Sarah Lawrence College

Sarah Lawrence College

The Sarah Lawrence College is a private institute situated in Yonkers, New York. It was established in 1926 by William Van Duzer Lawrence, a real-estate mogul. In its initial days, it was a women's college which was transformed into a coeducational institute in the year 1968. In 2000, Sarah Lawrence College was named as the 'college of the year 'by The Princeton Review.

Sarah Lawrence College offers several undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Students can choose from courses in the fields of creative arts, history and social sciences, humanities and natural science, and mathematics. A number of exchange and international programs are also available.

Sarah Lawrence College's athletics department sponsors teams in equestrian, crew, basketball, tennis, volleyball, and softball. The official mascot of the teams is the Gryphon. Students are also involved in clubs and organizations including the Amnesty International, and APICAD.

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Sarah Lawrence College
One Meadway
Bronxville , NY 10708
General Phone: (914) 337-0700

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Sarah Lawrence Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts371creative writing, liberal arts and sciences, social studies
Therapy and Counseling21genetic counseling
Drama and Performing Arts14dance, drama
Education and Teaching13elementary school teaching
Medical Administration9public health education
Family and Social Work6family studies

Number of programs and degrees for Sarah Lawrence in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Master's degree1318
Bachelor's degree3031

Sarah Lawrence Student Body

In 2007-2008, Sarah Lawrence had a total enrollment of 1,700 students (1,632 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 23%
Women 77%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 81%
Graduate 19%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 61%
Black 4%
Hispanic 5%
Asian 5%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 21%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 36%
20-21 34%
22-24 11%
25-29 8%
30-34 2%
35-39 1%
40-49 2%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York21%
(International Students)7%
New Jersey7%
North Carolina1%
Washington, DC1%

Sarah Lawrence Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 85 %
Part-Time 100 %

Sarah Lawrence Room and Board (2007)

Sarah Lawrence offers campus housing for 1,015 of its 1,632 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Bronxville, New York for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other New York Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Sarah Lawrence Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)not required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Sarah Lawrence Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 40,350
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 40,350
Room and board $ 13,104
Room charge $ 8,756
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,960
Books and supplies $ 600
Other expenses $ 800

Financial Aid:
Sarah Lawrence participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 281300)

Sarah Lawrence Faculty

Sarah Lawrence has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1114
Non-tenured and not on tenure track49

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
No academic rankacademic year56$87,59957$80,781
All faculty totalacademic year56$87,59957$80,781

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Sarah Lawrence Degree Programs (2007)

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching

Family And Social Work
Human Development and Family Studies, General

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Social Sciences, Other

Medical Administration
Public Health Education and Promotion

Therapy And Counseling
Genetic Counseling/Counselor

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What Sets Sarah Lawrence Apart:

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Female % of student body
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Top 16%Sarah Lawrence Faculty/student ratio (full-time)

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