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Lawrence University

Appleton, WI 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate72%

Lawrence University Admissions

It is very difficult to get into Lawrence University. Around 72% of applicants get into Lawrence University each year. Out of 2,942 applications received in 2023, 2,127 students were offered admission.

Check in with Lawrence University's admissions department for more information on applying.

Students who apply to Lawrence University for fall should hear back from Lawrence University by April 1.

Lawrence University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Lawrence University's admissions stats.

Lawrence University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 37%
Mean SAT Score 1320
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 26%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 33%
Waitlist Yes

Lawrence University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Lawrence University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 1
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes November 1 December 1
Regular Decision Yes 1 15 April 1

Want to Apply Early to Lawrence University?

Lawrence University offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 1.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. Lawrence University will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 1.

The early decision acceptance rate at Lawrence University is 69%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 72%.

Lawrence University accepts approximately 9% of early action applicants and 72% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2022, Lawrence University admitted 47 of the 68 students who applied early decision. In 2022, Lawrence University admitted 1,144 of the 1,275 who applied early action.

Some students apply early to college because they believe it will help their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of being admitted, since it shows that you are very interested in a school.

➡️ See a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Lawrence University Admissions

Transferring to Lawrence University

Transfer student admissions is very difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Lawrence University

Lawrence University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Lawrence University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Lawrence University

What does Lawrence University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Class Rank Very Important
Talent/Ability Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Application Essay Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Interview Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Lawrence University for more information on admission factors.

Lawrence University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Lawrence University, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with Lawrence University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3
Other Requirements audition for music majors
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Lawrence University?

Students admitted to Lawrence University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.

Out of all students that were admitted, 36% submitted a class rank. At Lawrence University 37% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 65% were in the top 25% and 87% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Lawrence University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 13%
3.75 and 3.99 36%
3.50 and 3.74 24%
3.25 and 3.49 16%
3.00 and 3.24 9%
2.50 and 2.9 2%
2.00 and 2.49 1%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Lawrence University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Lawrence University is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 26% of Lawrence University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 33% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Lawrence University?

To be competitive with other Lawrence University applicants, you should strive to earn between 1200 and 1440 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Lawrence University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1440 and 25% of scored lower than 1200, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Lawrence University student is 1320.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Lawrence University students scored 720 or higher and 75% of students scored 610 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Lawrence University students scored 740 or higher, and 75% scored a 610 or higher.

To be most competitive at Lawrence University, you should strive to earn between 27 and 32 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 32 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Lawrence University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 32, and three out of four students scored lower than 32 on the ACT.

A 27 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Lawrence University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 27.

More Information on Transferring to Lawrence University

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to Lawrence University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is July 31. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Lawrence University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Lawrence University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Lawrence University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Lawrence University.

Does Lawrence University accept transfer credits?

✅ Lawrence University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Lawrence University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Lawrence University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Lawrence University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Lawrence University?

❌ No, Lawrence University is test optional, so you can make the call whether to include your ACT or SAT scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Lawrence University's acceptance rate?

✅ Lawrence University's acceptance rate is 72%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Lawrence University?

✅ Lawrence University's early decision acceptance rate was 69% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Lawrence University?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Lawrence University was 9% in 2021.

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Lawrence University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Lawrence University? Lawrence University is a very selective institution. The Lawrence University acceptance rate is 72%. This means that the institution accepts 72 out of every 100 applicants.


Lawrence University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Jul 31

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Lawrence University is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Lawrence University is Jul 31.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Lawrence University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1200 - 1440


Math SAT Range

600 - 720


Reading SAT Range

610 - 740

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1440 and Above


1200 to 1440


1200 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Lawrence University students is 1320. Applicants with SAT scores of 1440 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Lawrence University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1200 to 1440 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1200 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Lawrence University.

Lawrence University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Lawrence University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.65. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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Campus Setting

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Tuition and Fees

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Application Deadline

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