Lawrence University

Mission: Lawrence University of Wisconsin, through its undergraduate residential college and Conservatory of Music, educates students in the liberal arts and sciences. The university is devoted to excellence and integrity in all of its activities and committed to the development of intellect and talent, the pursuit of knowledge and understanding, the cultivation of sound judgment, and respect for the perspectives of others. Lawrence prepares students for lives of achievement, responsible and meaningful citizenship, lifelong learning, and personal fulfillment. As a learning community of scholars and artists we actively foster a transformative process that emphasizes engaged learning, supported by an environment of rich educational opportunities in a residential campus setting. Unique Characteristics: It is the job of every Lawrentian to learn by availing themselves of those things that are truly unique to Lawrence. Engaged Learning: Engaged Learning is that which characterizes a Lawrence education and distinguishes Lawrentians. At Lawrence, it is the foremost attribute of every subject and every class we offer. By actively engaging in challenging and meaningful learning experiences with faculty and with one another, students will be prepared to adapt and succeed in an ever-changing world. Those who prefer to passively absorb information passed from teacher to student will find Lawrence to be a poor fit. Those who prefer instead to explore, debate, create, research, practice and perform in collaboration with others - to be an active participant in the learning experience - will find Lawrence to be an exhilarating community in which to live and thrive. Freshman Studies: From the moment they arrive, new students have something in common - Freshman Studies. The cornerstone of the Lawrence curriculum for more than sixty years, each Freshman Studies class consists of no more than 15 students who explore a multidisciplinary list of books, musical works, art and films in discussions facilitated by a professor. Students are asked, not to summarize or memorize, but to think deeply and critically about each topic. Freshman Studies is required of all incoming students and establishes the expectation for all other classes to come - regardless of the discipline. Those expectations include advanced preparation, critical thinking, active class participation and disciplined writing. Bjorklunden: Each year, more than a thousand Lawrence students flock to the serenity of Bjorklunden, a 425-acre estate on the shore of Lake Michigan that serves as Lawrence's "northern campus." A place where students and faculty learn from each other, Bjorklunden's natural setting is the perfect backdrop for engaged learning opportunities. Senior Experience: Every graduating senior produces a unique project that integrates the knowledge and skills developed through years of study. It serves as a culmination of their Lawrence education in a project unique to each student that satisfies criteria set by the faculty of their major department. Most importantly, the Senior Experience results in original work and serves as a bridge to a career or graduate school. Community engagement: Lawrence believes community engagement is an essential ingredient in a liberal arts education and an opportunity for students to connect learning in the classroom, studio and laboratory with real-world experiences in Appleton and around the world. A residential community: Lawrence is by design a residential college. We believe that a welcoming and supportive residential community with abundant opportunities for personal interaction outside the classroom provides the proper environment for a liberal arts education. Juniors learn from freshmen, science majors from art majors and student athletes from student musicians. Located adjacent to downtown Appleton on the Fox River, Lawrence has become the cultural and intellectual heart of a vibrant Midwestern city.

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Private, Coed 1847 N/A Trimester $283.5 million 711 East Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911 (920) 832-7000
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67 100.0 Wisconsin Appleton 865