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.


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


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 1,400 undergraduate students come from nearly every state and from 35 countries; 85 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


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


Sarah Lawrence College is accredited by the Middle States Association 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.

Common Data Set

For more detailed information about Sarah Lawrence College, download the 2014-2015 Common Data Set.

Notices & Disclosures

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»

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.