Welcome, Lawrentian!

Join a community of students who are transforming themselves in an engaged learning environment ready to thrive in a rapidly changing world. 

Your 1,500 fellow Lawrentians come from the world’s largest cities and smallest towns to form a cohesive residential community within a safe, vibrant and accessible city. They are diverse and thrive on collaboration

As you prepare to join this welcoming community, there are many people here on campus ready to help you make a smooth transition. Please get in touch with any one of us in the admissions office if we can help you along the way.

Next Steps

Once you are ready to confirm your enrollment to Lawrence, please review the below steps to begin your journey to Lawrence:

Let us know your decision by May 1

Log into your online portal, complete the enrollment form and send in your $400 tuition deposit. Payment is accepted by credit card, certified check, bank wire or Western Union.


Review your I-20 or DS-2019

Review your I-20 or DS-2019 to confirm that all information is correct. If you see any issues, please contact us immediately at admissions@lawrence.edu.


Obtain your student visa

Your student visa can be issued up to 120 days in advance of your arrival on campus. Please apply early as it can take months to get an appointment and process your application. General information about visas to the U.S. can be found at usvisas.state.gov.

All students applying for F-1 or J-1 U.S. student visas must pay a nonrefundable I-901 SEVIS fee before visiting the U.S. Embassy or Consulate to apply for a visa. Payment can be made online at fmjfee.com/I901fee or, if Western Union is available in your country, you may use these offices to pay in local currency. Visit ice.gov/sevis/I901/index.htm for detailed instructions.

You typically must bring the following items with you to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Please refer to your local U.S. Embassy or Consulate web page for information that may be specific to your country of residence.

  1. A SEVIS I-20 (or DS-2019 for exchange visitors) Certificate of Eligibility
  2. A receipt showing payment of the I-901 SEVIS fee
  3. A complete non-immigrant visa application form (DS-156) or complete the electronic form (DS-160). Verify which form your particular consulate or embassy accepts.
  4. Letter of admission from Lawrence University
  5. Originals and copies of relevant financial documents showing means of financial support for at least the first year of study in the U.S.
  6. Originals of your secondary school (and university, if applicable) records and examination results
  7. Originals of your TOEFL and/or SAT results
  8. One recent 3 cm by 3 cm photograph
  9. A passport valid for at least six months after your proposed date of entry into the U.S.

Note: Canadian citizens entering the U.S. from Canada do not need to obtain a student visa from the embassy or consulate. Visas are approved at the U.S./Canada border upon entry into the U.S. Students should bring all forms with them for approval by border officials. The I-901 SEVIS fee is still required.


Access your Lawrentian Portal

You will receive access to your Lawrentian Portal approximately five days after you submit your deposit.


Send your final school transcript and exam results

Your school must send a final transcript through Naviance, the Common Application or directly from their office by mail, or you can bring an original copy directly to Lawrence. If you completed any Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or college coursework, those results must be sent as well.


Complete your New Student Medical History and Physical Examination form by Aug. 1

You will need to visit your local doctor to complete these forms, available at go.lawrence.edu/1427.


Register for fall courses

For most new students, your first opportunity to register for fall courses will be in late June/early July in Voyager. More information will be sent to your @lawrence.edu email account in May.


Pay Term 1 tuition & fees by Aug. 15

Students are billed on a term-by-term basis. Term 1 fees (tuition, room and board, and student activity fees) will be posted to your Voyager account in late July. (Payment for Term 2 is due Dec. 15; payment for Term 3 is due March 15.)


And finally ... arrive at Lawrence!

More information will be sent to your @lawrence.edu email account in May.

International Orientation and Arrival

International students should plan to arrive for International Orientation which leads into Welcome Week, at which time all new Lawrentians will join you on campus. 

For detailed instructions on travel, orientation, and arrival, please visit our Current Students: International Orientation & Arrival page.

Things to consider about Deferring to Fall 2021

We will continue to stay connected with you via your Lawrence e-mail and social media. We ask that you regularly check your Lawrence e-mail account and access your Lawrentian portal to submit important forms such as selecting a room, meeting with an advisor, or submitting required health forms. All this information will be used when you arrive on campus.

Once you confirm you want to defer your enrollment to Fall 2021, we will also work together to make sure you have proper documentation to successfully petition for a visa. Additionally, we will need to evaluate your new financial information and issue you a new scholarship and I-20 based on 2021 Cost of Attendance.

For more information, please contact:
Marcy O'Malley | Director of International Admissions
marcy.omalley@lawrence.edu | telephone: (01) 920-832-6778

Contact Us

You are welcome here!  Please contact us as we are here to help.

Marcy O'Malley | Director of International Admissions
marcy.omalley@lawrence.edu | telephone: (01) 920-832-6778
Counselor for students who are from: Asia, Central America, Eastern Europe, European Union, Middle East, North America (not United States), Oceania and the Caribbean.  All International transfer students, US citizens living outside the US, all exchange students.

Katie Seidel | Associate Director of Admissions
katie.s.seidel@lawrence.edu | telephone: (01) 920-832-6916
Counselor for students who are from: Territory: South America, Africa, and all International Students in the United States.

Office of Admissions
Alice G Chapman Hall
Street address: 757 E. College Avenue
Mail address: 711 E. Boldt Way
Appleton, WI 54911

Advice for making a college decision

Pick a place where you REALLY get to interact with various alumni and professors outside of class because these connections will go a long way. Professors at Lawrence always have your best interest at heart and do everything they can to help you.

Saahil Cuccria '19

Home country: India

Major: Psychology