Appleton, WI
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3 College Sophomore

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

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.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: academics are hard but worth it

4 College Freshman

Academics: it's rigorous and has lots of research opportunities

5 College Junior

Academics: My school is very rigorous and keeps me constantly on my toes. At times, the workload is too much but it is certainly relevant and helpful.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 29th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 35th
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 51st
    Smartest Professors
  • 84th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 192nd
    Best Course Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alicia Bones
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Students do not come to Lawrence thinking they can slack on their studies. Whether they are athletes, frat guys, or total burnouts, they study. if they seem like they don't, then they are what we call "closet studiers"-they study at night while no one is watching. The academic load varies from major to major, but each department has extremely well educated and experienced professors that are dedicated to their jobs. Students may complain about assignments or course content, but the professors are almost never criticized as being bad teachers. With such small classes, professors will notice when students skip class, but more importantly, the size allows professors to know each of their students on a personal level. Studying at a small school also has its drawbacks. Small schools mean fewer teachers, which means fewer classes, which inevitably leads to subject limitation. Lawrence is sensitive to this issue and compensates by being extremely flexible with a student's academic schedule. Tutorials and student-designed majors are options for any fields in which a class or major is not designated. Lawrence also hosts many lectures and exhibits on campus about the latest research and workshops about resumes and graduate study. Students can go as far as they want in their studies; Lawrence offers more opportunities academically than any person can possibly take.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 91%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 8%
  • 50 or More Students: 1%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
Bachelor's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 4%
  • English Language Studies: 4%
  • Music Performance: 5%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 4%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Library
  • Science hall atrium
Tips to Succeed
  • Actually go to class.
  • Do the reading.
  • Get on your professor's good side.
  • Get your general requirement courses out of the way quickly. They become more of a burden as you take upper-level classes in your major.
  • Go to the Center for Teaching and Learning.
  • Make friends - they're your network for everything.
  • Make friends with your advisor.
  • Take good notes.
  • Try and get the inside scoop on professors before signing up for their classes.
Did You Know?
  • The Seeley G. Mudd Library is one of the finest small-college libraries in the Midwest with 377,000 books and periodicals, 330,000 government documents,14,500 music scores, and 121,000 videotapes, recordings, and microform items. The rare book collection contains thousands of books dating from the 16th century.
  • Lawrence offers cooperative degree programs with top schools across the country, including the Duke University School of the Environment, the University of Michigan, Washington University, and the Washington University School of Medicine.
  • The Lawrence Conservatory of Music is the only conservatory of music in the nation recognized with a college of liberal arts and sciences devoted to undergraduates. U.S. News recognized Lawrence for having writing necessary in 100 percent of disciplines.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 22 responses

Very poor
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 21 responses

Very poor
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants



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