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Lawrence University Campus Life

Campus Size

Small Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 43 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 7 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

54% Women
46% Men


NCAA Division III (with football)

Midwest Conference

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $51,598)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $42,133)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 48 36 - -
Baseball 23 - - -
Basketball 16 12 - Yes
Fencing 19 9 - -
Football 57 - - -
Golf 8 - - -
Ice Hockey 27 - Yes -
Soccer 27 19 - -
Softball - 14 - -
Swimming and Diving 28 23 - -
Tennis 9 9 - -
Volleyball - 17 Yes -
Bowling - - - Yes
Court Sports - - - Yes
Cycling - - Yes -
Dance - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes -
Indoor Fitness/Recreation - - - Yes
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Mountaineering/Climbing - - Yes -
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes -
Rowing - - Yes -
Track and Field, X-Country - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2.8%
Black/non-Hispanic 2.6%
Hispanic 2.3%
Non-resident alien 8.9%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 13.9%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 69.1%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Radio Station
  • International Student Organization
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 10
Liquor Law Violation 19
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 2
Property Crime 0

Notable Alumni

  • Alice Peacock [Class of 92], Singer/songwriter
  • Ashley Haase [Class of 61], One of the nation's leading AIDS researchers
  • Campbell Scott [Class of 83], Actor (Singles, Dying Young, and several Broadway productions)
  • David Mulford [Class of 59], Ambassador to India
  • Tom Steitz (Class of 62) 2009 Nobel Prize winner, professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry at Yale University
  • Terry Moran [Class of 82], ABC news anchor
  • Dale Duesing [Class of 67], International opera star, Grammy winner in 1993 for contemporary composition
  • Garth Neustadter (Class of 2010), film composer, 2011 Emmy winner for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Stephanie from Seattle, WA
  • 4
  • Dorms are fine - nothing special, nothing terrible. A lot of renovations are going on, so many buildings have lovely new bathrooms! Definitely not half bad. The community of a…

  • Aug-23-2012 Read More
  • Valerie from Appleton, WI
  • 4
  • Dorm life presents a lot of opportunities for students to interact with each other through communal activities which are hosted by the RLA's…

  • Jul-11-2012 Read More
  • Anonymous
  • 4
  • Some dorms are typical dorms with community bathrooms that are primarily for freshmen and sophomores. Other dorms such as Hiett and the Execs are nicer dorms with your own bathroom…

  • Jun-04-2014 Read More
  • Ellen
  • 4
  • From what I saw, the dorms are very nice to live in. They take care in matching roommates who will be compatible with eachother. The furniture looked very nice. …

  • May-21-2012 Read More
  • Bre from WI
  • 4
  • Students are required to live on campus for all four years, but that's really not that much of a downside: almost all buildings are nice and unique. You have…

  • Jan-19-2014 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 4
  • Anonymous
  • Jun-04-2014 I am a current student here

    Our food is actually really good compared to other schools. Sure, it can get old after eating it every day for a couple years, but there are plenty of options to choose from so you aren't forced to eat the same thing day after day. All of our food is from Bon Appetit which is a catering company and they do a great job to provide good quality for the students as well as keeping options open especially for vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free eaters.

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  • 4
  • Molly from WI
  • Apr-13-2014 I am a current student here

    Dining at LU is run by Bon Apetit, a large but environmentally conscious food provider. Generally the food is excellent, with a variety of choices and plenty of options for people with dietary restrictions. The campus center houses all of the food options. There is a dining hall that has breakfast, lunch, and dinner, a corner store for buying snacks and other essentials, and a cafe that serves burgers, sandwiches, salads, bagels, coffee, etc. that is open until midnight (important!). The most important thing about dining is deciding on how you want to split your meal plan funds - there are different plans that change the amount of dining room meals you get vs. cafe dollars. Cafe items have been increasing in price, and many people underestimate how often they will go.

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  • 5
  • LKN from Appleton, WI
  • Mar-26-2014 I am a current student here

    I'd say our dining service is pretty good - the food is healthy and delicious at the same time. We have options for everyone - meat-eater, vegetarian, vegan. Our food is very culturally diverse as well; besides american food, we also have foods cooked in other countries' styles - Vietnamese banh mi, Japanese miso soup, Indian curry,... Also, the school is pretty easy about eating and dining; you can go to Andrew Commons, our dining hall, eat there or get a plate and bring it to wherever you want, and come back to get more food without swiping your card for another time.

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  • 5
  • English major
  • Feb-06-2014 I am a current student here

    Second to none. Really - the food is excellent. Lots of choices and the quality is far and away superior to every other college I've ever eaten at.

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  • 3
  • Jazmin from Bronx, NY
  • Feb-06-2014 I am a current student here

    Our food is pretty good compared to other schools. Sometimes the options get monotonous but that's why you can spice things up and make our own food when you want.

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  • 4
  • Bre from WI
  • Jan-19-2014 I am a current student here

    You're going to get bored, but so does everyone who eats in the same cafeteria everyday. Luckily the food service is way above average and there are lots of rotating options, even for vegans and vegetarians. The cafeteria is designed to incorporate foods from around the world, and Lawrence does a pretty good job with this. If you get sick of the cafeteria, the cafe is lovely: it fits quite a few people, has delicious paninis and smoothies, and is open until midnight. Live bands often play there, and it's just a really great atmosphere. Other options include Kate's Corner Store, which is part small grocery and part candy store, and then off-campus dining in town. There's a delicious Thai place, a couple decent sushi places, a few great pizza places, and a reasonable amount of other options.

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  • 5
  • Calvin from Beaverton, OR
  • Oct-14-2013 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    The dining hall was the most varied that I have seen, and was very good. They also grow much of the food on campus and try to buy most of the ingredients locally.

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  • 5
  • James from North Riverside, IL
  • Aug-07-2013 I am a current student here

    Bon Appetit is the service that runs food at Lawrence, and they are ranked one of the best in the US. There is the main dining hall that offers so many different foods it's insane. But there is always burgers, chicken, fries, pastas with sauces, pizza, taco bar and fruit. The other food changes based on the day. For instance there is a place that has around the world cuisine which changes daily and also the special for the day. Also, they have a huge desert area that has pies, cakes, cupcakes, ice cream, etc. which changes daily. For drinks, there are pop machines, which also have lemonade and gatorade, also they have hot water for tea. They have a orange, cranberry and apple juice machine. As well as a coffee machine which serves cappuccinos too. Also, Lawrence does a great job catering to anyones dietary needs, they have gluten free, vegan and much more, just ask the workers and they'd be more than happy to accommodate you. On top of that, Lawrence also offers a grill, which serves your fastfood type of things AND ITS INCLUDED IN YOUR MEAL PLAN! They have all kinds of drinks like smoothies, and different foods like burritos and chicken tenders.

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  • 5
  • Sarah from Winchester, MA
  • Apr-19-2013 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    Lunch on admitted students day was absolutely delicious. Even the staff that oversaw the lunch were extremely friendly and helpful and were willing to do anything for you. I really loved it. The cafeteria food is very good too.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Molly from WI
  • Apr-13-2014 I am a current student here

    There are four fraternities on campus: Sigma Phi Epsilon (Sigep), Beta Theta Pi (Beta), Delta Tau Delta (Delt), and Phi Kappa Tau (PhiTau). Beta and Phi Tau are generally held in high regard, Delt is a bit misunderstood but mostly full of good people, and Sigep is half good people who make bad decisions and half bad people period. They are the root cause of many complaints and incidents on campus. Joining any fraternity requires a willingness to balance academic life with residential life, and many students have failed out due to an inability to keep grades up in the frat environment. There are more sororities on campus, but the popular ones are Delta Gamma (DG) and Kappa Kappa Gamma (Kappa). Sororities do not have campus housing at all, which is a definite drawback. Sororities do about twice as much philanthropic work as any fraternity.

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  • 0
  • English major
  • Feb-06-2014 I am a current student here

    Very chill. Three sororities and three or four frats. There's a decent participation in Greek life but it is by no means dominant on campus. Most people in the sororities are also active in many other facets of campus life.

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  • 0
  • Jazmin from Bronx, NY
  • Feb-06-2014 I am a current student here

    We have 3 national sororities (Delta Gamma, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Kappa Gamma) 4 national fraternities (Sigma Phi Epsilon, Beta Theta Pi, Delta Tau Delta, Phi Kappa Tau) and 1 international mens fraternity (Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia) and 1 international women's fraternity (Sigma Alpha Iota). Greek life is there if you want it but not a thing that OVERPOWERS our campus. A good majority of students are a part of Greek Life but are still athletes, musicians, scholars. They don't allow it to overcome their lives.

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  • 0
  • Bre from WI
  • Jan-19-2014 I am a current student here

    It's here if you want it, it's ignorable if you don't. Greek life at Lawrence is so wildly different from big schools notorious for awful hazing, social mania, and exclusivity. Greek students here are indistinguishable from everyone else, and if they didn't have friends outside their frat or sorority then they would be lonely people because everyone's just so together here. They have a lot of fun, though, and Greek Week especially is a time of ridiculous games, screaming, and fundraising. Just as a sidenote - there are frat houses, but no sorority houses.

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  • James from North Riverside, IL
  • Aug-07-2013 I am a current student here

    As I previously mentioned, Lawrence has 4 frats and 2 sororities on campus. The frats are Delta Tau Delta, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Phi Kappa Tau, and Beta Theta Pi. The sororities are Kappa Kappa Gamma, and Delta Gamma. The greek life at Lawrence is great. All the frats have houses where members can stay if they wish, or they can stay in the dorms. Sororities do not have houses because there is some law against it, don't really know what is says but that is what I've been told. Anyways, the frats host all kinds of themed parties pretty much every week which makes weekends all the more exciting. On top of that the whole Greek community hosts all kinds of different things like Buffalo Wild Wings eat offs to water balloon fights. The Greek community really brings the Lawrence community together.

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  • 0
  • Sarah from Winchester, MA
  • Apr-19-2013 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    Greek life is interesting at Lawrence. There are frats and sororities, although sororities don't have their own houses (fraternities do). It didn't seem like the exclusive, cliquey, elite attitude that stereotypically come with these groups existed with Lawrence's. While I was there I only heard very positive things about Greek life. It in no way dominates campus social life - it definitely felt like a small, yet significant aspect of Lawrence.

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  • Rebecca from Frederic, WI
  • Jan-24-2013 I am a current student here

    We have four fraternities and three sororities on campus. Our Greek system provides an extra supportive family for people and have great energy on campus.

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  • Jennifer from Appleton, WI
  • Oct-15-2012 I am a current student here

    There's sororities and fraternities and lots of people join them, but you don't have to live in their building to be a member. You can live in a residence hall and still be a member of one. They are pretty big on volunteering, if you're a member of a sorority or fraternity you do have required service hours.

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  • Stephanie from Seattle, WA
  • Aug-23-2012 I am a current student here

    Greek Life exists, but it's by no means the center of the social scene. It's nice to have it there - parties and events, etc - but also nice that it's not the be-all end-all of making friends.

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