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Graduation Success

With a 99% placement rate after graduation, Lawrentians are bound for success. They have careers in tech, performance, finance, advocacy and beyond; pursue high-level graduate study in fields including medicine, law, business, science, education and more; and win prestigious fellowships like the Watson and Fulbright.

With the help of resources like our career center, at the end of your time here you’ll have learned to focus your brilliant light enough to join the 99% of our graduates who go on to next steps including meaningful employment, some of the nation’s top graduate and professional schools, and impactful service work.

Learn about First-Year Studies!

First-Year Studies (formerly Freshman Studies) has been the cornerstone of the Lawrence curriculum for more than 70 years. Designed by Nathan Pusey, who left Lawrence for the presidency at Harvard, it was first taught in 1945 and is still best understood as an introduction to liberal learning.

Fall Term

Students take First-Year Studies in their first two terms on campus. Each section of the course includes about fifteen students, allowing for close relationships between students and teachers. Because each section uses the same reading list, First-Year Studies also helps students to join in the life of a larger intellectual community, one that now includes generations of Lawrentians.

In keeping with such goals, First-Year Studies is expansive and inclusive. Instead of endorsing a single point of view, the course embraces works from many different traditions. Every division of the curriculum is represented on the syllabus, and recent versions of the course have included works by Plato and Bruegel, Brecht and Feynman, Borges and Miles Davis, Natasha Trethewey and Alison Bechdel.

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Kuo-ming Sung, Wendy and K.K. Tse Professor of East Asian Studies, writes on blackboard during Intermediate Chinese

First-Year Studies


First-Year Studies (formerly Freshman Studies) has been the cornerstone of the Lawrence curriculum for more than 70 years. Designed by Nathan Pusey, who left Lawrence for the presidency at Harvard, it was first taught in 1945 and is still best understood as an introduction to liberal learning.

Students take First-Year Studies in their first two terms on campus. Each section of the course includes about fifteen students, allowing for close relationships between students and teachers. Because each section uses the same reading list, First-Year Studies also helps students to join in the life of a larger intellectual community, one that now includes generations of Lawrentians.

All First-Year Applicants:

Campus visits are typically about 90 minutes to two hours long and include a walking tour led by one of our amazing student tour guides, an opportunity to connect with an admissions counselor to learn more about Lawrence, and an awesome t-shirt! A typical visit itinerary: 

  • campus tour
  • admissions presentation
  • lunch with student admissions ambassador 

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