Academics

Location
Bronxville, NY
Undergrads
1,374
Tuition
$46,924
Admission Difficulty
Average
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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.

3 people found this useful Report
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.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

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

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics here are amazing, psych is amazing, the professors are so great, the workload is a lot, curriculum is interesting and personalized, facilities are good enough.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Academics: the work load is at first intimidating and strange. I was not used to spending more time on my readings then in my actual classroom. Assignments are also generally discussion based which takes time to get used to, but your public speaking/ argument skills signifigantly increases.

2 people found this useful Report
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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 9th
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 40th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 62nd
    Best Course Variety
  • 72nd
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 106th
    Most Caring Professors

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jess Unger
Hometown
Lovettsville, VA
Major
Politics
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What’s vital to understanding SLC academics is its emphasis on the individual. With a small student-to-teacher ratio and no teaching assistants, seminars are all about you. Classes consist of roundtable discussions in which speaking your mind is practically mandatory. Professors will push you to your intellectual limit—and then they’ll push you some more. For this reason, skipping readings or homework assignments can be disastrous. While the grading system is flexible at SLC, your professors will write candid, detailed evaluations of your performance each semester, and they’ll come down hard on you if you’ve been slacking. And while a professor may become your friend, the opposite scenario does occur: SLC students and faculty tend to be eccentric characters, and the intimacy of the seminar system can lead to personality clashes.

Class registration is a week-long rush of paperwork and nail-biting stress as students scramble to interview professors of prospective classes. Freshmen may feel ill-equipped to compete for a class against juniors or seniors. The best advice is to come to each interview with a few specific questions, relax (deep breaths!), and just be yourself. Everyone has an equal opportunity to get into the desired course—you just have to sell yourself and your interest. The faculty thrives on a love of learning just as much as the students and seeks to actively shape its undergraduates as individual thinkers in a rewarding give-and-take atmosphere. Professors look for hardworking students to place on their priority lists, but ultimately it’s up to the computer in the registrar’s office. Professors range from well-published old-timers to teachers fresh out of graduate school. Yet, what truly unites the faculty is an overall approachability, a love of learning, and high standards for the students.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
10:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
110
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
201
Total FT Faculty
110
Faculty with Terminal Degree
97%
Average Faculty Salary
$85,132
Full-Time Retention Rate
90%
Transfer-Out Rate
16%
Graduation Rate
76%
Programs/Majors Offered
10
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 93%
  • 20 to 49 students: 6%
  • 50 or more students: 1%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Creative and Performing Arts
  • History and the Social Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Science and Mathematics
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Creative Writing: 8%
  • Genetic Counseling/Counselor: 3%
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: 34%
  • Public Health Education: 2%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Humanities
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Double major
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • Heimbold Visual Arts Center
  • Library
  • MacCracken study lounge
  • North Lawn
Tips to Succeed
  • Ace the class interview process by going to as many interviews as possible, taking copious notes, asking honest questions, and, most importantly, being yourself!
  • Ask questions in class, even if it means slowing down the discussion.
  • Check your email every day, and always read the daily announcements.
  • Discuss your ambitions-professors like it when students have an all-or-nothing approach to their work.
  • Never miss a class without notifying the professor beforehand.
  • No matter how sick, tired, hungover, or otherwise preoccupied you are, never, ever, ever, ever, ever miss a conference with a professor.
Did You Know?
  • Grades? What grades? Chances are, you'll never see a number or letter grade for the work you do in class. Instead, you'll receive detailed written evaluations which underline what you did right and suggest what you need to improve. But at the end of each semester, professors do assign you a letter grade for the sake of records. You can find out what it is at the Registrar's Office in Westlands.
  • During the registration period, you interview professors whose classes you're interested in taking. In each interview, you and the professor exchange questions. The catch? You decide if this course is right for you, and the professor decides if you're right for his or her course.
  • Have an idea for a project but can't find a course to accommodate it? Juniors and seniors can apply for the independent study program, which replaces one course (five credits) on your semester schedule. In an independent study, you work with one or more professors on a project that interests you-whether it is researching Long Island tadpoles, writing your first novella, building an installation piece from retired boat sails, or putting together a chapbook of romantic poetry. This is strictly an opportunity for self-motivated students; while you will set your own schedule, deadlines, and standards, the amount of credit you will receive is still up to your professors.
  • Undergraduate students interested in childhood education may take graduate classes in the Art of Teaching program during their senior year. Good academic standing, requisite courses, and field experiences are required to begin this program. If accepted, you will then be able to finish graduate requirements for a master of science in education degree after one additional year and a summer of study.
  • Why is the average course load three rather than the typical four? At SLC, long-term projects and in-depth research require free time and space between classes. Students are encouraged to take a maximum of three courses per semester, equaling 15 credits.
  • Students must take coursework in three of the four areas: Creative and Performing Arts, History and the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Natural Sciences/Mathematics.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 17 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 16 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.
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