General Facts about Appleton, WI

  • Population: 72,623 (as of 2010 census)
  • Incorporated as a village in 1853 and as a city in 1857
  • The Fox River runs through the heart of Appleton. The Fox River is unusual in that it flows north for its entire course. It exits into Lake Michigan at Green Bay about 30 miles to the north of Appleton.
  • Lawrence is located adjacent to downtown Appleton, a vibrant community of 74,000 in which the city and the college benefit from one another. The Fox Cities, a cluster of 20 cities and towns along the Fox River with a combined population of more than 250,000, is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the state and has consistently been named one of the best medium-size metropolitan areas in the nation, based on quality-of-life indicators.               

                      One of CNN Money's "Best Places to Live - Small Cities" (ranked 96 out of 100)

                      45th on the Forbes list of 184 "Best Small Places for Business and Careers"

                      57th on the Milken Institute’s 179 "Best-Performing Cities”     

  • A few famous residents: Harry Houdini, escape artist and magician; Willem Dafoe, actor; Greta Van Susteren, news analyst; Maury Laws, music director; Edna Ferber, author; John Bradley, one of the soldiers raising the flag at Iwo Jima.

General Facts about Lawrence University

  • Lawrence University was founded in 1847 by Amos A. Lawrence of Boston who commissioned the Reverend William Harkness Sampson and the Reverend Henry R. Colman to establish a school on land he owned in the Wisconsin Territory.
  • Lawrence was chartered as a college in 1847.
  • Conservatory of Music was founded in 1874.
  • Lawrence is one of the oldest coeducational colleges in America.
  • Lawrence is located in Appleton, Wisconsin.
  • Lawrence’s school mascot is the Viking.

2018-19 Current Student Body

  • The 2018-19 student body is 53% female and 47% male, 24% domestic students of color, and 13% international. It includes 1,472 men and women from 47 states plus the District of Columbia as well as 46 foreign countries.
  • 24% of the student body is from Wisconsin, 17% from Illinois, and 8% from Minnesota.
  • 95% live on campus in seven residence halls and other various types of small-group and apartment-style housing.
  • Students participate in over 100 clubs and organizations.
  • 21% of the student body participates in Division III, NCAA varsity athletics, including baseball, basketball, cross country, fencing, football, hockey, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track & field, and volleyball.

2018-19 Faculty and Staff

LU faculty and staff are comprised of 37% faculty members and 63% staff members.

  • Faculty: 53% male, 47% female, and 17% minority
  • Staff: 40% male, 60% female, and 12% minority