Transfer applicants to Sarah Lawrence College come from a wide and diverse set of backgrounds. Whether discovering Sarah Lawrence for the first time, or reexamining this school they may have considered earlier in their college search, what they share is a desire to control and own their educational path, and to work one-on-one with some of the best faculty in the United States. We accept transfer applications for both spring and fall semesters.
All transfer applicants must submit the following items to be considered for admission.
The Transfer Common Application must be completed online and includes the additional Sarah Lawrence essay and a recommended analytical essay. The analytical essay should be graded by a teacher (including grade and comments) from a previous or current college course. In some cases, a paper from senior year of high school may be substituted for the college paper.
A College Official's Report is to be completed by a dean or registrar at your home campus and submitted online via the Common Application. 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.
The Transfer and Guest Mid-Term Report is submitted online via the Common Application. If you are not currently enrolled in academic courses, please use this document to describe your current activities.
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.
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). The minimum acceptable score is 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (Internet-based).
Optional Supplements to Your Application
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.
If you selected “Yes, I would like to submit an art supplement," the supplement option will become available only after the successful submission of your Common Application; you will receive a link to Slide Room, where you may upload your materials.
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.
Transfer Credit Policies
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
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. For more information about these scholarships, 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 information about our extensive financial aid opportunities for transfer applicants.