Lawrence University is a liberal arts college and conservatory of music in Appleton, Wisconsin. Founded in 1847, the school held its first classes on November 12,1849, Lawrence was the second college in the United States to be founded as a coeducational institution. The school is a member of the Colleges That Change Lives, in a study by the National Science Foundation, Lawrence ranked 28th nationally in the percentage of graduates who go on to earn doctorates. The 84-acre campus is located in downtown Appleton, divided into two parts by the Fox River, the academic campus is on the north shore of the river, and the major athletic facilities are on the southeast shore. Lawrence also has a 425-acre northern estate called Björklunden, which serves as a site for retreats, seminars, concerts and it contains a chapel for weddings. Donald and Winifred Boynton of Highland Park, Illinois, donated the property in Door County to Lawrence in 1963, in the mid-1980s, the Physics Department built a $330,000 small laser laboratory, which includes 8005 mW small lasers and more than 500 mirrors. In 2009, Lawrence opened the Richard and Margot Warch Campus Center, a place for students, faculty, staff, alumni. The 107,000 square foot building is situated on the Fox River on the site of the former Hulburt House, the Warch Campus Center includes a cinema, campus dining services, campus mailboxes, and various meeting and event spaces. The building has earned a LEED Gold certification for meeting sustainability goals in conservation, environmental friendliness. The college has a history of razing buildings on its campus. Many buildings on campus are built on the site of former buildings, colman, using $10,000 provided by philanthropist Amos Adams Lawrence, and matched by the Methodist church. Both founders were ordained Methodist ministers, but Lawrence was Episcopalian and its oldest extant building, Main Hall, was built in 1853. Lawrence University was the coeducational institution in the country. Lawrences first period of growth came during the tenure of alumnus Samuel G. Plantz as president. From 1894 to 1924, when Plantz presided over the school, from 1913 until 1964, the school was named Lawrence College, to emphasize its small size and liberal arts education focus. The name was changed to Lawrence University when it merged with Milwaukee-Downer College, the state of Wisconsin then purchased the Milwaukee-Downer property and buildings to expand the campus of the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Initially, the university designated two entities, Lawrence College for Men and Downer College for Women, the Lawrence Conservatory of Music, usually referred to as the Con, was founded in 1874. Lawrence offers two degrees, a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Music and it also offers a five-year dual degree program, where students can receive both B. A. and B. Mus
The cupola on Main Hall at Lawrence University is an Appleton landmark.
Seeley G. Mudd Library. The library contains over 420,000 volumes.