Lawrence University

Lawrence University

Lawrence University is a private, coeducational, liberal arts college, and is located in Appleton, Wisconsin, United States. It was established in 1847 as the Lawrence Institute and the classes started on November 12, 1849. The institution received its present name in 1964. The university campus spreads across 425 acres of land. The college is known for the plethora of degrees in liberal arts that it offers.

The college fields more than 20 intercollegiate sports teams, nicknamed the Vikings. The official mascot is the Viking. The students participate in intercollegiate basketball, soccer, cross country, track and field, hockey, swimming and diving, fencing, tennis, etc. The students are also encouraged to participate in musical events and various other activities.

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Lawrence University
College Ave
Appleton , WI 54912
General Phone: (920) 832-7000

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Lawrence Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts110East Asian studies, Russian studies, linguistics, Chinese language, East Asian language and literature, Russian language, German language, French language, Spanish language, ...
Science61biology, biological and physical sciences, chemistry, geology, physics
Music32music, music performance, music theory and composition
Therapy and Counseling28psychology
Education and Teaching15music teaching
Mathematics14mathematics, mathematics and computer science
Art Studies10art studies
Fine Arts8art history and criticism
Religion and Philosophy7philosophy, religion
Conservation and Resource Management6environmental studies
Drama and Performing Arts4drama

Number of programs and degrees for Lawrence in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree29534

Lawrence Student Body

In 2007-2008, Lawrence had a total enrollment of 1,443 students (1,471 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 41%
Women 59%
Full-Time 98%
Part-Time 2%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 75%
Black 2%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 3%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 11%
(Foreign Students) 8%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 42%
20-21 45%
22-24 10%
25-29 1%
30-34 0%
35-39 0%
40-49 0%

Lawrence Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 88 %
Part-Time 82 %

Lawrence Room and Board (2007)

Lawrence offers campus housing for 1,342 of its 1,471 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Appleton, Wisconsin for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Wisconsin Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Lawrence Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)recommended
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Lawrence Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 33,264
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 33,264
Room and board $ 6,957
Room charge $ 3,204
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,753
Books and supplies $ 675
Other expenses $ 1,405

Financial Aid:
Lawrence participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 385600)

Lawrence Faculty

Lawrence has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2616
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1322

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year27$84,3258$74,309
Associate professoracademic year29$66,22915$63,411
Assistant professoracademic year29$51,67921$52,351
Instructoracademic year5$39,3777$42,865
No academic rankacademic year4$35,0009$35,000
All faculty totalacademic year94$64,18160$54,334

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Lawrence Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Midwest Conference
Basketball Midwest Conference
Baseball Midwest Conference
Track Midwest Conference

Lawrence Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Music Teacher Education

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Liberal Arts
Chinese Language and Literature
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
East Asian Studies
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Language and Literature
Russian Studies
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics, General

Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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