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Lawrence University

Appleton, Wisconsin, United States
Lawrence University is a residential liberal arts college and conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. It is a supportive and welcoming academic community of 1,500 intellectually curious, diverse, multi-interested students from nearly every state and 50 countries—all committed to a rigorous and challenging educational experience.

Bachelor's programmes

Social Sciences (1)



Lawrence, like the city of Appleton in which it is situated, owes its origins to the perseverance of frontier ministers and to the philanthropy of wealthy Bostonians. In 1847, the Boston merchant Amos A. Lawrence commissioned Rev. William Harkness Sampson, Rev. Henry Root Colman, and Rev. Reeder Smith to establish a school on land he owned in the Wisconsin Territory. 


Lawrence University is a residential liberal arts college and conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. 


Research opportunities abound, whether during the academic year for course credit or during the summer for pay with funding support from Lawrence as well as external sources including the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and others.Many student laboratory research projects grow out of, and contribute to, the ongoing research interests of faculty members and can range widely over the various disciplines.


Lawrence University encourages students to not just experience, but ENGAGE! As part of the student life division, Career Services provides a comprehensive program to support the relationship between academic planning and career planning within a liberal arts environment. This includes collaborating on strategies to support internships, graduate/professional school and career options. In addition, Career Services partners with alumni, faculty and staff to identify networking opportunities, outreach events and programs to assist in planning for life after Lawrence.

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Student services

Office of Student Life

The Student Life division is led by Nancy Truesdell, Vice President for Student Life, and Curt Lauderdale, Dean of Students.

Their offices are located on the first floor of Raymond House. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 12 noon and 1:00 - 5:00 pm.

Housing services

Included on the following pages is information about living on campus at Lawrence University. Because we are a residential campus, we feel that the experience that you receive in our residence spaces must be meaningful, engaging, and unique. That is why we offer a wide variety of living options and an excellent staff to carry out our program.

Library services

The Seeley G. Mudd Library, a partner in the teaching and learning mission of the college and conservatory of Lawrence University, seeks to prepare students for a lifetime of learning and independent inquiry. The library develops, organizes, and maintains collections to support and enhance the curriculum, provides access to information worldwide.

ICT services

Technology Services has both professional and student workers to address your technology-related questions and concerns.

Our mission is to provide the campus community with reliable, up-to-date computing and networking services in support of teaching, learning, living, and administrative activities at Lawrence.

Medical services


•Examination and treatment for illness and minor injury•Laboratory tests*•Over-the-counter and prescriptive medications•Allergy*, Hormone, or other injections•Gynecological care•Sexually transmitted disease testing*•Immunizations and travel information•Referrals to specialists if needed•Free condoms•Emergency contraception

Student Life

Campus life

Lawrence is located adjacent to downtown Appleton, a vibrant city of 74,000 (situated in a growing metropolitan area of 250,000) in which the community and the college benefit from one another.

62 instructional, residential, recreational and administrative facilities; Björklunden vid Sjön, a 441-acre estate on Lake Michigan in Door County, serves as the college’s northern campus.

Sports facilities

The Buchanan Kiewit Wellness Center combines student Health and Counseling Services with recreational, leisure, fitness and wellness programs, making this a one-stop resource center. The facility offers a cardiovascular exercise room and a weight room featuring Life Fitness equipment, racquetball courts, a gymnasium with an elevated, four-lane jogging track, and Olympic-size swimming pool. Lawrence students regularly participate in a variety of activities such as fencing, basketball, volleyball, weight training, badminton and water polo. Students, faculty and staff can also participate in activities such as intramurals, TRX, yoga, Taijutsu, basketball and more!

Student clubs

Current student organizations represented on the committee: BIR - Building Intergenerational Relationships, GlobeMed, LARY Buddy - Lawrence Assistance Reaching Youth, NAfME - National Association for Music Education, PAW - People for Animal Welfare, VITAL - Volunteers in Tutoring At Lawrence, AMSA - American Medical Student Association, and Rotaract.


Lawrence is accredited as a degree-granting institution by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. The Conservatory of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

My experience overall was great. The faculty was super supportive in all of my studies, but I wish I could work more independently at times.

Appleton, Wisconsin, United States