Lawrence University Tours & Reviews

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Hey, guys. So I'm sitting right in front of Main Hall here. Ah, and Main Hall is the very first building that Lawrence University built, which held all the classes before they start expanding. Main Hall right now is actually at the center of the entire campus, and it sits right in the middle of the quad. And here's what the quad looks like. It's a very, very beautiful, um, just clearing here that students love to just sit in. They usually will play Frisbee, or they'll just study on the grass. And it's it's a really wonderful, beautiful sight to behold. Especially when I first came here. I thought it was absolutely gorgeous when I saw it. Another place I'm gonna show you on campus is the mud library, which is behind me. Right here. Uh, so let's head inside. So library here in Lawrence is called the mud library. Um, the mud libraries named after Cecily Mud, the physiologist Here in the mud library, you can check out things like books, movies, CDs and even sheet music. Um, people also come here to study, um, tease computers and also for tutoring. No non headed over to centre. Um Ward Campus center is the place where the dining hall is the cafe, as well as the mail services on Kate's Corner store. There is also an information desk there as well. There are many different places on campus that I could show you guys, but I thought I'd choose some of those favorite areas that students like to be, Um, and I really hope you guys enjoy this All right, So this is orange Ba Hall. This is the oldest resident hall that is on campus. And this is where I lived with my roommate. This's the Harley. Each storm has a set of our lives, which our resident life way. Also our chief, which is our present culture. Well, this is our loan. So each door has allows, which is three days for everybody to just hang out forward. Wait. Oh, my work fresh. Pretty. Everybody's kind of ***. Every door has its own little thing. That kind of makes it special. So he has hard with floors and walk in closet. Other dorms such as Solar and Pullman six. So a lot of people, like having way also have gender neutral housing. Sage Hall is the biggest gender neutral door there is on campus, and we also have other dorms that are gender by floor. So Kommen Hall is our biggest gender door. Here's while plants is also a storm that is very typical for freshman year. It is over next to the conservatory. So a lot of concern before students like to live there because of the close vicinity. I was there my freshman year and I absolutely loved it there. The community in that dorm was so great. And the community enormously is really great as well. So now I'm going to show you a typical classroom at Lawrence University. Right now, I am in Stites Hall, which is our science hall here, and it was named after Thomas States, who was a Lawrence alum and won the Nobel Prize in two thousand nine for his chemistry work with the Ribosomes. That's a little bit of warrants history for you, and here we are in a lecture hall. So this is what it looks like and it is about forty students, and that is actually our biggest classroom size. Here it Lawrence, because we have such a small student body. Thie classroom sizes ranges from one which is individual independent study to about forty to use an election hall. Because we have such small classroom sizes that makes being one on one with the professor very, very easy. Here at Lawrence, we get toe have really great, strong relationships with the professors here, and because we don't have to compete for class spots with graduate students, we are able to get into class is pretty easily when we register as well. The most credit that you could take in a term before overloading is twenty two and most classes are six credits, so those meet Monday Wednesday Friday for about an hour and ten minutes, and those that are three credits meet about two hours a week. So most students take about three to four different classes per term, and those can range from the six credit to three credit classes, depending on your major and depending on the requirements that you need to have. And those students who take more than twenty two credits who are overloading are usually dual degree students, so those foods are trying to get two degrees in five years, so they will usually overload most term. So that is a basic crash course in the typical Hey, So my very last video, I thought I'd say just a few things to kind of sum up the tour here, in the experience of Lawrence. Um, where should I start? I guess when I first came the Lawrence the students here were very welcoming to all the freshmen. There were so many student leaders that were already waiting for us on campus when we got here to help us step things up and help us get a custom toe Lawrence right away. And it we really was very nice. It really shows just how welcoming the school is, how this how welcoming the students are. Um, it really made me happy. It really shows how all how everybody here really kind of inter mingles with each other and how inclusive everything is like all the events here are also very inclusive. Everybody's allowed to come to these events with, you know, the occasional senior events for seniors only. But everything else is just open to the public and open to everybody. And I think that's very, very nice. What? When I started meeting students here, I thought it was absolutely amazing. How much ahead in common with with so many people on how much people enjoy the same things that I did. Um, taking classes here, the college, the teachers were so nice and with thes student to like teacher ratio, Um, it really allows the teachers to get to know every single student individually and that you can, like, really make friends with the teachers here. I think that's probably one of the greatest things here. I love my teachers so much with the bottom of my heart. They're absolutely amazing people. I know. I really, really do. I think that, um, you should come to the school if you really wantto be close to your teachers. If you want to be close to other students because everybody here knows each other, or at least everybody here is connected in some way. Another thing about Lawrence is that even though the classes can be vigorous, it's really not too hard to push through because Lawrence really provides lots of support and lots of help, Um, to really get you to learn and understand the things that are taught in class. Um, there's lots of tutoring that is provided, and the teachers always have office hours that you can come in and you can always talk to them about, like, any issues they're having in class or anything. You're kind of having trouble understanding, and it's it's really, really nice. If I have anything kind of negative to say about Lawrence. I guess it would just be how much, Um, tuition is here. It could be pretty pricey, but Lawrence really does provide a lot of financial aid and like a lot to students, and that's really, really good for me. It wasn't necessarily enough. But when I came here and when I met the people here, I really fell in love with the place that I decided. I really have to go here. And so here I am, And I'm just I'm really having the time of my life, and I'm really, really happy to be here. I guess another thing that kind of bugs me is, um, the meal plan. I guess the meal plan can be a little tough because, um, I even right now I have lots of left over money in my meal plan and the very end of the year, all that's just going to be scrapped and I can't get it rolled over to the next year. So I guess that's probably the only other everything that I have. If about Lawrence, one less thing. You have to come see Lawrence for yourself in person because the campus is just beautiful. It really is just beautiful. The campus is right next to the Fox River and, like, the kind of look out is very pretty. So it's it really is like, amazing sight to see. All right, so that concludes my tour here for Lawrence. I really, really appreciate the time you guys have taken toa watch my videos. And I really, really hope you guys consider Lawrence as a possible future college. Thank you so much. Wait. Hi. My name is Mei Garvey. I am from St Paul, Minnesota, and I am currently a freshman student at Lawrence University, which is an Appleton, Wisconsin. So right now, I'm currently studying music, performance and music composition at the Music Conservatory here at Lawrence University. But I also do plan to major in French as well. Within the college, so learned university is only an undergraduate school. There's about two thousand students here and about five hundred per grade, Um, which makes it really small, actually for university. But that's one of the reasons why I came here, because I'm not to fondle of really, really big universities because the community, it's just would be just too fast. And here it's a very, very close knit community, and almost everybody knows everyone here. If it's so, so welcoming. Especially when I first came here. That's how I felt. I thought it was really fun and really amazing. Um, the Kansas itself is actually gorgeous. It's such a beautiful campus, Um is very small, too. So every building is within walking distance. There is no need for driving you, Khun bike. You can take a scooter. People generally tend Teo skate around as well. It's it's really it's amazing, but it's also really easy to get to classes. Um, we do have a Greek life here. There are frats and sororities, but everybody, everyone here is so welcoming. There's there's always opportunities that everybody can join and clubs that people Khun can join and sports that people can play as well. So one important aspect, I think, is really important about Lawrence University is that we have a college of liberal arts as well as the Conservatory of Music here. So there are two possible degrees that you get when you come here. One of them is the bachelor of arts and the other one is the bachelor of music. There is also the opportunity for a double degree, which I will be pursuing in both the college at the conservatory. I would just like to say one last thing in this video that if you are someone who is interested in a level arts education or an education in music such as performance or composition or theory, that I believe this tour is definitely for you, and I hope so the worst campus center has four floors to it. Uh, the third floor is the ground floor where the cafe is at the second floor has thie corner store as well as the mail services, and the first floor has the lunchroom, the main dining hall. So right now I'm headed off to the cafe. The meal plan. Here it Lawrence has two components to it. The first component is culinary cash, also known as cold cash. You can use that at all dining facilities here, which includes the main dining hall, the cafe as well as the corner store. There's also like actual meal slights, which is the other component and meal swipes you could only use at the dining hall here at the Ward Center. So there's three types of meal plans that you have. The first one is like all cold cash. The second one is mostly swipes and a little bit of cold cash. The second one is like half and half or both, and you, Khun, change a meal plan every term of the year, which makes that actually a lot easier to take care of then, like having to choose in the very beginning right now. Dying home. Nona's Andrew Commons since Lawrence a very small school way. Only have one dining hall here. Um, but we also do have the cafe as well. So I'm from Bridgeton Made, which is a southern Maine by the border of New Hampshire over on the East Coast. But I'm involved with quite a bit on campus. I am one of the board members of our happy chapter, which is the National Association for Music Education. I am also in Delta Gamma, which is our women's fraternity on campus in Sigma Alpha Iota, which is our music majority are, well, also involved with quite a bit of ensembles. And before. So I went ensemble. I'm the Symphony Orchestra here at Lawrence, and I'm also involved with various chamber groups. I just had a tree recital with Viola. Clarence and Piano Trio are over in the campus center, and that was really, really great. The biggest adjust. I had two coming to Lawrence University, Wass definitely having a room for the first couple of weeks because I I missed only child. So I used to living by myself for all of my life and living with roommates, which is a different environment. I was, yeah, but I adjusted pretty quickly, and my roommate last year was really, really great and my roommate, this year's also really great. My favorite secret spot on campus is actually the dam's room in the conservatory because I go in there when I'm really, really nervous for performance, and I find it to be very calming on DH. So I spent a lot of time in there before, like competitions before recitals, things like that. My least everything about Laurence is something that we call the Lawrence busy and also rewards bubble. So the Lawrence busy is the idea that you need to be involved kind of twenty four seven on campus, and you need to be constantly doing work and the idea that if you're not doing work, when you'd just see which a lot of people have mind set. And it's something that we're trying to fix here on DH Lawrence Bubble is kind of this closed space that is Lawrence University, and we sometimes forget there's an outside world. And then once we actually get out of words, you were like, Oh, there's like an actual town here, and we kind of realize that way are not going to be here forever. My most everything about Lawrence is hands down the community here, so because wear so small were about fifteen hundred students. We know each other super, super well, and we see each other pretty much every day. And everybody is super friendly and really supportive here, regardless of the conservatory College. If your science major or you're humanities major, everybody is kind of just part of this huge community here on DH, especially coming in as a freshman. A lot of upperclassmen welcome you with open arms, which is really, really great, and we don't get that in a lot of colleges. Hey, guys, it's May, And today I'LL be showing you around my door. I live in Trevor Hall, which is right by the campus center, where the dining hall and the cafe are located. So this is my room. Um, I live in a doubles. Most freshman. When they come to campus, they are paired with another student. Um, that's also a freshman based off of a server that they fell out. That talks about what interests, um you have and what likes or dislikes you have regarding wanting a roommate. So Lawrence double rooms are equipped with two of everything. There's two desks, two sets of drawers, two shelves, two beds and two wardrobes so that students don't really have to worry much about sharing things. You would need to bring your own extra stuff, such as furniture or lamps or a mini fridge if those are things that you want. So Trevor Hall is one of eight different main dorm halls. There's also Coleman, Hyatt, Sage, Ormsby, Broca, Kohler and Plants Hall. There is also housing for fraternities here on campus, not any housing for sororities, but they're also student apartments that you could get. There is also what I like to call thematic housing. I'm not entirely sure what they really are called, but they're also these dorms specifically meant to sport themes each year. This year we have the gaming house and the Danse Haus. Next year the Danse Haus is going to become the art house, and that's actually going to be the place that I'm. I will be staying so besides doubles rooms, there are singles rooms as well, and they cost more than doubles or any other types of rooms. There also singles rooms and quadruple rooms, but four ofthe rooms of three or four. You do need to find other students who'LL room with you, and then you will apply for those rooms specifically. So in terms of housing selection, I suggest that you get your payments and on time because that makes you more likely to get your first choice of housing. For example, students were in the Conservatory of Music generally tend to go for plants hall, which is right next to the conservatory. It's the closest one oven that, uh, Lawrence has a lottery system where they randomly choose students who want to be in specific dorms. So Trevor Hall has four floors. Each floor is designated to a specific gender, such as for one, and three are for the boys and flood two and four are for the girls. However, there are exceptions made to people who are transgender on all of that sort is one of the foods alcohol. Trevor actually has one of the nicer bathroom's, then most the other dorms. Because it's newer and renovated plants, Hall would be the other dorms that has bathrooms like these. So Lords has four main study room lounge areas. There's three in the basement, one by the entrance. This's what one of the game rooms are. Lounge rooms looks like it has a TV in the bag, lots of couches and chairs and a big table for studying. There's also a ping pong table here that people can play. There's also who's balling back. It's really nice. A lot of the equipment you have, tio just reserve by the front desk, and you give them your student. I d. Then you can borrow whatever you want, and once you're done, you return it back to the front desk and they'LL give you back your student. I D. So This is the laundry room and Trevor Hall. There are five washers and five dryers. I say. One thing that kind of bugs me about doing laundry here is that you kind of do have to pay for the to use the drives in the washers. It's a dollar twenty five to use the washer in a dollar, twenty five to the dryers. So this is the kitchen, uh, Trevor Hall. It's in the basement, just like the laundry room is. There is a fridge and a freezer that all students can use. There is also a stove and oven, but you can use to bake or cook whatever you want. They have a sink here. Then you can use for multiple things. There's also off the table so you can stay, and you can also prepare all your stuff. Uh, there's also a microwave and a toaster, but there's also a microwave and a toaster on each floor of Trevor, which I think is a really good thing to use and to have. So there is also a computer lab here in the basement of Trevor. There's three computers here they are free to use. Um, you just have to log in with your student. I d on DH. You can use them as long as you want. There is a printer up on the fort. First floor of Trevor on printing is free, which is really great. You do have to pay to use the copy machine, though. But that is in the library. Well, because enjoy the tour of my dorm here. And I hope you check out the other videos that I posted about Lawrence University. Thank you so much. So for the standard meal plan here way have three different places where you can get food, we have the company, and the cafe is kind of four quick fights to eat. So grabbing a burger, fries, chicken tenders, maybe even a salad, or like a quick sandwich. So that uses something called culinary cash, and you'LL have a certain amount of Cohen in cash in your way. Also can use calling in cash and something called the Corner Stores of the Corner store is kind of this gas station type. Very other you could get like ingredients. You get food in bulk, mostly food in, like bags or boxes. Things like that on. You can also get some of the produce that they have in the cafe as well. So, like salads and sandwiches. Thing that used swipes, which is the second part of the deal, is the Andrew consciousness. So the Commons is a the style of food area. Where you go in, you get a swipe, and it's all you could eat, and you can stay in there for as long as you want. With a lot of hours that the Commons Open so you could go down there, grab a plant food, fill it up, and then you can always go back for seconds or thirds. And there's not really a limit to what you can eat in the Commons with. We also have clamshells for the comments. If you need to get just quick by deed, so you get a green plastic tub and you can fill it with whatever you would like from the Commons, and then you leave and take it wherever. So if you need to study, you can go get food from the Commons, take your clam shell and then bring it up to a study room. Also, the food can be a bit repetitive At times, I would say so. Sometimes the Commons. You could get the same thing, Uh, typically within like a month. But overall, there are a lot of choices for vegetarian speak, and you also have an extreme allergy to anything, and alternate mill clan is available for you. You can also think about different real plans that are offered in the law office as well. So this is downtown Appleton. This is right next to the college. So the colleges right over here and there's a lot to do here in downtown Appleton. We have many, many different Russia. One of them is right here. It's called Taste of Time Way also have high music, which is great for conservatory students who need different supplies for their instruments. We also have a lot of coffee shops like moves. A lot of students come here to just work. Wei have a Y M. C. A. Where more students actually get a free membership to here. You just have to fill out a form at the wellness center, and then you could use a Y as much as you want. So we have a farmer's market every Saturday morning from eight a. M to twelve PM during the fall in the spring, it's outside here in town, and then in the winter it goes inside to the mall center, and we have a bunch of different vendors. I come out. There's a lot of food, jewelry, little things you can buy, and it's really, really fun. We also have the P A. C, which is pouring art center here where we have many different shows. We actually have Hamilton coming next year, so those are a couple of things that we have here in downtown Appleton and there's lots to do.