Sarah Lawrence College: Narrative Description

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1 Mead Way
Bronxville, NY 10708-5999
Tel: (914)337-0700; 800-888-2858; Admissions: (914)395-2510; Fax: (914)395-2668; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1926. Setting: 40-acre suburban campus with easy access to New York City. Endowment: $42.2 million. Research spending 2002-03: $305,724. Educational spending 2002-03: $17,511 per student. Total enrollment: 1,606. Faculty: 236 (180 full-time, 56 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 6:1. 2,672 applied, 41% were admitted. 36% from top 10% of their high school class, 77% from top quarter, 97% from top half. 4 National Merit Scholars, 4 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,222 students, 73% women, 27% men. Part-time: 70 students, 84% women, 16% men. Students come from 46 states and territories, 25 other countries, 81% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 5% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 6% 25 or older, 87% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 93% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic area with the most degrees conferred: liberal arts/general studies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, independent study, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Reed College, Eugene Lang College, New School University. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 3 recommendations. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, interview. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 1/1, 11/15 for early decision plan 1, 1/1 for early decision plan 2. Notification: 4/1, 12/15 for early decision plan 1, 2/15 for early decision plan 2.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $41,218 includes full-time tuition ($30,120), mandatory fees ($704), and college room and board ($10,394). College room only: $6894. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $1004 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $352 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 30 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Senate, APICAD, UNIDAD, Harambe, Amnesty International. Major annual events: Students for Students Scholarship Auction, Mayfair. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 965 college housing spaces available. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Esther Rauschenbush Library plus 2 others with 193,581 books, 21,172 microform titles, 1,260 serials, 8,674 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $2.5 million. 110 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Population 7,000, Bronxville is a residential suburb in Westchester County. Public transportation in the area and to New York City is very accessible. Grand Central Station is only a 30 minute trip on the Metro North train.

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