Athletics

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

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

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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!

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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3 College Freshman

Athletics: SLC is not a sports school, but lately it has begun recruiting athletes and is amping up its programs. As a member of the soccer team, I love having the ability to participate in a sport I love with out the pressure of a D1 or even serious D 3 school.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: OK if you want a football team this is not the place as we don't have a football field. However, we're in the process of joining the NCAA and are making big strides in our athletics. I'm on the women's swim team, which is probably the best team at the school. If you want to play sports in college, it's still a great place to do so. The workouts are challenging and the coaches are great. However, the general student population doesn't really care about sports and the turnouts to games are pretty low.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1283rd
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1293rd
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jess Unger
Hometown
Lovettsville, VA
Major
Politics
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Among students and faculty, athleticism at Sarah Lawrence is a mainstay in sarcastic joking. Simply mention the Sarah Lawrence men’s basketball team and in response you’ll hear a grunt of ridicule. The general consensus is that Sarah Lawrence students are brainy, weak creatures, and any of their attempts at physical contests are promises of pathetic failure. But that isn’t entirely true—crew, equestrian, volleyball, basketball, swimming, tennis, and softball are offered at a varsity level. Weekly bouts of ultimate Frisbee, indoor soccer, and squash occur through intramurals or clubs. Teams are typically under-populated and in order to compensate, players often have to stay in for entire games. Turnout for games is low, which may frustrate athletes who work hard to represent the school and don’t receive respect or encouragement from the campus.

The college also holds special events such as 5K road races and basketball tournaments for those who want to be competitive without playing on a team. Others stay in shape by frequenting the Caspar Whitney Fitness Center or by taking physical education classes. The athletic crowd on campus may be small, but their morale is high and facilities top-notch. Coaches and physical education teachers are generally friendly, supportive, and lax—they don’t have any illusions about the non-competitive nature of the average SLC student.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
NCAA
Athletic Division
independent
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Division III Independents
School Colors
Green and white
School Nickname
Gryphon
Men Playing Varsity Sports
40 - 12%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
66 - 7%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Cross country
  • Equestrian
  • Rowing
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Intramurals
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Campbell Sports Center (CSC)
  • Marshall Field
  • Sampson Field
  • Tennis courts
Most Popular Sports
The biggest crowds turn out for women's volleyball and men's basketball games at the Campbell Sports Center. That being said, these crowds are still just a spattering of students, many of whom simply come to cheer for specific friends on each team. Ultimate Frisbee happens weekly on the North Lawn (the heart of main campus), and thus, there's always somebody to cheer on the players as they get tackled in the grass.
Most Overlooked Teams
What the SLC women's swim team lacks in being a popular crowd-pleaser, it makes up for with a dogged work ethic and competitive success.
School Spirit
Students are proud of the close-knit, highly-creative community fostered at SLC. There's a feeling that everybody at SLC has something intellectual to offer-whether it's a creative talent, dogged ambition, or a steel-trap memory. A common phrase is, "Well, if he or she got into Sarah Lawrence, he or she can't be stupid." School spirit is evident in the massive turnouts for student art shows and performances, as well as the strong support for events such as Sleaze Week and Bacchanalia. Because there aren't many other nearby colleges, campus life is at times comically insular, and students often bond by lovingly mocking their school with infectious inside jokes and satirical newspapers such as "The Bubble."
Getting Tickets
There are no tickets for SLC athletic events. Even if you show up late for a game, you're likely to get a whole row of bleachers to yourself.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Bronxville River Park and Untermyer Park
Did You Know?
  • In an effort to encourage fitness, the gym holds an annual "Sweatheart Challenge" after Valentine's Day. Participants must complete a rigorous fitness regimen over the course of seven days. Anybody can participate, but only the toughest survive (and get a stylish victory T-shirt).
  • In Slonim Woods, there is a rope course for team confidence training sessions. Take a peek by climbing up Slonim Ledge; however, unauthorized use is forbidden.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 19 responses

  • 11% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 26% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 58% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 5% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 21 responses

  • 24% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 57% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 5% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 14% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 19 responses

  • 47% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 53% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 0% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
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