How to Apply
We accept the Common Application or the Lawrence Application with no preference for one over the other. Lawrence University does not charge an application fee.
Dates and Deadlines
At Lawrence students study on a trimester calendar. Due to this, transfer students are encouraged to apply for admission for Fall Term (September start) and Winter Term (January start). If you are interested in transferring in the Spring Term (March start), please contact your transfer admissions counselor.
U.S. Transfer Students
Fall Term Application Deadline (September start): July 31. Notification is on a rolling basis.
Winter Term Application Deadline (January start): November 1. Notification: November 15.
International Transfer Students
Fall Term Application Deadline (September start): April 1. Certification of Finances Deadline: April 6. Notification: May 15.
Winter Term Application Deadline (January start): November 1. Certification of Finances Deadline: November 6. Notification: November 15.
In addition to your online application, all transfer applicants must submit:
- official final high school transcript;
- official college transcripts from each college you attended, including any dual-credit courses taken in high school;
- recommendation letter, preferably from a college instructor.
ACT or SAT Test scores are not required for admission or scholarship consideration for domestic applicants.
An interview is encouraged. (Psst: Sign up for an interview here.)
Requirements for admission to the Conservatory of Music
If you are a student interested in transferring to the Conservatory of Music at Lawrence or Double Degree program, in addition, we require the following materials. Applications are most competitive if application documents are submitted before the audition.
- Music Resume
- Music Teacher Evaluation — Your music teacher evaluation is automatically emailed to the teacher you listed.
Additional Requirements for International Transfer Students
International transfer applicants are required to submit these additional items. Students applying to the Conservatory must also complete the items listed in the Conservatory of Music below.
Foreign College Credit Evaluation
Students transferring from, or who attended, a university outside of the United States must include an official reviewed college transcript for each school from outside the United States. These evaluations may be completed by Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or World Education Services (WES).
English Language Proficiency Test Scores
An official TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, SAT, or ACT report is required for all international students whose native language is not English, or whose previous instruction was not primarily in English. Lawrence's code for the SAT and TOEFL is 1398. For the ACT, it is 4596.
If your first language is English or you have received instruction primarily taught in English, you may request to waive the proficiency requirement through a letter from your counselor or other school official or with a submitted school profile.
Proficiency may be demonstrated by any one of the following:
- TOEFL Internet Based: 80 out of 120
- TOEFL Computer Based: 217 out of 300
- TOEFL Paper Based: 553 out of 677
- IELTS 6.5 out of 9 overall band score
- Duolingo minimum score of 105
- SAT 580 on Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
- ACT 24 out of 36 on English/Writing
All applicants are strongly encouraged to interview.
Chinese citizens are required to complete an interview via Skype, IntitalView, or Vericant. If you are an international transfer student who has attended a year at college in the U.S.A. and obtained a 2.75 GPA in non-ELL classes, we will waive the Interview requirement.
Certification of Finance Form
Available via your online portal, after you submit your application for admission. The Lawrence Certification of Finance form must be submitted no later than five days after your application deadline. No other forms (i.e. CSS Profile, etc) will be accepted in it's place.
Supporting financial documentation is required as part of the Lawrence Certification of Finance form which may include any combination of the following:
- An 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 attested (notarized) copies of financial documents via fax or e-mail. We reserve the right to request originals at any stage in the admissions process. Please see the International Scholarships and Financial Aid page for more details.
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