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Bronxville, New York

Sarah Lawrence Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Sarah Lawrence College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
53.2%
Admission Difficulty for Sarah Lawrence College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionAverage

How hard is it to get into Sarah Lawrence and can I get accepted? The school has a 53% acceptance rate ranking it #48 in New York for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,842 out of 3,463 applicants were admitted making Sarah Lawrence a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 13 percent. Sarah Lawrence College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 21% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

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Sarah Lawrence SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1310-1460
Applicants Submitting SAT
39%
SAT Scores for Sarah Lawrence College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 700
SAT Math 25th 610
SAT Composite 25th 1310
SAT Scores for Sarah Lawrence College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 750
SAT Math 75th 710
SAT Composite 75th 1460
Average SAT Score 1390

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Sarah Lawrence College?

Sarah Lawrence College typically requires applicants to be in the top 11 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1310 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1230. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1390 out of 1600. The school ranks #13 in New York for highest average SAT composite score. 39 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Sarah Lawrence College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1460 and Above Good >66%
1385 to 1460 Avg + 53%-66%
1310 to 1385 Avg - 40%-53%
1235 to 1310 Reach 28%-40%
Less than 1235 Low <28%
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Sarah Lawrence ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
27-31 
Applicants Submitting ACT
36%
ACT Scores for Sarah Lawrence College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 28
ACT Math 25th 23
ACT Composite 25th 27
ACT Scores for Sarah Lawrence College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 28
ACT Composite 75th 31
Average ACT Score 29

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Sarah Lawrence?

Admission data indicates that Sarah Lawrence regularly accepts students with ACT's of 27 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 15 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 25 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 29 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 31 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #15 in New York for highest average ACT composite score. 36 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Sarah Lawrence College.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Sarah Lawrence College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
31 and Above Good >66%
29 to 31 Avg + 53%-66%
27 to 29 Avg - 40%-53%
25 to 27 Reach 28%-40%
Less than 25 Low <28%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.6
Typical High School Grades
B+

You will need very good grades in high school to get into Sarah Lawrence College. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Sarah Lawrence College was 3.6 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #22 in New York for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Sarah Lawrence accepts 53% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Sarah Lawrence College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 40% Good
3.50 to 3.75 23% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 16% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 13% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 6% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 1% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Reach
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Reach

High School Class Rank

59% of Sarah Lawrence College freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Sarah Lawrence College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 37%
Top 25% of class 59%
Top 50% of class 91%
Bottom 50% of class 9%
Bottom 25% of class 0%

Admission Statistics

Sarah Lawrence College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,731 732 3,463
Accepted 1,383 459 1,842
Acceptance Rate 51% 63% 53%
Enrolled 280 113 393
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 20% 25% 21%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 1, 2020
Days left to Apply
22

Applicants have 22 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Jan 1, 2020.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to Sarah Lawrence before the Jan 1 application deadline.

ACT Test Date Scores Available
Dec 14 Dec 24

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Sarah Lawrence College and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Sarah Lawrence College Admission Requirements
Test Scores Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Sarah Lawrence College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=195304 IPEDS survey data for Sarah Lawrence College.

Frequently Asked Questions

39% of students submit their SAT scores to Sarah Lawrence. 36% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

53% of those who apply are granted admission to Sarah Lawrence. Admission competition is low and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1310 and 1460. 39% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 27 and 31. 36% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.