Sarah Lawrence College Summary

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Basic Statistics

Bronxville, NY
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
60 %
Admission Difficulty
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores
Not Reported

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Independent learning/academic freedom
  • The professors
  • Campus scenery and proximity to New York City
  • The seminar system/small, intimate classes

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Cost
  • Scattered sense of community and the poor intercampus communication
  • Centipede and hipster infestations/students who engage in reckless drinking
  • Long winters

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

SLC is a magnet for students who want, above all other things, to be well-educated. Careers, money, and business are seen as secondary in comparison to the joy of learning. The one-of-a-kind curriculum gives you the freedom to choose what you want to learn and how you want to learn it. Many students come to Sarah Lawrence unsure of their futures, and many graduate feeling no less disoriented. Yet, it’s agreed that the SLC program, with its distinctive philosophy of academics, is a life-changing experience. After all, being a student here equals spending four years immersed in a community of intellectual young people and world-renowned professors.

What students report as the biggest setback is the anemic social scene. Nightlife is nearly nonexistent. Traditionally, SLC students are introspective, private, and socially-awkward people. Loners are abundant, as are small, insular cliques. The severe lack of ethnic or political diversity means that there may be too many like-minded people for the College’s own good. Further complicating the situation is the often unfriendly off-campus neighborhood, which causes many students to feel trapped on campus. And it’s hard to dismiss the staggeringly high tuition prices. Still, the retention rate is high; students seem determined to manage with the College’s weaknesses for the vast benefit of its unique strengths.

Sarah Lawrence Student Reviews

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4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: The security guards don't bother you unless many people call to complain about parties. If you are respectful, they are too and often won't fine you or write you up.

College Senior

Scholarships: I was never on financial aid and this fact made me feel very secure in that while I was at SLC many of my friends left part way through their time due to financial insecurity and changing amounts of financial aid (year to year, decreasing since first year). This is one aspect of my school of which I am not proud.

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4 College Senior

Academics: I'm doing a double concentration in Environmental Studies and Economics and the individual attention I get is insane. We aren't a textbook school or a lecture school so everything you do is around a round table. This is the best way to work through something a learn to give direct and interactive answers to philosophical or theoretical questions. There is no knee-jerk, multiple choice answer to a "Why" of "how" question.

4 College Senior

Academics: The professors are individuals first. You interview them and they interview you and the combination of cross-signing up is how you get placed in classes. You work with them and they with you, so in any relationship, some personality combinations aren't suited, and you learn where you belong the longer you're there.

2 College Senior

Athletics: We are not a sporty place. We just aren't. If you want to play sports you can -- literally you can sign up for varsity teams most semesters -- but don't expect anyone to show up to your games.


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