This section contains student outcomes data about current students, graduates and alumni as required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA).

Retention Rates

One-year retention rates are reported on the IPEDS Fall Enrollment Survey and reflect 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 that include students who left the institution for one of the following reasons: death or total and permanent disability; service in the armed forces (including those called to active duty); service with a foreign aid service of the federal government, such as the Peace Corps; or service on official church missions. 

One-Year Retention Rates

One-Year Retention Rates for Bachelor's Fall Cohorts (past five cohorts)
Fall Cohort (First-time) Full-time Part-time
2021 88% 50%
2020 89% 60%
2019 87% 80%
2018 87% 100%
2017 85% N/A

Source: IPEDS 

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 System (IPEDS) Graduation Rate Survey in compliance with the Student Right-to-Know Act. 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 left the institution for one of the following reasons: death or total and permanent disability; service in the armed forces (including those called to active duty); service with a foreign aid service of the federal government, such as the Peace Corps; or service on official church missions. All graduation rate figures reflect an adjusted cohort after allowable exclusions.

Graduation rates disaggregated by sex, race/ethnicity, and financial aid status are publicly disclosed in compliance with the HEOA.


New race/ethnicity categories were instituted in Fall 2010. All reported race/ethnicity prior to this date were mapped to the new categories in 2010. Race/ethnicity for some students changed between entering and leaving Lawrence.

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 surveys. 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.

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.

Employment Outcomes

Visit the Life After Lawrence page to see a sample of organizations who hired Lawrence graduates within the past five years.

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.

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 77 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. Eight Lawrence students were recipients since 2010 including Megan Brown (2010), Meghan Hickey (2011), Meghan Murphy (2016), Nina Wilson (2017), Mikeala Marget, Jonathan Rubin, and Heidi Arnold (2018), and Margaret Wulfsberg (2019).
  • 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.

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). 

Graduate and Professional Education

According to information collected for the class of 2021, 25% of surveyed graduates pursued further graduate or professional school study within six months of graduation and 1% were applying to do so. Visit the Life After Lawrence page to see a sample of schools attended by recent graduates.


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.  

Alumni Profiles

Visit the Notable Alumni page to view Lawrence alumni profiles.