This section contains student outcomes data about current students, graduates, and alumni.

Retention Rates

One-year retention rates are reported on the IPEDS Fall Enrollment Survey, reported in spring (April) of each year, and reveal the rate of first-time students who returned in the second fall. Adjusted cohorts are used for calculating retention rates. Cohorts are adjusted for allowable exclusions including students who left the institution prior to graduation for any of the following reasons: died or were totally and permanently disabled; to serve in the armed forces (including those called to active duty); to serve with a foreign aid service of the Federal Government (e.g. Peace Corps); or to serve on official church missions.

One-Year Retention Rates (Fall Cohorts 2008-2019)

Data were last updated on 3/24/2021.

Programs Completed

Data on graduates, degrees conferred, and majors completed starting with the 1986-87 academic year are available by downloading the Excel file below.

Data were last updated on 7/21/20.

Teacher Certification

Teacher certification is available to Lawrence students, alumni, and graduates from other colleges and universities. 

EPP Annual Report
Lawrence is included in the Wisconsin Department of Instruction's annual report on educator preparation programs. As a selective liberal arts college, Lawrence attracts students from across the country and around the world. Many of our graduates apply for a Wisconsin license and then seek a teaching license in their home state or employment overseas, where they are often among the top-ranked teachers in their schools.

Title II Report
Lawrence meets the reporting requirements of Section 207 of Title II of the Higher Education Act. Our pass rate is 100%. Copies of the most recent report are available from the Education Department chair. Please contact the Education Department at (920) 832-6714.

Section content was last updated on 2/24/2021.

Graduation Rates

Graduation rates for a cohort of first-time, full-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students are reported to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) on the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Systems (IPEDS) Graduation Rate Survey. A student is counted as completed or graduated if they earn a degree or certificate within 150 percent of normal time for the student's program. For Lawrence, this means the percentage of entering students who complete their degree within six years. Institutions are allowed to exclude from graduation rate calculations those students who leave school to serve in the Armed Forces, on official church missions, or with a federal foreign aid service; or are deceased or totally and permanently disabled. All graduation rate figures reflect the adjusted cohort after allowable exclusions.

Disclosure of graduation rates disaggregated by sex, race/ethnicity, and financial aid status is required. The data exists in tables and/or graphs within the PDF's linked below.  

Data were last updated on 3/11/2021.

First Destination Outcomes

Each year the Career Center surveys the graduating class and continues to do so for six months to determine the educational, professional, and personal outcomes of a Lawrence education. The First Destination Outcomes summary report shows the percentage of recent graduates who are employed, continuing their education (graduate or professional school), interning, serving in the military, volunteering, traveling, or seeking employment. In addition, the summary report not only shows employment by location and industry but degrees being pursued as well. Archived data are available here.

Section content was last updated on 2/26/2021 in consultation with the Career Center.

Employment Outcomes

A sample of organizations who hired Lawrence graduates within the past five years includes:  AmeriCorps, Apple, Appleton Area School District, BCDVideo, The Boldt Company, Chicago Center, Chicago Opera Theatre, City Year, College Possible, Edelman Communications and Marketing, Edward Jones, Epic Systems Corporation, Field Museum of Natural History, Fox Cities Magazine, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, Fox Valley Symphony, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Lawrence University, LinkedIn, Macy's, MicroInsurance Centre LLC, Northern Trust, Optum, Peace Corps, PhysAssist Scribes, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Teach for China, Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF), The Nature Conservancy, ThedaCare, TEKsystems, University of Minnesota, Walker Art Center, Weidert Group, Inc.; Wells Fargo, Yale University, YMCA and various school districts.

Section content was last reviewed on 2/25/2021 in consultation with the Career Center; no updates needed.

Graduate and Professional School Outcomes

Fellowships & Scholarships 

This is only a sample of prestigious fellowships and scholarships awarded to Lawrentians!

  • The Fulbright Program grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. Since 1976, 57 students and nine faculty from Lawrence received the prestigious Fulbright scholarships. Lawrence was on the prestigious 2018-19 Fulbright U.S. Student Top Producer List
  • The Watson Fellowship is a one-year grant for purposeful, independent exploration outside the United States, awarded to graduating seniors nominated by one of 40 partner colleges. Since 1969, there have been 73 Watson Fellows from Lawrence. The Lawrence Watson Gallery lists recipients. 
  • The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment. Six Lawrence students were awarded a scholarship since 1999 including Jacob Brenner (1999), Gustavo Setrini (2001), Stephen Rogness (2003), Hava Blair (2012), Chelsea Johnson (2013), and Zechariah Meunier (2014). 
  • The Critical Language Scholarship Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Seven Lawrence students were recipients since 2010 including Megan Brown (2010), Meghan Hickey (2011), Meghan Murphy (2016), Nina Wilson (2017), and Mikeala Marget, Jonathan Rubin, and Heidi Arnold (2018).  
  • The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards scholarships to college students seeking to pursue a career as a public service leader. Catherine Dodds Dunham was awarded this prestigious scholarship in 1997.
  • The Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world. The post-graduate award provides full financial support for students to study at the University of Oxford. Seven Lawrence students received Rhodes Scholarships including Athol Rollins (1905), Earnest Hooten (1910), Keville Larson (1922), Elmer Pfefferkorn (1954), Michael Hammond (1956), James Merrell (1975), and Peter Ruprecht (1992). 
  • The Barry Goldwater Scholarship & Excellence in Education Foundation honors Senator Barry Goldwater and it was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue research careers in the fields of the natural sciences, engineering, and mathematics.The Goldwater Scholarship is the preeminent undergraduate award of its type in these fields. Seven Lawrence students have been named Goldwater Scholars including Christopher Dietrich (1992), Charles Holst (1995), Joanna Boerner (1999), Angela Kopp & Cindy Regal (2000), Willa Dworschack (2019), and Travis Dillon (2020). 
  • Videos from winners of these prestigious fellowships and scholarships can be found here.

Graduate and Professional Education

According to information collected for the class of 2019, 21% of surveyed graduates pursued further graduate or professional school study within six months of graduation and 1% were applying to do so. 

A sample of schools attended by recent graduates includes: 

  • Belmont University (TN)
  • Boston University (MA)
  • Bowling Green State University (OH)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
  • Central Michigan University (MI)
  • Columbia College (IL)
  • Columbia University (NY)
  • Dartmouth College (NH)
  • DePaul University (IL)
  • Drew University (NJ)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • Eastman School of Music (NY)
  • Emory University (GA)
  • Georgetown University (DC)
  • Graduate Institute of Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Indiana University - Bloomington (IN)
  • Johns Hopkins University (MD)
  • London School of Economics (UK)
  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)
  • Manhattan School of Music (NY)
  • Marquette University (WI)
  • Midwestern University (IL)
  • Mount Mary College (WI)
  • New York University (NY)
  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • Pace University (NY)
  • Pennsylvania State University - University Park (PA)
  • Purdue University - West Lafayette (IN)
  • Rush University (IL)
  • San Francisco Conservatory of Music (CA)
  • University of Arizona (AZ)
  • University of California - Santa Barbara (CA)
  • University of Cincinnati (OH)
  • University of Colorado at Boulder (CO)
  • University of Denver (CO)
  • University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign (IL)
  • University of Louisville (KY)
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (MI)
  • University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (MN)
  • University of Missouri (MO)
  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)
  • University of Texas - Austin (TX)
  • University of Toronto (Canada)
  • University of Utah (UT)
  • University of Washington (WA)
  • University of Wisconsin - La Crosse (WI)
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison (WI)
  • University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee (WI)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

Sub-section content was last updated on 2/26/2021 in consultation with the Career Center. 

Earned Doctorates

  • The National Science Foundation, along with several other federal agencies, sponsors a project called the
    Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED). The survey is conducted annually to collect information about people
    earning doctorates at universities in the United States. Professional degrees (J.D., M.D., D.D.S., O.D., D.V.M., etc.) are not covered by this survey.
  • According to the 2013 National Science Foundation Report on baccalaureate origins of science and engineering PhD’s, LU ranked 14th in the nation among liberal arts institutions for the percent of alumni who go on to earn a PhD in science and engineering and 28th among all U.S. universities and colleges.
  • Lawrence in the News: Success in STEM

"The 2014 Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) report Strengthening the STEM Pipeline: The Contributions of Small and Mid-Sized Independent Colleges demonstrated the critical role this sector of higher education institutions plays in preparing its students for success in obtaining undergraduate and graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields."

Lawrence ranked as follows:

• 17th in the nation for U.S. baccalaureate-origin institutions of 2007-2016 STEM doctorate recipients by institutional-yield ratio, 13th among liberal arts institutions, and 4th among our peer schools (Table A5 on page A31). It is worth noting that our overall 17th ranking places us ahead of Princeton (ranked 18th) and just behind Harvard (ranked 16th) and Yale (ranked 14th). 
• 29th in the nation for U.S. baccalaureate-origin institutions of 2007-2016 women STEM doctorate recipients by institutional-yield ratio, 25th among liberal arts institutions, and 6th among our peer schools (Table A6 on page A33). 

Sub-section content was last reviewed on 2/26/2021; no updates needed. 


Downbeat Magazine Student Music Awards

Lawrence jazz students have won numerous Downbeat Magazine "Student Music" Awards in the instrumental soloist, original composition, arranging and recording categories. Read more about Lawrence's Downbeat award recipients here and/or watch videos of the winners.  

Section content was last reviewed on 2/26/2021; no updates needed.

Alumni Profiles

Thomas Steitz was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Other notable Lawrence alumni include politicians, business people, musicians, authors, athletes, and more. 

Various Conservatory departments also feature alumni profiles: BassoonHorn, MusicologyOperaPercussionPianoSaxophone, and Voice.

Section content was last reviewed on 2/26/2021 in consultation with the Conservatory of Music; no updates needed. 

College Navigator

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a part of the Institute of Education Sciences within the U.S. Department of Education, is the primary federal entity responsible for collecting and analyzing data related to postsecondary education in the United States. Each year, NCES collects a broad range of information from post-secondary institutions through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), a system of interrelated survey. Data are collected in the following areas: institutional characteristics, institutional prices, admissions, enrollment, student financial aid, degrees and certificates conferred, student persistence and success (retention rates, graduation rates, and outcome measures), institutional human resources, fiscal resources, and academic libraries. Much of this information is then sorted, organized, and presented to the public on the College Navigator website, which is managed by NCES. 

College Navigator is a free consumer information tool from the Department of Education intended to assist students, parents, high school counselors, and others obtain information about nearly 7,000 postsecondary institutions in the United States and other areas.

Section content was last reviewed on 2/26/2021; no updates needed.

College Scorecard

The College Scorecard, an online tool created by the US. Department of Education, includes more than 1,700 data points for more than 7,000 institutions of higher education. The data reflects information from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) at the National Center for Education Statistics, the National Student Loan Data System, and tax records provided through the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The College Scorecard gives students and families reliable, comprehensive, nationally comparative data on institutional outcomes including financial aid and debt, retention and completion (graduation) rates, and post-college earnings. Additional data are available on costs (including by family income), student body, SAT/ACT scores, and academic programs.

Section content was last reviewed on 2/26/2021; no updates needed.