Student Guide to Summer Programs




Student Guide

Enrolling in a summer program at Sarah Lawrence is a shared experience with other students who hold similar passions.

It is an opportunity to learn from exceptional faculty members and start building a network of peers that will persist long into the future. In addition to the academics of each program, there are optional evening and weekend programs for socializing, recreation, and exploration of the greater NYC area at little to no additional cost.

Living at Sarah Lawrence

Residence Hall Options

  • Students who register for air-conditioned housing will be placed in Andrews Court.

  • Students who register for non air-conditioned housing will be placed in Slonim Woods.

Meal Plan Requirements

  • Residential students under the age of 18 must be on the full meal plan.

  • Residential students age 18 or older must be on either the full or lunch-only meal plan.

  • All meals will be provided by AVI Fresh. During the summer, Bates Dining is the venue that will be open for students. Specific hours will be provided in welcome materials at check-in.

Housing Assignment Process

All students are housed in private bedrooms with a shared bathroom and kitchen.

Students are first assigned a building based on their age; minors, ages 18-20, or 21+. Then, students are assigned based on their gender—students have the option of choosing if they want to live with other students who share the same gender as themselves or if they want to live with students of any gender in the same building.

Residential Staff

The summer team consists of the housing coordinator, a full-time professional who oversees all aspects of the housing and residential life process, and five to eight program assistants who are current Sarah Lawrence undergraduate students that develop community building programs and enforce policies.

Policies & Procedures

There are a number of policies and procedures when living on campus. A full list will be provided to students during the registration process online and upon arrival on campus. Their overall intent is to create a community that considers others, is inclusive, safe, and welcoming.

Minor students will have a curfew of 11 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Additionally, minors may only leave campus without a staff member accompanying them if their parent/guardian has given prior approval.

Commuting to Sarah Lawrence

Transportation Options

All commuter students must be dropped off and picked up based on the schedule provided for each individual program. Commuter students may also drive themselves and park on campus if needed.

Meal Plan Requirements

Commuter students under the age of 18 must have at least the lunch meal plan, but may choose the full meal plan instead. Commuter students age 18 and older can choose either lunch, full, or no meal plan. Note: students in the Writer's Week program are required to have a lunch meal plan, regardless of age.

All meals will be provided by AVI Fresh. During the summer, Bates Dining is the venue that will be open for students. Specific hours will be provided in welcome materials at check-in.

Health & Safety

Safety & Security

Sarah Lawrence College campus summer safety and security measures include the following:

  • 24/7 security services
  • Public Safety & Security vehicle and foot patrols (uniformed)
  • Resident Public Safety Director
  • Sprinkler systems
  • Fire and burglar alarms
  • Emergency phones located throughout the campus
  • Campus shuttle service
  • Defibrillators on campus
  • Campus Alert emergency notification system (e-mail, text, phone) available to all students, faculty, and staff

Additionally, it is recommended that all students have a personal cell phone and keep it with them at all times.

Learn more about campus safety and security

Nurse Practitioner

A nurse practitioner is available for general first aid and urgent care Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on-call after hours and during weekends.

After Hours Staff

In addition to the on-call nurse practitioner, one program assistant is always on-call for students should there be an emergency or crisis situation. The housing coordinator will is also on call and resides on-campus as a trained professional. Furthermore, the College maintains a desk staffed by Public Safety & Security 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Exact details about how to reach these staff will be provided to students and their families at the beginning of their program.

Local Medical Facilities

New York-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital is less than five minutes from campus and the Yonkers/Bronxville area is served by a number of urgent care centers, as well.


Students in all pre-college programs except Writer's Week will have access to the Campbell Sports Center included in the cost of their program. Students in the Mayapple and Sarah Lawrence Summer Intensive and Summer Seminar for Writers will be charged a $10 fee per visit for access. Adult students in the Filmmakers Collective will receive access as part of the cost of their program.