Lawrence University is a liberal arts college and a conservatory of music located in Appleton, Wisconsin. On a bluff that overlooks the Fox River, the main campus is only one of three locations Lawrence University maintains. The 441-acre Bjorklunden campus is on the shores of Lake Michigan two hours northeast, while the London Centre is across the sea in Bloomsbury, making it a popular choice for study abroad. Lawrence offers 42 academic majors, as well as four areas of study through the Conservatory of Music: Performance, Education, Theory, and Composition, all of which require auditions for acceptance. All Lawrentians are enrolled in Freshman Studies, an introduction to liberal arts through great works of literature, art, and more that has been a cornerstone of the curriculum at Lawrence for 70 years.
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LU is a society which accepts a wide variety of people from all over the world.
Valerie from Appleton, WI
LU is a tight-knit community. Academics come first for everyone. There's still plenty of room to have fun, though!
Molly from WI
Lawrence is a great place that suffers, like most other small liberal arts colleges, from an inflated sense of importance. That said, there are great people here in both the student body and the faculty. One thing that makes it stand out is its commitment to never make students feel like a cog in a machine.
Lawrence is a wonderful, welcoming community with a variety of great programs and some extremely special professors. Winter can get pretty long at times, but there's lots to do if you can navigate the cold and get involved in activities. The best part is the spread of people: you get hugely talented musicians, athletes, and people majoring in everything from English to Biochem to Russian.
Stephanie from Seattle, WA
A truly inspirational institution with dedicated professors and eccentric people that are dedicated to learning.
Alexander from Northbrook, IL
Lawrence is a small, liberal arts university in Appleton, WI. It is a residential campus, so there is a large sense of community. Everyone is unique, and Lawrence is very accepting of that.