Lawrence University is a private liberal arts college in Appleton, Wisconsin. Founded in 1847, the first classes were held on November 12, 1849. Lawrence was the second college in the United States to be founded as a coeducational institution.
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 Fox River, and the major athletic facilities (including the 5000-seat Banta Bowl) are on the northeast shore. Lawrence University also has a 425-acre (1.72 km) northern estate called Björklunden (full name: Björklunden vid sjön), which serves as a site for retreats, seminars, concerts, and theatrical performances. It also contains a chapel for weddings. Donald and Winifred Boynton of Highland Park, Illinois, donated the property in Door County to Lawrence in 1963.
The student newspaper, The Lawrentian, has a history of about a century. Lawrence University hosts the Great Midwest Trivia Contest, webcast every January over the college radio station, WLFM.
Lawrence University is part of the Oberlin Group, a consortium of liberal arts college libraries.