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Lawrence University

Lawrence University — home to a world-class liberal arts college and a Conservatory of Music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education — believes that college should not be a one-size-fits-all experience.

Lawrence offers one of the lowest student to faculty ratios in the country at 8:1 with an average class size of just 15 students. Lawrence teaches an extraordinary number of individualized courses — honors projects, tutorials, and studio lessons — with one student working with the guidance of one professor. Of the more than 2,000 courses Lawrence offers each year, nearly two-thirds have a total enrollment of one. Within six months after graduation, 72% of students are employed, 23% are in graduate school, and 4% are traveling, in the military, or pursuing service work.

Lawrence offers an extraordinarily customizable academic experience with engaged faculty.  The 8:1 student / faculty ratio gives professors more opportunities to connect and work with the students on a regular basis, both in and out of the classroom. By the time they graduate, 90% of our students will have at least one 1-to-1 class.  That’s just another example of the power of engaged learning.

Quick Facts
1,410 students (all undergraduate)
Tuition & fees
Food & housing
Average cost after aid
$21,812 (2021-22 average)
Student/faculty ratio

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Lawrence is the second oldest coeducational college in America.

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Admission requirements

At least 20 academic units of study in high school. For admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, a completed Common Application or Lawrence Application, High School Transcript School Report, and Teacher Evaluation; for admission to the Conservatory of Music, all of the above, plus an audition and supplemental music forms. Lawrence does not require the ACT or SAT for admission or scholarships; students may submit scores if they wish.

How AP/IB credits are handled

Substantial credit is awarded to students with AP scores of 4 or 5. Lawrence awards substantial credit to students with scores of 5 or higher on all exams in the course of achieving an IB diploma. Students who score below 5 on any examination, but who complete the IB diploma, may receive whole or partial course credit for each grade of 5 or higher on higher or subsidiary-level exams. Students who complete an individual course in the IB program, but who are not diploma candidates, will receive credit for each grade of 5 or higher on higher-level exams (credits awarded only for those IB courses for which Lawrence offers a similar course).

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor Arts/Bachelor of Music (5-year double degree)

99% of freshmen qualified for merit- and/or need-based aid, and their average package exceeded $36,000.

Percentage of all full-time undergraduates receiving financial aid: 99%

For institution-specific scholarships, contact: Undergraduate Admissions at 920.832.6500 or

FAFSA Code: 003856

Conference/division affiliation: NCAA Division III, Midwest Conference

Men’s athletics

Baseball, basketball, cross country, fencing, football, ice hockey, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field (indoor and outdoor)

Women’s athletics

Basketball, cross country, fencing, ice hockey, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field (indoor and outdoor), volleyball

Intramural sports offered