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.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 815 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $73,220
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $60,250
  • Acceptance rate: 15%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Lawrenceville School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 297 schools) for:

Category
Attribute
Offering Breadth
Student Test Scores
Student Test Scores
School History

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2022 School Data
Lawrenceville School
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
9-12, PG
5-12
School Type
Co-ed
Co-ed
Religious Affiliation
Non-denominational
Year Founded
1810
1906
Campus Size
700 acres
126 acres

Student Body

Enrollment
815 students
310 students
% Students of Color
55%
25%
% International Students
16%
20%
% Students Boarding
70%
70%
Average SAT Score
1490
* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score
33
*National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year
Yes
No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
Yes
No
Frequency of Saturday Classes
Weekly
Weekly
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
Average Class Size
12 students
12
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
8:1
7:1
ESL Courses Offered
No
Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
68%
71%
Summer Program Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$459.8 million
$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$73,220
(Tuition listed above includes tuition and fees.)
$61,400
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$60,250
(Tuition listed above includes tuition and fees.)
$33,830
% Students on Financial Aid
32%
40%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
$56,998
$25,000
Merit Scholarships Offered
No
No

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
Jan. 15
Jan. 15
SSAT Required
Yes
Yes
Average Percentile SSAT
89%
-
Acceptance Rate
15%
58%
Director of Admissions
Greg Buckles

Sports

College Matriculation

Year: 2017 - 2019
10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
New York University
35
Princeton University
31
University of Pennsylvania
27
University of Chicago
24
Cornell University
22
Georgetown University
21
Brown University
20
Columbia University
18
Yale University
17
Tufts University
16

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.
    • Interview
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
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Lawrenceville School cost?

Lawrenceville School's tuition is approximately $73,220 for boarding students and $60,250 for day students.

What schools are Lawrenceville School often compared to?

Lawrenceville Schoolis often viewed alongside schools like Choate Rosemary Hall, The Hotchkiss School, Deerfield Academy by visitors of our site.

What is the acceptance rate of Lawrenceville School?

The acceptance rate of Lawrenceville School is 15%, which is lower than the boarding school average of 58%. Lawrenceville School's acceptance rate is ranked as one of the top boarding schools with low acceptance rates.

Who are famous alumni from Lawrenceville School?

Lawrenceville School famous alumni include: Michael Eisner 1960, Huey Lewis 1967, Horace Porter 1854, Jay Carney 1983, Fox Butterfield 1957, Joakim Noah 2004, James Merrill 1943 and Bobby Sanguinetti 2006.

What sports does Lawrenceville School offer?

Lawrenceville School offers 25 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Dance, Diving, Fencing, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo, Winter Track and Wrestling. Lawrenceville School is ranked as one of the top boarding schools for most sports offered.

Does Lawrenceville School offer a summer program?

Yes, Lawrenceville School offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.

What is Lawrenceville School's ranking?
When is the application deadline for Lawrenceville School?

The application deadline for Lawrenceville School is Jan. 15.

Alumni Reviews Review School

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Description

Class of 2018
5.00
New York University
The house system is unique to different boarding schools and the dress code.. . .

Class of 2018
5.00
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. . .

Class of 2015
5.00
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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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 815 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $73,220
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $60,250
  • Acceptance rate: 15%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15
  • Source: Verified school update

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