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Reviews 470 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Courses are always interesting and proffesors are always approachable

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I think it may be too easy for SLC students to graduate with a degree and be unprepared for the working world.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: SLC does have sexual assults but what I think makes our school better at handeling them is the transparency. As soon as the school gets notified of the assult, students get a blast email with information telling them what happened and where to go if they need support or have information.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Its a bit difficult to navigate at times, but it is still a great deal. ESP the all gender housing.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics aren't a huge part of SLC life. They are definitely not as important as actual school work which I respect immensely. But students not involved in athletics can still use the athletic facilities which make promoting a healthy lifestyle on campus much easier.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love SLC because of the insane amount of opportunities you get as an undergraduate that you would otherwise have to wait until graduate school to get. Things like research fellowships with professors and internships in the city make building up a resume so easy.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I think the college does great with dealing with sexual assault issues. The school is very progressive which means students feel very strongly about these sorts of things and always want to help anybody that has dealt with it.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The housing is very unique. The dorms aren't always traditional which is nice however they seem to be a little outdated but that is just part of the originality of the college.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The gym isn't the best because it is fairly small and a bit updated. However, athletics don't have a big role on campus so students really mind

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Sarah Lawrence is a very open-minded and progressive school. It's academics is like no other school in the country. It gives students the freedom to truly venture into their academics and take any class they desire. Students control their education and dive into their passion without any limitations.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Professors are (generally) friendly and easy to talk to, are expert in their field, and are good at their job (namely, teaching).

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: SO many SLC graduates have their own wikipedia pages. One will most likely get a job before one even graduates.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The powers that be are very concerned for the safety of the students and the general legal health of the campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's a dorm, you know? It's not a five star hotel, but they're pretty nice, and if you have some friends in the area, it's even better.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The teams are all of quality and the intramural sports are supported by the student body.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: While I haven't been here long, I already feel a sense of community. Everyone's willing to help out and they're all really dedicated to their studies.

2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The parties on campus are small and the big ones get busted quickly.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The parties on campus are usually small. The bigger ones get busted within the hour. But you are close to harlem and manhattan so if clubs are your thing and you've got money, they're at your finger tips.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Your education at SLC is what you make it. Professors are great, they want to help and you learn a lot if you work hard and are invested in your education.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: We have a good number of international students- most of them from Asia, china and india in particular. Aside from that, most students are white, and the administration is making an effort to acknowledge and fix its own issues concerning race. The Black Lives Matter movement gained traction on campus because there is such a noticeable racial demographic on campus. We also have a large population of jewish students.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: No one is pressured into anything. There are a lot of first years sent to lawrence hospital that first week, though, because they don't know what they can handle. Try not to just start smoking because most people on campus do and it's a pain in the ass to quit and the craving will follow you for a long time. There are some people who do use adderall and coke and LSD on campus and it's pretty tolerated but if you aren't into it and don't hang out with those people, you won't see it. Weed is easy to get and you can smell it all day but most people don't come to class baked, even if they do smoke regularly.

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Okay so I had a bad first year. My classes were the best part of my experience which is why I'm moving off campus but remaining a student. I had a lot of trouble with people attacking me for not blindly agreeing with everything they said. I came to SLC as a gender studies student but after constantly being told I shouldn't talk in most situations-even in class- because I'm cishet, I'm done with that. I'm not a typical SLC student but I've still managed to learn a good bit. If you're a self victimizing rich queer kid who loves theatre and plans to study writing, this is the perfect fit. If you are logical and not blindly radically left and are not on the LGBTQIA spectrum and aren't the most comfortable with nudity, this may not be the best fit. However, if you come to SLC to work hard and learn and question, you can learn a lot. Forget the on campus politics and be yourself. You may have a hard time but you'll learn a lot.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I actually don't know much about career services on campus. I went to a few discussion panels on Pre-law things. Most graduates leave having studied gender, painting, and the history of theatre so they do end up unemployed. What you get out of SLC is what you put in

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: We all feel pretty safe. Occasionally there are high school students who harass students along kimball. There have been a few incidents of students being egged but it's taken very seriously. We have a sexual assault task force and good, open dialogue around assault on campus. Everyone takes a mandatory seminar on it within the first week and promises they'd never hurt anyone but at least 30 assaults happened on campus this year and most of them were student-student incidents.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It's pretty bad. I had some bad roommate experiences. After I switched dorms, the hall I lived in had a weekly exterminator come to keep the roaches at bay. The New Dorms (circa the 1960's) are classic cinder block boxes and fire alarms are known to misbehave. The heat is either not on or on- non adjustable. The kitchens are fine but usually there is one per hall and they aren't kept clean by students. The bathrooms aren't built well- they're built cheap. The wall in our shower fell out because it was poorly constructed. Hill House is suite style living and has a kitchen but is hotter than hell in the summer. Hill House is also known as Hell House. Sometimes the elevators break and it is on the other end of campus from everything else.


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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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