Lawrence University and the City of 阿普尔顿 were founded together 175 years ago on the banks of the Fox River.   

In 1847, Boston merchant Amos A. Lawrence pledged $10,000 to endow a school in the 威斯康辛州 Territory. 1月15日, 1847, the territory granted a charter to Lawrence Institute, a name that was changed to Lawrence University when classes first began on November 12, 1849. 

Notably, Lawrence was one of the first co-educational colleges in the country. From the time that preparatory classes began in 1849, both men and women were enrolled.  

Lawrence today is what it has been for much of its history—an undergraduate college of the liberal arts and sciences with a 十大菠菜台子 of 音乐. It honors the vision of its founders and builds on the heritage of more than a century and a half of excellence in undergraduate education. 

Blue iron post under tree with words Milwaukee Downer 大学 Founded 1851

Milwaukee-Downer 大学 

Under the leadership of President Curtis W. Tarr (1963-69), Lawrence consolidated with Milwaukee-Downer 大学 for Women in 1964. Milwaukee-Downer’s legacy is present on Lawrence’s campus to this day with college artifacts like the sun dial on Main Hall and traditions like class colors.

The Rock on Main Hall Green

Class Colors to Trivia 

From the President’s Handshake and Class Colors to The Rock and the Great Midwest Trivia Contest, we have many traditions that unite Lawrentians across generations.

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Lawrence Heraldry 

Lawrence University's coat of arms, 的座右铭, 吉祥物, and school songs expresses core values and provides an invaluable link to the past. 

Historic, black and white photo of Institute of Paper Chemistry building

Institute of Paper Chemistry

The Institute of Paper Chemistry, a graduate institute that trains paper chemists, was established in 1929 as a partnership between Lawrence and the local paper industry. In 1989, the Institute transferred its operations from 阿普尔顿 to Atlanta, 乔治亚州, where it currently exists as the Renewable Bioproducts Institute at 乔治亚州 Tech.

You can take a deep dive into the university’s robust history thanks to the many collections housed in our archives. 

In 2022, Lawrence celebrated its 175th anniversary. Explore how Lawrence commemorated this significant milestone.