We know that there are many paths towards a college degree and Lawrence is committed to supporting transfer students in achieving that goal. 

Lawrence welcomes transfer applications to our college of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Conservatory of Music from students studying at accredited colleges and universities in the United States and around the world. You are considered a transfer student if you have attempted 12 or more college credits after graduating high school or if you have an associate of science or arts degree.

Dates and Deadlines

Because many colleges have semester calendars and Lawrence uses a trimester calendar, 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, please contact your transfer admissions counselor.

Domestic Transfer students should apply by the following dates:

Fall Term Deadline: July 31st Notification is on a rolling basis.
Winter Term Deadline: November 1st. Notification: November 15


International Transfer students should apply by the following dates:

Entry Term Application Deadline Certification of Finances Deadline Admission &Scholarship Notification
Fall Apr. 1 Apr. 6 May. 15
Winter Nov. 1 Nov. 6 Nov. 15


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. We look forward to hearing from you.

Lawrence Application

Common Application

What We Consider

Applicants should display the potential and drive to complete a bachelor’s degree at a liberal arts college, have earned at minimum, a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75 or better. Application review is about more than just evaluating a transcript and some test scores. Lawrence's review process is holistic and takes into consideration every piece of information you choose to send our way. International and Conservatory transfer students please note the additional material requirements sections below.

Application Requirements include: 

  • Common App or Lawrence Application 
  • Official Final High School Transcript 
  • Official College Transcripts from every college you attended, including dual-credit during high school
  • Essay (Why Transfer statement and short answer questions) 
  • Recommendation Letter (preferably from a college instructor) 


  • Test Scores 
  • Interview


International transfer applicants are required to submit these additional items. In addition to these items, students applying to the Conservatory must also complete items listed in the Transferring to the Conservatory section below. 

Foreign College Credit Evaluation

Transfer students—students who have attended a college or university prior to applying to Lawrence—must include an official reviewed college transcript. Lawrence requires a Course by Course Evaluation Report directly from ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators) or WES (World Education Services).

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
Passport Copy

A scanned copy of the personal information page of your passport must be uploaded directly to your online portal or e-mailed to admissions@lawrence.edu.


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, all applicants must complete the Lawrence Certification of Finance form 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 Scholarships and Financial Aid page for more details.


Transferring into 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.

  • Audition Registration
  • Music Resume
  • NASM Transfer Release Form — By completing this form your current college agrees to the NASM Code of Ethics not to penalize the student for considering the possibility of attending Lawrence.
  • Music Teacher Evaluation — Your music teacher evaluation is automatically emailed to the teacher you listed.

You are also encouraged to review all audition guidelines and frequently asked questions.

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