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Reviews 759 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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2 College Sophomore

Transportation: It's hard to get off campus unless you walk.

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College Sophomore

Parking: Most students don't have cars.

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Too high a price for too little a reward.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Few minorities and plenty of ignorant white kids.

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1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Students are not allowed to live off-campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Computers: Wireless is slow and the printers break a lot.

1 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Plenty of drinking and not much else.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: A lot of work but not a lot of learning.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Too many students and not enough rooms.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Pretty quiet. Nice if you like to take walks.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: Super cold, but you get used to it.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Lawrence is extremely strict academically, but pretty lenient in regards to underage drinking and parties.

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College Freshman

Greek Life: The only encounters I've had with Greek life are through big parties. Since I'm only a freshman, I'm not sure how integral/influential Greek life is on campus, and I don't think it's necessary to join to establish yourself socially. I have friends who have joined sororities and they have positive things to say about the experience, but I personally did not have the calling to do so.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus security has a very strong presence on campus and tend to be very helpful and personable with students. I have never felt unsafe when walking on campus. My only objection is how difficult it is to report incidents of sexual assault and harassment.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: People are much more interested in club, music, and academic events. Athletic events are usually only attended by friends and acquaintances of those in the sports, and as a participant in a varsity sport, that can be a little frustrating, but it's understandable.

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3 College Junior

Computers: Personal computers are not necessary but they are pretty awesome to have just for convenience. Lawrence doesn't have a printing quota or a price to print unless it's in color so thats pretty cool.

3 College Junior

Academics: Academics offered at our school are pretty great. Professors are always ready to help students when needed by providing office hours and also setting up appointments when needed. Popular study areas include Psychology, Gender Studies among many others.

1 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I'm from a big city and HATE living in this town because of inaccessibility. It is difficult to get anywhere around town without a car and it feels like I'm truly in a bubble.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Our residence housing could be SO much greater than it already is. Many of the buildings are old and the rooms are very small. The lottery system doesn't cater to students who go abroad and often times puts them in positions where they come back to campus unhappy with where they have been placed.

1 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Our campus refuses to allow students to live off campus unless they are 4 yeas out of High School, have children or married because they insist on keeping with the archaic laws of wanting to be a "residential" campus. I call a bluff and wanting to just get more money out of students.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I have a full tuition scholarship.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Our Health Services center is often times a bit incorrect in what is wrong with students and doesn't do much to help. Our security however are some of the greatest individuals and are always willing to help students when they need it. They're pretty great.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining is okay but it has flaws in the sense that everything closes early. The only things open late are Toppers, Erbet and Gerberts and Jimmy Johns. 2 of those places being sandwich places and then the other being a pizza place that is ridiculously expensive and grossly unhealthy.

4 College Junior

Majors: There are a large selection of majors on our campus. However, majors that would make common sense to have are not provided here (ex. Musical Theatre is not provided even though we have a Conservatory and a Theatre department). Individual programs are great because you can always partake in an independent study with a professor on campus if you have a directed study in something. Science students are able to run labs and experiments with professors and get published. There are many opportunities if they are sought out.

College Junior

Majors: I cannot comment on this.


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Alicia Bones
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It is easy for a college student to complain about the school they attend. Lawrence has a unique environment, and it has its oddities and drawbacks, but most students can’t imagine being anywhere else. At other small liberal arts colleges, many students complain about the confines in academics and often too-true stereotypes of a campus full of spoiled rich kids. Nothing could be further from the truth here. The opportunities in both the college and the conservatory are exceptional for any school, and a student can achieve as much he or she aspires for. The college attracts an impressively diverse assortment of students, a trait they hold highly, and it does as much as it can to keep finances from being a deterrent to enrollment. The campus consists of future classical pianists, marine biologists, poets, hockey players, jazz trumpet players, and doctors. With dedication, motivation, and straight-up hard work, they can achieve their goals.

So the food is terrible, the town is dull, and your wild party fantasies may remain unfulfilled. But it’s all part of the school the students love to hate and hate to love. A lot of freshmen go through a phase of wishing they could transfer, but almost no one does. Lawrence is not flashy or ostentatious, and at first glance, it is unimpressive. The campus is very small, but after living here, students would instead describe it as modest and warm. By graduation, students reluctantly realize that this small school in Appleton, Wisconsin, was where they were supposed to be.

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