Still Changing Lives

When he published his groundbreaking work, Colleges That Change Lives, Loren Pope encouraged prospective students and their families to consider what really matters in a college—and it has nothing to do with rankings or selectivity.

It’s all about fit.

He identified 40 colleges that he believed did as good a job as (if not a better job than) Ivy League or other "name-brand" institutions at transforming students by pushing them a great distance. Hence the title.

Lawrence University is proud to be included in every edition of the book, including the new edition written by author Hilary Masell Oswald.

We are also a proud member of the non-profit organization that the book inspired, Colleges That Change Lives, Inc. (CTCL). You’ll see us, and the other colleges in the book, at special CTCL events all over the country and the world.

Quick Facts

Founded: 1847 (one of the first American institutions to be founded coeducational)

Mailing Address: Lawrence University Office of Admissions, 711 E. Boldt Way; Appleton, WI, 54911-5690

Location: Appleton, Wisconsin  (pop. 72,000; metro pop. 250,000)

Campuses:  Main campus—an 84-acre campus situated on a bluff overlooking the historic (and northward flowing) Fox River, adjacent to downtown Appleton.  Björklunden vid Sjön, a 425-acre estate on Lake Michigan in Door County, Wis., serves as the university’s northern campus, hosting weekend student retreats and seminars throughout the academic year. Lawrence London Centre accommodates 24 students each term.

Student Population: about 1,500 full-time undergraduates from nearly every state and 50 countries; students are required to live on campus for all four years.

Academic Calendar: Trimester (three 10-week terms)

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The Admissions Blog

Breaking the News to Colleges

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 4:24pm
Editor’s note: Our colleague and one-time Portland-based regional admissions guru, Andrea Hendrickson, penned this blog a couple years ago. She has since decided to become a counselor at a school closer to her home. However, because she loves her alma mater so much (yep, she’s a Lawrentian), she has enthusiastically endorsed our reposting this year. […]

Student Stories

A Week in the Life of an LU Freshman

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 10:14am
Hello again! Another week has passed here at Lawrence–those 10-week terms really fly by! As we approach week five of spring term, I’m reflecting on all the fantastic things we have happening on campus. There’s always so much to see and experience; the Conservatory alone averages three performances a day! It can be easy to […]

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