Barbara Walters Campus Center

Audio Tour Transcript

Welcome to Sarah Lawrence College. If you're listening to this audio tour on campus, as you walk around, you'll notice signs with QR codes. Simply scan those codes with your smartphone's camera to hear about each stop. Whether you're on campus or listening from anywhere in the world, feel free to visit each stop in any order you choose. Right now, you're standing outside the Barbara Walters Campus Center. Since it's the center of campus, I want to share a little about the surrounding area. I like to think of Sarah Lawrence students belonging to small, medium, and large communities: Bronxville, a quintessential Northeastern village, replete with coffee shops and locally owned businesses; Yonkers, a bustling and diverse midsize American city; and, of course, New York City, a major international metropolis.

The Village of Bronxville is a short walk from here. If you took the train in today, you might've noticed just how quick of a walk the center of town is from our campus. That Metro North train takes you right into New York City. On a typical morning, you'll see SLC students wandering down from campus to commute to the city for their internships at some of the world's greatest museums, research centers, financial markets, and performance centers. Manhattan is just 35 minutes away by train. Meaning you'll have easy access to those famous five boroughs for four whole years. If you parked in the Kober Lot, you're just a quick walk to the southernmost part of Yonkers, a major city in its own right and the fourth largest in the state of New York. Many students partake in community partnerships and cultural opportunities within this diverse community on the Hudson River.

Now, let's take a closer look at the Barbara Walters Campus Center. You might recognize our Campus Center's namesake. The pioneering journalist Barbara Walters is a proud SLC alumna. She was one of the first women to anchor the evening news and you'll find memorabilia from her remarkable career inside. When Barbara Walters set out to connect her professional legacy to her alma mater, she said that SLC was the place she learned to ask tough questions. The Campus Center was designed for sustainability, including elements like a green roof, LED lighting, and other features to maximize energy efficiency.

Just inside, you'll find the Pavilion, one of our two main dining options on campus, which features a large seating area and a wide variety of grab-and-go and à la carte options. There's also a café with extended hours, for those who might need a quick breakfast after practice or a spontaneous late-night study snack. It's likely that at some point, you'll find yourself here at a table with one of your professors, discussing your work over a cup of coffee or tea. That happens here quite a bit.

Across the hall is a large living room for studying and gathering around a fireplace, opening up into a series of multipurpose rooms for academic and social events like conferences, open mics, dance parties, and career fairs. Upstairs is the Office of Student Involvement and the club space. Sarah Lawrence has over a hundred clubs, and our nimble size means the club roster always matches the interests of our current student body. There's also the gallery for professional and student exhibitions, as well as a meeting space where Barbara Walters' Emmys are displayed along with photos of her posing with past presidents—and Beyoncé, of course.