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2 College Junior

Nightlife: Sarah Lawrence has a quiet nightlife. The parties never get much bigger than what you get during freshers week, and with noise restrictions from the campus cops, many parties that reach 20+ people are usually shut down pretty quick. No, if you want nightlife, be prepared to take the trip into New York. You will learn quickly that unless you have a few jobs during your time at campus, this is not an economically viable way to live. So, moral of the story. get a job to have money to pay for New York. Its about 16 bucks round trip from Bronxville to Grand Central, and from Grand Central to most of the night life in the city, well, expect at least a few stops on the subway, taxi's if you want to reach the best night life. Or walk if you just want to go take another selife in Times Square. You will get bored of Times Square. Except when you have friends and family over, then you can say its cool all over again.

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College Junior

Scholarships: I did not apply for scholarships or financial aid, but during my time i have heard many stories from friends and as well as my partner when I was there that there is a steady decline in financial aid money given in recent years, to the point many people have had scares of dropping out all together. I don't know how it is now, but this is speaking from 2014.

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2 College Junior

Athletics: You don't go to Sarah Lawrence for sports.

You go for studies. There are good facilities, nice basketball court, great swimming pool, squash courts, and a decent gym. I guarantee you, if your not already a big sports head, you will likely only use the gym.

And maybe the squash courts once or twice.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Housing basically goes like this.

If your a freshman, your getting the worst of the worst (unless you have super luck or something).

The housing lottery is completely random and favors those who in higher years. basically you get a number at random and that is your number in line for getting to choose a room from the remaining places.

Rule for freshman, to have a room that doesn't suck, ask in preferences to have a quiet non smoking room. you will have tighter restrictions meaning you can't really hold house parties in your awesome room, but that's what your friends rooms are for. If you are to become a sophomore or higher, get Lynd anex top floor double room! Seriously! best room on the whole campus, its like a mini apartment all to yourself (and what ever buddy/ partner you are sharing it with).

General quality is okay, rooms won't fall apart (until a party night where you inevitably break some of it). as for cleanliness. That's all on you. buy a broom and mop, cause every mess you make you clean.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Sarah Lawrence is a bit of a basket case. While many people came here to have a heaven from assault because of identity, and sexual preference, there have been some cases where people have been attacked. Not by anyone from the school, but by (excuse my french) bigots who come and drive through campus to harass students. Now, this is by no means a frequent thing. But in the last year there were if I remember correctly 3 separate cases. Sarah Lawrence though is a very protective community and will very quickly together (students and staff) to try and improve safety and ward off future incidents. So far, no more since then have occurred.

If you are assaulted because of your differences, know at Sarah Lawrence you will have a big family behind you to help.

You are never alone.

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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Lets just get this out of the way. To thrive here, you better be bisexual or homosexual. There are very few pure straight people, on both sides. Boys and girls.

With that out the way.

Girls. As for the boys, its a lot of hipster people, some recluses, but you do find one or two shining stars in the crowd. The problem is, so has everyone else so its a challenge. Boys, as for the girls, many cute girls, but also a fair share of the recluses. Girls, if you want boys for relationships, look outside of the college. Boys, looking for hookups? You will have some luck at Sarah Lawrence, but once the workload picks up in the school year, its a solid dry season. Hunting is to be left to other nearby colleges and New York. If you are looking for a relationship, best advice. Get out and socialize. If you are in one, get out and socialize. Its a small school so its very likely you and your partner will share many mutual friends.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: Overall the facilities at the school are very well done. Most of the investment though can be seen in the theatre and art departments (as they are the main focuses of the college).

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College Junior

Majors: You select your major at the end of the second year. I left before I could go through this process.

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4 College Junior

Majors: Choosing a class is nothing short of a rat race. You must in the days leading up to class selection week, you have to know what classes you want and where they are. Its all about interviews. When you sign up for a class, you have to run to the teachers door and put your name on the limited list in the time slots to interview the professor. this experience can range from fun to extremely exhausting. When you finally have your interview, Its at this point you can ask the professor question to get an idea of what the course is like, the workload, the flexibility and most importantly get a feel if the class is right for you.

Think of the process as speed dating. You have a short time to find out if your interested and if you are curious to meet another day and find out more.

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1 College Junior

Greek Life: There is no greek life. If you thought you were going to find it here, you will be laughed at.

Sarah Lawrence laughs at Greek life.

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2 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Bronxville is a quiet town and while there are not many options. They are good. They just get old really fast.

As for late night food, ordering out works until 11, its usual standard fare. If you want a good meal, its better to head into New York for a special meal, or better yet, stay home and make one yourself with friends and have a dinner party.

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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Sarah Lawrence has a very relaxed attitude in terms of strictness. Alcohol use is the strictest if you are underage, but if you are of age, you won't be bothered. Sarah Lawrence is in a quiet neighborhood so, it is often that many parties get broken up by the school cops because of noise complaints. The security attitude towards drugs is lenient. It is a very hippy school and part of the culture, but if you are making too much noise or being a general nuisance, they will ticket you. Lastly, in regards to visitors in your dorm. the official policy is that they have to register with the main office and can only stay for 5 days. I have a friend who stayed for a month with me with no problems, and the only time i had to go to the office was to register them as a guest to get them a guest pass for a school event. Its all bark and no bite with the visitor policy.

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2 College Junior

Campus Dining: Sarah Lawrence's food is certainly not one of its strengths. The hours are standard for the cafeteria (which has little to no food variety throughout the year). The food is bland and leaves much to be desired. Its college, so its not going to be great. But I found a much better investment of my time was learning to cook out of my dorm room then make the trek across campus to the cafeteria and pub (which is not much better in terms of food but has later hours.).

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3 College Junior

Diversity: In a nutshell. You can not survive long at Sarah Lawrence if you are a Republican. It is a die hard Democratic group.

Racial diversity is limited. It is a mainly white college but there are a few faces from other races. There is no racism at the college. No one honestly cares, if you are a nice person, people will be nice to you. Sexual diversity is the big star. You will have a better chance meeting people by far if you are a bisexual or heterosexual. Completely straight people are the minority.

Economically, students try and keep it on the low, but there is not many I have met who did not come from a privileged background of some sort.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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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