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Sarah Lawrence College

"Sarah Lawrence College is a small, "atypical," and "intense" school that is "highly conducive to independent thought," and which boasts a student-to-faculty ratio of 9-to-1. Picked as the Best College for You liberal arts 'College of the Year' in 2000, the education comes at a price: it is currently the most expensive college in the US. There are "no general education courses, and no tests" here, and the "creative, curious, open-minded, bizarre, egocentric," and "melodramatic" students here usually take "only three intensive courses per semester." Barbara Walters and Brian DePalma are notable alumni."

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Selectivity
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Education Quality
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Outcomes
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Environment
Offers Baccalaureate Degrees, Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College

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"Sarah Lawrence College is a small, "atypical," and "intense" school that is "highly conducive to independent thought," and which boasts a student-to-faculty ratio of 9-to-1. Picked as the Best College for You liberal arts 'College of the Year' in 2000, the education comes at a price: it is currently the most expensive college in the US. There are "no general education courses, and no tests" here, and the "creative, curious, open-minded, bizarre, egocentric," and "melodramatic" students here usually take "only three intensive courses per semester." Barbara Walters and Brian DePalma are notable alumni."

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In addition to three required essays, Sarah Lawrence College requests that candidates submit a graded, analytic writing sample.

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There are no majors; rather, students pursue concentrations of their choosing by selecting courses.

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Sarah Lawrence College says

For creative and intellectually motivated students who want to make their mark on the world, Sarah Lawrence offers a unique approach to learning and teaching designed to produce capable, confident, creative 21st Century citizens with the imagination, drive and skills to make a difference in their own and others' lives.

Sarah Lawrence's approach inculcates the entrepreneurial habits of exploration, risk-taking and invention that graduates will need to find solutions for which no models currently exist. A Sarah Lawrence education imparts the skills-as well as the courage-to think both creatively and analytically; work both independently and collaboratively, and act with both confidence and sensitivity in a complex and ever-evolving world.

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Student Life

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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 1,471
Gender 28% Male / 72% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 98% Full Time / 2% Part Time
Geography 20% In State / 80% Out of State / 7% International
Socio-Economic Diversity 14% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
Percentage
White 59%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 4%
International 7%
Hispanic/Latino 8%
Ethnicity Unknown 14%
Black or African American 4%
Asian 4%

Housing

Campus housing is available for undergraduates. Housing deposit : $500.00. Housing deposit due : May 1. Housing deposit is not refunded if student does not enroll.. No cars. No pets.

85% of students live on-campus.

98% of freshman live on-campus.

  • Coed Dorms
  • Housing Offered
  • Men's Dorms
  • Theme Housing
  • Wellness Housing
  • Women's Dorms

Activities

Student Publications: The Phoenix

  • Dance
  • Government or Political Activity
  • International Student Organization
  • Literary Magazine
  • Radio Station
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Choral Groups
  • Jazz Band
  • Musical Theater
  • Music Ensembles
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Drama/Theater
  • Student-Run Film Society
  • Campus Ministries
  • Model UN

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: tutoring writing center
  • Computer Services: computer center, libraries dorms wired for access to campus-wide network dorms wired for high speed internet connections student web hosting available wireless network available
  • Counseling Services: alcohol/substance abuse counseling career counseling employment services for undergraduates financial aid counseling health services personal counseling placement services for graduates adult (re-entering) student services/programs minority students services veteran's counselor
  • Facilities: visual arts center, student-run theater, early childhood center
  • Special Needs Services: services and/or facilities for hearing impaired partial services for students with learning disabilities services and/or facilities for speech or communications disorders services and/or facilities for visually impaired wheelchair accessibility
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): double major visiting/exchange student program independent study internships student-designed major teacher certification
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies (100%)

Majors Offered

Bachelor's

A program that is a structured combination of the arts, biological and physical sciences, social sciences, and humanities, emphasizing breadth of study. Includes instruction in independently designed, individualized, or regular programs.

Job Opportunities:

Postsecondary Teachers, All Other
All postsecondary teachers not listed separately.

Administration & Faculty

President Karen Lawrence
Accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Full-time Faculty 102
Student : Faculty Ratio 10 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 52 : 47
Percentage of Faculty Members
Tenured Faculty 72
Tenure Track Faculty 18
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 8
International Faculty 2

AP Test Credit Information

Test Name Minimum Score Equivalent Course (s) Credits
AP Art History 4.0 N/A 2.0
AP Biology 4.0 N/A 2.0
AP Calculus AB 4.0 N/A 2.0
AP Calculus BC 4.0 N/A 2.0
AP Chemistry 4.0 N/A 2.0
AP Chinese Language and Culture 4.0 N/A 2.0
AP Comparative Government and Politics 4.0 N/A 2.0
AP Computer Science A 4.0 N/A 2.0
AP English Language and Composition 4.0 N/A 2.0
AP English Literature and Composition 4.0 N/A 2.0
AP Environmental Science 4.0 N/A 2.0
AP European History 4.0 N/A 2.0
AP French Language and Culture 4.0 N/A 2.0
AP German Language and Culture 4.0 N/A 2.0
AP Human Geography 4.0 N/A 2.0
AP Italian Language and Culture 4.0 N/A 2.0
AP Latin 4.0 N/A 2.0
AP Macroeconomics 4.0 N/A 2.0
AP Microeconomics 4.0 N/A 2.0
AP Physics B 4.0 N/A 2.0
AP Psychology 4.0 N/A 2.0
AP Spanish Language and Culture 4.0 N/A 2.0
AP Statistics 4.0 N/A 2.0
AP United States Government and Politics 4.0 N/A 2.0
AP United States History 4.0 N/A 2.0
AP World History 4.0 N/A 2.0

Admissions

Admissions

Selectivity

Selectivity Score: 66/100
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Selectivity

Acceptance Rate: 61.7% accepted of 2,165 applications

97% of students graduated in the top half of their class.
79% of students graduated in the top quarter of their class.
46% of students graduated in the top tenth of their class.

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Rigor Of Secondary School Record, Application Essay, Recommendations

Important: Character Personal Qualities, Academic GPA, Extracurricular Activities, Talent Ability

Also Considered: Work Experience, First Generation College Student, Geographical Residence, Interview, Level Of Applicants Interest, Racial Ethnic Status, Standardized Test Scores, Volunteer Work, Alumni Relation, Class Rank

High School Curriculum (years of study):
Required Recommended
History 2 4
English 4 0
Math 2 4
Science 2 4
Social Studies 0 4
Foreign Language 2 4

Other Application Information: SAT ACT

Deadlines

November

1

Early Decision
February

15

Regular Decision

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Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $35,207 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $22,821
$30K-$48K $25,335
$48K-$75K $29,855
$75K-$110K $32,149
$110K+ $48,612

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $47,640, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $47,640 Same as On-Campus
Fees $1,056 Same as On-Campus
Housing $14,026 $14,026
Books $600 $600
Total (before financial aid) $63,322 $63,322

Students Receiving Aid

70% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 62% $3,572
Federal Scholarships/Grants 15% $4,838
Institutional Grants 70% $26,346
Other Federal Grants 2% $3,325
Other Loans 6% $19,357
Pell Grants 14% $4,623
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 4% $3,023
Student Loans 63% $5,266

Financial Aid Websites

Learn more about financial aid at http://www.slc.edu/offices-services/financial-aid/index.html.

Estimate the net price for you at http://npc.collegeboard.org//student/app/sarahlawrence.

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

62% of students graduated on time.

69% of students graduated in six years.

83% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

Salaries

The typical (median) early career salary of Sarah Lawrence College graduates is $39,000, according to Payscale.

Athletics

Athletics

Sarah Lawrence College participates in the for college athletics.

Athletic Score: 56/100
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Athletics
Sport Contact
Soccer Scott Miller (Get recruited )
Baseball Jillian Kalvik (Get recruited )
Swimming Eric Mitchell (Get recruited )
Basketball Chris Ehmer (Get recruited )
Volleyball Jillian Kalvik (Get recruited )
Sport Coach
Softball Chelsea Sheehan (Get recruited )

Rankings

Forbes

#99 America's Top Colleges

PayScale

#425 Starting Median Salary Rankings

Social Mobility Index

#474 Social Mobility Index

The Princeton Review

#1 Colleges: Most Liberal Students
#2 Colleges: Birkenstock-Wearing, Tree-Hugging, Clove-Smoking Vegetarians
#7 Colleges: Least Religious Students
#8 Colleges: Nobody Plays Intramural Sports
#8 Colleges: Town-Gown Relations Are Strained
#8 Colleges: Reeder Madness
#11 Colleges: Professors Get High Marks
#12 Colleges: LGBT-Friendly
#12 Colleges: Best Classroom Experience
#12 Colleges: There's a Game?
N/A Best Colleges (Northeastern)

U.S. News & World Report

#32 National Liberal Arts Colleges High School Counselor Rankings
#59 National Liberal Arts

Washington Monthly

#8 Liberal Arts Colleges - Federal Work-Study Funds Spent on Service Rank
#63 Liberal Arts Colleges - Bachelor's to PhD Rank
#66 Liberal Arts Colleges - ROTC Rank
#85 Liberal Arts Colleges - Service Staff, Courses, and Financial Aid Rank
#117 Liberal Arts Colleges - Overall Rank
#119 Liberal Arts Colleges - Community Service Participation Rank
#126 Liberal Arts Colleges - Peace Corps Rank
#134 Liberal Arts Colleges - Research Expenditures Rank
#179 Liberal Arts Colleges - Graduation Rate Rank
#202 Affordable Elite Colleges - Overall Rank
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