I sound like a broken record, I know… but how can Lawrence University not be among the most sought out colleges in the Midwest? The abiding strength of its program in the liberal arts is widely recognized, and the Conservatory of Music is among the best in the country. Happily, the admissions office is once again taking leadership in connecting with potential Lawrentians. Early on, Lawrence joined the ranks of colleges no longer requiring SAT and ACT scores; about a third of applicants choose not to present their scores. Now they have revised their policy with regard to Early Decision, making three application cycles. Finally (Hurrah!) Lawrence no loner asks for an application fee.
Lawrence is a small university, enrolling about fifteen hundred students on a handsome campus located in one of the more charming small cities in the state. Downtown Appleton is lively and only about a block from Lawrence’s campus, offering good theater and music, restaurants, and coffee shops. That’s a bonus because life on campus is incredibly rich. I’ll get specific about course offerings later, but Lawrence is an academic powerhouse and a cultural Mecca. The range of course work and complimentary events offered by the university approach those of a much larger institution, and the students accepted into the Conservatory are among the most gifted in the nation. Lawrence promotes engagement in learning, and it succeeds beyond all expectations. Pride in the university is palpable, and strong relationships with mentoring professors are obvious.