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Academics

Sarah Lawrence College is a stalwart liberal arts jewel located just north of New York City, offering students an interdisciplinary education in which they are able to select their “own course of study” and design their own personalized projects (which can take any form, including creative works of art and fiction, but are most often academic papers about a topic that the student is interested in). The school’s didactical approach gives students “the benefit of seminar settings combined with independent research in one-on-one coordination with faculty,” and the campus’ location means they have “a ton of fieldwork and internship opportunities.” The five credit system (three classes per semester, along with independent study) prioritizes in-depth study of topics over broader surveys, and every class is “a combination of different topics and attracts connection-drawing, instead of trying to categorize everything.” Sarah Lawrence also has an “excellent writing program,” where the workshop is constructive and the conference “helps a student to build a story as high as it can go.”

Professors here are beloved, and aside from being “extremely accessible and intelligent,” they “talk to us almost like colleagues” and “respect what we have to say and use what we say to steer us in a direction for further enrichment.” They are “nothing short of brilliant, caring, and absolute joys” who are “so invested in your life it hurts.” Various accolades and awards aside, the professors at this school demonstrate “such intelligence, fluency in their work, and a unique compassion and drive to TEACH students.” The administration is incredibly receptive to ideas, and “students have a say in who teaches here” in that student imput is considered during faculty searches. At Sarah Lawrence, students are not asked to test themselves “but rather to prove our abilities and intelligence through graduate level work.” Sarah Lawrence “essentially offers a build-your-own education, and for those who are dedicated and passionate, it’s perfect.”

Student Body

Students are “creative, talented and hardworking,” but above all else they are “passionate,” and their passions are “fully interwoven in their art and coursework.” Sarah Lawrence is “known for its individuality;” the LGBTQA+ population is “present and vocal,” and pronouns are “part of introductions in many classes.” Most students here are activists who “devote themselves to matters of social justice.” It’s not uncommon for students to “organize a bus to a rally, volunteer in underprivileged communities or run phone banks in our milkshake café.” They are often “fiercely passionate about niche topics” and “generally very liberal,” and though school spirit is “not driven by pride in sports,” students here at this “kind of academic utopia” take pride in “the friends they make and the classes they take.”

Campus Life

With Grand Central Station just a thirty-minute train ride away, a lot of students escape to the city when the chance arises, because “there is not much to do in Bronxville.” Very few classes meet on Fridays, so that’s often when students “catch up on homework, work out at the gym, or maybe go into the city for an internship.” Guest lectures are terrifically popular among students because “they are genuinely interesting, even if it’s on a topic that seems wicked niche (octopi, for example).” Students continue intellectual discussions outside of the classroom because “they care about what they are learning in the real world.” This isn’t a party scene—“a Sarah Lawrence party is usually just a group of friends hanging out at someone’s dorm”—and in their down time, people choose instead to “attend theater performances, take the free Met van into the city on Saturdays, hang their hammocks to the trees on the side of the road, sit and chat on large rocks, sun bathe on the green lawn, and go get coffee or bagels in Bronxville.”

Overview

Applicants
3,463
Acceptance Rate
53%
Average HS GPA
3.71

GPA Breakdown

48%
Over 3.75
23%
3.50 - 3.74
15%
3.25 - 3.49
10%
3.00 - 3.24
4%
2.50 - 2.99

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
650 - 730
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
590 - 680
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
27 - 31

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 1

Early Decision II — January 2

Early Action — November 1

Regular — January 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
9:1
Total Faculty
311
with Terminal Degree
217

185
Men
126
Women
56
International
53
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
73%
Graduate in 5 years
78%
Graduate in 6 years
79%

Majors

  • ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES.

  • Architecture.

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • African Studies.
  • Asian Studies/Civilization.
  • Ethnic Studies.
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other.
  • Gay/Lesbian Studies.
  • Latin American Studies.
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biology, General.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • Creative Writing.
  • Literature.
  • Writing, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature.
  • Chinese Language and Literature.
  • Comparative Literature.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Italian Language and Literature.
  • Japanese Language and Literature.
  • Latin Language and Literature.
  • Russian Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies.

  • HISTORY.

  • American History (United States).
  • Asian History.
  • European History.
  • History, General.
  • History, Other.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Cognitive Science.
  • Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies.
  • International/Global Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Islamic Studies.
  • Jewish/Judaic Studies.
  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physics.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Public Policy Analysis, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Development Economics and International Development.
  • Economics, General.
  • Geography.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Economy.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.
  • Urban Studies/Affairs.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production.
  • Dance, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft.
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Game and Interactive Media Design.
  • Music, General.
  • Theatre Literature, History and Criticism.


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

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


JJ Abrams
Creator/Producer/Director

Rahm Emanuel
Mayor of Chicago

Barbara Walters
Broadcast Journalist

Meredith Monk
Performance Artist

Vera Wang
Fashion Designer

Julianna Margulies
Actress

Ann Patchett
Author

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
73%
Graduate in 5 years
78%
Graduate in 6 years
79%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$47,600

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$94,700

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$49,200

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$101,800

Percent High Job Meaning
37%


Students Say

Sarah Lawrence requires students to do independent projects under the guidance of the professors in every seminar, and students find this system “incredibly helpful in discovering…interests and possible career paths”; many students' conference projects help determine or even turn into their careers. Through community partnerships, students are also “able to complete service work and internships at various local locations” as well as in New York City. The Office of Career Services provides a treasure chest full of tools and services, ranging from individual career counseling to interview and resume workshops to internship and job databases. Students interested in entrepreneurship can also participate in the SLCeeds, which is a yearround program that offers lectures, skills workshops, and a five-day intensive course designed to formulate action plans, followed by an opportunity to present their new found companies at “Final Pitch.”

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms Divorced Parent
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$34,059

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$34,955

Average Need-Based Loan
$2,976

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
37%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$19,610

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$36,749

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$54,440
Required Fees
$1,460
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$600

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$0
Transportation for Commuters
$100

On-Campus Room and Board
$15,370
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,399
Foreign Countries Represented
42

Demographics

4.50%
Asian
4.43%
African-American
9.45%
Hispanic
55.65%
Caucasian
5.76%
Unknown
13.06%
International

71% female
29% male
78% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
84%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Polly B Waldman

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
94
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
6

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

7% participate in intramural sports
15% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Gryphons)
7 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Equestrian Sports
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Volleyball
Women's Sports (Gryphons)
9 Sports

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

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Manhattan College

Sustainability

75/99

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple and Dell

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
Tea Haus
The Pub at the Siegel Center
Library
Heimbold Visual Arts Center
The Black Squirrel and The Blue Room are popular student social spaces.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC)
The Museum of Modern Art (NYC)
Broadway (NYC)
Cross County Mall (Yonkers)
Ridge Hill Shopping Center
Bronxville has a Starbucks, Slave to the Grind Coffee and Tea House, several cozy restaurants, boutiques, grocery stores,and pharmacies within walking distance or via campus shuttle. The New York Botanical Gardens are also close by.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; Optional Saturdays
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
Go to http://www.gogryphons.com/staff.aspx for the list of coaches.

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
slcadmit@sarahlawrence.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
The preferred way to arrange for a class visit is to go to https://www.sarahlawrence.edu/admission/visit/

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

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. New York Airport Service runs buses between LaGuardia, Kennedy, 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 go to www.nyairportservice.com. 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 to be taken to the Westlands Building to reach 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: Hyatt Place New York (1 mile), 700 Mall Walk, Yonkers, NY, 10704, 914-377-1410. Hampton Inn & Suites (1.9 miles), 555 Tuckahoe Rd, Yonkers, NY 10710, 914-963-3200. Royal Regency Hotel (2.1 miles), 165 Tuckahoe Road, Yonkers, 10710, 914-476-6200; Resident Inn by Marriott, (5.2 miles), 35 LeCount Place, New Rochelle, NY 10801, 914-636-7888; Radisson Hotel, (5.3 miles), 1 Radisson Plaza, New Rochelle, NY 10801, 914-576-3700; Courtyard by Marriott (5.7 miles), 5 Executive Boulevard, Yonkers, NY 10701, 914-476-2400. Residence Inn by Marriott (5.9 miles), 7 Executive Boulevard, Yonkers, NY 10701, 914-476-4600. Hampton Inn & Suite, (5.9 miles), 160 Corporate Boulevard, Yonkers, NY 10701, 914-377-1144. 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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