Resources for Guidance Counselors




At Sarah Lawrence, our applicants and students come from around the United States and the world and bring with them a range of interests and perspectives as diverse as their backgrounds. Whether scientists, artists, scholars, athletes, or writers, all Sarah Lawrence students are innovative, creative, critical thinkers.

We welcome first-year applicants and transfer students from within the United States and abroad. Our admission counselors read and review every application in order to enroll a student body that is representative of as many backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives as possible. Every year, we admit and enroll students of all citizenship statuses. In the interest of making a Sarah Lawrence education possible for students from a wide variety of backgrounds, we draw on a variety of sources to award financial aid. For students who are admitted to the College, we provide financial aid through packages individually tailored to each family’s financial situation—regardless of background or citizenship.

Sarah Lawrence College is Test Optional

We believe that outstanding essays and answers to application questions, along with solid secondary school transcripts, form the foundation for a Sarah Lawrence education. Applicants' counselor and teacher recommendations also provide us with important insight as to the academic and personal contributions a student could make to our remarkable College. The submission of standardized tests is optional. We accept SAT and ACT test results from applicants who choose to submit them. Along with transcripts, test scores may provide additional evidence of a student's academic achievements and potential. However, Sarah Lawrence is committed to a holistic review process, and we know that standardized testing may not accurately reflect the potential and contributions of all students. If an applicant decides not to submit test scores, they will not, in any way, diminish their application. Additionally, we take into consideration a student’s contributions to their community and participation in extracurricular activities.

Class of 2021 Statistics

(as of September 6, 2017)

Applied: 3,480
Admit Rate: 52%
Enrolled: 400
Enrolling Students Submitting SAT or ACT with their application: 70%
ACT Mid-50% range: 27-32
SAT Mid-50% Range: 1220-1380*
Enrolling Students Self-Identifying as a Student of Color: 25%
International Citizens: 15%

*Out of 1600

Application Deadlines At-a-Glance

First-Year Admission

  • Early Action
    November 1
  • Early Decision I
    November 1
  • Early Decision II
    January 2
  • Regular Decision
    January 15

Transfer Applicants

  • Fall Semester Entrance
    November 1
  • Spring Semester Entrance
    March 1

See full calendar of deadlines and requirements»