How to Apply

When to apply

The application for Fall 2021 entry will open on September 1, 2020. Admissions deadlines vary by program and range from December - February. Please check the “Admissions” tab of the individual program web page for more information. 

How to apply

You apply directly to Sarah Lawrence via the website by clicking the “Apply Online” button on the web page of the program you are interested in. You can also access the application directly by visiting Some programs have particular application procedures, so always check the “Admissions” tab of the relevant program page before beginning your application.

Application requirements

Complete applications require:

  • Non-refundable $60 application fee
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
  • Transcripts

Most programs also require additional program-specific application materials and/or an interview for admission. These requirements will be listed on the “Admissions” tab of the program web page

Personal statement

As part of your application you will be asked to submit a personal statement. This is your chance to tell us a little about your background and what influenced your desire to pursue a graduate degree in your field of study at Sarah Lawrence College. Some programs provide additional guidance on what they would like to see in your personal statement and how long it should be. Please check the relevant program web page for this information. 

Please note that some programs also require additional written materials. Applicants to the Women’s History, Child Development and MFA Writing programs are asked to submit a reflective autobiography. MFA Writing requires additional writing samples and MFA Dance students have a supplemental essay. Please visit the program web pages for more information on these requirements. 

Interview or Audition

Some programs require an interview or audition as part of the application process. These are arranged by invitation after all application materials have been received. You will be contacted by the program if an interview or audition is requested. Every program follows a different timeline and process for interviews, so please check the relevant program web page to find out more details. The following programs require interview or audition:

  • Art of Teaching
  • Child Development
  • Dance
  • Dance/Movement Therapy
  • Human Genetics
  • Theatre