Transfer students want more for themselves. They arrive at Sarah Lawrence College knowing they won’t find a list of prescribed majors but instead, the freedom to choose and combine courses from many disciplines.
We welcome transfer applications from students who will have successfully completed at least one full year of college (about 30 credits) and who expect to spend at least two consecutive years at Sarah Lawrence College.
Instructions for Applying
Sarah Lawrence College enrolls new transfer students in both the fall and spring semesters each year.
September Entrance: The application deadline is April 1. Applications received after April 1 will be considered on a space-available basis.
January Entrance: The application deadline is November 1. Applications received after November 1 will be considered on a space-available basis.
All transfer applicants must submit the following items to be considered for admission:
- The Transfer Common Application, which must be completed online and includes the additional Sarah Lawrence essay and a recommended analytical essay. The analytical paper should be graded by a teacher (including grade and comments) from your junior or senior of high school and must be between 3-5 pages. There is no separate writing supplement. All essays are contained within the Common Application.
- A supplemental essay and analytical paper, which should be submitted online with the Common Application. You can access this section after submitting the first part of the Common Application.
- A College Official's Report, which is to be completed by a dean or registrar at your home campus and submitted online via the Common Application. 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, please use this document to describe your current activities.
- 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 their first language and who have not studied in an English language curriculum for the past two years 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.
Optional Supplements to your Application
- 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. If you selected “Yes, I would like submit an art supplement," the supplement will become available only after the successful submission of your Common Application; you will receive a link to Slide Room, where you may upload your materials.
- Interview. We offer interviews both on and off campus. These are entirely optional and if we are unable to accommodate an interview due to time constraints, it will not disadvantage your application.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
In recognition of outstanding scholastic and personal achievement, Sarah Lawrence is pleased to announce Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships for community college transfer applicants in the amount of $10,000 per year. For more information about these scholarships, please contact the Office of Admission at (800) 888-2858 or the Office of Financial Aid at (914) 395-2570. Visit the Financial Aid site for information about our extensive financial aid opportunities for transfer applicants.
Transfer Credit Policies
While the Office of Admission utilizes college transcripts to evaluate an applicant's candidacy, the registrar's office determines transferable credit and class standing. Typically, enrolling transfers receive final confirmation of their status after entering Sarah Lawrence. If you are applying to Sarah Lawrence and would like to receive a preliminary transfer credit evaluation, please e-mail Adam Exline, Coordinator of Transfer Admission, at any time during the process.
Individual Courses Acceptable for Transfer Must Meet the Following Conditions
- Courses must have been completed at a college or university accredited by the Middle States, New England, North Central, Northwest, Southern, or Western Association of Schools and Colleges, or foreign schools of comparable accreditation.
- Courses must be liberal arts courses in disciplines offered for credit at Sarah Lawrence. Courses within the traditional definition of the liberal arts though not offered at Sarah Lawrence, e.g., astronomy or geology, are also acceptable.
- A final grade of "C" (not "C-") or higher must have been earned.
- Courses taken at a two-year college can be accepted as first-year or sophomore courses, but cannot be posted toward a junior or senior year.
- Credit is not given for courses taken online or through distance learning.
- We are unable to grant transfer credit for courses that fall outside of a traditionally defined liberal arts and sciences program, including: Accounting, Business Administration, Home Economics, Physical Education, Real Estate, Speech, Typing or Word Processing courses, and Technical courses in pre-professional or vocational fields such as dentistry, engineering, etc.
- Courses may not have been used to satisfy high school diploma requirements.
Calculating Transfer Credits
- Sarah Lawrence College will accept a maximum of 60 transfer credits (a maximum of 75 for students matriculating from the Center for Continuing Education). All remaining credits for the degree must be completed at Sarah Lawrence.
- A maximum of 30 credits will be accepted for one year of study; a maximum of 15 credits for one semester.
- A maximum of eight credits may be earned in one summer (10 if the summer session(s) extend to ten weeks or longer). No more than 16 total summer credits may be applied to the minimum 120 credits required for the degree.
- Courses accepted from institutions operating on a quarter system are transferred at 2/3 value.
Associate Degree Policy
In principle, Sarah Lawrence accepts the Associate Degree in Liberal Arts, granting a full 60 credits (two years’ credits). Transfer credit for associate degrees in non-liberal arts fields are evaluated on a course-by-course basis.
Courses in the Arts
The creative arts have long held a prominent place in the life of the College. Transfer credit is available for courses completed in Dance, Music, Theatre, Film/New Media, and the Studio Arts, and is determined after review by Sarah Lawrence faculty in those programs. Faculty may wish to review course descriptions, syllabi, worksheets, and/or portfolios, so it is wise to retain any course material you may have. For music and dance, credit is typically given for performance courses only when they have been accompanied by formal study of theory/history/composition.