The 2007-2008 academic year kicked off Saturday, September 1, as new students arrived on campus. The 367 first-year students were chosen from 2,808 applicants, the largest pool in the College’s history, with an admit rate of 45% and average GPAs of 3.6. They hail from 38 states and 15 countries–Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, India, Japan, Pakistan, Serbia and Montenegro, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.
Twelve percent are international students; some 22 percent self-identify as students of color, and the class is comprised of 25 percent male and 75 percent female students. Fifty-six percent of the first-year class is receiving some type of need-based financial aid. Students attended public, independent and parochial schools, as well as coming from home-schooled backgrounds.
Joining the first-year students are 45 transfers, who come from the entire spectrum of public, private, two- and four-year colleges, and carry an average college GPA of 3.6.
Orientation takes place from September 1-9, with classes beginning on Monday, September 10. Sarah Lawrence College’s unique registration process, beginning Monday, September 3, and continuing through the week, requires students to meet one-on-one with prospective teachers to discuss the courses being taught and to determine if the class will be a good fit. Registration is the first step in the individualized approach Sarah Lawrence takes to educating its students. Courses require independent “conference” work and students meet individually with their professors throughout the year.