At Lawrence, we speak Wisconsin. And Spanish, Chinese, Turkish, and dozens of other languages.

Since becoming the first co-educational college in Wisconsin in 1847, Lawrence University has been proudly rooted in our midwestern Appleton home while offering a global perspective. Students come from all over the country and around the world to experience Wisconsin’s leading private liberal arts college.

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Small-town feel, big opportunities

Lawrence’s picturesque, residential campus is nestled on the banks of the Fox River in Appleton and adjacent to a vibrant downtown featuring shops, restaurants, museums, performing and public art spaces, as well as festivals throughout the year.


A mural in downtown Appleton.


Meet Local Lawrentians

Molly Ruffing headshot outside with snow.

Molly Ruffing ’22, Kaukauna

Psychology and English double major is focused on connecting local kids with tutors and mentoring first-generation students.



Portrait of Professor Stefan Debbert

Associate Professor of Chemistry Stefan Debbert, Fond Du Lac

Stefan is innovating how science is taught at Lawrence.



Brittany Bell headshot in front of Memorial Hall.

Associate Dean for Diversity, Engagement & Student Leadership Brittany Bell, De Pere

Dr. Bell is focused on the student journey and developing student leaders.


Portrait of Andrew Foley '21

Andrew Foley ’21, Waunakee

Math major and music minor Andrew wants to explore composing with coding.




Life from the Cheese State