If you would like to attend Sarah Lawrence for your sophomore, junior or senior year, yet receive your degree from your home campus, you may apply as a guest. This option is often attractive to students interested in pursuing disciplines that are especially strong at Sarah Lawrence. Others come to engage one-to-one with master teachers in Sarah Lawrence's distinctive educational plan or to avail themselves of the campus's proximity to New York City.
During their year at Sarah Lawrence, guest students have full access to our courses and typically earn 30 credits. Guest students may choose to live on campus on a space-available basis. We recommend that you discuss a guest year with your academic adviser or appropriate dean since policies regarding the transfer of credit vary among institutions.
Credit/Class Standing for Guests
While the admission office utilizes college transcripts for evaluating an applicant's candidacy, the registrar's office makes all determinations regarding transferable credit and class standing. Typically, enrolling guests receive final confirmation of their status after entering Sarah Lawrence. However, knowing that credit/class standing can have direct bearing on a student's decision to apply, our Registrar's Office is able to provide preliminary evaluations at any time during the process (914) 395-2301.
Financial Aid for Guests
Financial aid is not available for guest students.
Guest Application Schedules
The application deadline is April 1. Applications received after April 1 may be considered on a space-available basis.
The application deadline is November 1. Applications received after November 1 may be considered on a space-available basis.
- The Transfer Common Application, which may be completed online, and the $60 application fee or fee waiver.
- A supplemental essay and analytical paper, which should be submitted online with the Common Application.
- A College Official's Report, which is a required part of your application and is to be completed by a dean of your home campus. If you feel that your high school counselor can provide a more useful evaluation, you may also file a Secondary School Report online via the Common Application.
- The Transfer and Guest Mid-Term Report submitted online via the Common Application. If you are not currently enrolled in academic courses, you must use this document to describe your current activities. Submission is due by November 1 for Spring Entrance, April 1 for Fall Entrance. Please contact the Office of Admission if you have any questions.
- Two Teacher/Faculty Evaluations submitted online via the Common Application. These should be completed by college faculty in academic subjects.
- A final high school transcript.
- Transcripts of all college work through the term most recently completed.
- Applicants for whom English is not the 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.
- 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 must be filled out online with the Common Application.