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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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4 College Senior

Facilities: The green spaces on this campus are stunning. When I toured I instantly fell in love with the lawns and the architecture -- this tiny Hogwarts was the perfect nest for my creativity. It is filled with solitary study spots and wood-floored rooms with stone fireplaces.

2 College Junior

Facilities: Updates are needed but continuously ignored. Dorms see the worst of this but the gym is pretty awful as well.

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3 College Junior

Facilities: Dorms need to be updated wholly to not fall apart and should be taken beyond the point of keeping them updated at the bare minimum. The school is growing in size of its student body but not its size as a location/institution. This must change very soon if the classes are going to continue to grow. The need for better dining is BEYOND HUGE.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: The campus is beautiful and picturesque.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 125th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 432nd
    Greenest Campuses
  • 1199th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 1285th
    Best Library
  • 1367th
    Best Student Centers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jess Unger
Lovettsville, VA
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SLC’s Heimbold Visual Arts Center is one of the largest buildings on campus and houses a 188-seat movie theater used for classes as well as special guest lecturers. Although aesthetically pleasing, some student artists feel the school overlooked necessary architectural functions for an art building in order for the space to be deemed green and eco-friendly by the state of New York. Another facility widely enjoyed by students is the Campbell Sports Center, which houses a full gym, basketball court, swimming pool, yoga and fencing studio, rowing tanks, and squash courts.

The absence of a student center has been a nagging issue in student life for decades. Despite renovations to improve public student spaces in Bates, the building remains underused, in part because of its location on campus, in part because of the small capacities of its spaces. However, one of the building’s main social functions is hosting dance parties in the basement, the Blue Room, or both simultaneously! If dancing isn’t your scene, the Teahaus and Slonim often offer small concerts or poetry readings. One problem that has arisen in recent years is the major lack of handicapped accessible pathways, doors, and dormitories; this, too, is being addressed through renovations. Many classrooms and public spaces have also become dilapidated—come springtime, as ice melts atop roofs, a handful of unlucky students will wind up with leaky ceilings. Still, most students agree that the rustic look of main campus is one of its charms.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
41 acres
Student Centers
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • The Esther Raushenbush Library
  • Visual Resources Library
  • William Schuman Music Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Black Squirrel
  • North Lawn
  • The Pub
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
Movie Theater on Campus
  • Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Film Theatre (Heimbold Visual Arts Center)
  • Performing Arts Center (PAC) Film Viewing Room
"Green" Initiatives
Warren Green House, an eco-friendly cooperative living initiative, makes residents commit to a sustainable lifestyle (e.g., only buying locally-grown produce).
School Slang
  • Blue Room: Space for student-run parties and dances, located underneath Bates Dining Hall
  • B-Ville: Bronxville
  • Conference Week: High-stress period at the end of each semester when students rush to finish conference projects
  • Conference Work, Projects, or Papers: Assignments that occur outside of class between you and your professor, usually about a subject that interests you
  • DL: Dudley Lawrence, a dorm
  • FVR: Film Viewing Room in the basement of Reisinger; sometimes confused with Film Viewing Room in Heimbold
  • Gill: Gilbert, a dorm
  • The Hill, Bates Hill: Steep concrete incline leading to Bates where everybody falls on their butt at least once during the winter
  • The Hutch: The Hutchinson River Parkway connects outsiders to SLC.
  • Kober: Two-story parking structure located beside Hill House
  • Mobil: The gas station near Hill House where students buy beer and cigarettes
  • New Dorms: Buildings opposite the Old Dorms with red-brick 1970s architecture; includes Taylor, Garrison, and Rothschild
  • Old Dorms: Buildings opposite the New Dorms with Tudor-style design; includes Gilbert, Titsworth, Dudley Lawrence, and MacCracken
  • PAC: Performing Arts Center, where all major theater and dance performances occur
  • The Pub, the Pube, the Siegel Center: Student hot spot for junk food, fast food, and socializing
  • The Purple Door: A purple-colored door in Andrews House; location of Operations and Facilities, where you get keys, toilet paper, and repair requests
  • Reisinger: Performance space, located across from The Pub
  • Sleaze Week: This refers to a spring semester event that encourages open discussions about sexuality and sexual identity, and culminates with popular on-campus dance, the Sleazeball.
  • Teahaus: Small stone cottage on the North Lawn where students drink tea, socialize, and play musical instruments
  • Westlands: Where all major administrative offices are located, as well as the quiet dorms and an all-night security station (Westlands Desk)
  • The Wheel: The Spinning Wheel, a tavern in Bronxville that caters to SLC students
  • Bacchanalia: After class officially ends in the spring, Bacchanalia begins! Students flock to the North Lawn for a day of dancing, live music, games, free food, and free beer (if you're over 21). This is a time when students of all ages truly unite on campus and celebrate together. Look out for lots of weepy seniors who aren't happy about graduating.
  • Bates Brunch : No matter how hungover students are, they stumble down Bates Hill on Saturday and Sunday mornings for an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. Make your own waffles and custom order your omelets. By 12:30 p.m., the dining hall is packed; arrive by 11:30 a.m. to get a booth.
  • Cabaret: This is the highly-popular proving ground for singers, dancers, actors, and comedians on campus; consider it the SLC equivalent of a championship sports game. Anything goes on stage, so long as your performance is good, funny, sexy, or comically bad. Over the course of a year, students often return to the stage in attempts to top their previous acts with new ones that are increasingly outlandish and extravagant.
  • Casino Night: For one night only, the gym in Campbell Sports Center turns into a brisk, high-stakes casino, with a variety of games, live jazz, catered hors d'oeuvres, and big prizes to reel students in from the outside world.
  • Coffee and Donuts: Distributed by SLAC in the basement atrium of the library, free coffee and donuts keep students chugging through the late nights of Conference Week.
  • Formals: Once in the fall and once in the spring, hundreds upon hundreds of SLC students flock in evening attire to a large tent erected on the South Lawn to dance their feet off. By far the biggest social event of each semester, the headlining DJ or band is the topic of heated discussion on campus for weeks before the event.
  • Homecoming: A week of evening festivities leads up to the biggest basketball game of the year, followed by a Blue Room dance to celebrate the Gryphons, win or lose.
  • Midnight Breakfast: During Conference Week at the end of each semester, the College opens Bates at midnight for an early-morning celebration of music, food, and prizes. Students who are pulling all-nighters come to get recharged with pancakes and cookies, while students who have finished their work come to celebrate the end of the semester.
  • Relaxation Stations: SLAC's conference week havens designed to soothe the frayed nerves of students burned out from too many all-nighters. Free massages, cocoa, and arts-n-crafts are staples.
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show Shadow Cast Production: Whether you're a die-hard Rocky fan or a so-called Rocky "virgin," this annual fall semester event is worth checking out, if only to see your classmates decked out in ridiculous leather outfits. The notorious 1975 film is projected onto the wall in Reisinger while a well-practiced cast of students lip sync, act, and dance on stage. Preceding the film is a pre-show during which the cast puts on a series of hilarious skits and songs.
  • Winterfest: SLC kids mosey from club tables at the campus organization fair through exotic refreshments run by student volunteers to the gym, crowded with novelties, inflatable amusements, and a mechanical bull, all to pulsating beats from a massive sound system.
Urban Legends
  • On the top floor of Westlands, the ghost of a dead student haunts the south wing.
  • Students who can't afford campus housing secretly live in the murky Bates basement.
  • The architect who designed the New Dorms committed suicide after seeing how ugly the buildings actually looked.
  • The black squirrels seen everywhere on campus are in a racial war against the gray squirrels.
  • The College won't expel troublesome students until after the tuition refund date has passed.
  • When Yoko Ono was an undergrad at SLC, she painted a mural on her wall that is still there today.
Favorite Things To Do
Every day, the College Events office emails you a list of the day's goings-on around campus. Keep on top of that, and you'll stay occupied. Students can see a performance at the PAC, catch a quality flick courtesy of Sarah Lawrence Activities Council, cheer the Gryphons at the Campbell Sports Center, or shoot pool in a student tournament at the Black Squirrel. The theater department puts on performances every weekend, most of which are booked up in advance (sign up for seats in the PAC lobby as soon as the posters go up around campus). Sarah Lawrence Activities Council (SLAC) loads weekends with movie screenings, live music, dances, and open mics. Every Friday night, there's Midnight Cabaret in Titsworth.
Student Newspaper
The Phoenix
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Club life is small but nonetheless active at SLC! Many students get involved with one or more extracurriculars. Popular choices include political/activist groups (SLC Dems, Amnesty International), identity groups (Queer People of Color, Asian Pacific Islander Coalition), religious groups (Hillel), theater/improv groups (Melancholy Players), and literary publications (Dark Phrases, SLC Review).
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No
Did You Know?
  • Student Senate funds and oversees student clubs. To get your own club started, talk to a senator or the directors of Student Activities!
  • Tourists have been known to visit SLC just to peek inside the beautiful, neo-Tudor, Westlands building, located on the North Lawn.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 24 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 28 responses

  • 39% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 46% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 11% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 4% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 20 responses

  • 10% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 15% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 35% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 40% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.


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