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Lawrenceville School

Student rating 4.8/5 by Cornell University student
PO Box 6008 Lawrenceville NJ 08648 United States

Academic

Lawrenceville School review by Cornell University student. I received an excellent foundation in the humanities, especially in art history, history, and literature, as Lawrenceville approaches these subjects primarily from an interdisciplinary standpoint. In terms of the academics, I find that my college experience does not compare to that which I gained at Lawrenceville. Sitting around a Harkness table with twelve to fifteen other bright students, all whom you know inside and outside of the classroom, as well as with an engaging and inspiring teacher is an invaluable learning experience to which a simple explanation could not do justice. But most simply put, Lawrenceville educators teach their students how to think and, as a result, Lawrenceville students naturally grow into mature adults whose opportunities are limitless.

College Counseling

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  • "They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university…"
  • "For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more…"

Admissions - Getting Accepted

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  • "Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transfered from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard's were two of the larger feeder schools…"
  • "For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents*the kids speak on the tour. Don't ask their questions for them because their evaluation will be affected by the fact that the guides didn't hear a thing from the kid…"

School Life

Housing is excellent. Food is excellent. Social events are very fun and you meet amazing people at Lawrenceville, often who are very different from you. Teachers are there for the student - they are coaches, houseparents, mentors, teachers, and they genuinely care about their students.

Most athletics that you can think of are there - sports such as lacrosse, squash, and field hockey are strongest - especially in the eyes of elite colleges. Any student can start any club or organization. The arts are excellent. Community service and travel abroad programs are highly encouraged.