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At Lawrence, we are fully committed to Engaged Learning. Whether in a practice room in the conservatory or a chemistry class in Steitz Hall or a Freshman Studies discussion, you will learn by doing. By discussing. By participating. By engaging.
Engaged Learning isn’t limited to the occasional lab class. It is an integral part of every class taught at Lawrence. There is simply no room at Lawrence for people who expect to sit back and passively listen to a lecture.
You will learn from a faculty that is dedicated to teaching above all else. They, too, are fully engaged in your education. You will come to know them and you will leave Lawrence calling many of them friends…for the rest of your life.
But it doesn’t stop in the classroom. You will become fully immersed in the diverse community with which you’ll live. You will learn as much from your roommate, from attending a friend’s recital, from writing for the newspaper or from a weekend seminar at Björklunden as you will in the classroom. Lawrentians are involved.
Freshman Studies has been a cornerstone of the Lawrence experience since 1945, when it was developed by then-president Nathan Pusey (who went on to become the president of a certain college in Cambridge, Mass. that rhymes with "Schmarvard.")
From 11:10 to 12:20 each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of your first two terms at Lawrence, you and your fellow freshmen (in classrooms of 14 to 15) will explore about a dozen compelling works from a common reading list, which changes every year. Your intellectual guides in Freshman Studies will be faculty from all across the university. For example, in your first term, you might have a philosopher; in your second, you might have a geologist. These professors will show you that you don't have to be an expert in a particular subject to understand and get something valuable from it.
And, just as important, Freshman Studies will teach you to write, debate, and ask questions like a Lawrentian—a critical set of skills not just for your life at Lawrence, but for life after Lawrence.
Senior Experience is the culmination of a Lawrence education, a way for students to integrate knowledge and skills developed through years of study, demonstrate proficiency in their major fields, and develop scholarly or artistic independence. Every graduating senior produces something significant — an independent or collaborative project, major seminar paper, portfolio, performance, or exhibition — to satisfy criteria for the major set by faculty of that department or program. Senior Experience thus provides a capstone unique to each student yet universal to students across the university.
When Lawrentians complete assignments and tests, they write these initials, short for, "I hereby reaffirm the Lawrence University Honor Code," which states:
No Lawrence student will unfairly advance his or her own academic performance or in any way limit or impede the academic pursuits of other students of the Lawrence community.
Our students do great work—and they don't do it at the expense of others.
Björklunden vid Sjon (Birch Forest by the Water), Lawrence University's campus in Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin, is nestled in 425 wooded acres along more than 1.6 km of Lake Michigan shoreline. (Baileys Harbor, just two hours north of Appleton, is in Door County, Wisconsin's bed-and-breakfast heaven.) Just a stone's throw from the shore sits a lodge complete with bedrooms (sleeping about 100), large and small group spaces, a massive locally-quarried fireplace, a recital hall, and a serene setting. And if you're into bread pudding—and other delicacies fantastically prepared by our chef and his staff—you'll find yourself getting to Björklunden early and often.
Students typically spend at least one weekend during the year "up North" for language immersion weekends, field research, cross-country workouts, creative writing workshops, ensemble bonding time, and more.
With a population of 73,000+, Appleton is part of one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the Midwest. The area’s size, cultural complexity, and breadth of businesses give you ample opportunities for internships, research projects, civic engagement, and community service.
Its blend of the cosmopolitan with the natural makes Appleton a true gem—and a place that often surprises our visitors across the U.S. and the world who expect something different from a city in northeastern Wisconsin.
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