The Lawrenceville School

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 (2024)

  • Top Ranked NJ School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 811 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $73,220
  • Acceptance rate: 15%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

The Lawrenceville School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in New Jersey for:

Sports offered
School History
School Resources

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
811 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 40%
Students by Grade
The Lawrenceville School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
119 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
12 students
List of Courses Offered
Average SAT score
(Out of 1600)
Average ACT score
(Out of 36)
Average Percentile SSAT
Classroom Dress Code
Collared shirts, respectable dress

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 15
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Day student tuition: $60,250Above costs include tuition and fees.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Greg Buckles
Endowment Size
$459.8 million


School Notes

  • Lawrenceville requires students to take a minimum number of core courses in each academic department. This traditional educational approach is complemented by a rich array of elective offerings. Most of our students take 15 courses per year. Academic advisors faculty members associated with or living in the Houses help students choose their courses each trimester. These consultations focus on the overall degree of difficulty of the schedule, concerns about adjustments to the rigors of the School's curriculum, and commitments to athletic or extracurricular activities.
  • How to Apply: While Lawrenceville accepts both the Standard Application Online (SAO) and theGateway to Prep SchoolApplication, 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
    • Testing
  • Application Fee:
    • $50 for domestic candidates
    • $100 for international candidates
    • Domestic candidates please email our office atadmission@lawrenceville.orgto request an application fee waiverif you are experiencing financial hardship.
  • 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 The Lawrenceville School cost?
The Lawrenceville School's tuition is approximately $73,220 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of The Lawrenceville School?
The acceptance rate of The Lawrenceville School is 15%, which is lower than the national average of 79%. The Lawrenceville School's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in New Jersey with low acceptance rates.
Who are famous alumni from The Lawrenceville School?
The 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.
Does The Lawrenceville School offer a summer program?
Yes, The Lawrenceville School offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What sports does The Lawrenceville School offer?
The Lawrenceville School offers 21 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Diving, Fencing, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo, Winter Track and Wrestling. The Lawrenceville School is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in New Jersey for most sports offered.
What is The Lawrenceville School's ranking?
When is the application deadline for The Lawrenceville School?
The application deadline for The Lawrenceville School is Jan. 15.

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked NJ School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 811 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $73,220
  • Acceptance rate: 15%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Mercer County, NJ is $28,077 for elementary schools and $34,831 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Mercer County, NJ is 56% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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