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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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 Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The freedom of living off campus is wonderful. It's great to have exposure to "real life" situations like the process of getting a lease.

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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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Bronxville is super cute. There are great restaurants, they can be expensive but worth it. The locals are very conservative while the students are liberal so there lies the tension between the parties.

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3 College Sophomore

Computers: It could have been worse. It's not the fastest network I've been on but it's okay.


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