Survey Results #34: Why Lawrence? (Part Three)

Below are the most common responses given by our incoming class of 2013, to the question of, “Why Lawrence”?

Organic dining services

Double Degree Program

A New Student Center

Soccer Team

Beautiful Campus

Abundant international population

Trimester system

Test-optional philosophy

Favorite response:

Lawrence is “filled with possibilities, and even some impossibilites. In short, it’s just right.”

Want to discover your “why Lawrence” reason? Take a tour, sit in on a class and spend the night during one of our fall visit days.

Survey Results #33: Voglio studiare all’estero!

Since about half of Lawrence University students study at one of our off-campus programs before they graduate, we figured it would be good to know where you are interested in going. The results are equal parts surprising and expected.

First, as you often have, you turned up an eclectic list. All said, 53 individual countries captured your interest as potential study abroad opportunities.

So you will likely appreciate that we have so many programs set up for you.

There was actually a dead-even tie for the countries that the largest group of you responded with an interest for.

England and Italy…or Italy and England, whichever you prefer.

Either way, it’s fair to assume that in a few years, several of your classmates might find themselves en route to London, Florence, Oxford, Rome, York or Milan. Even more convenient that one of our programs is in both countries.

So, here are the next five countries incoming Lawrentians are interested in going to for a study abroad experience:

2 – Spain

3 – France

4 – Germany

5 – Japan

6 – Russia

Although they didn’t make the top five, Australia, Ireland, Austria, Greece, India and Israel all had a lot of responses as well!

As we’ve said already, Lawrence University is proud to have one of the most internationally diverse campuses in the country. If that’s still not enough for you, we’re ready and excited to help you experience the culture of a different country.

Survey Results # 32: So Long, Farewell…

Perhaps you’ve heard that change is a part of life. As much as we would sometimes prefer to dig our heels in, put on the brakes, or linger a while exactly where we are…change happens. We can only imagine that right now lots of emotions are rolling through you. Excitement, fear, anxiety, joy, and oh so many other emotions that cannot always be named.

To honor the upcoming change you’re about to experience, we asked what you might miss about home…this is what you said…

My parents

Cooking with Dad

The mountains, the warmth, and knowing everybody

My cat, he can’t talk on the phone

My sister

Being spoiled by my parents

My friends and family, Finnish parks and sausages

Home cooked meals…mac ‘n cheese here I come!

The food (and yes, of course, my family too)

My own room

I don’t know yet

Comet Football

Everything that I’m used to

My youth

Fresh quality bagels (we do have a wonderful, home cooked bagel shop only a mile or two from campus! Try it out…)

Besides family and friends, NYC’s art and music in the subways. However, I won’t miss the fully packed subways.

My family, my animals, fry bread, and mutton (sheep meat)

24/7 fridge access

My best friend

Survey Results #31: Why Lawrence? (part two)

If you are a perspective student wondering why you should choose Lawrence University, perhaps these responses from the incoming class of 2013 will help to guide your search.

“Out of all the colleges and universities, why Lawrence?”


Extracurricular activities

Flexible academic programme

Engaging professors

Individual attention

Social diversity

Quirky yet cool student body

Seasonal differences

Cheese Curds

Still more to come…

Survey Results #30: We’ll Be There For You…

We know we’re not supposed to make out-of-date references to pop culture, but the title is supposed to be sung to the tune of the theme song for Friends, which most of you only know from syndicated reruns.

It turns out, a lot of you are worried about some of the same things. However, the thing you are still the most nervous about is making new friends. This was followed by succeeding academically, your roommate and being away from home. Other themes we found after we asked you what you were still nervous about included time management, living independently/college life, Wisconsin’s weather, transitioning to college and Appleton and financial management.

For each of these concerns, we’ve got you covered.

We’d like to introduce you to the magic that is Residence Life. These are the people who will work with you every step of the way, to help you successfully transition to college life, at Lawrence University, in Appleton. Even if you are worried about the weather.

If you’re having an issue with your roommate, there is a trained student-staff member on your floor. If you are worried about making friends, trust us, Residence Life is already planning events and activities to introduce you to people. If you start to fall behind in one of your classes, they know how to connect you with a free tutor. If you are feeling homesick, they’re around to help you, too. Any of the most common issues that you can think about…Residence Life is ready to help you.

Remember – they helped last year’s freshmen!

So, while it’s healthy to be a little nervous, know that we’ve got people around to help you whenever you need it.

Even if it’s someone to eat macaroni and cheese with at three am.

But please don’t do that every night!