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Lawrence has opened an additional Freshman student application deadline, February 16 (the day after Presidents Day).

Lawrence University is mindful that even though the calendar may have flipped to 2021 the effects of 2020 are still lingering for many.  

We have already heard from many students who are:

  • waiting for first semester grades, maybe the first grades they’ve been able to earn since the pandemic started;
  • needing more time to connect with someone to submit a recommendation on their behalf;
  • trying to find time on a digital device and a quiet place to work on their application;

Students applying by this deadline are eligible for the same scholarship and financial aid opportunities as applicants to our preceding deadlines.

We accept either the Common Application or the Lawrence Application with no preference for one over the other. Lawrence University does not charge an application fee. We look forward to hearing from you.

Common Application

Lawrence Application


At this time we are accepting applications for the 2021 Winter, Spring, and Fall terms.

Application Requirements

All Applicants Conservatory International
  • Complete requirements for all applicants, plus:
    • Audition
    • Music teacher evaluation
    • Music resume
  • Complete requirements for all applicants (and Conservatory requirements, if applicable), plus:
    • Proof of English proficiency
    • Copy of identification page of valid passport
    • Lawrence Certification of Finance Form

Admissions Deadlines

Apply By Notified By Deposit By
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


If you're applying for a degree in the arts or sciences (e.g., in the humanities, visual arts, natural/life sciences, social sciences, etc.), you may apply during any of the application rounds.

If you are applying for a degree in music, you may choose either Early Decision, Early Action 1, or Regular Decision. (Learn more about Conservatory admission and auditions.)


Financial Aid Deadlines

Financial Aid
Priority Date*
Financial Aid
Notification By
Early Decision Nov. 8 Dec. 1
Early Action 1 Nov. 8 Jan. 15
Early Action 2 Dec. 8 Feb. 22
Regular Decision Jan. 22 April 1

*If you noticed a difference between the dates listed here and our print publications: the financial aid priority dates have been extended to be 7 days after the admission deadline (Nov. 8, Dec. 8, and Jan. 22). 

Note: If you miss the financial aid priority deadline associated with your admission application, you may apply under any subsequent financial aid priority deadline. (Lawrence University sends financial aid offers only to admitted students.)

Learn more about applying for financial aid.

What We Consider

Application review is about more than just evaluating a transcript and some test scores. Lawrence's review process takes into consideration every piece of information you choose to send our way.

Learn more about what we consider in the application process if you are a:·        

Please connect with a counselor or call us at 800-227-0982 if you have any questions. If calling from outside the US, call (01) 920-832-6500.

Schedule a Visit or Interview

Visiting campus is the best way to get a feel for the campus which will help with your decision. Try the food, meet some students, see the sights, chat with professors, sit down with an admission counselor and more. Schedule your visit to Lawrence.  If you can't visit campus and want to learn more, you can see if there are off campus interviews coming to a place near you.