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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Unless you are married, you are required to live on campus your first 4 years.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: As a double degree I was able to take upper division music my first term as a freshmen.

College Freshman

Majors: I'm not seeking an internship

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I intend to go to graduate school for a Master's in Library and Information Studies. My education at LU helped prepare with a program emphasizing both breadth and depth.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I appreciated the optional SAT/ACT aspect, since I believe standardized tests are outdated and impractical.

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Lawrence University is located right on College Avenue, which is the main street of downtown Appleton so to speak. There are shops, restaurants, and many things to do on College within walking distance. For those who have a car, there is also a large mall only 10-15 minutes (driving) down College that many students enjoy going to. The Oshkosh outlet mall is also only 30 minutes away which isn't too bad.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Many students drink on the weekends, and some do drugs, but it's not as noticeable. Authorities are way more strict when it comes to drugs than alcohol. Not everyone drinks though, and those who don't aren't forced to do it, so peer pressure isn't really an issue.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Basically everyone lives on campus, so there's usually a good residential community in the dorm buildings. Hiett and the Execs are the best dorms to live in and generally only upper class-men live there. Trever and Plantz are pretty typical dorms and the bathrooms have recently been renovated, so they are really nice for community bathrooms. Sage is right by the campus center, so it's a good location on campus, and Ormsby is right by the academic buildings, so it's a good location as well. Some dorms, like Kohler and Coleman, have sinks in them, so those are good options if that's an appealing amenity.

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3 College Junior

Weather: Fall and Spring is pretty awesome. Winters kind of suck because it's cold and tends to drag on, but it's not completely unbearable. Luckily we have a small campus, so it's not hard to avoid being outside for more than 5 minutes at a time when walking from place to place.

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4 College Junior

Nightlife: There's usually at least one party every weekend, so it's not hard to find something to do on-campus. It's generally pretty lenient to underage drinking providing you're not making a huge scene or drank so much that you have to go to the hospital. When you do turn 21, campus is right on College Avenue, so there's plenty of bars to attend and stuff to do off-campus which is good also.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Admissions and the financial aid office is very willing to help everyone out and make it affordable to attend.

3 College Junior

Parking: We have a parking lottery for the student parking spots on campus, so usually only upper class-men get those spots, and it's somewhat expensive. Those who don't get the lottery, like myself, can either park in a parking ramp in Appleton, or park over at the athletic facilities, or park it on the street during the day and then park in a faculty lot at night. It's somewhat of a pain having to move your car all the time to avoid getting a ticket, but many people still deal with it and bring their cars anyways.

4 College Junior

Computers: Many people have their own computer, but we do have computer labs in each dorm and each academic building as well as the library and campus center. So, basically every building on campus has a computer lab, therefore it's not completely necessary to bring your own. Printing on campus is free, so that's really awesome, but occasionally there are issues with printers not working so that part kind of sucks. However, if one printer isn't working, there's another printer available less than 5 minutes away from wherever you are, so it's not a big deal.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics do not play a major role on campus. If anything, it is mostly other athletes that attend athletic events, but other students do occasionally attend. Our athletic complex is across the river from the rest of campus, so I think that plays a major role in the lack of non-athletes at events. That being said, there are crowds at games, and certain sports like football and men's basketball get larger crowd than other sports, but events are never completely empty.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: I would say that the Greek Life at Lawrence isn't the typical Greek Life. The frats do have houses and they usually host the major parties on campus, but they are open to all of campus, and you do not have to be Greek to participate. Everyone has their own view on Greek's so I can not say specifically how Greek students are viewed by non-Greeks. I myself am not in a sorority, but 2 of my roommates are, and I have many friends that are as well. I don't think there's much judgement as to whether or not you decided to go Greek, so just do whatever you want.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There are many unique people at Lawrence, so some people have interesting outfit choices. There are attractive people here, but I'd be lying if I said that there was a large amount of super attractive people.

5 College Junior

Majors: I'm a biochemistry major, and it's a great major to have at Lawrence. We have a really good science program and one of the greatest aspects of this major at Lawrence are the research opportunities. Each professor funds 2-3 students each summer to work on their research project with them, so many students have the opportunity to take advantage of this. I know of a few freshman that have been able to do research over the summer with professors and many sophomores that have as well which is not usually common at a larger school.

College Junior

Majors: I haven't had an internship yet. I hope to have one next summer, and our Career Services is very helpful in guiding students to internships that fit their major/future plans.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Lawrence is a residential campus, so all students are required to live on campus all 4 years. There are some exceptions, but I know of very few students that actually live off campus. That being said, we do have theme houses and small group houses that student organizations can apply to live in that may feel like living off campus since you are not living in the dorm buildings. We also do have 2 dorm buildings that are apartment style for upper class-men.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Campus is very lenient in most areas. However, the Honor Code is one area that Lawrence is very strict about, but it leads to students being able to leave their stuff around without being worried that someone else will take it due to the Honor Code, so it is a good thing to be strict about.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Appleton is a small town, but has plenty of charm. It's been shaped a lot by the college campus and the downtown has a lot of things for students to do within walking distance.

3 College Junior

Diversity: The school is largely white, but people come from a variety of religious and socioeconomic backgrounds, (although most are middle class). We do have quite a few international students. I know that for some people the fact that Lawrence is full of white kids is a concern, I haven't found it to be an issue.

3 College Junior

Weather: I mean, it's Wisconsin, what do you expect? It's very cold in the winter, but if you dress for it, none of the weather is unbearable. It's quite humid in the spring, at times, which I'm not a big fan of, but aside from the long and horrible winters the rest of the weather is quite lovely.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Partying and the nightlife scene is limited by two things: you, and the drinking age. There are a lot more options once you're 21, but it's easy enough to find a party to go to if you're not.

College Junior

Parking: I don't have a car so I don't know personally how much of a bother it is. I've heard that it can be a pain in the ass, since a lot of street parking has time limits, so students have to move their cars at odd hours. The parking is awarded on a lottery system and is rather limited. There are places to park your car for a price around Appleton, but considering how often most students use their cars it might not be worth it. Personally I've been more than fine without having a car the last two years I've been here, Appleton has a bus system, and there are (somewhat inconvenient) shuttles provided through Lawrence if you really need to go somewhere far.


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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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