Sarah Lawrence College At-a-Glance

Sarah Lawrence is a prestigious, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Founded in 1926 and consistently ranked among the leading liberal arts colleges in the country, Sarah Lawrence is known for its pioneering approach to education, rich history of impassioned intellectual and civic engagement, and vibrant, successful alumni. In close proximity to the unparalleled offerings of New York City, our historic campus is home to an inclusive, intellectually curious, and diverse community.

Talented, creative students choose Sarah Lawrence for the opportunity to take charge of their education. In close collaboration with our dedicated, distinguished faculty, students create a rigorous, personalized course of study, conduct independent research, and connect a wide array of disciplines. They graduate knowing how to apply the knowledge, skills, and critical thinking necessary for life after college.

Campus

Sarah Lawrence College occupies 44 wooded acres in Yonkers, NY, near the Village of Bronxville—just north of New York City. A 30-minute train ride from the Bronxville station takes students into Midtown Manhattan. Learn more about the area

Facilities

In addition to our round-table classrooms, Sarah Lawrence has outstanding theatres, art and performance studios, and music spaces; modern science labs; state-of-the-art graphic computing equipment; competitive sports facilities; a 60,000-square-foot visual arts center; and recently renovated dining facilities.

Student Body

Our students are men and women who share an enthusiasm for intellectual rigor, academic risk taking, creativity in all disciplines, and original and interdisciplinary work. We are particularly committed to having our faculty, administration, and student body reflect the social, racial, and economic diversity that characterizes our society. The College’s 1,377 undergraduate students come from nearly every state and from 53 countries; 84 percent of undergrads live on campus.

Faculty Interaction

At Sarah Lawrence, students spend more time one-on-one with award-winning faculty than do students at any other college in the country. Meet the faculty

Study Abroad Programs

Exchange Programs

Graduate Programs

The College offers 12 programs of graduate study—many of them pioneers in their field—including three dual degree programs. Learn more about Graduate Studies

Academic Program

The academic structure combines small seminar classes with individual, biweekly student-faculty conferences. Students choose from a wide variety of disciplines and subjects with the guidance of their faculty adviser (or “don”). Explore academics at Sarah Lawrence

Admission

The College considers many factors in evaluating applicants. These include intellectual promise, motivation, and creativity, in addition to the quality of each student’s secondary school program and writing skills. Teacher recommendations and extracurricular activities play a role in admission decisions as well. A personal interview is recommended. SAT/ACT scores are optional. Learn more about admission

Financial Aid

Sarah Lawrence College is committed to enrolling students from all backgrounds and perspectives. Through a combination of grants (that do not need to be repaid), student employment, and student loans, the Office of Financial Aid works with information you provide to us to create an aid package that makes a Sarah Lawrence education possible for admitted students. More than 70 percent of our student body receives financial assistance. Learn more about financial aid

Accreditation

Sarah Lawrence College is accredited by The Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19104, and the New York State Education Department. The following programs are registered by the New York State Education Department* for the degrees listed (registration number in parentheses). Enrollment in other than registered or otherwise approved programs may jeopardize a student's eligibility for certain student aid awards.

Program Degree Awarded
Liberal Arts (4901) B.A.
Anthropology (2202) B.A.
Art History (1003) B.A.
Asian Studies (0301) B.A.
Biology (0401) B.A.
Chemistry (1905) B.A.
Classics (1504) B.A.
Dance (1008) B.A.
Economics (2204) B.A.
Film History & Filmmaking (1010) B.A.
French (1102) B.A.
History (2205) B.A.
Literature (1599) B.A.
Mathematics (1701) B.A.
Modern Language & Literature (1101) B.A.
Music (1004) B.A.
Philosophy (1509) B.A.
Politics (2207) B.A.
Premedical (4901) B.A.
Psychology (2001) B.A.
Religion (1510) B.A.
Sociology (2208) B.A.
Theatre (1007) B.A.
Visual Arts (1099) B.A.
Women's Studies (2299) B.A.
Writing (1507) B.A.
Child Development (2009) M.A.
Dance (1008) M.F.A.
Theatre (1007) M.F.A.
Women's History (2299) M.A.
Writing (1507) M.F.A.
Human Genetics (0422) M.S. or M.P.S.
Health Advocacy (4901) M.A. or M.P.S.
Art of Teaching (0802) M.E.Ed.

*New York State Education Department Office of Higher Education and the Professions Cultural Education Center, Room SB28, Albany, New York 12230; 518.474.5851.

Licensure Test Pass Rates: Art of Teaching, Dance/Movement Therapy, and Human Genetics

Art of Teaching

2016

Group Number taking tests Number passing tests Pass rate (%)
All program completers, 2014-15 11 8 73
All program completers, 2013-14 9
All program completers, 2012-13 12 12 100

2015

Group Number taking tests Number passing tests Pass rate (%)
All program completers, 2013-14 9
All program completers, 2012-13 12 12 100
All program completers, 2011-12 7

2014

Group Number taking tests Number passing tests Pass rate (%)
All program completers, 2012-13 12 11 92
All program completers, 2011-12 7
All program completers, 2010-11 14 14 100
Dance/Movement Therapy
Class Year Results
2014
  • 6 graduates
  • 6 R-DMT
  • 1 NYS LCAT, 3 NYS limited permits
  • Class of 2014 will be eligible to earn BC-DMT, Spring 2017
2015
  • 10 graduates
  • 8 R-DMT
  • 5 NYS limited permits
  • Class of 2015 will be eligible to earn BC-DMT, Spring 2018
2016
  • 11 graduates
  • 6 R-DMT
  • 1 NYS limited permit
  • Class of 2016 will be eligible to earn BC-DMT, Spring 2019
Human Genetics
Class Year ABGC Certification Exam Pass Rate by Grad Cohort*
2012

86%

2013

94%

2014

96%

2015

88%

2016 85%

*These percentages represent the number of students who passed out of the number of students who took the exam. Not all graduates from 2015 and 2016 have taken the exam yet.

Common Data Set

For more detailed information about Sarah Lawrence College, download the 2016-2017 Common Data Set.

Student-Right-to-Know/Consumer Information

The following are links to consumer information, notices, and disclosures provided in accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), which reauthorized the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended.

Institutional & Student Information
Financial Information
Health & Safety
Student Outcomes

Under the Higher Education Opportunity Act (2008), Sarah Lawrence College is required to make available the retention and graduation rates of degree-seeking, first-time, full-time undergraduate students. Of the cohort of first-time, full-time degree-seeking undergraduate students who initially enrolled at Sarah Lawrence in Fall 2013, 85% were actively enrolled at Sarah Lawrence in Fall 2014.

The percentage of the Fall 2008 first-time, full-time degree-seeking undergraduates who completed their studies and were awarded degrees by Sarah Lawrence College within six years of initial enrollment is as follows:

  • Overall: 77%
  • By gender: 85% of men, 77% of women
  • By Race/Ethnicity:
    • Hispanic/Latino: 78%
    • Asian: 82%
    • Black or African American: 67%
    • Two or more races: 75%
    • White: 76%
    • Non-resident alien: 88%
    • Race/Ethnicity unknown: 100%

Graduation Rates by Financial Aid Status
Under Title IV, Section 485(a)(7) of the Higher Education Act as amended, higher education institutions are required to disaggregate six-year graduation rates by financial aid status. Specifically, the original entering Fall cohort is divided into three aid categories, namely: recipients of Pell Grants; students who did not receive Pell Grants but who were recipients of a subsidized federal loan; and students who received neither a Pell Grant nor a subsidized loan as part of their financial aid award package. Here are the results for the class that entered in Fall 2008:

Initial Cohort 6-Year Graduation Rate
Pell Grant Recipients 33 79%
Subsidized Stafford Loan Recipients without Pell Grants 114 78%
Neither Pell nor Subsidized Stafford Loan 201 76%

National Survey on Student Engagement
Sarah Lawrence College participates in the National Survey on Student Engagement initiative (NSSE), which measures students’ participation in studies and activities that are predictors of positive learning outcomes. In the 2011 administration of the survey, Sarah Lawrence first-year and senior students reported Levels of Academic Challenge and Student-Faculty Interaction within the top 10% of high-performing institutions. In fact, for both Level of Academic Challenge and Student-Faculty Interaction, Sarah Lawrence students reported statistically significant levels of engagement above the mean for the top 10% of high-performing institutions.

Graduate School Attendance and Study
Through the National Student Clearinghouse, Sarah Lawrence College has graduate school attendance of our alums. For specifics about rates of attendance, fields of study, and colleges attended, download our graduate school information sheet.

Credit Hour Standards: September 2016 Policy Statement

Sarah Lawrence College Credit-Bearing Program Approval, Compliance with Credit Hour Standards

The Office of College and University Evaluation (OCUE) of the New York State Education Department, oversees all degree-granting colleges and universities in New York, and assures that the programs these institutions offer for credit meet or exceed minimum quality and instructional and contact hour standards. The Regents Rules and Commissioner’s Regulations (8 NYCRR §50.1(o)) define “semester hour” (and credit hour) in the New York State context. Sarah Lawrence College must comply with this definition and it is OCUE that enforces it. The definition set by New York State is as follows:

…. Semester hour means a credit, point, or other unit granted for the satisfactory completion of a course which requires at least 15 hours (of 50 minutes each) of instruction and at least 30 hours of supplementary assignments, except as otherwise provided pursuant to section 52.2(c)(4) of this Subchapter. This basic measure shall be adjusted proportionately to translate the value of other academic calendars and formats of study in relation to the credit granted for study during the two semesters that comprise an academic year.

All current credit-bearing programs at Sarah Lawrence College have been reviewed, approved and registered with OCUE and found in compliance with Section 50.1 as it pertains to credit\semester hours. OCUE’s Inventory of Approved and Registered Programs at Sarah Lawrence College can be searched at retrieved at: http://www.nysed.gov/coms/rp090/IRPSL1

Any newly proposed credit-bearing curricula must comply with the instructional contact and supplementary assignment requirements set by New York State. The curricular program application process is coordinated by the Office of the Dean of the College and the Vice President of Administration (the College’s official OCUE contact). Any application for new or modified credit-bearing program submitted to OCUE must be in compliance with all applicable Regents Rules and Commissioner’s Regulations.

Audited Financial Statements

Audited financial statements are available upon request. Please send request in writing to:

Vice President for Finance & Operations
Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, NY 10708

Requests may also be made by phone at 914.395.2315.