An Individualized Experience
Lawrence University is a deliberately small, residential college of liberal arts and sciences and a nationally recognized conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. Founded in 1847, Lawrence is a community of 1,500 intellectually curious students that bring a diversity of experience and thought from nearly every state and 50 countries outside the U.S. The energy and passion for learning is palpable from the classroom to the dorm room and throughout the campus.
Lawrence is devoted to Individualized Learning, our most unique and defining attribute. Individualized Learning is an academic commitment characterized by professor/mentors whose foremost motivation is teaching and a rigorous curriculum designed to create the opportunity for every student to be educated as unique individuals. That's why nearly two-thirds of all courses have the optimal student-teacher ratio of 1 to 1. Individualized Learning helps transform our students into critical thinkers, articulate writers and collaborative problem-solvers that are prepared for success in a rapidly changing world.
Lawrence is located adjacent to downtown Appleton, a surprisingly vibrant community of 72,000 in which the town and the college benefit from one another. Located on a bluff overlooking the Fox River, Lawrence is known for its friendly, open campus, its multi-interest students and the variety of musical, artistic, athletic and scholarly activities that students, faculty, staff and local residents readily embrace.
Enrollment (Fall 2012)
Total Enrollment 1,525
Full-Time 1,473 (97%)
Part-Time 52 (3%)
Degree-Seeking Students 1,471
Men 689 (47%)
Women 782 (53%)
Total Student FTEa 1,490
African American 50 (3%)
Asian 48 (3%)
Hispanic/Latino/Latina of any race 62 (4%)
Two or more races 48 (3%)
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander 1 (.01%)
Native American/Alaskan Native 11 (.7%)
Non-Resident International 135 (9%)
Race/Ethnicity Unknown 15 (1%)
White 1,155 (76%)
44 states and the District of Columbia
40 foreign countries
a Based on IPEDS calculation of FTE by enrollment headcount: Full-time + (Part-time/3)
Additional statistical information about Lawrence is available from the Office of Research Administration.