Lawrenceville School

5.00 5 1 (6 reviews)
2500 Main Street, PO Box 6008
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
  • Founded in 1810, The Lawrenceville School is located on 700 acres in the historic village of Lawrenceville, New Jersey, five miles south of Princeton, 55 miles from New York City and 40 miles north of Philadelphia.
  • Our Mission: Through House and Harkness, Lawrenceville challenges a diverse community of promising young people to lead lives of learning, integrity, and high purpose. Our mission is to inspire the best in each to seek the best for all.
  • Through our unique House system, collaborative Harkness approach to teaching and learning, close mentoring relationships, and extensive co-curricular opportunities we help students to develop high standards of character and scholarship, a passion for learning, an appreciation for diversity, a global perspective, and strong commitments to personal, community, and environmental responsibility.

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  • New York University
    The house system is unique to different boarding schools and the dress code.. . .
  • University of Pennsylvania
    What makes Lawrenceville unique from other boarding schools is definitely its house and harkness method. Harkness is especially unique because it allows for students to everyday engage critically with the text they are reading and. . .
  • Bowdoin College
    One of the most notable aspects of Lawrenceville is the house system. It is often compared to Harry Potter. After freshman year all students are sorted into the houses they will live in their sophomore. . .
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Definition of Terms
 | 2020 School Data
Lawrenceville SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-12, PG9-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded18101907
Campus Size700 acres120 acres

Student Body

Enrollment817 students310 students
% Students of Color
53%
25%
% International Students
18%
20%
% Students Boarding
69%
70%
Average SAT Score1490* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score33*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesYesNo
Frequency of Saturday ClassesWeeklyWeekly
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:81:7
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
68%
70%
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Finances

Endowment Size$459.8 million$22 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$69,420$58,260
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$57,140$30,000
% Students on Financial Aid
31%
38%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$52,434$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Admission

Application DeadlineJan. 15Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationNoNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Average Percentile SSAT83%-
Acceptance Rate
19%
57%
Director of AdmissionsGreg Buckles

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered2016
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Fencing, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo, Winter Track, Wrestling

College Matriculation

Year: 2017 - 201910 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
New York University35
Princeton University31
University of Pennsylvania27
University of Chicago24
Cornell University22
Georgetown University21
Brown University20
Columbia University18
Yale University17
Tufts University16
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

    How To Apply:   
  • While Lawrenceville accepts both the Standard Application Online (SAO) and the Gateway to Prep School Application, we recommend using the Gateway application. Please refer to the Gateway checklist to make sure you've submitted all required documents for the Lawrenceville application process: 
    • Official School Reports and Transcripts (current and past 2 years)
    • Principal/Counselor Recommendation (current year)
    • English Teacher Recommendation (Humanities - English/History/Social Studies/Social Sciences) This can now be completed by teachers in the current or previous year.
    • Math Teacher Recommendation (STEM - Math/Science/Engineering) This can now be completed by teachers in the current or previous year.
Application Fee:
  • $50 for domestic candidates
  • $100 for international candidates 
  • Domestic candidates please email our office at admission@lawrenceville.org to request an application fee waiver if you are experiencing financial hardship.
  • Lawrenceville School accreditations: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Michael Eisner 1960 - Former CEO, The Walt Disney Company
    • Huey Lewis 1967 - Musician/singer
    • Horace Porter 1854 - Brigadier General in Civil War, Medal of Honor Winner, Grant's White House Secretary
    • Jay Carney 1983 - White House Press Secretary
    • Fox Butterfield 1957 - Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, The New York Times
    • Joakim Noah 2004 - NBA player, Chicago Bull
    • James Merrill 1943 - Author, The Changing Light at Sandover
    • Bobby Sanguinetti 2006 - NHL player, New York Rangers

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