Academics

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

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Nothing else compares to the academics presents at SLC

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5 College Freshman

Academics: I absolutely love that Sarah Lawrence does not have majors. It is such a unique approach to education and I find that I am really encouraged to explore so many things that I would never think of taking if I had strict requirements. I am a dance "third," which means a third of my time is devoted to dance (you can also take a third in theater, visual arts, or music). It's a similar system to a major except you dedicate a lot of time to your academic classes as well. The system doesn't really work well for people who want to focus on one thing. The typical Sarah Lawrence student has a schedule that goes something like this: they're taking theater classes, a queer studies course, a computer science course and they're in the burlesque club.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: It's the best. We do have the number 1 faculty in the country. You can definitely slack off if you really want to, but the teachers here encourage you to go beyond the normal course load to really immerse yourself in the topic. We have the best teachers in the country and they will make you work hard, but you will realize that you've learned so much more than if they hadn't.

5 College Junior

Academics: Sarah Lawrence sole bachelor's degree is a Liberal Arts degree. But this is no hindrance. Most companies in NYC, especially those in visual and creative arts, and even those in business and economics, love SLC students who come from multidimensional educational backgrounds. For example, I've studied computer science and nanotechnology while also studying fiction, public policy, screenwriting, and film production. I've been able to apply my science knowledge to some of my writing pieces and I've also applied my knowledge of public policy to a volunteer program I work at where I teach incarcerated youth how to write poetry. The workload is tough, but it's not overwhelming. The class registration process is a bit hectic and can be frustrating, but the sheer number of amazing classes offered usually counters that. In general, this college offers you an amazing academic opportunity. The professors are brighter than most and the campus has an engaging intellectual atmosphere. If you're looking for an institution with rigorous academics and the freedom to pursue any or all fields without limitations (such as the ability to go all four years without taking a math course), then SLC is the place for you.

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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.

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