A warm welcome to the Lawrence family

We are excited to welcome you to the Lawrence community! The beginning of a new academic year is rejuvenating for all of us who work on a college campus, and the arrival of your student signals the start of another exciting year for our faculty, staff, administration and students.

As a parent or guardian of a college student, you play a very important role in the transition your student will undergo. Although we focus a great deal of attention on individual students and their transition to a new living and learning environment, we also recognize that sending a child to college is a major event in your family’s life. You may be experiencing a range of emotions as you make every effort to “let go” so that your child can assume responsibility as a capable, confident and conscientious adult in a new phase of life. We are mindful of the trust that you place in Lawrence University and remain committed to partnering with you in the years ahead.

We encourage you to remain an active participant in your child’s education. The interest, encouragement and support you provide make a very big difference on those days when a paper is overdue, an audition did not go well, a friendship is struggling or winter in Wisconsin has become too familiar. Most important, we hope you will share in the joy and sense of accomplishment as your student sets and reaches goals not previously imagined or takes on a new leadership role that will impact our whole community. A Lawrence University education will be rigorous and challenging, but we also hope your student will find our community to be affirming, supportive and welcoming!

This guide for parents is intended to be a resource for you both now and throughout the years your student is enrolled at Lawrence. We welcome your comments and suggestions about its content and usefulness. We look forward to meeting you and working closely with our newest Lawrentians.


Christopher D. Card
Vice President for Student Life

Curt Lauderdale
Dean of Students