Lawrence University was ranked 59th nationally among 240 national liberal arts colleges and universities in U.S. News & World Reportâ€™s 2014 â€śAmericaâ€™s Best Collegesâ€ť report released today (9/10).
No Wisconsin college was ranked higher than Lawrence among eight Wisconsin institutions in the national liberal arts category.
“Rankings are but one way colleges can be compared. We’re focusing our efforts on making Lawrence the best liberal arts experience possible,” said President Mark Burstein. â€śThe strength of our liberal arts and conservatory education will be enjoyed by one of our most diverse classes ever.â€ť
Geographically, nearly 50 percent of this yearâ€™s new students hail from states beyond Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota, including 12 percent who are from outside the United States, the largest percentage of freshmen international students since at least 2000. Additionally, 19 percent of this yearâ€™s freshmen are domestic students of color.
Lawrenceâ€™s commitment to close faculty-student interaction and small classes was reflected in its high rate of classes with 20 students or fewer (78 percent). Lawrence was one of only 30 schools among the 240 in the category with that high of a percentage.
For more information on the criteria used in their evaluation of nearly 1,400 of the nationâ€™s public and private four-year colleges, visit U.S. News.
About Lawrence University
Founded in 1847, Lawrence University uniquely integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with a nationally recognized conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. It was selected for inclusion in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014 and the book â€śColleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College.â€ť Individualized learning, the development of multiple interests and community engagement are central to the Lawrence experience. Lawrence draws its 1,500 students from nearly every state and more than 50 countries. Follow Lawrence on Facebook.
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