You will find the support you need as you go through the application process at Lawrence. The International Admissions team will help you every step of the way.

At Lawrence, we consider you an international student if any of these apply:

  • You are currently studying in the United States with a student visa (F-1 or J-1) in high school, college/university or an English language program (ESL).
  • You are an American dual citizen who has received the majority of your secondary education outside the United States.
  • You are currently in the United States on a non-immigrant visa.
  • You intend to enter the United States with a student (F-1 or J-1) visa.
  • If you meet any of the above criteria and have attended a college or university, Lawrence University welcomes transfer applications from students who have attempted 12 or more college credits post-high school graduation or have an associate of science or arts degree.

How to apply

We accept either the Lawrence Application or the Common Application with no preference for one over the other. Lawrence University does not charge an application fee. 

First-Year Fall Term Application Deadlines

Application Round Application Deadline Admission Notification Student Decision Deadline
Early Decision (binding) Nov. 1 Dec. 1 Dec. 15
Early Action 1 Nov. 1 Dec. 15 May 1
Early Action 2 Dec. 1 Jan 25 May 1
Regular Decision Jan. 15 April 1 May 1

Transfer Application Deadlines

Entry Term Application Deadline Certification of Finances Deadline Admission & Scholarship Notification
Fall (September) April 1 April 6 May 15
Winter (January) Sept. 23 Sept. 23 Oct. 3
Spring (April) Feb. 1 Feb. 6 Feb. 15

Application Requirements – All Students

  • Official High School Transcript. Students are required to provide an English translation.
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency. Proficiency may be demonstrated by any one of the following:
    • Indication that English is your primary language

    • Through a letter from your counselor or other school official or, a submitted school profile that indicates that the language of instruction in your high school was English

    • TOEFL
      • Internet-Based: 80 out of 120
      • Computer-Based: 217 out of 300
      • Paper Based: 553 out of 677
      • Lawrence's school code for TOEFL is 1398
    • IELTS 6.5 out of 9 overall band score
    • Duolingo minimum score of 115
    • SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 580
      • Lawrence's school code for the SAT is 1398
    • ACT English/Writing: 24
      • Lawrence's school code for the ACT is 4596
  • Teacher Evaluation
    • If applying as a first-year student this should be a high school instructor. If applying as a transfer student this should be a college instructor.
  • Passport Copy
    • A scanned copy of the identification page of your passport.
  • Lawrence University Certification of Finances Form
    • Available via your online portal after application submission
    • All applicants must complete the Lawrence University Certification of Finance form no later than five days after your application deadline. No other forms (i.e. CSS Profile, etc) will be accepted.
    • Supporting financial documentation is required as part of the Lawrence University Certification of Finance form which may include any combination of the following:
      • A current official bank statement
      • A letter or other documentation from an employer verifying parent income
      • A letter and bank statement from a private sponsor
      • Letter of financial support from sponsor program
      • If you have further documentation beyond any of these that may help us make a proper assessment, we welcome the opportunity to review it.
    • We accept copies of financial documents via e-mail. We reserve the right to request originals at any stage in the admissions process.
  • Interview - All applicants are strongly encouraged to interview.

Additional Requirements

First-Year Applicants

  • Secondary School Report
    • Submitted by high school counselor or school official along with high school transcripts

Transfer Applicants

Conservatory Applicants

  • Complete an audition
    • Audition instructions are available within your application portal after application submission.
  • Music teacher recommendation
    • Completed by any teacher who can best speak to your musical abilities.
  • Music resume
    • A music resume details your musical experiences such as master classes, summer festivals, private lessons, competitions, etc.