Transfer Applicants




We welcome transfer applications from students who will have successfully completed at least one full year of college (about 30 credits), and expect to spend at least two consecutive years at Sarah Lawrence College.

The Application

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

Required Materials

Transfer Common Application

Students must apply online through the Transfer Common Application. Applicants must also complete the Sarah Lawrence member page of the Common Application.

College Official's Report

The College Official’s Report can be downloaded from theCommon Application. It is located in the “Supporting Information” section on the “Documents” tab. Download the document and present it to the dean or registrar at your most recent college or university.

The College Official’s Report should be sent to the Office of Admission via postal mail or e-mail. If you feel that your high school counselor can provide a more useful evaluation, you may also file a Secondary School Report online via the Common Application.

Teacher/Faculty Evaluations

Two teacher/faculty evaluations submitted online via the Common Application. These should be completed by college faculty in academic subjects.


A final high school transcript must be submitted to the admission office as well as transcripts of all college work through the term most recently completed.

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.

Mid-Term Report

The Transfer Mid-Term Report can be downloaded from the Common Application and completed individually by your professors. If you are not currently enrolled in academic courses, you may submit a Word document outlining your current activities instead. Documents should be sent to the Office of Admission via postal mail or e-mail.


The Common Application essay is an important way for us to get to know you as an applicant and, more importantly, as a person. However, we also know that sometimes there may be more you want to tell us that just didn’t quite fit into the rest of the application. So, we provide several optional essay prompts for individuals who wish to tell us a little more about how Sarah Lawrence might fit into their college future. Applicants, if they choose, can select one of the following three essays to include with their Common Application:

  • One of the cornerstones of a Sarah Lawrence education is student-driven research or creative work, undertaken with the mentorship of faculty that extends or expands the scope of the subject of a particular seminar course. In 250-500 words, tell us about an independent research project or creative work that you would like to design as part of your academic experience.

  • Sarah Lawrence’s educational model was founded largely on the notion that learning should be put to use for the benefit of a complex and interconnected society, and that approach to education has long valued the importance of diversity and inclusivity. In 250-500 words, tell us how you define diversity and inclusion, and what role you hope it will play in your college years (or beyond).

  • Sarah Lawrence’s cross-disciplinary and self-directed program attracts students who want to delve deeply into intellectual and/or creative passions in ways that conventional academic structures may limit. In 250-500 words, tell us what aspects of your own goals, interests, or even personality led you to apply to Sarah Lawrence and that make you a good “fit” with Sarah Lawrence.


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

Arts Supplement

Art portfolios are optional and the absence of one will in no way harm or detract from your application. Any student admitted to Sarah Lawrence may study the creative or performing arts, regardless of whether a portfolio was submitted.

If you would like to submit creative materials in the areas of dance, filmmaking, music, theatre, or visual arts as part of a holistic review of your application for admission, please select “Yes” to the art portfolio question on the Sarah Lawrence page of the Common Application. Upon submission of the Common Application, a link will be e-mailed to the applicant with instructions for submitting the art portfolio.

Students who wish to submit creative writing samples may upload materials through the Sarah Lawrence admission portal after the Common Application has been submitted.

Transfer Credit Policy

While the Office of Admission utilizes college transcripts to evaluate an applicant's candidacy, the registrar's office determines transferable credit and class standing. Typically, enrolling transfers receive final confirmation of their status after entering Sarah Lawrence. If you are applying to Sarah Lawrence and would like to receive a preliminary transfer credit evaluation, please e-mail Liam George, Coordinator of Transfer Admission, at any time during the process.

Courses Acceptable for Transfer

Individual courses acceptable for transfer must meet the following conditions:

  • Courses must have been completed at a college or university accredited by the Middle States, New England, North Central, Northwest, Southern, or Western Association of Schools and Colleges, or foreign schools of comparable accreditation.
  • Courses must be liberal arts courses in disciplines offered for credit at Sarah Lawrence. Courses within the traditional definition of the liberal arts though not offered at Sarah Lawrence, e.g., astronomy or geology, are also acceptable.
  • A final grade of "C" (not "C-") or higher must have been earned.
  • Courses taken at a two-year college can be accepted as first-year or sophomore courses, but cannot be posted toward a junior or senior year.
  • Credit is not given for courses taken online or through distance learning.
  • We are unable to grant transfer credit for courses that fall outside of a traditionally defined liberal arts and sciences program, including: accounting, business administration, home economics, physical education, real estate, speech, typing or word processing courses, and technical courses in pre-professional or vocational fields such as dentistry, engineering, etc.
  • Courses may not have been used to satisfy high school diploma requirements.

Calculating Transfer Credits

  • Sarah Lawrence College will accept a maximum of 60 transfer credits (a maximum of 75 for students matriculating from the Center for Continuing Education). All remaining credits for the degree must be completed at Sarah Lawrence.
  • A maximum of 30 credits will be accepted for one year of study; a maximum of 15 credits for one semester.
  • A maximum of eight credits may be earned in one summer (10 if the summer session(s) extend to ten weeks or longer). No more than 16 total summer credits may be applied to the minimum 120 credits required for the degree.
  • Courses accepted from institutions operating on a quarter system are transferred at 2/3 value.

Associate Degree Policy

In principle, Sarah Lawrence accepts the Associate Degree in Liberal Arts, granting a full 60 credits (two years’ credits). Transfer credit for associate degrees in non-liberal arts fields are evaluated on a course-by-course basis.

Courses in the Arts

The creative arts have long held a prominent place in the life of the College. Transfer credit is available for courses completed in Dance, Music, Theatre, Film/New Media, and the Studio Arts, and is determined after review by Sarah Lawrence faculty in those programs. Faculty may wish to review course descriptions, syllabi, worksheets, and/or portfolios, so it is wise to retain any course material you may have. For music and dance, credit is typically given for performance courses only when they have been accompanied by formal study of theory/history/composition.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

In recognition of outstanding scholastic and personal achievement, Sarah Lawrence is pleased to announce Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships for community college transfer applicants in the amount of $10,000 per year. Qualified applicants must demonstrate financial need.  For more information about this scholarship, please contact the Office of Admission at 800.888.2858 or the Office of Financial Aid at 914.395.2570. Visit the Financial Aid site for requirements and deadlines for transfer applicants.