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 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 2008-2018)

Data last updated 3/23/2020.

Programs Completed

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

Data last updated 7/25/19.

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.

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 last updated 3/23/20.

First Destination Outcomes

Each year the Center for Career, Life, and Community Engagement 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.

Employment Outcomes

A sample of organizations who hired Lawrence graduates within the past five years includes:  AmeriCorps, Apple, BCDVideo, The Boldt Company, Chicago Center, City Year, College Possible, Edelman Communications and Marketing, Edward Jones, Epic, 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, Peace Corps, PhysAssist Scribes, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Teach for China, The Nature Conservancy, ThedaCare, TEKsystems, University of Minnesota, Walker Art Center, Weidert Group, Inc., Wells Fargo, Yale University, YMCA and various school districts.

Graduate and Professional School Outcomes

Fellowships & Scholarships 

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

Graduate and Professional Education

According to information collected for the class of 2018, 24% of surveyed graduates pursued further graduate or professional school study within one year and 2% 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)

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.


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.  

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 Post-secondary 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.

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.