Engaged Learning is what characterizes a Lawrence education and distinguishes Lawrentians. By actively engaging in challenging and meaningful learning experiences with faculty and your peers—exploring, debating, researching, creating, practicing, performing—you will be prepared to adapt and succeed in an ever-changing world.


Powered by a 8 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio, Lawrence University offers more high-impact learning environments than nearly every other college in the country, allowing you more opportunities for meaningful work with your professors to collaborate at a level that is rare in higher education.

We take learning personally here, and devote extraordinary resources to create a highly personalized educational experience. Consider, for example, the average sizes of the 2,000 courses we teach each year:

Whether it is a research project in the laboratory of one of your Lawrence professors, a one-on-one tutorial with a humanities professor, studio lessons in the conservatory, or a guided project, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with your professors and fellow classmates at a level that is rare in higher education.

And why does this matter?

In surveys of thousands of college graduates, Gallup has identified two major factors that contribute to people reporting that they are  "engaged in their work and thriving in their well-being later in life."

Great Emotional Support
Deep Experiential Learning
Great Life

Those who lead great lives are those who are in good social, physical, and financial health, are engaged in their communities, love what they do, and believe their lives have great meaning and purpose.

Gallup further breaks that formula into components

Great Emotional Support

Deep Experiential Learning

I had a professor who made me excited to learn.

I worked on a project that took an academic term or longer to complete

I had a professor who cared about me as a person.

I had a learning experience where I applied what I was learning.
I had a mentor who encouraged my hopes and dreams. I had deep engagement with extracurricular activities.


College graduates who report having just two of the above are, according to Gallup, more than twice as likely to report living a "great life." Those who had all six were 16 times more likely.

With one of the smallest student-to-faculty ratios in the country, abundant opportunities for applied learning—including your Chandler Senior Experience—and more extracurricular opportunities than you can possibly do in a lifetime, let alone four years, your chances of checking all six boxes are extremely high.

Which may explain why Lawrence graduates tend to report, at a level that outpaces their peers, that they are thriving in their lives not just six months after graduation, but long after that, by many measures:

  • mid-career salaries among the highest in the country for national liberal arts college grads;
  • sector-leading percentage that report their jobs have "high meaning" (according to The Princeton Review's Colleges That Pay You Back, 2017)
  • among the nation's most generous alumni (according to Forbes, which ranks colleges based on the percentage of graduates who donate to their alma mater).