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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I like the seminar system, the intimate class-sizes and campus. The social scene however is very different from what I hoped it would be, there´s no real community here. What the school lacks in social atmosphere in makes up in its professors.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: Student athletes and coaches are excellent, but a majority of the student population does not seem to accept athletes. We are frequently bashed as being dumb or viewed as stereotypical hollywood jocks, which is clearly not the case. The Soccer Team for instance is filled with students interested in neuroscience, biblical and world literature, politics, economics, gender equality, filmmaking, philosophy, etc. There is little to no fan support or school spirit in athletics, which is a real bummer when athletics can be such a great thing in bringing people together and keeping healthy.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Much of the off campus housing seems to be more worth while than on-campus housing, cost wise. Personally, I actually was not able to get a place off-campus because of my financial aid package, but I have multiple friends who have pretty great apartments close off campus, paying less or around what I'm paying for much better living conditions. Of course, the walk to campus is an inconvenience, and students living off campus may be a bit disconnected from on-campus events and parties, but it seems off-campus housing may be worth it in terms of living conditions and cost.

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3 College Junior

Party Scene: The night life at Sarah Lawrence isn't bad, but if someone were looking for a "party school," they should never have applied to Sarah Lawrence in the first place. Parties tend to be at the same dorms all year and they are rarely more than than a simple gathering of people drinking, so there is little organization, but you can meet some cool people when out venturing from "gathering" to "gathering," which is what makes going out every week or two worth it to me. I've met some of my best friends through such nights, and relaxing for a few hours can relieve a lot of stress when students are anxious over school work.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining in Bronxville is great, but usually expensive and there are very few student discounts. Getting there also takes a good 20+ minute walk.

Off-campus dining in Yonkers is usually less expensive, but quality is much worse and usually significantly less healthy.

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3 College Junior

Administration: For the most part, campus security is made up of reasonable people that genuinely care for students and their well being. There are a few workers however, who seem to enjoy being able to tell students what to do. Especially when breaking up "gatherings," they do not uphold any level of professionalism. They come off angry and disrespectful, arguing with students and making up rules, instead of simply using reason and asking students to leave or disperse. I know multiple students whom have stated they would have had no problem leaving or dispersing quietly, but instead acted equally as disrespectful due to how they were talked to.

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4 College Junior

Scholarships: Sarah Lawrence truly does seem to try and help students out with financial aid, although the process can take a little while. I did receive the financial aid I needed last semester, but as I've experienced it this summer, communication can at times be poor, but the people who work in the financial aid department are wonderful and make up for any frustration.

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3 College Junior

Campus Food: Although many of the workers are wonderful people, food options are rarely healthy. This makes it tough on student-athletes wanting to be healthy. Bates food can be okay; I frequently enjoy Bates' fish, guacamole, sweet potatoes, the salad bar and occasionally the international food, but most of the time there are few healthy options (aside from salads). We serve vegan and gluten-free options, we should have athletic-diet options as well.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: My on campus housing isn't great, but it is a place I feel at home enough to sleep between school, sports and my unofficial home–the Library. The housing process at my school was not full of ease, and it is an inconvenient trek from my classes, but I met my best friend this past year due to us being housed next door to each other. Also, due to my disgustingly messy roommates (I was in a triple), I've come to be an even more organized and clean person. Even the social atmosphere, which can be great during the weekend, has caused me to learn more about how to deal with distractions. My housing isn't perfect, but I know it wasn't meant to be. To me, living on campus is just another part of being in school; it's teaching me how to live on my own and how to live with other people.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are amazing. They really want to talk to you and make sure you get what you need out of your classes.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: The school is pretty good about letting people do what they need to do. Just talk to them and you can work something out.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The school really tries it's best to get everyone the financial aid they need. I wish I had gotten more, but you really just need to talk to financial aid and they will try to work it out.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food can be good, when the school is trying to impress people. Otherwise it's alright. The coffee shops are delicious.

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2 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics facilities are great, but no one really cares about sports on campus. The school is trying to make a big deal out of it and recruit students since we just got into Division 3, but the majority of students are more focused on academics than athletics.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most of the off-campus housing I've seen are very similar to each other, in location and style. Pricing seems to be reasonable.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The food is really great in a lot of off-campus dining venues, but it is often also very expensive.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: For the most part the campus security is just interested in maintaining our safety and not disturbing our social or academic scenes. The administration seems interested in working with students.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The college admin were very willing to work with me to ensure that I received the necessary financial aid to attend the college.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: There aren't always parties to participate in on the weekends. But when there are, they can be fun.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are a diverse amount of venues at which to eat, but the food quality is poor most of the time.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The housing is very good; I have a lot of space and a kitchen, which is close to ideal. However, the location of my housing is not ideal: I have a long walk to classes. Also some of the facilities are out of order quite often.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: In one semester I have heard of 3 sex crimes and 1 hate/race crime. The school tries to put a stop to any crime on campus, but it's not working well.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Yonkers can be sketchy at some points, but Bronxville is nice - just expensive. It's very easy to get into the city. Not much really goes on though around town, you have to go into the city. There is mall very close to campus in Yonkers.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are some good house parties, but for real parties take the train into the city. Never go to the Blue Room.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The school works with a few restaurants nearby so that you can use your ID card to pay for food, which is nice. If you want fancy food go to Bronxville, if you want cheap and easy food go to Yonkers.

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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.

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