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Sarah Lawrence College

Bronxville, NY 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate50%

Sarah Lawrence College Admissions

Sarah Lawrence College is very difficult to get into. Around 50% of applicants get into Sarah Lawrence College each year. Out of 5,186 applications received in 2023, 2,587 students were offered admission.

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.

Students who apply to Sarah Lawrence College for fall should hear back from Sarah Lawrence College by April 1.

Sarah Lawrence College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Sarah Lawrence College's admissions stats.

Sarah Lawrence College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 29%
Mean SAT Score 1353
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 58%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 22%
Waitlist Yes

Sarah Lawrence College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Sarah Lawrence College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 15
Early Decision II Yes January 15 February 15
Early Action Yes November 1 December 15
Regular Decision Yes 1 15 April 1

Want to Apply 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 I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

🗓️ Early Decision II applications are due January 15. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 15.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. Sarah Lawrence College will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Sarah Lawrence College is 59%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 50%.

Sarah Lawrence College accepts about 55% of early action applicants and 50% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, Sarah Lawrence College admitted 75 of the 127 students who applied early decision. In 2022, Sarah Lawrence College admitted 1,147 of the 2,69 who applied early action.

Some students apply early to college because they believe it will boost their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of acceptance, since it shows that you are very interested in a school.

➡️ Discover a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Sarah Lawrence College Admissions

Transferring to Sarah Lawrence College

Transfer student admissions is very difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Sarah Lawrence College

In 2022, Sarah Lawrence College waitlisted 1,241 students and 436 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 32 eventually received an admissions offer.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Sarah Lawrence College?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Sarah Lawrence College

What does Sarah Lawrence College consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Application Essay Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Talent/Ability Important
Academic GPA Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Class Rank Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Sarah Lawrence College for more information on admission factors.

Sarah Lawrence College Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) – 3 – –
Interview – √ – –
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1 – – –
Written Essay or Personal Statement √ – – –
Other Requirements √ – – counselor recommendation, school report
Transcript of High School Record √ – – –

GPA and Testing

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

Students admitted to Sarah Lawrence College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8. Sarah Lawrence College considers weighted GPA scores from incomging students.

Out of all students that were admitted, 19% submitted a class rank. At Sarah Lawrence College 29% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 55% were in the top 25% and 88% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Sarah Lawrence College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 36%
3.75 and 3.99 21%
3.50 and 3.74 18%
3.25 and 3.49 12%
3.00 and 3.24 9%
2.50 and 2.9 3%
2.00 and 2.49 1%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Sarah Lawrence College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

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 2022, 58% of Sarah Lawrence College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 22% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Sarah Lawrence College?

To be competitive with other Sarah Lawrence College applicants, you should strive to earn between 1280 and 1430 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Sarah Lawrence College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1430 and 25% of scored lower than 1280, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Sarah Lawrence College student is 1353.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Sarah Lawrence College students scored 710 or higher and 75% of students scored 660 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Sarah Lawrence College students scored 740 or higher, and 75% scored a 660 or higher.

To be most competitive at Sarah Lawrence College, you should strive to earn between 29 and 33 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 33 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Sarah Lawrence College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 33, and three out of four students scored lower than 33 on the ACT.

A 29 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Sarah Lawrence College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 29.

More Information on 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

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer 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.

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 may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Sarah Lawrence College's acceptance rate?

✅ Sarah Lawrence College has an acceptance rate of 50%.

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

✅ Sarah Lawrence College's early decision acceptance rate was 59% in 2021.

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

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Sarah Lawrence College was 55% 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 50%. This means that the institution accepts 49 out of every 100 applicants.


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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1280 - 1430


Math SAT Range

600 - 710


Reading SAT Range

660 - 740

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1430 and Above


1280 to 1430


1280 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Sarah Lawrence College students is 1353. Applicants with SAT scores of 1430 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Sarah Lawrence College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1280 to 1430 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1280 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 3.77. 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.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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