Sarah Lawrence College is a private liberal arts college in Westchester County, New York, in the city of Yonkers, 15 miles north of Manhattan.
Sarah Lawrence College is known for its rigorous academic standards, low student-to-faculty ratio, and highly individualized course of study. The school models its approach to education after the Oxford/Cambridge system of one-on-one student-faculty tutorials, which are a key component in all areas of study. Sarah Lawrence emphasizesscholarship, particularly in the humanities, performing arts, and writing, and places a high value on independent study. Sarah Lawrence College is ranked among National Liberal Arts Colleges by U.S. News & World Report and among the America’s Top 100 Colleges List conducted by Forbes. Sarah Lawrence was also named the higher education institution with the best faculty in all of America by Princeton Review in 2013.
At the undergraduate level, Sarah Lawrence offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal arts where, instead of traditional majors, students pursue a wide variety of courses in four different curricular distributions: the Creative Arts (writing, music, dance, theatre, film, and the plastic arts, such as painting, printmaking, drawing and sculpture); history and the social sciences (e.g., anthropology, economics, political science, and sociology); the humanities (e.g., Asian studies, art history, film studies, languages, literature, philosophy, and religion); and natural science and mathematics (biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, and mathematics). Classes are structured around a seminar-conference system through which students learn in small, highly interactive classes and in private tutorials with professors. Each student is assigned to a faculty advisor, known as a “don,” to plan a course of study and provide ongoing academic guidance. Most courses, apart from those in the performing arts, consist of two parts: theseminar, limited to 15 students, and the conference, a private, fortnightly meeting with a seminar professor. In these conferences, students develop individual projects that extend the course material and link it to their personal interests. Sarah Lawrence has no required courses and traditional examinations have largely been replaced with writing final research papers and essays. Additionally, grades are recorded only for transcript purposes—academic evaluations are given in lieu of grades. The College sponsors international programs in Florence, at Wadham College, Oxford, at Reid Hall in Paris, and at the British American Drama Academy in London. Sarah Lawrence is one of the only American colleges operating an international program in Cuba.
Sarah Lawrence also offers Master’s-level programs in Writing, the Art of Teaching, Child Development, Theatre, Dance, and Dance/Movement Therapy and is home to the nation’s oldest graduate program inWomen’s History and the nation’s first master’s degree programs in Human Genetics and Health Advocacy.
Sarah Lawrence offers a program for adults wishing to seek a B.A. or a Master’s and have been out of school for any period of time.