Sarah Lawrence College Admissions

Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

The Siegel Center at Sarah Lawrence College
The Siegel Center at Sarah Lawrence College. SaidieLou / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 3.0

Sarah Lawrence College accepts just over half of applicants. Successful applicants usually have GPAs around 3.0 or higher. The school is test-optional, so applicants are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores. That means the school looks at more than just grades and scores; applicants are required to submit recommendation letters from teachers, as well as two essays (one personal, one analytic).

For more information about applying, be sure to check out the school's website; if you have any questions, the admissions office at Sarah Lawrence is able to help. Calculate your chances of getting in with this free tool from Cappex.

Admissions Data (2016)

Sarah Lawrence College Description

Sarah Lawrence College has several noteworthy features. First, the campus's stone buildings create the feel of a charming European village. The attractive 44-acre campus is located in Yonkers, New York, just north of New York City. But it's really on the educational front that Sarah Lawrence stands out. The college has a healthy 10 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and the college does not follow the typical "publish or perish" model of faculty promotion. At Sarah Lawrence, good teaching matters most.

The school promotes individual attention, independent research, and intellectual risk taking for all students. And you won't find any SAT or ACT scores in this profile -- Sarah Lawrence doesn't use them. Instead, applicants submit several essays to demonstrate their college readiness.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 1,736 (1,438 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 28 percent male / 72 percent female
  • 99 percent full-time

Costs (2016-17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $52,550
  • Books: $600
  • Room and Board: $14,440
  • Other Expenses: $800
  • Total Cost: $68,390

Sarah Lawrence College Financial Aid (2015 -16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 81 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 79 percent
    • Loans: 54 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $33,689
    • Loans: $4,842

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Although students create areas of concentration, Sarah Lawrence does not have traditional majors.

Graduation, Transfer and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 89 percent
  • Transfer-out Rate: 9 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 74 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 82 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Basketball, Tennis, Soccer, Swimming, Equestrian, Volleyball, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Crew, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Equestrian, Swimming, Cross Country

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Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics