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Reviews 533 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's been pretty good, but my college does a wonderful job at bringing you in.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: Lawrence is a rigorous school and requires you to be involved. In fact, most of the issues that are being addressed are student lead. There are still campus issues, though, and Lawrence is a growing community. Appleton is an okay community, but its not a college town.

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3 College Junior

Party Scene: It is a lot of dance parties and beer pong, it gets repetitive after a while. There are the same DJs and bands at all the parties. Doing things with small groups of friends tends to be the most done, and most variable.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Sororities do not have any special housing, frats have the nicest and newest houses on campus. The frats host all the big events on campus. The sororities are basically cliques you pay to be in.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Our teams don't do well expect for fencing, softball, track and swimming. Hockey and basketball, depend greatly on the year. The facilities are pretty good, but not big enough for all of the sports, and hard to get to. Fencing, winter track and swimming are at the on campus gym/wellness center which is not build for high preforming athletes. The sports teams are not well liked by the campus and games/meets are poorly attended.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: When you have a car, off campus options are a lot higher. Ones in walking distance are almost all small mom and pop options and a lot of bars and pizza. In walking distance there is every price range, and Taste of Thai is delicious and basically on campus and will deliver to your dorm.

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3 College Junior

Administration: Academic rules are highly enforced and strict. Parking rules are fairly serious since we don't have much. Drinking is very lenient as long as you don't go to the hospital. Underage drinkers that get their stomachs pumped are reported and do have a court date. Drugs and noise is fairly strict as well.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: It is not a good system for anyone that needs to go on a payment plan.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: It may not be the nicest or the cleanest, and upperclassmen get infinity better rooms. However, the rooms are all larger the normal dorms and putting together the furniture is incredibly easy. There is no air conditioning in most the dorms, but most of the school year is cold.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I have enjoyed all the restaurant's I've been to.

5 College Junior

Party Scene: There are a lot of parties with live, on-campus bands, which is fantastic. On nights without organized parties, it's usually easy to gather with friends and have a good time.

5 College Junior

Administration: They enforce all the important things and make sure everyone remains safe at all times.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Study abroad prices are higher than are reasonable, but I have received good scholarships for my on campus experience.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: Although the options do get old, the food on campus is generally pretty good, especially given the small number of students there are to serve.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: I absolutely love the small house option. I have lived in a small house for 2 years and it has fostered a fantastic community and really defined my time at Lawrence.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: You will most certainly find your niche no matter who you are.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The academics here are amazing. W have the best faculty around.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Racially/ethnically, we are very homogenous, but in all other regards, diversity is quite remarkable for a small Midwestern school.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: We value many things more than we value athletics. Perhaps it is for the better.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: On College Avenue, there are some great spots within walking distance.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing here is great compared to other schools.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It exists, but it is by no means a major factor on campus.

4 College Freshman

Administration: The honor code here is big. It's not actively enforced being an honor code, but we take it very seriously and I like that.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Everything about the campus feels very inviting and accommodating. Things are easy to find and look very appealing.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Very safe. I feel very well protected on campus.

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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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