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Below, you’ll find quick references to recent updates for the application cycle, along with a few things we’ve been doing for years (including a true test optional policy). Thank you for all the work you do to support your students!

Recent Changes and Updates

  • No application fee: We're waiving our application fee to open our doors a little wider to anyone who sees Sarah Lawrence as part of the next chapter of their education. It’s free for all applicants through Common App.
  • Revised Early Decision II deadline: We’ve pushed back our ED II deadline to align with our Regular Decision deadline of January 15—we know every day counts for applicants.
  • Writing supplement prompts: We recently introduced four new optional essay prompts; we’re excited to get to know students and how they see themselves at SLC through these essays of 250-500 words.
  • Virtual visits: We have a range of events for students, families, and high school counselors to get to know SLC, including information sessions, virtual tours, admission-specific sessions, web chats, and one-on-one conversations with current students.
  • Online interviews: SLC will offer online-only interviews this application cycle; interviews are conducted by senior ambassadors and admission counselors, ideally completed by the date listed for the applicant’s chosen round.

What’s staying the same?

  • Still test optional: Sarah Lawrence College was an early adopter of a test optional policy, with about a third of our applicants choosing not to submit test scores. Test scores are not mandatory for merit aid consideration.
  • Still no CSS profile: In financial aid applications, we do not ask families for a CSS profile, just their FASFA and tax documents.
  • Still no extra application for merit aid: Every applicant is considered regardless of whether they submit test scores.
  • Still four decision plans: We’re happy to continue offering Early Decision I, Early Action, Early Decision II, and Regular Decision.

Learn more about the application process

Sarah Lawrence College Fall 2021 Overview

The fall 2021 semester is underway, our first primarily in person semester in more than 18 months. Welcome—and welcome back—to all our students, faculty, and staff!

To ensure the safest experience for all on campus, the following policies are in place:

  • All residential and commuter students—both undergraduate and graduate—are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, barring an approved medical or religious exemption
  • All employees of the College must provide documentation of full vaccination, barring an approved medical or religious exemption
  • All visitors to campus, including family members, guest speakers, and vendors, must be fully vaccinated OR provide proof of a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of arrival on campus
  • All individuals on campus must wear a mask at all times while indoors in shared spaces; unvaccinated individuals must also wear a mask outdoors when gathering with others

Visit the 2021–2022 academic year information site for more details and the latest updates.


College Statistics

Number of students

  • Undergraduate: 1,377
  • Graduate: 298
  • Total: 1,675

Undergraduate Student Body

  • Students of Color: 25%
  • International Students: 14%

Graduate Student Body

  • Students of Color: 23%
  • 71% between the ages of 22-29

State representation

  • 45 states plus Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
  • States sending most students: California and New York

International Representation

Students come from 53 countries, including: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Haiti, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Macedonia, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and the United Kingdom.

Application & Financial Aid at a Glance

Financial Aid

  • Average financial aid package: $38,000
  • Scholarships distributed every year: $32 million
  • Average debt on graduation: $19k


  • First-Year Admission*
    • Early Action: November 1
    • Early Decision I: November 1
    • Early Decision II: January 15
    • Regular Decision: January 15
  • Transfer Admission
    • Fall Semester Entrance: November 1
    • Spring Semester Entrance: March 1

*Financial aid applications are due with the Common App