College Tour: Sarah Lawrence College

College Advisor and Essay Coach, Sasha, visited Sarah Lawrence College back in January during Winter Break. While the campus was all but closed for the break, a student on campus warmly directed Sasha to the Admissions Office. Even though there were no tours or info sessions available, an admissions counselor sat with Sasha and gave her a private presentation and answered many questions about the school. Sarah Lawrence also provides a very extensive self-guided tour packet, which was easy to navigate on her own! Read all about what makes this school unique below!

Why is this school is awesome?

Sarah Lawrence separates itself from the other small liberal arts colleges because of its academic structure. It offers an open curriculum, which means students do not have requirements they need to fulfill. Rather, throughout the four years, students get to design their own path and choose the classes that interest them most. In addition, most of the classes are part of the seminar conference system: small classes (capped at 16 students) where, in addition to the normal seminar coursework, each student designs and executes an independent research project with the professor of that course. This allows for more self-directed work and also creates very close bonds between the students and the professors. 

5 words to describe the campus?

INTIMATE, CLOSE COMMUNITY LIVING, QUIET, NEAR NEW YORK but with a RURAL feel.

International Perspective? 

Another huge bonus of Sarah Lawrence is the credit they will give for IB courses. If a student completes the IB Diploma, Sarah Lawrence gives them credit for one full year of college courses. This means that you can graduate in three years or spend an entire year abroad studying for fun. The student body is 17% international, which is much higher than most schools. 

Tips for the application process?

Sarah Lawrence is test optional, and the admissions officer made it very clear that not submitting a test will not hurt you whatsoever in the application process. 

Fun Facts:

You are assigned a faculty mentor who is called a “Don.”

 

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