Common Admission Questions

Below are frequently asked questions about our admission process. If you have a question that is not answered here, please contact us at admission@lawrenceville.org.

Scheduling an Interview

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • Do you have Open Houses?

    Rather than conduct Open Houses, we prefer to offer families the personal experience of having a guided tour by one of our student tour guides, followed by an opportunity for the applicant and family to interview with an Admission Counselor.
  • What can I expect during my Campus Visit?

    We gladly welcome visitors to our campus to experience what makes Lawrenceville, Lawrenceville: the beautiful picturesque grounds, the charming architecture and the warmth of the campus. All of this becomes evident when a family arrives for their visit. We begin with a one-hour guided tour, led by one of our amazing tour guides. During this journey, you will be taken around campus to see our academic, athletic, and residential facilities. After returning, if you visit during the months of September-January, the applicant will interview with one of our Admission Counselors. Parents will also have the opportunity to speak the Admission Counselor about their child.
  • Do both parents/guardians have to be present for the parent/guardian portion of the interview?

    While it would be ideal to have both parents/guardians present for the interview, we do understand demanding schedules, and thus, it is fine if only one parent/guardian attends.
  • What should my son/daughter wear to their interview?

    Lawrenceville does not have a formal dress code. We suggest that everyone who is visiting for a campus tour wear comfortable shoes, as there is a lot of walking to be done. Regarding the interview itself, applicants should wear what they feel the most comfortable in and will put them at ease. Please refer to our Student Handbook for more details on our Dress Code.
  • How can I request a meeting with the coach?

    When scheduling your campus visit appointment, please notify the staff of your requests and our Visit Coordinator will contact those coaches on your behalf. If the coaches’ schedule permits, they will meet the family in our Admission Rotunda during your two-hour campus visit. If the timing doesn’t work, then we can provide details on how to reach the coach(es) directly. 
  • Do you offer summer interviews?

    International and domestic boarding families have the opportunity to visit campus (tours and interviews) beginning June 19th through August 18th (closed July 3-7). These appointments are offered at either 9, 10, or 11 AM for the tour, followed by an interview. Please contact our office directly to schedule.
  • I am unable to visit Lawrenceville in person. How do I schedule a Skype Interview? What is the scheduling deadline?

    To schedule a Skype interview, please complete the request form:
     
     
    Upon submission of the form, a member of the Admission Office staff will respond via email with pertinent details regarding your upcoming interview. Please note that these slots do fill-up quickly and therefore, you are encouraged to schedule as soon as possible. December 1st is the deadline date for scheduling a Skype interview.
  • Someone in my family has a mobility issue. How can we do the campus tour?

    If you or anyone in your party has mobility needs, please contact us and we will make arrangements so that you can all enjoy our beautiful campus.

Testing

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • What test do I need to take?

    The SSAT test is one of the tests we require for an incoming 9th, 10th or 11th grader. The upper level test should be taken during the academic year that you are applying (September-January). Additionally, the ISEE is an acceptable test in lieu of the SSAT for our 9th and 10th grade applicants. All ISEE test takers are advised to send an email to admission@lawrenceville.org, with your name as the subject matter of the email, indicating that you have taken this test. Having this information will enable us to expedite the retrieval of your test scores. 
     
    Students who would be applying for 11th may also take either the ACT, PSAT, or SAT, in addition to the SSAT.
     
    Please know that there are many factors taken into consideration when evaluating an admission application and thus, we look at the entire child and not just solely on their test performance.
  • When and how many times can I take the SSAT?

    The SSAT test is typically given several times throughout the application year per the 
    schedule listed on the SSAT website (www.ssat.org). The upper level test should be taken during the academic year of the year that you are applying (September-January). The test itself may be taken more than once and all of the scores will be accepted. However, please be advised that we will only accept official score reports from SSAT directly. We recommend candidates sign up for either the November or December test date, thereby leaving January as an additional option if needed.
  • Do I need to take a TOEFL test?

    Our international applicants, who have not had all of their classes taught in English for the past four years, are required to complete the TOEFL test and have their scores submitted officially to us by ETS. Lawrenceville does not provide an ESL program.
  • What is your average TOEFL score?

    We find that successful applicants typically have an internet-based score of 105 or higher. However, we recognize that international applicants may have a range of preparation for the TOEFL, and we take that into consideration when reviewing applications.
  • How can I submit my ACT, PSAT or SAT scores to you?

    For our applicants in the 11th, 12th or Post Graduate years, you may submit your test scores directly to our Admission Office by either emailing them to admission@lawrenceville.org, with your full name as the subject matter of the email, or by fax to 609-895-2217. Please note, that the applicant can request their school to include these test scores also on their official transcript which is submitted to us as well. 
  • What is your SSAT score average?

    The average SSAT score for accepted students has historically been around the 85th percentile. We do not have a SSAT score cut-off, and we recognize that each applicant comes from a different background when it comes to test preparation. We aim to evaluate an entire applicant's profile, with the SSAT being one part of the process.

Application Process

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • New to the process... how to begin?

    We want the application process to be as intuitive as possible and we want you to know that we are here to help. Feel free to call our office at either 1-800-735-2030 or 609-895-2030 from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday or Wednesday from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm to ask us questions about navigating the application process. Additionally, if you have specific questions pertaining to your child, our Admission Counselors are on-hand to assist as well, just contact our office and ask to speak with one of them. If you prefer to email your requests or questions, you may do so to .

    Our website can be a helpful resource tool as well. For example, we outline the entire application process under our Apply page.
  • How many years of past grades do you need?

    In addition to the applicant’s current school year grades, we do also require two years of past grades as well. For example, a 9th grade applicant should submit grades from 6th, 7th and 8th grade.
  • What if I am not taking English or Math this year, may I ask another teacher to provide a recommendation?

    We require recommendation letters from the applicant's current English, Math, and Principal/Counselor. If English or Math is not being taken, then a recommendation letter from either the current History or Science teacher may be substituted.
  • My child does not go to a traditional school or is homeschooled. Who should write the recommendations?

    In the case of applicants in a non-traditional or homeschool learning environment, we require that, at minimum, one academic recommendation comes from a recommender other than the applicant’s parent.  An example being a co-op teacher, tutor or other academic support counselor.  Additional recommendations can come from other sources - coaches, youth group leaders, religious life leader, or another adult who has observed and/or worked with the applicant in a non-school setting so we may gain a greater sense of who the applicant is as an individual and/or part of a team or group. All homeschool applicants must also complete all required standardized testing as well as an admission interview as part of the formal application process.
  • Why are you adding the Character Skills Snapshot (CSS)?

    The application process is an opportunity to tell your story and help us understand why you may be a good match for Lawrenceville. As we review students’ applications, we take both quantitative and qualitative information into account. The CSS is another piece of information that provides additional insight beyond grades and test scores.  For the first time it also provides us with a platform to discuss some of the skills that enable students to succeed beyond college. The CSS is not a test because there are no right or wrong answers. We think the CSS is a new and important way for us to get to know you better and understand how we can help you learn and grow.
  • How will you use the CSS in reviewing applications?

    This helps us better understand you. These character skills have been a part of our process and something we’ve always looked to when discussing applicant fit for Lawrenceville. The CSS enhances this process by giving us a scientifically validated instrument on which to base our conversations. The CSS does not replace anything in our process; it only adds to it and will help us better understand your child.

Supplemental Material Submissions

List of 1 frequently asked questions.

Financial Aid

List of 16 frequently asked questions.

Admission Office Travel Schedule

List of 2 frequently asked questions.

Athletic Exemptions

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • When do you apply for an exemption?

    Third, Fourth, and Fifth Form students interested in applying for an athletic exemption must complete and submit an application to the Director of Athletics by late May of the preceding academic year for review by a faculty committee. Applications are available through the Athletics Office in the spring term.
  • What is the criteria to receive an athletic exemption?

    Students must have experience playing at the varsity level and demonstrate the potential to continue the sport at the college level. You must have earned a varsity letter in the sport of interest during the previous academic year and must participate on the school interscholastic team during the academic year of the exemption request.

    Exemptions can only be used to participate in an approved, high-level, adult-coached athletic activity off-campus. Students must provide evidence that they will meet with their team and/or coach at least four times per week.
  • Does every student get an exemption after applying?

    No, not every student can be guaranteed an exemption after applying. Each exemption is granted on a case-by-case basis and will be reviewed each year by a faculty committee. The committee includes the Director of Athletics, Dean of Students, Dean of Campus Life, and members of the Athletic Department. If a student’s request for an exemption is denied, the athletic department offers several other options each season through our House Sports and Lifetime Sports programs.
  • What are Lifetime sports and activites at Lawrenceville?

    Lawrenceville’s lifetime sports/activities program is offered to those students in the Second and Fifth Forms who do not make or wish to go out for the School’s interscholastic teams. Conditioning, golf, dance, ice skating, spinning, ultimate disc, soccer and yoga, as well as Second Form instruction in a variety of activities including ice skating, personal conditioning, volleyball, and Outdoor Programs are offered. House sports are available to Third and Fourth Form students.
  • What is the school’s policy on missing Saturday classes for outside athletic commitments?

    Students are permitted to miss a maximum of three meetings of any class over the course of the term to play in athletic contests. This includes classes missed either playing on Lawrenceville interscholastic teams or in athletic contests outside of the School. Any exception to this policy must be approved by the Dean of Academics, Dean of Students, and the Athletic Director.
  • Does the school provide transportation to outside commitments?

    No, students applying for an exemption need to plan transportation on their own. The school cannot be responsible for transportation to and from activities outside of school.

Post-Graduate Students

List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • How does the Post-Graduate year affect my application to colleges?

    A post-graduate year does not affect a student's candidacy for college in isolation, although college admission offices do recognize that a student who elects a post-graduate year is making a deliberate decision to improve their skills before entering college. College admission officials hope that a successful post-graduate year means a student arrives on their doorstep more mature, more ready to handle advanced academic work and with a seriousness of purpose.
  • How do the grades that I receive as a Post-Graduate affect my core GPA?

    A post-graduate student's grade point average is primarily determined by their previous high school experience. As you might expect, four years of coursework will strongly outweigh the one trimester of grades from Lawrenceville that colleges will see when applications are due. Colleges will look at the two transcripts as different entities, not as one distilled GPA, and evaluate accordingly, with a renewed eye on “who” the student is in a rigorous, college preparatory environment such as Lawrenceville.
  • Will colleges recognize my new standardized testing results after I become a Post-Graduate?

    Absolutely. Also if there's time, potential post-graduate students should take standardized tests at the end of their senior year, as their overall academic focus and familiarity for testing will be sharpest. If enrolling post-graduates have questions about standardized testing or test preparation, they should call the College Counseling Office.
  • How many Post-Graduate students does Lawrenceville enroll each year?

    Lawrenceville enrolls about 12 to 15 post-graduate students each year.
  • What are the age limits for a Post-Graduate?

    Post-graduates cannot turn 19 before September 1st, to be eligible for interscholastic athletic competition.
     
  • Why do some people choose to do an additional year after high school?

    The reasons for an additional year vary per student. Some students feel that an extra year away from home will allow them to mature socially, improve academic preparedness, study skills, and time management. For some, another year can also strengthen athletic ability to pursue a sport in college. Other students go through the college application process and realize that an additional year could strengthen their candidacies by allowing them to demonstrate academic growth and improved test scores. Many post-graduates who enroll at Lawrenceville have graduated from their local public school, so the residential aspect of a large boarding school like Lawrenceville provides an appealing alternative to immediate enrollment in college.
     
  • When does the college application process start for a Post-Graduate?

    The college application process for post-graduates starts after you are enrolled at Lawrenceville. The College Counseling Office works to ensure that post-graduates are fully integrated into our process.
  • Are there restrictions on the number of Post-Graduates that play on a team each year?

    Lawrenceville competes in the Mid-Atlantic Prep School League [MAPL], which limits football to four post-graduates and boys’ and girls’ basketball to two. There are no other team restrictions.
  • What is the post-graduate (PG) year?

    A post-graduate year is a year beyond high school graduation, spent at an independent school, which serves as a transition between high school and college. Our program is thoughtfully designed, and supported by dedicated advisors and deans to ensure a smooth transition.
  • Can an extra year help me get recruited as an athlete?

    It is possible that an extra year at Lawrenceville will get you the exposure necessary to be recruited as a collegiate athlete. Our “matriculation” list displays the colleges and universities post-graduates have attended for the past three years after their year at Lawrenceville.

Important Dates

Interview Deadline

December 8 (day students), January 15 (boarding students)

Application Deadline

January 15

Testing

February 1

Application for Financial Aid

February 1

Admission Decision

March 10

Revisit Days

March 28, April 4 and 6

Enrollment Notification

April 10
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