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Sarah Lawrence College Admission Essay

No matter where you live or where you’re from, you are a “Sarah Lawrence applicant!”

Every student who applies to Sarah Lawrence College is considered on their own merits and qualifications. We have no quotas, and we strive to bring in a dynamic and diverse class every year. Every file is read by one of our admissions counselors who knows the schools and education systems from where the student is applying. International citizenship is only relevant to our admission process when it comes time to award financial aid, since different funds are available to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents. Learn more about financial aid for international students»

International applicants should complete the Common Application. All application essays and recommendations must be written in English. Transcripts must be translated to English, and the original language document must also be provided. As with all applicants, we ask for two letters of recommendation from academic teachers. Standardized tests (such as the ACT and SAT), interviews, and artistic supplements are optional. Learn more about how to apply as a first-year student or transfer student.

Applicants for whom English is not the native language should take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). We also accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). If an applicant has attended high school where the classes are taught in English for at least the past two years, the TOEFL/IELTS requirement is typically waived.

Successful applicants generally have TOEFL scores of 600 (paper), 250 (computer), or 100 (internet) or higher and IELTS scores of 7.0 or higher. Students for whom time or distance creates a hardship in supplying these results may request an extension.

Students who have completed two or more years in an entirely English-taught curriculum are generally exempt from providing the TOEFL or IELTS. Please feel free to ask us if you are curious about whether providing an English proficiency exam is recommended for you.

International students who are applying for financial aid must read the important information on the international financial aid site.

Sarah Lawrence College “Why Sarah Lawrence” Essay


Prompt: The independent, self-designed nature of the Sarah Lawrence program attracts students who are artists, scholars, scientists, and activists, and who want to delve deeper into their intellectual and creative passions. What has led you to apply to Sarah Lawrence College? In a 250-500 word essay (in English), tell us what it is about the College and its unique educational structure that leads you to think that you will be a good fit.

Why Sarah Lawrence

I am a reader. I will read absolutely anything. Biographies, science fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, humor; you name it I will read it. Throughout my childhood my interest in reading has grown like scotch broom by the freeway. This interest in reading has lead me to an interest in writing. I love to write. My dream is to be an author. Sarah Lawrence is a college would give me the creative freedom to make this dream into reality. I am highly self-motivated, which I believe is a necessity for the Sarah Lawrence curriculum. My ambition and dedication would make me an asset to Sarah Lawrence’s already excellent writing program which is dedicated to creating authors like the one I want to be.

I am fascinated by literature. I have recently been studying ‘Hamlet’ in English class. Out of all the characters in ‘Hamlet’ I am the most interested in Ophelia. She is the antithesis of a strong woman. Shakespeare often writes strong women as part of his plays, such as Viola in ‘Twelfth Night’. I am curious why he chose to make Ophelia so weak. One of the reasons I am interested in Sarah Lawrence is that it would challenge me to understand both the Ophelias and the Violas of the literary world.

Sarah Lawrence would also benefit from having me as a student. I am intelligent, hard-working and I love to create. I enjoy starting with a blank page and filling it with words until they flow over its edges. I have the persistence and dedication to make my ideas happen. When I make commitments I follow through; when I was five I decided that I wanted to try karate, eleven years later I received my black belt. I am driven; driven to read, driven to write, and driven to make a difference. Sarah Lawrence will teach me how to make this difference.

Ideas appear in my head like worms on the sidewalk after a rainy day. The problem is finding a safe place to put these ideas where they won’t get stepped on or forgotten. Sarah Lawrence would be a safe place to put my ideas. Just as I would benefit from having this safe place, Sarah Lawrence would also benefit from my ideas; just like a garden benefits from the presence of worms.

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