Lawrence University invites incoming students to join us August 13 – September 3, 2023 for Summer Institute! 

The Summer Institute (SI), is a three-week summer program in which new Lawrentians experience life at Lawrence. The centerpiece of SI is a two-course curriculum in which students engage in the liberal arts tradition of learning as it occurs at Lawrence, through close interaction with our dedicated faculty and collaboration with fellow students. Students also engage with campus resources to enhance their skills and activities that connect them with peers, upperclassmen, and the larger community. SI is held each summer during the three weeks leading up to New Student Orientation.

  • Curricular: Participants enroll in two SI courses taught by Lawrence faculty: the Summer Institute Seminar, a small, discussion-based, writing-intensive seminar that helps students develop their critical thinking, reading, and writing skills; and either Topics in Psychology, a larger, lecture-based exploration of the multifaceted world of the psychological sciences, Starting STEM Savvy, a skills-based course to prepare students for STEM courses or Collaborative Practice: Dance + Place, a course in the fine arts to introduce students to dance as an embodied practice, academic study, and a process of investigating and making. Successful completion of these courses allows students to earn up to six academic credits that can be applied toward graduation requirements.
  • Co-curricular: Students further develop their academic skills through workshops, peer-tutoring sessions, and interaction with campus resources and services.
  • Extracurricular: Students are introduced to life at Lawrence by Program Assistants, Lawrence upperclassmen who lead social activities.

Frequently Asked Questions

The curriculum is designed to help you experience academic life at Lawrence.

The schedule provides a balance of programming, recreation and downtime.

The staff has the knowledge and expertise to make your experience exceptional.

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