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Sarah Lawrence College 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

Hitaishi Bhatia Hitaishi Bhatia
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Sarah Lawrence College is a private college which was founded in the year 1926 and offers more than hundred courses in about 50 disciplines including creative & performing arts, history & social sciences, humanities, natural sciences & mathematics. The college also offers global programs in countries such as China, Cuba, Italy, Japan, England, France, Netherlands, etc. and is one of the coveted choices for international students seeking to study in the USA.

The organization welcomes candidates from different corners of the world and consists of 14% of international students. The college has a total of 1,675 students with 1,377 undergraduates and 298 graduate studying students. With an acceptance rate of around 53%, the institute is one of the competitive colleges of the US Education System.

Some of the salient points to be taken a note of regarding the admissions process at Sarah Lawrence College are as listed below.

  • Admissions at the institute take place during the 3 intakes of fall, spring and summer.
  • Applicants must deposit a non refundable fee of 60 USD when seeking admission.
  • The GPA requirement for being eligible at the college is 3.71 or above.
  • Other Factors contributing to the admission process include essays, letter of recommendation, school reports and the rigor of high school coursework. 
  • Standardized tests (such as the ACT and SAT), interviews, and artistic supplements are optional for admission. 
  • While submitting portfolios, candidates need to first choose the option in the common application.

Candaudtes must note that the optional documents in no way hinder a candidate’s admission and thus, a candidate must try to score a good GPA while in high school as that’s the most competitive aspect of seeking enrollment at the college. Though SAT/ACT scores are optional but could enhance one’s application if above average.


Admission portalCommon application portal
Application fee60 USD
Acceptance rate56%
Average SAT score1240 – 1420
Average ACT score27 – 32
Mode of paymentStandard Bank Transfer, credit/debit card via Flywire
Academic calendarSemester-based
Intake sessionsFall, Spring, Summer
Work experienceRecommended
Financial aidAvailable
ContactAssistant Dean of Studies / Director of International Admission & Student Advising for South Asia: Shirley Be
Contact: 914-395-2505

Admission Deadlines

The institute provides a plethora of courses for international students that observe different deadlines when offering admissions. Some of the upcoming deadlines to be observed at the college are as mentioned below.

  • Early Action: November 1
  • Early Decision I: November 1
  • Early Decision II: January 2
  • Regular Decision: January 15

Graduate courses

Intake seasonDate
Fall 2019October 1
Spring 2019February 1
Summer 2019July 1

International Student Admissions

Admission Portal: Apply using the common application portal 

Application Fee: 60 USD 

Basic Admission Requirements:

  • Complete application
  • Official High School Transcripts
  • Relevant Test Scores
  • Verification of financial support
  • Affidavit of Support
  • Copy of Passport
  • Personal essay
  • Letters of recommendation

Mailing Address: Sarah Lawrence College, 1 Mead Way, Bronxville, New York 10708

English Proficiency Test Scores

The non-native English speakers must note to provide relevant test scores like TOEFL/IELTS or equivalent when looking for enrollment at the college. The minimum test scores to be eligible for admissions is as follows:

  • TOEFL (paper): 600 or higher
  • TOEFL (computer): 250 or higher
  • TOEFL: (iBT): 100 or higher
  • IELTS: 7.0 or higher

Visa process for international students

  • The students will be required to be accepted in the University before they can be given the Form I-20 for procuring the visa to study in the USA.
  • Before that, students are required to submit the following documents:
    • Financial Affidavit of Support
    • Bank Statement (bank statements shall reflect at least 6 months of deposit and be in the name of the individual taking responsibility of the payments)
    • Copy of passport identification page
    • After this, pay your SEVIS Fee. Your SEVIS ID will be printed on I- 20.
    • Students are required to bring a copy of their online receipt to their interview as well as when they travel to the U.S.
    • Students can apply for an F or J visa and schedule an interview by visiting the U.S. Embassy website for your country of residence.
  • Following documents are required for the interview:
    • Passport valid for at least 6 months
    • Form I-20
    • Acceptance Letter
    • I-901 receipts
    • Proof of funding (updates bank details)
    • Proof of return to your home country after the program
    • Question to be prepared for: WHY chose Sarah Lawrence

Sarah Lawrenec College Undergraduate Admissions

Admission portal: Apply using the common application

Application fee: 60 USD

Bausch Academic Requirements:

  • Applicants need to submit SAT scores to fulfil academic requirements. ACT scores are not required.
  • The applicants also need to submit all the coursework from high school. All the transcripts must be in English. These will be uploaded while filling the common application.
  • Candidates are also required to write essays(while submitting the common application), submit two letters of recommendation.
  • The test scores are optional. If a candidate feels that these scores enhance the overall application, they could submit. Else, they have an option to opt out of it.

SAT/ACT Score Requirements

Test NameAverage Score25th Percentile75th Percentile

Sarah Lawrence College Graduate Admissions

Admission portal: Apply using the common application

Application fee: 60 USD 

Baisc Admission requirement 

  • Essays
  • 2 Letters of recommendation from academic teachers
  • Standardized Test Scores
  • English Proficiency Test Scores
  • Artistic Supplements (optional)
  • Copy of Passport
  • Visa Details
  • Must hold a bachelor’s degree that is accredited from a known university.

Supporting Documents:

  • MFA, Creative writing
    • A personal interview, names of two recommenders (Former faculty or employer)
    • An autobiography, a writing sample, a sample of professional writing
  • MA, Health advocacy program
    • Health Advocacy Statement of Purpose, Autobiography, Academic writing sample
  • Candidates must have complete knowledge of Microsoft office and must meet all technical requirements.

The admission requirements for some of the well-regarded courses of the university are mentioned below:

Name of programApplicationPre-RequirementsOther requirements
Master of Science in the Art of TeachingFee: 60 USD
Deadline: February 1
GRE(Code: 2810);
MAT (Code: 1501),
TOEFL (code: 2810)
Transcripts, Interview, 2 Recommendation Letter, Writing Response
MS in Human GeneticsFee: 60 USD
Deadline for fall: December 13
3.0 in previous college work,
Transcripts, Interview, 2 Recommendation Letter,
Writing Response; Register for MATCH
Master of Arts in Women’s HistoryFee: 60 USD
Deadline: February 1
3.0 in previous college work,
Transcripts, 2 letters of recommendation, writing response,
Master of Fine Arts in WritingsFee: 60 USD
Deadline: December 15
Must have received a Bachelor of Arts or equivalent degree,
Transcripts, two letters of recommendation, writing response

The Sarah Lawrence College is one of the prestigious colleges for Liberal Arts and is quite selective towards its approach in admissions and thus, an early application will be beneficial. Make sure that you apply for the financial aid before the stated deadline to avoid becoming ineligible.

The institute reads and reviews every application comprehensively and admits students irrespective of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. The common application essay is an important way to showcase your capabilities and if good enough, could increase your admission chances. These essays have three different topics to choose from. The college admissions office gives a lot of options but it is always safe to portray good candidature to assure admission

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