In 2018, Lawrence University commissioned a first-time study from economic consulting firm Appleseed to examine Lawrence’s annual impact on Appleton and the greater Fox Cities. The Engaged University report offers new data on just how significant Lawrence University’s ties are to the community it calls home.

Houdini Plaza, the center of Appleton’s downtown.
Lawrence’s impact on the Fox Cities is significant and wide-reaching 

The Engaged University

$70 million

Regional economic output


Community volunteer hours


Students in community education programs

Economic Impact 

From spending on goods, services, and construction to contributing to the region’s human capital, Lawrence is an important economic driver and partner in the Fox Cities. 

One Year in the Fox Cities

  • 1,059 jobs 

  • $41 million in earnings 

  • $70.3 million in regional economic output 

  • $6.4 million spent on goods, services, and construction 

Developing Human Capital 

  • 886 graduates live in the Fox Cities 

  • 5% of area residents with a bachelor’s degree are Lawrence graduates 

Cultural Impact 

From community education opportunities to art, performances, and space for community-sponsored events, Lawrence is a cultural, educational, physical, and natural resource for the Fox Cities. 

  • 2,249 students in community education programs 

  • 1,500 Academy of Music participants 

  • 749 Björklunden adult education seminar attendees 

  • 31+ major performances, speeches, and events by visiting artists, musicians, and speakers 

  • 441 acres of the Lake Michigan shoreline preserved 

  • 107,000 square feet of multi-use space in Warch Campus Center 

Service Impact

At Lawrence, engagement in issues that affect the lives of our neighbors is an essential element of both the education we provide and our long-term relationship with the community. 

  • 642 students & 67 faculty and staff volunteered through the Center for Community Engagement 

  • 10,450 volunteer hours 

  • 100 agencies and organizations with ongoing Lawrence relationships. The top five are:

    1. Appleton Area School District

    2. Riverview Gardens

    3. Brewster Village

    4. Feeding America

    5. Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley

Appleton, Wisconsin is home to Lawrence University. Discover opportunities to explore, engage, and connect with our greater community and beyond.