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.
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: February 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 in February with the Regular Decision pool.
If you do not choose either Early Decision option, the deadline for submitting application materials is February 15.
We mail our admission decisions in early April. If we offer you admission, you must respond by the Candidate's Reply Date of May 1.
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.
- The Common Application, which must be completed online, and the $60 application fee or waiver.
- A supplemental essay and analytical paper which should be submitted online with the Common Application.
- School report submitted online via the Common Application.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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).
- Limited, need-based financial aid is available to international students (holders of non-U.S. passports).
- 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: February 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.
- Arts Supplement. The Arts Supplement may be filled out online with the Common Application.