Students Say

Nestled in a picturesque suburb of New York City, Sarah Lawrence College is a breath of fresh air for intellectually curious students who would chafe within the confines of a more traditional academic setting. The college prides itself on offering “a personal education” that’s “tailored to [each] student’s interests and needs.”

Overview

Applicants
2,236
Acceptance Rate
77%
Average HS GPA
3.60

GPA Breakdown

27%
Over 3.75
27%
3.50 - 3.74
19%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
13%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
600 - 700
SAT Math
550 - 650
ACT Composite
27 - 30

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Early Decision II
January 1

Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)

Overall

Students Say

Nestled in a picturesque suburb of New York City, Sarah Lawrence College is a breath of fresh air for intellectually curious students who would chafe within the confines of a more traditional academic setting. The college prides itself on offering “a personal education” that’s “tailored to [each] student’s interests and needs.” Indeed, “self-directed” is the key phrase here, and students really value “the flexibility and openness” that SLC provides. There are no majors or grades at SLC, only concentrations and evaluations (grades are given by professors and recorded by the Registrar). Undergrads are unanimous in their praise for the “conference system,” which allows students to conduct “one-onone” research with professors in topics of their choosing. Students also greatly appreciate “the strong focus on truly learning versus simply preparing…for [a] career.” Importantly, “small” class sizes allow for lots of “discussion” and “close teacher relations.” When it comes to describing their professors, undergrads are full of superlatives. One content student describes them as “passionate, engaging, and extremely intelligent.” She goes on to explain, “they take an interest in you personally to understand your goals, and then they cater their teaching to that.” Further, they “are also readily available for any questions outside of class.” Another student simply concludes, “I couldn’t ask for more.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
309
with Terminal Degree

162
Women
147
Men
57
Minority
52
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
90%
Graduate in 5 years
98%
Graduate in 6 years
100%

Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


JJ Abrams
creator/producer/director

Rahm Emanuel
Mayor of Chicago

Barbara Walters
broadcast journalist

Meredith Monk
artist

Vera Wang
fashion designer

Julianna Margulies
actress

Ann Patchett
author

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
91
Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$30,412

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$33,265

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,068

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$20,613

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
36%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$30,412

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

Though undergrads at SLC would debate vociferously as to whether a typical student exists, many define their peers as "artistically and musically inclined, intelligent, voraciously well-read, [and] outspoken with a biting wit." While some might assert you could roam the campus playing a game of spot the "hipster," others insist that "you can find any type of person at Sarah Lawrence." One student goes further, saying, "We're all different, and we all love that. We fit in by not fitting in." Although undergrads are "friendly," some caution that they can also be "aloof" and "reclusive." Fortunately, everyone "can find their niche" and make a "close-knit" group of friends. Additionally, "lots of students here are also in the process of figuring out their sexual orien­ tation and/ or gender identity, so most people (even those who aren't figuring that out) are pretty open-minded." Indeed, students at SLC "take risks with style and identity." Perhaps this satisfied undergrad sums his fellow students up best: "Everyone is passionate about something and often several things, be they academic subjects, creative outlets, sports, or political causes, but you will never find two of us who are exactly alike in our interests. I think that makes us the most interesting student body there is, and there's no better place to find an engaging conversation about something completely unexpected."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,471
Out of State
79%

International
12%
Foreign Countries Represented
50

Demographics

4.69%
Asian
4.29%
African-American
10.89%
Hispanic
64.55%
Caucasian
9.62%
Unknown
12.08%
International

72% female
28% male
79% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview

Students Say

While undergrads at SLC are very academically oriented, they also fortunately "engage in a wide variety of social activities." The arts are huge here, and atten­ dance is always high for "theatrical productions, burlesque shows, [and] the annual Rocky Horror Pidure Show shadowcast on Halloween." Additionally, "concerts by local and campus bands are pretty popular, as are dances." Moreover, "student art shows, film screenings, political lectures, guest speakers, and workshops take place on campus throughout the year." Though a "party scene exists and thrives," it's more common to attend smaller get-togethers or gather with close friends. A "typical Friday night involves an overcrowded room, several bottles of wine, a variety of poets and musicians jamming, and often home-cooked food." Students also love to take advantage of SLC's proxim­ ity to New York City (roughly twenty minutes away by train). Many people "go into the city on the weekends" and take in "a Broadway show, check out the farmers market in Union Square, or have a picnic in Central Park."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
82%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
71
First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
82

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
65
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
3

Sports

Athletic Division
Other

8% participate in intramural sports
10% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Gryphons)
8 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Equestrian Sports
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Volleyball
Women's Sports (Gryphons)
10 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Equestrian Sports
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Volleyball


Sustainability

Green Rating
71

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
5

Average Number of PC's per Lab
22

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
90%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple and Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Linda Bloom
Visitor Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, NY 10708

Phone
800-888-2858

Email
slcadmit@sarahlawrence.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Campbell Sports Center
Communitea House
Siegel Center
Library
Heimbold Visual Arts Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC)
The Museum of Modern Art (NYC)
Broadway (NYC)
Greenwich Village (NYC)
Slave to the Grind (coffee house, Bvlle)

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; Saturday
9am-5pm; 9am-5pm
800-888-2858

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 9am-4pm ; Sat 9am-4pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
9:30 and 1:30 Monday-Friday

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
slcadmit@sarahlawrence.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
1-night stay Mon-Thurs nights only

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
LaGuardia Airport is 18 miles (a 25-minute drive) from campus. Various trip services are dispatched from the ground transportation booths located behind baggage claim areas in all major airports. Private sedans, vans and limousines are offered, as are scheduled shuttles to Manhattan and Westchester locations and shared door-to-door service. Carey Transportation runs buses between Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark airports and several points in midtown Manhattan. Service is frequent and boarding points at airline terminals are clearly marked. For those who wish to make connections with Metro-North commuter trains, a stop is conveniently located at Park Avenue across from Grand Central Station. For fare and schedule information call Carey Transportation at 718-632-0500. During the week, Metro-North Railroad, Harlem Line commuter trains run every half-hour between 6:00 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. weekdays and hourly on weekends. Take the train from Grand Central Terminal to the Bronxville Station. Purchase your round-trip tickets at the station to avoid an extra charge. Please call Metro-North at 1-800-METROGO (1-800-638-7646), visit their web site or inquire at the information booth in Grand Central Terminal for exact schedule and fare information. Taxi service is available at the Bronxville Station for the short ride to the college (Ask for the Westlands Building for the Admission Office).

Driving Instructions to Campus
Take any of the following to New York's Cross-County Pkwy.: I-87 (NY State Thruway), Henry Hudson/Saw Mill River Pkwy., Hutchinson River Pkwy., or Sprain Brook Pkwy. From the Thruway and the Henry Hudson/Saw Mill River Pkwy., head east on the Cross-County Pkwy. and exit at Kimball Ave. Turn left on Kimball to the second traffic light, then turn right on Glen Washington Rd. From the Hutchinson River and Sprain Brook Parkways, head west on the Cross-County Pkwy. to Exit 5. Make a short right on Midland Ave. to Kimball Ave.; turn left on Kimball to the first traffic light, then turn right on Glen Washington Rd.

Local Accommodations
The Following hotels have offered discounts to people visiting SLC. Please check with the individual hotel for availability and the specifics of their offer. You must state that you are with Sarah Lawrence College or ask for the Sarah Lawrence College corporate rate when making reservations: Hampton Inn (9.1 miles from SLC), 200 Tarrytown Rd., Elmsford, NY 10523, 914-592-5680; Rye Town Hilton 12.6 miles from SLC), 699 Westchester Ave., Rye Brook, NY 10573, 914-939-6300; Hilton Tarrytown (11.1 miles from SLC), 455 S. Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591, 914-631-5700 ; Holiday Inn, Yonkers (2.4 miles from SLC), 125 Tuckahoe Rd., Yonkers, NY 10710, 914-476-3800; Ramada Plaza Hotel , New Rochelle (5.3 miles from SLC), 1 Ramada Plaza, New Rochelle, NY 10801, 914-576-3700; Residence Inn by Marriott, New Rochelle (5.2 miles from SLC), 35 LeCount Pl., New Rochelle, NY 10801, 914-636-7888; Residence Inn by Marriot, White Plains (8.9 miles from SLC), 5 Barker Ave., White Plains, NY 10601, 914-761-7700; Royal Regency Hotel (2.1 miles from SLC), 165 Tuckahoe Rd., Yonkers, NY 10710, 914-476-6200 ; Summerfield Suites by Wyndham (12 miles from SLC), 101 Corporate Park Dr., White Plains, NY 10604, 914-251-9700; Wellesley Inn (12 miles from SLC), 540 Saw Mill River Rd., Elmsford, NY 10523, 914-592-3300.For additional places to stay as well as additional information about visiting the Westchester County and New York City areas please go to the official tourism websites. Westchester County: http://tourism.westchestergov.com/ New York City: http://www.nycvisit.com .
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Key Stats

2,236
Applicants
1,471
Size
77%
Acceptance Rate
1250
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists