Application Guidelines

Application Deadline

The preferential deadline for MFA Writing applications is December 15. Admission is rolling thereafter. Applications submitted after this date will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For Fall 2015 entry, we are currently only accepting applications for Poetry.

Applicants for the Writing graduate program must have received a Bachelor of Arts or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university. Previous college work is expected to be at 3.0 or higher and should reflect advanced course study.


Complete the online application form, inclusive of the essay, that applies to your program of interest.

Application Fee

A nonrefundable application fee of $60 must be submitted; upon completion of the application, online payment will become available. Payments may also be made by check or money order to Sarah Lawrence College, and submitted via mail.


An official transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution you have attended is required  prior to enrollment in a graduate program. Only official transcripts sent directly by the institution to Graduate Studies at Sarah Lawrence College will be accepted. It is the applicant's responsibility to see that official transcripts (one copy only) from all colleges and universities attended are sent directly from each school to the Graduate Studies Office (have them specify program on envelope).

Please submit materials to:

Graduate Studies
Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way, Bronxville N.Y. 10708
Please specify program on the envelope


Applicants will be asked to submit the names of two recommenders with their online application. You should ask people who know you well enough to give an informed opinion as to your intellectual ability for sustained academic effort. If you are unable to contact former teachers, we welcome letters from others, such as employers, who can make similar assessments. Preferably, one of those should be from a person in your field of interest.


Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required for admission to Sarah Lawrence College.

International Applicants/TOEFL Results

Individuals whose native language is not English must include official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Information concerning TOEFL may be obtained by writing: TOEFL, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08541. Request that the results are sent to Sarah Lawrence College, ETS code 2810. For more information:

Statement of Objectives and Goals/Writing Sample

Please make sure to include all writing materials with each sheet clearly labeled, indicating the specific question being answered. Please address each question according to indicated or reasonable length (generally at least 1 page if not indicated). All materials must be typed. Any additional material, which represents your ability to pursue graduate study, would be welcome.

  1. Personal statement (500-1,000 words). Please tell us who you are and why you wish to study writing at Sarah Lawrence College.
  2. Submit a maximum of 20 to 30 pages of a fiction or nonfiction manuscript/writing samples, or a maximum of 15 pages of poetry.

Note: All materials submitted become property of Sarah Lawrence College and cannot be returned. This application and all the materials shall not be disclosed to any person not concerned with the professional development of the student.


No interview is required for the Writing graduate program.

Sarah Lawrence College admits students and selects employees regardless of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national or ethnic origin and thereafter accords them all rights and privileges generally made available to students or employees at the college. The College is strongly committed to basing judgments about individuals solely upon qualifications and abilities and to protecting individual rights of privacy, association, belief, and expression.

Next Steps

Ready to apply?
You may apply to the Writing graduate program using our online application. All instructions are included with the application.

Need assistance or more information?
Contact Emanuel Lomax, Director of Graduate Admissions, at (914) 395-2371.

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