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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: If you're willing to pay the $15 round trip into the city, you have all of NYC at your fingertips. In bville and yonkers there's pretty much nothing.

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2 College Freshman

Party Scene: If you're into small groups getting together and getting drunk/high in dorm rooms, you're set. Around the beginning of the year there will be parties on the lawn, but even those are basically just being drunk and shmoozing for an hour or two until security busts it up. Sometimes there'll be parties in slo or mead way houses, and there are some great bashes, but they're few and far between.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The academics at SLC are incredible. You have to be very self-motivated, and if you're not you'll basically just flounder and leave with nothing to offer, but if you're looking to truly learn as much as you can about a variety of topics that you couldn't study anywhere else, this is the place. Professors, with only a few exceptions, are incredibly passionate and dedicated. Almost all classes are small seminars. There is a lecture requirement, but even lectures are typically only around 50 students and include biweekly smaller group meetings with the professor. For seminars, you complete a conference project for each course, which involves meeting with the professor every other week and developing an intensive research project related to the course but incorporating other interests. This typically culminates in a big research paper, but I've also seen projects range from an interpretive dance about plants to the design of a full anti-bullying course for elementary schoolers. Long story short, you really get to know and develop relationships with professors, and can explore pretty much anything you want to academically.

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2 College Freshman

Athletics: Nobody cares tbh. The crew team didn't have a coach for all of last semester. But some people do them and have a good time, they're just not taken seriously.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: If you're queer, this is the place to be. All genders and orientations are accepted pretty much universally across campus, and there's bigotry going on, it'll be called out instantly. There are smaller circles of cishets who resent SLC's queerness, but nobody likes them. Race is becoming more and more of a talked-about issue on campus, and generally speaking students are very aware of racial issues, but it's a pretty white campus and there's still a lot of work to be done there. Economically, it's rich hipster central. If you see someone who looks homeless, they're probably the child of millionaires. Politically, SLC is super liberal, and while there's a tendency towards the policing-faux-liberalism instead of real discussion that can be difficult at times, there are also circles of brilliant active liberals. Your political views will definitely be challenged here, and no matter how liberal you were going into it, you'll be more so coming out.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There's virtually no peer pressure, even amongst the craziest party circles, so if you don't do substances and don't want to you'll be fine. If you're vaguely into the drug/alcohol scene, going to SLC might not do you much good. While easily avoidable, drugs are also very easily accessible and widely used at SLC, and with the negative hipster social scene, unhealthy abuse is rampant. I fell down that rabbit hole and am still recovering. If you want easy access to lots of drugs with a campus that won't care if you use them, SLC is great.

SLC also has a policy that you won't get in trouble if you call in someone whose health is at risk, regardless of what substances you were using, so that's awesome.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Your physical wellbeing is pretty much solid at SLC. Campus security is great - friendly and really there for the students, not to get them in trouble. There's no real issue with campus crime. Sexual assault is present as on any college campus in this day and age, but it's taken very seriously both by students and administrators. The support for victims is very strong, and perpetrators are treated harshly - in every reported case I know of in recent years, the perpetrator was expelled. Emotionally speaking, it's a very safe campus if you have social anxiety and want to be left alone. Not so much if you want a friendly atmosphere, but you win some and lose some.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The academics at SLC are incredible. You have to be very self-motivated, and if you're not you'll basically just flounder and leave with nothing to offer, but if you're looking to truly learn as much as you can about a variety of topics that you couldn't study anywhere else, this is the place. Professors, with only a few exceptions, are incredibly passionate and dedicated. Almost all classes are small seminars. There is a lecture requirement, but even lectures are typically only around 50 students and include biweekly smaller group meetings with the professor. For seminars, you complete a conference project for each course, which involves meeting with the professor every other week and developing an intensive research project related to the course but incorporating other interests. This typically culminates in a big research paper, but I've also seen projects range from an interpretive dance about plants to the design of a full anti-bullying course for elementary schoolers. Long story short, you really get to know and develop relationships with your professors, and can explore pretty much anything you want to academically.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: You can come out of SLC more prepared for your field than just about any other education, or you can leave with nothing concrete to use for any career ever. That's the nature of a self-guided education. The school has great resources, but you have to be proactive about it.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Some dorms are lovely, some are crap. Hill is a nightmare. New dorms feel like an institution. Old dorms are marginally better. Smaller dorms (Tweed, Lynd) are beautiful and have absolutely lovely rooms. Group housing is available (Andrews, Slo), and way nicer than most dorms. I've lucked out and have loved every room I've lived in, but most people I know feel differently.

The social atmosphere is a train wreck. It's a deeply toxic place, and while some people manage to find a good group within that and overcome the SLC fog, I couldn't. Negativity is rampant, and "Sarah-Lawrencing" has become a term used to describe the act of seeing someone who you know and intentionally ignoring them when you pass them on campus. There are some great people, but overall it's a negative, unfriendly environment. And there's absolutely no sense of campus community, except at the formals when everyone loves each other for one night (with the help of copious alcohol+).

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The Sarah Lawrence academic system has the potential to be hands down the best, most interesting education available in the world, but you have to actively make the most of it. It's pretty easy to just get by here, but if you use the conference process and close faculty relationships to your advantage, you can do incredible work in literally any field you want, no matter how specific or unusual. The campus environment is difficult - classic hipster negativity - and contributes to making it difficult to take full advantage of the incredible academic system because it tends to weigh people down and crush motivation. But if you're motivated and strong-willed enough to get through that (which I wasn't, and am therefore transferring), this is the place to be.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Peer pressure is pretty much nonexistent, people take a to each is his or her own attitude on most everything.

Drug and alcohol visibility is pretty nil, unless you are looking for it, in which case take your pick. Not sure how well policies are enforced, but my sense is that its not much.

When you combine lots of artsy, angst ridden college kids, many of whom come from lots of money, with close proximity to NYC, there is a significant amount of usage.

That being said, its entirely possible to have a good social life, and go through your entire SLC experience without running into too much of this culture, and I've never seen anyone pressured into doing anything.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on the SLC campus. Sometimes walking along the main road Kimball Avenue can be a bit nerve wracking, as local high school kids sometimes drive by and catcall or throw things at students, but this is rare, and security takes it very seriously. Campus crime isn't a big problem as far as I know.

Security is generally pretty good about keeping a close eye on students and keeping campus safe. They are all pretty friendly as well, which makes it easier to approach them or ask for help.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: The academics at SLC are unbeatable. I am constantly amazed at both the prolific nature of our faculty, but also their passion for the style of teaching at SLC, their students, and their subjects.

A wide variety of courses is offered, and many times in subjects that are very unusual, past courses I've seen offered include Jewish Mysticism, The History of Food, Steampunk Psychics, and many more.

The best parts of the Sarah Lawrence model in my opinion is tied between the small seminar approach (15 students and a prof, max.) and conference work. Conference work is the second piece of each course (excluding lectures). It is an independent research project under the guidance of the professor, on a topic of your choice relating to the subject of the course. Typically these are 20+ paper pages per course, but can also take other forms, depending on the flexibility of the teacher.

There are areas I wish Sarah Lawrence offered more courses in, but with conference work I feel that I can easily tie in any other interests into the existing curriculum.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The alumni network seems to be very strong, as are job and internships prospects. I haven't had an experience with employers on campus, but my impressions of career services is good.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Sarah Lawrence is unique, passionate and progressive.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: My program is extremely insular - so I can't say much about the experiences of other grad students. I have enjoyed almost all classes and professors so far. Sometimes I feel as though the administration forgets that we are adults in grad school, juggling jobs and families, rather than full-time undergrads. Otherwise, the experience is really what you make of it.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Not too many program options in my field, but SLC was a source of many of its founders.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Bronxville is a fairly safe area, and I usually see SLC vans driving around.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: No Greek life that I am aware of. Then again, I'm a grad student!

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Surrounded by professors who are leaders in their field and extremely interesting classmates!

3 College Junior

Athletics: Very low school spirit, sports-wise.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are blue lights everywhere, campus security is strong, and there is always a building you can run to nearby if you are threatened. I feel completely safe here and I am so thankful SLC took the initiative to make this campus safe and comfortable.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I believe Sarah Lawrence has the best professors in the world. Their dedication and passion for what they teach is infectious, they do all they can to help you succeed but also to push you out of your comfort zone, and they are willing to act as mentors and offer advice for things both involving coursework and not.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The value of a Sarah Lawrence degree varies, but is usually valuable. This is an excellent place of learning, and many employers know of this. A Sarah Lawrence degree would be particularly helpful in writing and theatre careers, especially since there is such a large alumni network in these areas.

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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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