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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Lets just get this out of the way. To thrive here, you better be bisexual or homosexual. There are very few pure straight people, on both sides. Boys and girls.

With that out the way.

Girls. As for the boys, its a lot of hipster people, some recluses, but you do find one or two shining stars in the crowd. The problem is, so has everyone else so its a challenge. Boys, as for the girls, many cute girls, but also a fair share of the recluses. Girls, if you want boys for relationships, look outside of the college. Boys, looking for hookups? You will have some luck at Sarah Lawrence, but once the workload picks up in the school year, its a solid dry season. Hunting is to be left to other nearby colleges and New York. If you are looking for a relationship, best advice. Get out and socialize. If you are in one, get out and socialize. Its a small school so its very likely you and your partner will share many mutual friends.

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3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: There are an overwhelmingly large amount of girls, and the limited number of straight guys kind of pick amongst you, which can create tension, undoubtedly. You're best bet is if you're "queer" -- your pool of possibilities grows the fewer restrictions you place on your sexuality. A word of advice for straight girls looking for a validating, sexually liberating college experience: you better like your classes because you sure won't be busy with boys.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Everyone is gorgeous & dramatic, but this is not a school where people date steadily.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The student here get into tight cliques that stay together for most of their time at SLC. It's hard to make friends in the middle of the year because everyone is busy doing conference work.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Girls in Sarah Lawrence are pretty smart. They dress well and always being nice. However few of them tend to looking for a true relationship. The best girls I met are from the athlete teams.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 16th
    Most Creative/Artsy Guys
  • 30th
    Most Creative/Artsy Girls
  • 100th
    Smartest Guys
  • 122nd
    Smartest Girls
  • 197th
    Hottest Girls

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jess Unger
Lovettsville, VA
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Sarah Lawrence went coed in 1968, but there are three times more girls than guys, and yes, it is noticeable. There isn’t much variety when it comes to the straight male population—think artsy, quiet, and scruffy. Many girls, though, don’t bother with SLC guys. “Too much poetry, not enough testosterone” is a common complaint—and it’s not unusual for girls to dip into the pool of men in NYC. Straight SLC guys, on the other hand, are notoriously promiscuous. On such a small campus, this can lead to a lot of in-fighting, backstabbing, and jealous love triangles, so watch out. However, the significant gay, lesbian, and transgender population on campus means that exploratory relationships are encouraged and an open mind is required.

There are handfuls of serious relationships, but what’s even more popular are “hookup buddies,” in which partners have recurring sexual get-togethers, but the rest of the time are merely platonic friends without any emotional baggage. Hence, the girls complain about loneliness, the guys get more than they can handle (and don’t complain about it), and mindless, one-night stands are rampant.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
Male Undergrads
Birth Control Available?
Female students must either have a full pelvic exam or submit proof of a previous one with a home practitioner. SLC Health Services offers the birth control pill, patch, contraceptive ring, contraceptive injections, diaphragms, cervical caps, and condoms. They will not insert intrauterine devices.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. The Library
  2. North Lawn
  3. Parties in Slonim Woods
  4. The Teahaus
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. Andrews garden
  2. Bathrooms in the New Dorms
  3. Dances in the Blue Room
  4. Hill House parties
  5. Library study rooms
  6. Mead Way
  7. Single bedrooms
Social Scene
With a small student body and insular campus, it's hard not to know everyone's business. But even though that can seem like a negative, it actually fosters a stronger sense of community. The social scenes may overlap, individual spheres that all coexist and intermingle at the large social functions, but more often than not, they keep to themselves.
Hookups or Relationships?
The imbalance of guys to girls means that only the smallest effort is required of a guy to score with a hot girl. Guys seem conscious of this and, inevitably, take advantage of it, opting to remain single and enjoy regular hookups. For relationships, girls often turn to NYC, using Internet dating services or parties at larger universities as a jumpoff.
Dress Code
Campus often looks like a fashion show of 1960's hippie stereotypes-dreadlocks, bushy hair, sideburns, loose-fitting hemp shirts and skirts, leather sandals and clogs, bead necklaces, plain T-shirts, and ripped-up jeans. Also ubiquitous is the hipster image-a combo of ill-fitting vintage clothing, oddball jewelry, custom tattoos, graphic print T-shirts, and whatever your hair looked like when you rolled out of bed that morning. And there's a reason why one of SLC's slogans is "Sarah Lawrence College: where even the squirrels wear black." Yes, there are black squirrels, but the man-in-black style is all over the place.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 16 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 16 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 20 responses

  • 21% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 15% Long-distance relationship
  • 13% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 11% Casual dating at your school
  • 9% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 8% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school
  • 8% None
  • 6% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 6% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 4% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 21 responses

  • 10% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.
  • 33% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 43% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 14% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.

What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?    Based on 5 responses

  • 60% Very studious
  • 20% Slacker
  • 20% Rich Hipster
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