How to Apply to Lawrenceville

List of 5 items.

  • Step 1: Request Information

    Request Information and we’ll mail you our viewbook! You will also receive invitations to events and will be able to schedule your interview.
  • Step 2: Tours & Interviews

    Regretfully, we are not able to welcome visitors to campus until further notice. 

    Online interviews began on September 14. In addition to speaking with an Admission Counselor during your interview, you will be paired with an Admission Ambassador to truly understand what it is like to be a Lawrenceville student.

    Have questions but not ready for an interview? This fall we will offer online information sessions with an Admission Counselor and a member of our tour guide council. This is an informal way to begin to learn more about Lawrenceville as you begin your school search process. 

    Throughout the course of the admission process, we will also create opportunities to interact with many different members of the Lawrenceville community.
     If you have specific questions and can not find the answers on this page, please reach out to and we will be happy to help you out.  
  • Step 3: Testing

    We require that standardized tests be submitted for Fall 2021 admission consideration. Testing may be submitted from the current or previous academic year (beginning August 2019).

    • 9th and 10th grade candidates must submit the results of the SSAT* or ISEE. We only accept test scores directly from the testing organization; we do not accept copies from your school or consultant.
      • To guarantee a March 10 admission decision, you must take the SSAT by January prior to your intended entrance. Please let the Admission Office know if you've had to delay testing beyond January.
    • 11th grade candidates must submit the results of the SSAT, PSAT, SAT, or ACT.
    • 12th grade and PG candidates must submit results from PSAT, SAT, or ACT.
    • International Applicants:
      • All international applicants must demonstrate proficiency in oral and written English. For applicants whose native language is not English, and whose language of instruction for the most recent four years of schooling has not been English, the TOEFL or IELTS is required.
      • To meet the needs of students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT® test at a test center due to public health concerns, ETS is temporarily offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test. To meet the needs of students from Mainland China who are currently unable to take the TOEFL iBT test due to testing suspensions there, ETS and the TOEFL program are temporarily offering the TOEFL ITP Plus for China solution. Lawrenceville is currently accepting both of these testing options.
      • Lawrenceville does not offer a formal ESL program; however, academic support is available for international students on a limited basis.
    • Recommended, but not required:  Character Skills Snapshot
    • Please note: If you feel you will have trouble meeting these admission requirements, please contact us at or 609-895-2030.

    *In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, SSAT has created multiple options and opportunities for the 2020–2021 testing season. Please review your testing options on the SSAT website. The test itself may be taken more than once and all of the scores will be accepted. Be sure to list the Lawrenceville code (4564) when you register for the test. To prevent delays be sure to list us as a score recipient when you register for your test.  

    Domestic candidates please email our office at to request an SSAT test fee waiver if you are experiencing financial hardship.
    Lawrenceville School Test Codes
    • SSAT: 4564
    • TOEFL: 9153
    • ISEE: 310680
    • ACT/PSAT/SAT: Have your school counselor add your scores to your transcript or send us a copy of your official score report directly via fax (609) 895-2217 or email to
    • IELTS: Applicants must contact the IELTS Test Center where you took the test to request your official results be sent to Lawrenceville. We do not accept IELTS Test Reports from students. An institution code is not required.
  • Step 4: Character Skills Snapshot (recommended)

    We Use the Character Skills Snapshot
    For all applicants to Lawrenceville it is recommended (but not required) to submit the Character Skills Snapshot. Lawrenceville is more than just a place where you will learn math, English and science. We believe the reason you are considering Lawrenceville is because you’re interested in an education that goes beyond the classroom and encourages personal growth. Similarly, we know that you are much more than grades and test scores. That’s why we’re asking you to consider taking the Character Skills Snapshot, which looks at seven non-cognitive areas, and will hopefully be a fun, exploratory exercise for applicants. For the applicants who submit it, the CSS will provide us with richer information about you, and show us areas where our community can help you grow, thrive, and shine. 

    How to Take the Character Skills Snapshot

    If you will be taking the SSAT test, you can register for both the test and the Character Skills Snapshot at the same time.  You can begin by creating an SSAT account.  The Character Skills Snapshot can only be taken from the student account, not the parent account.  The student must be logged in to see the Character Skills Snapshot access. 

    Click here for Step by Step information on how to access the Character Skills Snaphot and to also view a list of frequently asked questions, review a sample score report, register for a free webinar, and learn much more about the Character Skills Snapshot.

    For students not taking the SSAT test, please click here for directions on how to register for the Character Skills Snapshot.  The fee for the Character Skills Snapshot is $35.00 for students not taking the SSAT.   Domestic families for whom this would create a financial hardship may ask for a fee waiver by emailing
  • Step 5: 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 to request an application fee waiver if you are experiencing financial hardship.

    Supplemental Materials
    Please submit any supplemental materials by emailing PDF files or HTML links to publicly available sites (i.e. YouTube) to Please include the applicant's full name and a brief description of the file (eg. John Smith-artwork.pdf). If we feel the submitted material adds value to your application, it will be added to your file.
    Examples of supplemental pieces are:
    • Personal Recommendations
    • Artwork
    • Videos (via link)
    Please know that most applicants do not submit any supplemental materials. The application provides the Admission Committee with the information for the basis of the admission decision. We can only accept PDF attachments or links to publicly available sites. Materials submitted in any other format will not be reviewed as part of the application process.

    Financial Aid Candidates
    Please check the financial aid request box on the Request Information Form. Parents who will apply for financial aid must complete the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) online at with the School and Student Services (SSS) by January 15. Be sure to list The Lawrenceville School code 4564. Send a copy of the past year Federal Income Tax Return and W-2 Form to SSS and follow instructions listed on the SSS website. In case of divorce or separation, both parents are required to complete the Parents' Financial Statement.

Important Dates

Application Deadline

January 15

Testing Deadline

February 1

Application for Financial Aid Deadline

January 15

Admission Decision

March 10

Enrollment Notification

April 10

Contact Admission

Regretfully, we are not able to welcome visitors to campus until further notice.  If you have a specific question, please reach out to or (609) 895-2030.
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.