Sarah Lawrence College

Sarah Lawrence College


At Sarah Lawrence College our mission is to graduate world citizens who are diverse in every definition of the word, who take intellectual and creative risks, who cross disciplinary boundaries, and who are able to sustain exceptional academic discipline within a framework of humanistic values and concern for community. Our unique educational practices provide our students with the opportunity to study intensively in small classes, to engage in independent research, and to spend unparalleled amounts of time working one-on-one with an exceptional faculty of scholars and artists, creating a tailored academic program of students' own design. Our goal is to instill a lifelong intellectual curiosity and nimbleness, as well as the confidence and entrepreneurial spirit to embrace a broad range of personal, professional and creative pursuits. We thus prepare students to think and act independently so that they will tackle the problems of, and thrive in, a complex and rapidly evolving world.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Fall/Spring Collective

Students who are interested in the topic of diversity on the SLC campus are encouraged to attend our Fall/Spring Collective. The Fall Collective is a reception that takes place in conjunction with Prospective Students Day and Spring Collective is in conjunction with Admitted Students Day. The Collectives provide an opportunity for prospective students to learn more about SLC from current students, faculty and staff of color as well as learn about our student of color identity groups and campus committees dedicated to diversity. The event is held in Common ground which is a student space on campus utilized primarily by our student of color identity groups as well as a place where dialog surrounding issues of multiculturalism and racial and ethnic diversity happens. It also serves as a place for programming including speakers, performances, discussions, movie nights, conferences, workshops, and other activities. Along with the reception there is an opportunity for students to stay overnight with a current student and there is limited financial aid available for assistance with transportation costs. Interested students can contact the Office of Admission at 1-800-888-2858 for more information.

Student Diversity

  • 1,348
  • 28/72
  • 16%
    First-generation college students
  • n/a
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 4%
  • 4%
    Black or African American
  • 9%
  • n/a
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 50%
  • 7%
    Two or more races
  • 11%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 13%

Student Success

  • 85%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 79%
    Six-year graduation
  • 76%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 95%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 85%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 108
    Full-time faculty
  • 19
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 10:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    humanities, history and the social sciences, creative and performance arts, and natural sciences and mathematics.

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Asian and Pacific Islander Coalition for Action and Diversity (APICAD) Chinese Table (Offers the SLC community a chance to get to know both Chinese culture and Chinese language better in close conversational settings) Dark Phrases (Dark Phrases is an annual publication whose main mission is to highlight and showcase the artistic work of people of color at Sarah Lawrence College) Harambee (Harambee is an open space for all different expressions of Blackness) International Students Union (ISU) Queer People of Color (QPOC) Unidad (UNIDAD is a safe space for the Latino/a community at Sarah Lawrence and its allies to dialogue about identity and empower our communities through knowledge and support) Women of Color Affinity Group (WoCo)


Cost of Attendance

  • $51,196
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $1,354
    Required Fees
  • $14,440
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $31,831,193
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $37,439
    Average aid package
  • $16,952
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 15%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 59%
    Students with financial need
  • 98%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 97%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 15%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 3,200
    # of applicants
  • 50%
  • 3.60
    Average HS GPA
  • n/a
    ACT Composite
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Critical Reading
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Math
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Writing
  • yes
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 01/15
    Regular application closing date
  • $60
    Application Fee
  • $60
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 11/01, 01/01
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date