Location
Bronxville, NY
Undergrads
1,374
Tuition
$46,924
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 537 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The student here get into tight cliques that stay together for most of their time at SLC. It's hard to make friends in the middle of the year because everyone is busy doing conference work.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The freedom of living off campus is wonderful. It's great to have exposure to "real life" situations like the process of getting a lease.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: No one really cares about sports at Sarah Lawrence. I've never seen more than 3 people at a game at one time.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Bronxville is super cute. There are great restaurants, they can be expensive but worth it. The locals are very conservative while the students are liberal so there lies the tension between the parties.

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3 College Sophomore

Computers: It could have been worse. It's not the fastest network I've been on but it's okay.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Applying for financial aid is always the worst but does get better when you get used to the process of obtaining the needed documents

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It definitely depends on your friend group. Low-key, it may or not be very easy to buy alcohol around here. You didn't hear it from me.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: From hometown to school? All the necessary transportation is in the city. You'll either have to take a taxi or a forty-minute train ride to the city itself, then take the subway and/or bus to get to your airport/greyhound/train station. It can be a bitch and a half while carrying luggage. From where you live in New York to school? Most people live on campus so that shouldn't be a probably. There's some decent off-campus facilities in Yonkers, too.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: People always complain that there are too many white people on campus. While they're certainly the majority, I have plenty of friends of color. Coming from a VERY diverse high school in Chicago, diversity is what I'm drawn to. I think the diversity problem might be for white people who are naturally drawn to each other and therefore don't make any diverse friends.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The off campus dining is okay but the walking distance for some places is far and/or the places that are close to eat are moderately expensive. Coffee places are great though

4 College Junior

Diversity: The school is very opento LGBT and ethnic races. However, when it comes to being a heterosexual or white the school is not very accepting.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: The health care center is okay the open hours are not convenient at times and the appointment system is better than last year but could use improvement through a most open schedule.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus housing is not affordable for students and if it is affordable it is not in the best parts of an area or it is not close to campus.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Sarah Lawrence has a reputation that most of its students are female and most people (of any gender) are queer. There is definitely a lot more acceptance of non-heterosexual people at our school than in most of the world, but I've actually found that most hookups that happen at parties and other events are between straight people and it doesn't feel like our campus is particularly lacking in the male department. Most people are very sexually fluid. If you are queer or are interested in exploring your sexuality and you are not looking for a serious relationship, Sarah Lawrence can probably provide you with what you're looking for.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I live on campus so I don't know the details. The vast majority of students live on campus and there are plenty of great living options for upperclassmen. As a freshman you will probably live in a typical dorm-style situation, but there are some really nice houses with full kitchens and your own space so that it doesn't really feel like a college campus.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: If you consider "off-campus" to be New York City, aka a 30 minute train ride away, then you obviously have an infinite amount of options. A lot of people order take-out or go into Bronxville and Yonkers if they want something closer to campus though and there are some really nice options, with a few malls close by and downtown Bronxville has a nice organic market and a few good restaurants.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: The most you'll have to walk on campus is about 15 minutes if you're walking from the Science Center to Hill House (the two most opposite ends of campus). But when it's snowing or you have another reason that you don't want to walk that far, you can call the shuttle starting in the evening and they provide free service to & from anywhere on campus. There's also a free shuttle that picks people up and takes them to the Bronxville train station for every train after around 5 PM. It's free, reliable and really convenient.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: SLC's full of diverse people. Everyone's accepting!

4 College Freshman

Transportation: So many options plus you can walk to most places

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Not very strict but there are rules

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2 College Freshman

Nightlife: Not many bars, most people just have fun on campus

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: No peer pressure at all!

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Closest school is probably NYU, not much interaction

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Vert convient. SLC is between two town to eat at!

2 College Junior

Facilities: Updates are needed but continuously ignored. Dorms see the worst of this but the gym is pretty awful as well.

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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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