First-Year Applicants



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We consider you a first-year applicant if:

  • You are still in high school at the time you apply,
  • You have completed high school but have not yet started college, or,
  • You have completed less than one year of full-time study (approximately 30 credits) at the college level.

Sarah Lawrence offers three different application cycles. First-year students may apply through one of the following:

  • Early Decision I: Deadline November 1
  • Early Decision II: Deadline January 2
  • Regular Decision: Deadline January 15

If Sarah Lawrence is your first choice, we hope you will consider applying through one of our Early Decision cycles. Please keep in mind that Early Decision I and Early Decision II are binding.  Early Decision applicants—along with a parent or guardian and your school counselor—must sign the Early Decision Agreement.

The Application

All first-year applicants must submit the following required materials to complete their application; students may also submit the optional components to supplement their application.

Required Materials

Common Application

Students must apply online through the Common Application. Applicants must also complete the Sarah Lawrence member page of the Common Application, which includes:

  • An additional required essay about your interest in Sarah Lawrence College
  • An essay or paper written in your junior or senior year of high school. This should be a piece of analytical (not creative) writing between three and five pages and—if possible—should include your teacher’s grade and comments. While not required, we do strongly recommend submitting this analytical essay.

School Report & Transcripts

School report and transcripts can be submitted online through the Common Application. Transcripts should be complete through seven semesters or the semester most recently completed. If you have transcripts from a summer school or college it is recommended those be submitted as well.

Teacher/Faculty Recommendations

Two teacher/faculty recommendations should be submitted online through the Common Application. These should be completed by teachers who know you well enough to write about you with specificity, and should be written by teachers of your core academic courses (English, math, science, history, or foreign language).

Early Decision Agreement (for EDI and EDII applicants)

Early Decision applicants, their parent or guardian, and their high school counselor must complete and sign the Early Decision Agreement and submit the form online with the Common Application by the application deadline.

TOEFL/IELTS (for international applicants)

Applicants for whom English is not their first language and who have not studied in an English language curriculum for the past two years should take the Test of English as a Foreign Language  (TOEFL). Most competitive applicants to Sarah Lawrence College have a score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (Internet-based).

Learn more about the application process for international students»

Optional Supplements to Your Application

SAT I, SAT II, or ACT Scores

The submission of standardized test scores is optional. You may choose to submit test scores if you feel they will strengthen and enhance your other application credentials. However, you will not be at a disadvantage should you choose not to submit your scores.

Arts Supplement

Sarah Lawrence was one of the first colleges to include the arts within a rigorous academic curriculum. If you’d like your application to include an example of your creative work, please select, “Yes, I would like to submit an arts supplement” on the Common Application. You will receive a link to Slide Room, where you may upload your materials.


We offer interviews both on and off campus. Interviews are entirely optional. If we are unable to accommodate an interview due to time constraints, it will not disadvantage your application.