College Junior 2013-10-29T20:47:59Z
Guys & Girls:
The student body here might not be very diverse sexually, but the people here are all great people. The girls are extremely attractive and intelligent, but that's besides the main point that they're just awesome human beings. They're great communicators and they're mostly hard-working and at least make attempts to be social. The guys are all typically well-dressed and intelligent too. They're also typically great human beings and they don't seem to let the fact that the school is over 60% female affect their attitudes. Though there are certainly exceptions, most people here are pretty chill and bright. One problem is that a lot of people are socially awkward and the limited number of straight men can create interesting drama. Beyond that, the guys and girls are all pretty awesome here.
College Junior 2013-10-29T20:38:34Z
Again, this comes down to the fact that SLC is near the city. The on-campus nightlife is kind of quiet. Just people drinking or smoking together. Just hanging out and having a good time. The local off-campus nightlife is pretty lame/non-existent. Where most students go to have a solid nightlife is the city, where of course there are a variety of bars and clubs to go to. It's up to you if you want to "pay extra" for your nightlife by going into the city most weekends, but if you really want to, you can find things to do on-campus. There aren't really any bars or clubs that are very local in Bronxville or Yonkers though.
College Junior 2013-10-29T20:36:53Z
The atmosphere right next to campus is nothing more than average. Bronxville is a quaint suburb with no fast-food restaurants and no evidence of the fact that it's only several miles from the metropolis that is NYC. With that in mind, there are some very nice (albeit expensive) restaurants in Bronxville and there's a nice bookstore and a solid coffee place (Slave to the Grind). If you want a mall, there's one in Yonkers (Cross County) and both Bronxville and Yonkers have movie theaters. There isn't too much to do in either town, but again, SLC is located pretty close to the city. A two way trip to the city is around $15-16, but that's not too bad and there's plenty to do there.
College Junior 2013-10-29T20:34:48Z
Health & Safety:
Health services is just okay here. I've had some strange experiences, but they seem to get the job done. There's a little bit too much emphasis on mental health here. I understand the importance, but having to fill out a mental health survey every time you go there because you have a cold or a stomach bug is kind of ridiculous. My mental health isn't going to change in the three days that my stomach bug got worse. Besides that, the health services building is also really inconveniently located and I know a lot of freshmen who get lost trying to find it. Despite that, they provide mediocre care and you're in good enough hands if you just have the flu or a similar ailment. That and security is good here. We've had some sporadic incidents on campus, but security really isn't to blame since most were committed by SLC students. Security is visible enough and they only bust parties when people call to complain, which is sadly kind of frequent, but if you're holding a small get-together where people are just drinking socially, you shouldn't be worried about campus security doing anything.
College Junior 2013-10-29T20:31:09Z
I've heard SLC is respectable with financial aid and I don't mean to damage their reputation, but I myself and several of my acquaintances here have struggled financially to pay for Sarah Lawrence and have received little to no help from the financial aid office. Despite repeated pleas for access to more money or at least more information about scholarships and/or loans, financial aid has done little to help me other than to send me links to things I've already checked out and often haven't fully understood. I've had a poor time dealing with financial aid here and unless you're in dire need, it's tough to go here if you're from the middle class. You can certainly make it work, but expect to be in moderate debt once you graduate.
College Junior 2013-10-29T20:20:21Z
This is New York. It rains. It snows. The sun shines. Any weather phenomena is possible. We've been hit by blizzards and hurricanes. We've had tornado warnings. We have a week of 80 degree weather followed by a week of 50 degree weather. Make sure you have a weather app on your phone and make sure to check it before you dress yourself and go outside.
College Junior 2013-10-29T20:19:18Z
The dorms are almost all great. There's some poor housing that underclassmen can get stuck in, but for the most part, you get what you're paying for here. Most rooms are pretty spacious and despite many "restrictions" on what you can have in your room, it's pretty easy to violate some of them, so long as you don't deliberately destroy or damage your room or put other people in danger. The social atmosphere is blase here and there aren't usually anything other than several small parties going on on Friday or Saturday nights. Most social interactions include hanging out at the Pub or attending Blue Room dances. A lot of other social interactions simply include people drinking or smoking together. The housing lottery is a mess most years and I've been waitlisted two years in a row. Nonetheless, I've still ended up with respectable housing. All in all, SLC has pretty solid housing and I'm very comfortable living on campus.
College Junior 2013-10-29T20:16:29Z
Sarah Lawrence is more diverse than people give it credit for. Though a large percentage of the population carries liberal views, the political spectrum here does vary. There are students of varying sexual orientations here and there is high acceptance and tolerance of sexuality, religious belief, ethnicity, etc. Though the college is largely white, there are a large number of international students and students of varying ethnic backgrounds. Economically, it's hard to tell the diversity. There are definitely a lot of wealthy students, but there are also plenty of students who come from middle and lower middle class backgrounds. The problem is that everyone tries to appear affluent, not that everyone is affluent. There are also a large number of international students from across the globe, though most come from the Asian continent.
College Junior 2013-10-29T20:13:31Z
Sarah Lawrence sole bachelor's degree is a Liberal Arts degree. But this is no hindrance. Most companies in NYC, especially those in visual and creative arts, and even those in business and economics, love SLC students who come from multidimensional educational backgrounds. For example, I've studied computer science and nanotechnology while also studying fiction, public policy, screenwriting, and film production. I've been able to apply my science knowledge to some of my writing pieces and I've also applied my knowledge of public policy to a volunteer program I work at where I teach incarcerated youth how to write poetry. The workload is tough, but it's not overwhelming. The class registration process is a bit hectic and can be frustrating, but the sheer number of amazing classes offered usually counters that. In general, this college offers you an amazing academic opportunity. The professors are brighter than most and the campus has an engaging intellectual atmosphere. If you're looking for an institution with rigorous academics and the freedom to pursue any or all fields without limitations (such as the ability to go all four years without taking a math course), then SLC is the place for you.
College Junior 2013-10-29T20:13:30Z
Sarah Lawrence College is incredible academically. The professors are like no other. They're driven and, though often distracted by outside projects, will go out of their way to help you if you approach them properly. Almost all of the professors here are esteemed in their respective fields and if you want a diverse liberal arts education, there are few better places than SLC. You get to work with many of the professors in one-on-one situations for conference projects and you can form incredible rapports than can develop into future professional contacts. You can even find direct job opportunities through some professors. If you want an invigorating intellectual experience that will help improve future career opportunities, SLC is a great school to go to. You just have to play your cards right and be at least partially self-motivated and self-driven. SLC will not plan and design your future for you. But if you figure out what you want and you interact well with your professors, this experience will be like no other.
College Junior 2013-10-29T20:06:58Z
At SLC you don't need a laptop. But I'd highly recommend having one. There are several computer labs around campus, but the most frequented one is the one downstairs in the library. With this in mind, most of the other locations with computer labs are either small (MacCracken Study Lounge and Hill Study Lounge both have two computers each) or are either limited to certain students (the Ziskin Lab) or close at randomly inconvenient times (the upstairs Heimbold Computer Lab). It's not a bad situation here, and the network is pretty reliable and ever-improving. But the printing budget is excessively low, even for writing-intensive students who need to print several hundred pages a semester. Most students end up having to use money out of pocket to print things for class. Internet access is one of the few upsides here and the internet speed is respectable. All-in-all, Sarah Lawrence isn't MIT or Stanford, but the computer situation is a little bit above average and not really a problem.
College Junior 2013-10-29T20:03:38Z
The problem with off-campus housing is that Sarah Lawrence College is sandwiched between two towns: Bronxville and Yonkers. The apartments in Bronxville are beautiful and conveniently located, but they're expensive. The apartments in Yonkers aren't as aesthetically pleasing and they're a much farther distance from campus, but they're significantly cheaper. Though there are some off-campus apartments that are both cheap and conveniently located, only a select few students ever get housing there. In the end, your best bet is typically to live on-campus. But if you want to live off-campus and have the drive to make it work, it's certainly doable.
College Junior 2013-10-29T20:01:23Z
Sarah Lawrence College has been an amazing experience. I've learned more at this institution in three years so far than I came close to learning in four years of high school. I'm much closer to the career of my dreams than I ever could have imagined heading into here my freshman year. The opportunity and exposure to internships and major industries throughout the NYC and NY state area is huge and despite a narrowing job market for students my age, things look bright because of the connections I've made and the experiences I've had here. Despite this, Sarah Lawrence's price tag is a downer. It's expensive and the school isn't very equal with its financial aid. The financial aid office also isn't very helpful if you have any issues. Despite this, the school itself is beautiful to look at and the faculty are some of the most amazing in the country. They're all bright and engaging and I honestly have yet to have a professor I didn't enjoy. Sarah Lawrence College isn't perfect, but it's a pretty amazing liberal arts institution.
College Junior 2013-10-29T19:58:27Z
While some facilities are great (performing arts facilities, visual arts facilities, computer labs, the classrooms), there are plenty that have shortcomings (student center, the gym and athletic fields) and the rest are all average at best. While the library is expansive and has the interlibrary loan system, it can be unreliable, more a commentary on the faculty than on the facility itself. Most buildings and classrooms are nice and suit their purpose. The lecture rooms are relatively small, but the lectures here themselves are small, so it's not really an issue. All in all, the campus is very pretty and doesn't need any heavy renovation. Most of the tech is up-to-date and there are plenty of places to study and be comfortable.
College Junior 2013-10-29T19:52:57Z
Solid train shuttle service that serves the community from 5 PM to 5 AM taking students to the local train station. Also a solid campus shuttle service that runs around the clock to take you from one point of campus to another. Zipcars are now around, and though you need to pay for a membership, it's cheap and convenient. Taxis are hit or miss and overcharge, but there's really no need for them. Public transportation is average, but there are plenty of buses and the train station is convenient and decently priced, as heading into the city from almost anywhere is always an expensive venture anyway.
College Junior 2013-10-29T19:49:05Z
Lots of visibility of marijuana smoking and alcohol drinking. Limited visibility of cocaine use and other hard drug use.
College Junior 2013-10-12T22:26:20Z
Best done if you have a friend to split the cost, single room apartments are very expensive. Living in the village of Bronxville is going to be much more expensive than living in Yonkers. The Bronxville PO extends into Yonkers, so you can live in a relatively nice area but not pay crazy high Bronxville rent. (The entire campus of SLC is in Yonkers city limits but it has a Bronxville PO). There are co-ops in the area, which I would strongly avoid, you have to get board approval to get a lease. A lot of people in the area don't like students and might give you a hard time getting the lease, but for the price point and the rooms I think it's worth it. I lived off campus for almost half the price of the dorms, my room was huge and air conditioned.
College Junior 2013-10-12T22:19:40Z
I love it here and can't see myself anywhere else. The academics are simple incredible. You will find yourself talking to your professor on the phone about conference work or even walking your professor's dog. The classes here go above and beyond and can meet any challenge you put forward. The campus is beautiful and peaceful; Bronxville is a charming place to spend time, and the option of NYC is always there. I've met some of my best friends here as well. The worst thing in my opinion is the gender ratio - it makes dating and even hooking up weird and hard to do. There's also annoying faux social activists, but they're incredibly easy to ignore. The first semester will be hard, but once you find your groove it becomes a great place.
College Junior 2013-10-12T22:12:04Z
It's hard to throw a party that doesn't get busted and some of the security guards are total assholes. Sometimes students will call in noise complaints on other students (don't be that guy) but sometimes the guards just patrol the campus and break up parties when they see them. In terms of punishment, I don't know anyone who has had to pay a fine, but I know it's possible to get fined if you have multiple offenses.
College Junior 2013-10-12T22:09:14Z
I recommend moving off campus after freshman year. It's really expensive and is not worth the price tag. Most first years get put in Hill House, Garrison, or Taylor. A few get the old dorms, and some girls get put in Lynd. Hill is very spacious and you get a kitchen, but it is old and dirty. Garrison and Taylor are traditional style dorms with linoleum floors and communal bathrooms, however some people like the sense of community found in them because the floors are small. The older dorms have charm, but are in serious need of upgrades. Tweed is beautiful, but doesn't house very many students. Andrews Court and Rothschild are the only buildings with air conditioning, but you can only live there from sophomore year and up.
College Junior 2013-10-12T22:03:23Z
Mainly Asian and Italian. The pizza selection is great of course, but the amount of other options is underwhelming. Bronxville is on the pricy side, but still affordable. There's a frozen yogurt place in town, and one in the Cross Country Mall. There's also a Chipotle in the mall.
College Junior 2013-10-12T22:00:43Z
OK if you want a football team this is not the place as we don't have a football field. However, we're in the process of joining the NCAA and are making big strides in our athletics. I'm on the women's swim team, which is probably the best team at the school. If you want to play sports in college, it's still a great place to do so. The workouts are challenging and the coaches are great. However, the general student population doesn't really care about sports and the turnouts to games are pretty low.
College Junior 2013-10-12T21:54:30Z
From 5pm to 5am you can call for a shuttle service to pick up anywhere around campus. Sometimes the shuttles can take awhile to come, especially at Hill House. However, keep in mind that it only takes about 20 minutes to walk from one end of campus to the other. There is a shuttle on Saturdays that drops off at the Met, it is best to sign up ahead of time. Also, there is a shuttle on the weekends that goes to Trader Joe's in Scarsdale and one that goes to Whole Foods in Yonkers (neither of which are very easy to access using public transportation).
College Junior 2013-10-12T21:51:52Z
I love the set-up of the academics here, it's so liberating in comparison to so many other schools, where you are restricted to classes within your major. The only downside is that because anyone can take any class (except for advance level ones of course) you can end up getting bumped from a class that really fascinates you (seminars are capped at 15 people). However, professors tend to offer the same classes every couple of years. Additionally, if you get bumped from something you're really passionate about, you can audit it.
College Junior 2013-10-12T08:51:53Z
There isn't a focus on athletics; I don't know much about teams here. We don't have a lot of fans/games/fun around athletics, and unfortunately, I don't know of many athletic clubs/activities. If sports are your #1 priority, I can't imagine the school is for you. But if you think the school is a good fit in other ways, and love sports, look further, there might be a team or a way to start one. Also look at what grades actual athletes give.
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