Lawrence University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Lawrence University

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Lawrence University is a private liberal arts college with an acceptance rate of 62%. Located on an 84-acre campus in Appleton, Wisconsin, Lawrence University includes a liberal arts college and a conservatory of music. Lawrence offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, and, beginning in 2020, Bachelor of Musical Arts degrees. Lawrence University's impressive 8-to-1 student / faculty ratio allows students to receive significant personal attention. Students can choose from 37 majors, and the university's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned it a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.

Considering applying to Lawrence University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Lawrence University had an acceptance rate of 62%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 62 students were admitted, making Lawrence University's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 3,502
Percent Admitted 62%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 18%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Lawrence University has a test-optional standardized testing policy. Applicants to Lawrence may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 31% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 610 710
Math 600 740
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that of those students who submitted scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, most of Lawrence University's admitted students fall within the top 20% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Lawrence scored between 610 and 710, while 25% scored below 610 and 25% scored above 710. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 600 and 740, while 25% scored below 600 and 25% scored above 740. While the SAT is not required, this data tells us that a composite SAT score of 1450 or higher is competitive for Lawrence University.

Requirements

Lawrence University does not require SAT scores for admission. For students who choose to submit scores, note that Lawrence participates in the scorechoice program, meaning that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. Lawrence does not require the essay section of the SAT.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Lawrence University has a test-optional standardized testing policy. Applicants may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 41% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 26 34
Math 24 29
Composite 27 31

This admissions data tells us that of those who submitted scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, most of Lawrence University's admitted students fall within the top 15% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Lawrence received a composite ACT score between 27 and 31, while 25% scored above 31 and 25% scored below 27.

Requirements

Note that Lawrence University does not require ACT scores for admission. For students who choose to submit scores, Lawrence participates in the scorechoice program, meaning that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all ACT test dates. Lawrence does not require the ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA for incoming Lawrence University freshmen was 3.46, and over 50% of incoming students had average high school GPAs of 3.5 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Lawrence have primarily high B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Lawrence University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Lawrence University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Lawrence University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Lawrence University, which accepts fewer than two-thirds of applicants, has a competitive admissions pool. However, Lawrence also has a holistic admissions process and is test-optional, and admissions decisions are based on more than numbers. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. The college is looking for students who will contribute to the campus community in meaningful ways, not just students who show promise in the classroom. While not required, Lawrence University strongly recommends interviews for interested applicants. Note that applicants to the music conservatory have additional admission requirements including a recommendation from a music teacher, submission of a music resume, and completion of an audition. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades are outside of Lawrence's average range.

In the graph above, the blue and green data points represent students who were accepted to Lawrence University. You can see that most had SAT scores (ERW+M) of 1100 or higher, an ACT composite of 22 or higher, and a high school average of a "B+" or better. The graph reflects more variation in standardized test scores than grades. This is because Lawrence University has test-optional admissions.

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