Welcome, Lawrentian! We are delighted you've decided to join the Lawrence family.
There’s much to do now that you are officially a Lawrentian! Before you get started though, the first thing you will need to do is activate your Lawrence account and login to your Lawrentian Portal.
Activate your Lawrence Account
This account is your key to digital life at Lawrence. It allows you to access your Lawrentian portal, email, the network, and Voyager—the online place where you will apply for housing, register for classes, and check your grades.
To complete the activation process you will need your Lawrence username and temporary password. You will find this information by logging into your admission application status page. Once you have your username and temporary password, follow the instructions here to complete the activation process.
Login to your Lawrentian Portal and check your email
Your Lawrentian Portal is your one-stop-shop for keeping up with where you are in your transition to Lawrence. Once you complete a step, after a few days, it will magically disappear from your requirements page. Within your portal you'll also find a host of other helpful information, news, notes, and tips to make that process as easy as possible.
The checklist below is a general overview of the steps new Lawrentians complete after activating their Lawrence account. Complete details about each step are outlined in the Lawrentian Portal.
Complete your Housing Forms
Are you a morning person or a night owl? What kind of music do you listen to? Answer these and other questions on your housing selection forms to help us place you in a great environment. Room assignments are posted in mid-July.
Check out the Guide for Incoming Students for tours of the residence halls and more information on residence life at Lawrence.
Accept or Decline Student Loans
If you were offered loans as part of your Lawrence Financial Aid Award, you must formally accept or decline your loans. Click here to learn more the process of accepting or declining student loans. If you have any questions we encourage you to call the Financial Aid office at 920-832-6583.
Complete Your Advisor Information Survey
Your advisor information survey helps us match you up with the ideal faculty advisor. You will meet with your advisor during Welcome Week and periodically throughout your time at Lawrence.
Sign Up For Your Initial Advising Session
Starting in mid-June, every student will meet with a Lawrence professor, via video chat. During your meeting, you will discuss your upcoming courses as well as tips on how to make a successful transition to Lawrence.
You are welcome to browse our course offerings as you prepare for advising and registration.
Complete Music Placement Assessments
(Bachelor of Music, Double Degree, Bachelor of Arts in Music)
Students admitted to the B.Mus. and B.A.-Music degree programs (including transfers), as well as other BA students who are interested in taking the core music theory sequence, must complete the Music Theory Preliminary Assessment (within two weeks of accepting Lawrence’s offer of admission) and the Music Theory Placement Exam (between July 15 and August 24). Additionally, the advanced placement exam in music theory and aural skills is required for transfer students and open to entering first-year students who have had considerable prior training in music theory and aural skills. For more information, see the Music Theory placement webpage.
Students admitted to the Bachelor of Musical Arts program do not complete the placement assessments.
Register for Classes
While all students will meet with an advisor during the summer only students admitted to the College will register themselves classes. All initial course registration for Conservatory students (including Bachelor of Music, Double Degree, Bachelor of Musical Arts, and Bachelors of Arts in Music) is handled by the Conservatory administration.
Submit a Selfie for Your Lawrence ID
Incoming students may submit a photo to be used on their student ID.
Submit Health Forms
All students are required to submit Health Forms. Students must have a physical within one year of the first day of classes. For more information on health insurance, or if you are looking to purchase insurance through our partnering insurance company, visit the insurance page.
International students studying in the US on a visa are also required to have sickness and accident insurance. Each international student at Lawrence is automatically enrolled in the program and billed for the cost unless the insurance waiver form is submitted by July 1 each year. For costs, the waiver form, and more information, visit the International Student Health page.
Complete Online Training and Awareness Courses
All students are required complete online education courses prior to starting academic classes as part of our comprehensive prevention program. These courses include AlcoholEdu, Sexual Assault Prevention, and Diversity & Inclusion.
Submit Payment Agreement & Disclosure Form and View Billing Statement
When you register as a student, you establish an open-end account with Lawrence University. The payment of all tuition and fees becomes an obligation upon registration. The Student Payment Agreement & Disclosure Form contains the terms and conditions of that account, as well as a statement of your rights and responsibilities regarding that account.
For reference, initial billing statements for the fall term typically become available on July 15. Payment is due August 15. Learn more on the Student Accounts page.
Instructions for International Students
If you are currently living outside of the United States, click here for instructions on applying for your initial F-1 visa. If you are currently living in the United States and are already an F-1 visa holder, you are eligible to transfer your visa. For instructions on transferring you F-1 VISA, click here.
Once you make travel arrangements, you may submit arrival information to International Student Services so that we may assist in coordinating a smooth arrival on campus. More information on dates of arrival, recommended airports and buses, and general tips can be found here.
The international connections form helps us match you with a peer mentor. This person will serve as a buddy and a resource during your transition to Lawrence.
Learn more about planning for arrival at Lawrence by connecting with International Student Services and reviewing the International Student Summer Checklist.
Submit Final Transcripts and Test Scores
All official final transcripts (both high school and college level) that include updated grades or graduation information must be submitted to Lawrence. Transcripts must come directly from the school, electronically or by mail, to be considered official. In addition, you should submit scores from AP or IB exams from the corresponding testing organization. Finally, if you elected to use standardized test scores (ACT or SAT) as part of your admission, you should confirm that official verified scores are on record with the admissions office.
Prep for Move-in, Welcome Week, and Ensemble Placement
Watch for Welcome Week materials, including your first Freshman Studies book, in the mail and in your email!
All Conservatory students will complete a brief audition during the first week of classes to determine their ensemble placement. Music excerpts will be posted over the summer to help you prepare.
Note: Fall athletes should check with their coaches about earlier arrivals.