold here (average January high/low: 24°F/7°F), and it snows (about 4 feet per winter). But we also know how to deal with it (dress in layers). Winter's payoff: spring is spectacular. Fall is pretty fabulous, too.
Running, hiking, cycling, rowing, sitting. If you do any of these things—and there’s a good chance that you do at least one of them—you’ll have plenty of outdoor places to do them throughout the area: from High Cliff State Park at Lake Winnebago 10 miles from campus, to the northward-flowing Fox River running along Lawrence’s edge, to dozens of parks within a two-mile radius of campus.
And if you're a baseball fan, you can catch the Milwaukee Brewers' Class A minor league team, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at Time Warner Field, just 6 miles from campus.
Chicago has the Magnificent Mile. Appleton has College Avenue, with a dizzying array of restaurants (from five-star dining to late-night pizza), a bunch of great coffee shops, and dozens of stores. All of it is right outside your door at Lawrence. And if you need even more shopping, you need only head to the Fox River Mall, just 5 miles from campus.
Broadway on College
A half mile from campus, the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center brings the entertainment world to Appleton. This $45 million jewel seats 2,100 (with the “worst seat in the house” barely 100 feet from the stage). Appleton—not Milwaukee or Madison—has hosted the Wisconsin premieres of The Lion King and Wicked.
The Little Apple is more electric than the Big Apple?
On August 20, 1882, Appleton became the first city to generate electricity commercially. (Two weeks later, New York City became the second city to do so.)