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Sarah Lawrence College Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to Sarah Lawrence College, the regular decision application deadline is January 15 and there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for an application fee waiver.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than April 1.

Sarah Lawrence College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Sarah Lawrence College 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 29%
Mean SAT Score 1308
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 41%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 23%
Waitlist Yes

Applying Early to Sarah Lawrence College?

Sarah Lawrence College offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing. Early Decision 2 applications are due 1/15.

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is November 1, which is coming up fast! Sarah Lawrence College will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Sarah Lawrence College is 78%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 55%. Sarah Lawrence College accepts about 61% of early action applicants and 55% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, Sarah Lawrence College admitted 62 of the 79 students who applied early decison. Last year, Sarah Lawrence College admitted 819 of the 1,334 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to Sarah Lawrence College?

It is very difficult to get into Sarah Lawrence College. Sarah Lawrence College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Sarah Lawrence College accepted 55% of students, around 2,007 of the 3,674 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like Sarah Lawrence College, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

It is very difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

In 2021, Sarah Lawrence College waitlisted 901 students. Of those, 433 eventually received an admissions offer.

What Does Sarah Lawrence College Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Sarah Lawrence College

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Sarah Lawrence College 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Sarah Lawrence College must submit the following items. Double check with Sarah Lawrence College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3
Other Requirements counselor recommendation, school report
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Sarah Lawrence College?

Students admitted to Sarah Lawrence College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7.

Out of all students that were admitted, 24% submitted a class rank. At Sarah Lawrence College 29% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 61% were in the top 25% and 87% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Sarah Lawrence College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 24%
3.75 and 3.99 32.31%
3.50 and 3.74 18.71%
3.25 and 3.49 11.57%
3.00 and 3.24 9.18%
2.50 and 2.9 3.74%
2.00 and 2.49 0.68%

Sarah Lawrence College does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Sarah Lawrence College has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 41% of Sarah Lawrence College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 23% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Sarah Lawrence College?

To be competitive with other Sarah Lawrence College applicants, you should strive to earn between 1230 and 1390 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Sarah Lawrence College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1390 and 25% of scored lower than 1230, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Sarah Lawrence College student is 1308.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Sarah Lawrence College students scored 690 or higher and 75% of students scored 640 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Sarah Lawrence College students scored 720 or higher, and 75% scored a 640 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Sarah Lawrence College?

To be most competitive at Sarah Lawrence College, you should strive to earn between 27 and 32 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 32 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Sarah Lawrence College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 32, and three out of four students scored lower than 32 on the ACT.

A 27 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Sarah Lawrence College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 27.

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Transferring to Sarah Lawrence College

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to Sarah Lawrence College.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is March 1. Applicants should hear back by June 1.

Transfer students can enroll in Sarah Lawrence College during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term

Sarah Lawrence College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Sarah Lawrence College?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Sarah Lawrence College.

Does Sarah Lawrence College accept transfer credits?

Sarah Lawrence College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Sarah Lawrence College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Sarah Lawrence College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Sarah Lawrence College?

No, Sarah Lawrence College is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average,, you may want not want to include them in your application..

What is Sarah Lawrence College's acceptance rate?

Sarah Lawrence College's acceptance rate is 55%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Sarah Lawrence College?

Sarah Lawrence College's early decision acceptance rate was 78% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Sarah Lawrence College?

The early action acceptance rate at Sarah Lawrence College was 61% in 2021.

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Sarah Lawrence College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Sarah Lawrence College? Sarah Lawrence College is a very selective institution. The Sarah Lawrence College acceptance rate is 55%. This means that the institution accepts 54 out of every 100 applicants.



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Sarah Lawrence College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Sarah Lawrence College is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Sarah Lawrence College is Mar 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Sarah Lawrence College ACT Scores


ACT Range

27 - 32

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

32 and Above


27 to 32


27 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Sarah Lawrence College is 29. Students with an ACT score of 32 and above have a good chance of getting into Sarah Lawrence College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 27 and 32 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 27 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Sarah Lawrence College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1230 - 1390


Math SAT Range

580 - 690


Reading SAT Range

640 - 720

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SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1390 and Above


1230 to 1390


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Sarah Lawrence College students is 1308. Applicants with SAT scores of 1390 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Sarah Lawrence College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1230 to 1390 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1230 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Sarah Lawrence College.

Sarah Lawrence College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Sarah Lawrence College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.7. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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