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»

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.

Applicants for whom English is not the native language should take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). We also accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and Duolingo English Test.

Successful applicants generally have TOEFL scores of 600 (paper), 250 (computer), or 100 (internet) or higher and IELTS scores of 7.0 or higher. Students for whom time or distance creates a hardship in supplying these results may request an extension.

Students who have completed two or more years in an entirely English-taught curriculum are generally exempt from providing the TOEFL or IELTS. Please feel free to ask us if you are curious about whether providing an English proficiency exam is recommended for you.

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