Sarah Lawrence College
Bronxville, New York 10708
914/395-2510 or
Fax 914/395-2668

249 men/745 women
9 men/69 women
33 men/224 women

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V 640/M 570
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Fees, books, misc.:
$1,000 approx.

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Sarah Lawrence College
Bronxville, New York 10708

 Sarah Lawrence College
Sarah Lawrence College is set on a 40-acre campus reminiscent of a rural English village, located in suburban Westchester County, 15 miles north of New York City.

College Description
Since its founding in 1926, Sarah Lawrence College has served as a model for individualized education among leading liberal arts colleges. It offers an innovative program of study that encourages students to take intellectual risks and explore highly challenging topics as they take an active role in the planning and pursuit of their education. ð The College has 46 buildings, on a 35-acre campus reminiscent of a rural English village, located in suburban Westchester County, 15 miles north of New York City. Enrolled are 1,020 undergraduate, 250 graduate and 50 continuing education students who come from across the country and around the world. Ninety percent live on campus, which offers opportunities for involvement in clubs, student organizations, dramatic productions, literary societies, student publications, student government and intramural athletics. There are no sororities or fraternities. ð Originally a women's college, Sarah Lawrence became coeducational in 1968. The College offers graduate programs in women's history, human genetics, health advocacy, art of teaching, child development, dance, theater and writing.

Academic Life
Sarah Lawrence grants the Bachelor of Arts degree to undergraduates. The academic program is divided into four divisions: the creative arts (creative writing, dance, drawing, filmmaking, music, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and theater); history and the social sciences (anthropology, economics, international studies, political science, psychology, sociology and women's studies); humanities (art history, Asian studies, film history, languages, literature, music history, philosophy and religion); and natural science and mathematics (biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics and physics). ð Each student works with his or her faculty adviser, called a don, to plan a course of study. Most courses (other than performing arts) consist of two parts: the seminar, limited to 15 students, and the conference, a private, biweekly meeting with the seminar professor. In conference, students create individual projects that extend the material assigned in the seminar and connect it to their specific interests. There are no required courses, but students are expected to work in at least three of the four divisions. ð The College operates on the semester system, with terms beginning in early September and late January.

Campus Life
Campus life reflects the current intellectual, social and personal interests of the entire College community. Students participate in a wide range of events and social occasions: readings, theater and dance productions, concerts, art and photography exhibitions, films, guest lectures, informal parties, all-College dances and special dinners. Many student groups are organized around shared interests in public affairs, political action, cinema, foreign language or culture, literature, religion and identity issues concerning women, students of color and lesbian, gay and bisexual students. Many students are involved in community service, working with the homeless, hunger projects, literacy programs and tutoring and mentoring programs. Several publications serve the community and provide outlets for students working in journalism, photojournalism and creative writing. Sarah Lawrence students also take advantage of the campus's proximity to New York City, with its cultural and social resources for internships, volunteer work and entertainment.

Facilities and Resources
Campus facilities include the Esther Raushenbush Library, with 288,000 volumes and 1,135 periodicals, which is linked by computer to more than 6,000 other libraries; the William Schuman Music Library, in the Marshall Field Music Building, which has listening facilities and substantial holdings in books, scores and sound recordings; the Performing Arts Center, consisting of four theaters, a dance studio, filmmaking, Reisinger Concert Hall and the Slide Library, with more than 75,000 slides on world art, decorative art and architecture; art studios with facilities for painting, sculpture, etching, woodcutting, lithography, silk screening and photography, and ceramics; a fitness center (with a new 48,000-square-foot athletic center with a pool to open in the fall of 1998); a natural science and mathematics center; an academic computer center; the Early Childhood Center; the Center for Continuing Education; the newly expanded and renovated Pub (the informal social center of campus); the Coffehaus, a late-night cafŽ; and the Communitea House, a quiet oasis for informal fireside gatherings.

The Department of Physical Education and Athletics offers more than 30 different activities to meet student needs and interests, including intramural events. While the emphasis of the physical education program is recreational, the College sponsors intercollegiate teams in equestrian, women's volleyball, men's and women's tennis, and men's and women's crew.

Financial Aid
All applicants with financial need are considered for Sarah Lawrence aid programs and all federal campus-based programs. About half of the students receive financial aid. The awarding of institutional funds is based upon a determination of the student's financial need, motivation for learning, and potential for active participation in the campus community. Students are expected to apply for financial aid from the Federal Pell Grant Program and from their state scholarship and grant programs. Students must submit the Financial Aid PROFILE and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1. The College regrets that it is unable to offer financial aid to students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Admission Requirements
Sarah Lawrence College accepts freshman and transfer applicants for both the fall and spring semesters. The College recognizes that intelligence and creative power can be expressed in different ways and is willing to look at both traditional and nontraditional criteria in assessing applicants. The completion of 16 units of secondary school work or the equivalent is the standard academic requirement for freshman admission. The College does not specify these units but recommends the usual distribution of rigorous college-preparatory courses. ð High school seniors who consider Sarah Lawrence their first-choice college and who wish to be informed of an admission decision early in their senior year may apply as early decision candidates. The Admissions Committee will also consider as early admission applicants those students with very strong academic qualifications and personal maturity who have completed three years of high school. ð Scores on the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT I) or on three SAT II: Subject Tests or on American College Testing's ACT examination are required from all freshman and transfer applicants. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must be taken by students who speak English as a second language. A personal interview, preferably on campus, is strongly recommended for all applicants.

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