First-Year Applicants

If you are still in high school, have completed high school but have not yet started college, or have completed less than one year of full-time study (approximately 30 credits) at the college level, you are considered a first-year applicant. If you wish to enter college after your junior year of high school, you are considered to be contemplating Early Admission.

September Entrance

Early Decision

If you are sure that Sarah Lawrence is your first choice, you may choose to apply early. We offer two Early Decision (ED) options that differ only in their deadlines (ED I: November 1 and ED II: January 1). If we offer you admission under either option, we expect you to accept the offer and enroll. Early Decision applicants and their counselors must sign the Early Decision Agreement. If we do not admit you as an Early Decision candidate, it may be because we wish to consider additional information such as your first-semester senior year grades. In this case we would postpone the decision and consider your application with the Regular Decision pool.

Regular Decision

If you do not choose either Early Decision option, the deadline for submitting application materials is January 15.

We mail our admission decisions in late March through early April. If we offer you admission, you must respond by the Candidate's Reply Date of May 1.

Early Admission

If you wish to enter college after your junior year of high school, you are said to be considering Early Admission. Follow all of the directions for first-year students. Early Admission candidates are required to interview on campus.

Required Credentials

  1. The Common Application, which must be completed online, and the $60 application fee or waiver.
  2. A supplemental essay and analytical paper which should be submitted online with the Common Application. Students who have been unable to upload their Analytical Paper, part of the required Writing Supplement section of the Common Application, should consider the following steps:
    • First, using Word or a similar software, write the statement, “I have submitted my analytical paper via e-mail to SLC’s Office of Admission,” and save this as a PDF file.
    • Then, upload this PDF to the Writing Supplement section of the Common Application. You will then see a green check mark indicating that the Writing Supplement requirement has been fulfilled.
    • Finally, please e-mail a scanned copy of your graded analytical paper to SLC’s Office of Admission at You may also mail a copy of your paper to the Office of Admission at 1 Mead Way, Bronxville, NY 10708.
  3. School report submitted online via the Common Application.
  4. School Transcript(s)—complete through seven semesters or the semester most recently completed submitted online via the Common Application. Transcripts of any summer school or college work must be submitted as well.
  5. Two Teacher/Faculty evaluations submitted online via the Common Application. These should be completed by teachers who know you well enough to write about you with specificity, and should be written by teachers of your core academic courses (English, math, science, history or foreign language).
  6. Applicants for whom English is not their first language should take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based) or 100 (Internet-based) is the minimum acceptable score. Students for whom time or distance creates a hardship in supplying these results may request an extension. Limited, need-based financial aid is available to international students (holders of non-U.S. passports).
  7. Limited, need-based financial aid is available to international students (holders of non-U.S. passports).
  8. Early Decision applicants and their counselors must complete and sign the Early Decision Agreement and submit the form online with the Common Application by the application deadline (Early Decision I: November 1 or Early Decision II: January 1).

Optional Credentials

  1. SAT I, SAT II, or ACT scores. The submission of standardized test scores is optional. You may choose to submit test scores if you feel they will strengthen and enhance your other application credentials. However, you will not be at a disadvantage should you choose not to submit your scores.
  2. Arts Supplement. The Arts Supplement may be filled out online with the Common Application.

Fall Open House

Experience what it’s like to be a student at Sarah Lawrence College—one of the most distinctive liberal arts and sciences colleges in the country. Sit in on round-table classes, talk directly with faculty, and spend the day with current students getting to know firsthand what sets us apart, and why we think you’ll thrive here. Learn more and register for our Fall Open House»

Tuition and Financial Aid

For information on tuition and costs, and on how to apply for Financial Aid as a first-year applicant, visit the Tuition and Financial Aid section.

Started Your Application?

If you've already started your application, you can (and should!) check in on MySLC throughout the application process to make sure we've received everything and that deadlines are being met. Here's how:

  1. Go to
  2. Enter your User ID (that's your six-digit SLC ID number)
  3. Enter your Password (that's the first two letters of your last name in lowercase; the first two letters of your first name in lowercase; and the last four digits of your SLC ID number)