Building a robust endowment will provide enduring support for the preservation and enrichment of the Sarah Lawrence educational program. The College was founded without an endowment, and although over the years we have built a modest one, our endowment is the lowest among our peers. The chart below compares Sarah Lawrence's present endowment on a per student basis with other colleges and plainly points up the need.
Currently over 80% of our operating expenses depend on tuition and fees—a burden which puts too much pressure on our tuition structure. In building our endowment now, we lay the groundwork for the future financial stability of the College.
A Comparison of Peer
|College||Endowment Per Student|
|Bryn Mawr College||$423,231|
|New York University||$62,053|
|Sarah Lawrence College||$43,526|
Source: 2006 NACUBO Endowment Study