How to Apply




No matter where you live or where you’re from, you are a “Sarah Lawrence applicant!”

Every student who applies to Sarah Lawrence College is considered on their own merits and qualifications. We have no quotas, and we strive to bring in a dynamic and diverse class every year. Every file is read by one of our admissions counselors who knows the schools and education systems from where the student is applying. International citizenship is only relevant to our admission process when it comes time to award financial aid, since different funds are available to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents. Learn more about financial aid for international students»

The Common Application

International applicants should complete the Common Application. All application essays and recommendations must be written in English. Transcripts must be translated to English, and the original language document must also be provided. As with all applicants, we ask for two letters of recommendation from academic teachers. Standardized tests (such as the ACT and SAT), interviews, and artistic supplements are optional. Learn more about how to apply as a first-year student or transfer student.

English Proficiency Testing Exams

Applicants for whom English is not their first language and who have not studied in an English language curriculum for the past four years should take one of the following tests:

Most competitive applicants to Sarah Lawrence College have a TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (Internet-based); an IELTS score of 7 or higher; or a Duolingo score of at least 120.

Students for whom time or distance creates a hardship in supplying these results may request an extension. Please feel free to reach out to us ( if you have questions or concerns about providing the English proficiency requirements.

Financial Aid

International students who are applying for financial aid must read the important information on the international financial aid site.