Diversity

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

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Sarah Lawrence is definitely the place for people who are different than the average. As far as I've seen, all kinds of people are accepted on campus, not only by students, but teachers and staff members as well. I haven't had or seen any challenges in terms of ethnic, racial, or economic background, other than the fact that, because this school is so expensive, it tends to be difficult to get enough scholarship to afford it.

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.

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 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.

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  • 43rd
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  • 667th
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  • 1352nd
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jess Unger
Hometown
Lovettsville, VA
Major
Politics
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Diversity is a sore spot on campus among students, faculty, and administrators. Complaints about a lack of ethnic and economic diversity are supported by the stats. It’s one of SLC’s most glaring weak spots, but there is no easy solution. The College is trying to increase its financial aid resources so it can accept more students from solidly middle-class backgrounds, but in the meantime, the imbalance will remain intact. Political diversity is another sensitive subject. Conservatives are such a minority that it’s difficult to find any non-liberal viewpoints during discussions. Recent renovations on campus have designated areas for non-partisan political meetings as well as for non-denominational spiritual practice.

When it comes to sexual diversity, SLC triumphs. Open dialogues about human sexuality are encouraged on campus and in the classroom. If this kind of attitude makes you uneasy, then SLC may not be for you. There is a significant gay, lesbian, and transgender population, and tolerance is a non-issue. Clubs such as the Queer Voice Coalition organize campus-wide events and workshops to foster a community that not only accepts individual preferences, but is also willing to explore and question cultural notions of sexual identity.

Facts & Statistics

African American
3%
Asian
4%
Hispanic
8%
International
6%
Native American
0%
White
65%
Unknown
11%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
87%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 34%
20-21: 39%
22-24: 15%
25+: 11%
Female Faculty
48%
Male Faculty
52%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 8%
Asian American: 4%
Hispanic: 5%
International: 4%
Native American: 0%
White: 79%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
The gay community is a major force in all aspects of SLC life-from the curriculum (in which there is a lesbian, gay, and transgender studies field) to the most popular on-campus party, the Sleaze Ball, organized in part by the Queer Voice Coalition. There's a good chance that if you ask an SLC student if he or she is gay or straight, they'll tell you that they're neither and that they're attracted to personalities, not genders. While acceptance of gays on an individual basis is a non-issue, some students complain that homosexuality comprises too much of the SLC identity. The slogan of choice among students is, after all, "Queer in a year or your money back."
Political Activity
Despite a history of political activism, students often complain that the campus, on the whole, is apathetic to political happenings and too lazy to get involved. Liberalism is predominant, and conservatism is usually severely frowned upon.
Economic Status
The sky-high tuition and lack of financial aid means that a majority of students comes from wealthy backgrounds. Some students flaunt it, others try to hide it, and often those students who aren't as well-off are vocal in their resentment of the abundance of "rich, white kids" on campus.
Most Common Religions
Religion is not trendy at SLC, but there are Christian, Jewish, and Muslim organizations. There is also a non-denominational spiritual space on campus.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Minority clubs are highly-visible and very active on campus. For example, the Asian Pacific Island er Coalition for Diversity (APICAD) publishes a newsletter and runs barbecues, a homemade food delivery service, and other public events to generate awareness of Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander cultural issues.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 19 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 5% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 21% Moderate
  • 21% Liberal
  • 53% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 19 responses

  • 11% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Moderate
  • 0% Not sure
  • 21% Liberal
  • 68% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 19 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 19 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 19 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 5% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 32% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 63% Very accepting.
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