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Bronxville, NY
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1,374
Tuition
$46,924
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: The security guards don't bother you unless many people call to complain about parties. If you are respectful, they are too and often won't fine you or write you up.

College Senior

Scholarships: I was never on financial aid and this fact made me feel very secure in that while I was at SLC many of my friends left part way through their time due to financial insecurity and changing amounts of financial aid (year to year, decreasing since first year). This is one aspect of my school of which I am not proud.

4 College Senior

Academics: I'm doing a double concentration in Environmental Studies and Economics and the individual attention I get is insane. We aren't a textbook school or a lecture school so everything you do is around a round table. This is the best way to work through something a learn to give direct and interactive answers to philosophical or theoretical questions. There is no knee-jerk, multiple choice answer to a "Why" of "how" question.

4 College Senior

Academics: The professors are individuals first. You interview them and they interview you and the combination of cross-signing up is how you get placed in classes. You work with them and they with you, so in any relationship, some personality combinations aren't suited, and you learn where you belong the longer you're there.

2 College Senior

Athletics: We are not a sporty place. We just aren't. If you want to play sports you can -- literally you can sign up for varsity teams most semesters -- but don't expect anyone to show up to your games.

5 College Senior

Diversity: A school adage is gay before May and man is that accurate. Infer what you will, but this is rumored to be the best lesbian college in the country. Straight males, its a number game my friends. If you know what's good for you, matriculate here now!

1 College Senior

Nightlife: There are no keggers or frat parties. This is a small gathering, cliquey type school. You can rage if you know the right people, but there are also large swaths of the school LARPing on the lawn, so take that as you will...

3 College Senior

Majors: I've had three internships -- all in the non-profit space -- all were unpaid and only two offered school credit (which I didn't accept because I didn't need to).

4 College Senior

Majors: We don't have majors. We individually create our course loads. This can be a blessing for some and a curse for others. Its terrible for slackers because you can literally bumble through school taking crazily superfluous classes. There is a saying that you went you Sarah Lawrence with a double concentration in queer studies and underwater basket weaving. True story.

4 College Senior

Facilities: The green spaces on this campus are stunning. When I toured I instantly fell in love with the lawns and the architecture -- this tiny Hogwarts was the perfect nest for my creativity. It is filled with solitary study spots and wood-floored rooms with stone fireplaces.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I have met some of the best teachers and smartest people in my time at SLC. If you treat your professor's time with respect and genuinely express interest in your field of study, you will walk away with life-long mentors and a truly unique perspective. If you want to smoke weed all day and slack off in your classes, nobody will chase you down. I think it's natural selection -- many uncommitted students find themselves transferring after not being asked back after freshman or sophomore year. Whoever is left by senior year is really engaged and is probably really happy.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: This all depends on how engaged in your future you were as a student. If you did the artsy thing and just went home every summer and bummed around (meaning, you didn't intern or "better yourself" in terms of your CV) it's gonna be tough graduating a finding a job unless you're the next big visual artist/dancer/actor, or what have you. If you worked hard, formed relationships with professors, worked as TA's or Research assistants, interned, collected letters of rec, and generally had some sort of plan, this place is amazing at making you a qualified contender. The small class sizes make for a group of students prepared for any interview and capable of expressing all they have to offer in a way that gets them hired over cookie cutter contenders.

College Senior

Greek Life: We don't have Greek life. People spend a lot of time mocking people who participate in Greek life outside of Sarah Lawrence.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The direct local environment is a small hamlet filled with rich NYC transplants (think investment bankers and their wives). However, the train is 10 minutes from campus and within 30 you are at Grand Central in NYC and everything is there for you. In some ways the local atmosphere is terrible (small towns shut down before 9pm) but the city that never sleeps is a train ride away.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: There are an overwhelmingly large amount of girls, and the limited number of straight guys kind of pick amongst you, which can create tension, undoubtedly. You're best bet is if you're "queer" -- your pool of possibilities grows the fewer restrictions you place on your sexuality. A word of advice for straight girls looking for a validating, sexually liberating college experience: you better like your classes because you sure won't be busy with boys.

College Junior

Scholarships: I didn't go through the financial aid process.

2 College Junior

Campus Strictness: There was a reputation in the 90's and prior of SLC being a liberal, hands-off institution when it came to policing students. This has changed entirely since the early 2000's.

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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Everyone is gorgeous & dramatic, but this is not a school where people date steadily.

5 College Junior

Academics: The academics are, hands-down, the reason people come to Sarah Lawrence. The faculty is one-of-a-kind and rated the best in the country by the Princeton Review.

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5 College Junior

Academics: The Conference System is based on the Oxford Tutorial Model. Each class has two components: the communal class and coursework, and then an independent project you work on during the semester independently with the professor.

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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The town/village of Bronxville is apathetic toward the community of students and faculty at Sarah Lawrence College. The town is highly affluent, and is frequently referred to as the students as a place where distasteful people come to retire. That being said, it is a quaint little hamlet.

College Junior

Athletics: Athletics honestly just aren't the point at Sarah Lawrence.

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5 College Freshman

Parking: a lot of spaces for parking. it is one of the best things.

5 College Freshman

Academics: challenging and inspiring i would say. Professors are the best. you get attention, and you need to work hard.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: For a small and art school like sarah lawrence. WE are making huge progress on sports. first joining division3 then the Skyline Conference, slc is going on the right way. the sports center is amazing!

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Jess Unger
Hometown
Lovettsville, VA
Major
Politics
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SLC is a magnet for students who want, above all other things, to be well-educated. Careers, money, and business are seen as secondary in comparison to the joy of learning. The one-of-a-kind curriculum gives you the freedom to choose what you want to learn and how you want to learn it. Many students come to Sarah Lawrence unsure of their futures, and many graduate feeling no less disoriented. Yet, it’s agreed that the SLC program, with its distinctive philosophy of academics, is a life-changing experience. After all, being a student here equals spending four years immersed in a community of intellectual young people and world-renowned professors.

What students report as the biggest setback is the anemic social scene. Nightlife is nearly nonexistent. Traditionally, SLC students are introspective, private, and socially-awkward people. Loners are abundant, as are small, insular cliques. The severe lack of ethnic or political diversity means that there may be too many like-minded people for the College’s own good. Further complicating the situation is the often unfriendly off-campus neighborhood, which causes many students to feel trapped on campus. And it’s hard to dismiss the staggeringly high tuition prices. Still, the retention rate is high; students seem determined to manage with the College’s weaknesses for the vast benefit of its unique strengths.

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