College Freshman 2013-12-13T03:48:01Z
I absolutely love that Sarah Lawrence does not have majors. It is such a unique approach to education and I find that I am really encouraged to explore so many things that I would never think of taking if I had strict requirements. I am a dance "third," which means a third of my time is devoted to dance (you can also take a third in theater, visual arts, or music). It's a similar system to a major except you dedicate a lot of time to your academic classes as well. The system doesn't really work well for people who want to focus on one thing. The typical Sarah Lawrence student has a schedule that goes something like this: they're taking theater classes, a queer studies course, a computer science course and they're in the burlesque club.
College Freshman 2013-12-13T03:48:01Z
It's the best. We do have the number 1 faculty in the country. You can definitely slack off if you really want to, but the teachers here encourage you to go beyond the normal course load to really immerse yourself in the topic. We have the best teachers in the country and they will make you work hard, but you will realize that you've learned so much more than if they hadn't.
College Freshman 2013-12-13T03:41:23Z
Yonkers actually has some pretty great Irish bars that are easy to get to on the bus and New York City obviously has an insane amount of nightlife. You definitely have to leave campus if you want anything more exciting than a group of people drinking on a lawn or half-heartedly dancing in the Blue Room.
College Freshman 2013-12-13T03:39:51Z
The computers are really nice macs with the option to use mac or pc operating systems. However, there really aren't that many computers and the lab in the library is often completely full. I don't really have to deal with it because I have my own laptop and I feel really bad for people who depend on those computers to do their work. If possible, bring your own computer!
College Freshman 2013-12-13T03:37:51Z
I haven't had any negative experiences with campus security or other authority figures. Security officers often break up parties but they usually don't get people in trouble for drinking unless they are being obnoxious. They usually just tell people to quiet down and give a warning before coming back to break it up, and when that happens everyone just goes to a new place anyways and it's always okay!
College Freshman 2013-12-09T05:03:01Z
Cold in winter. Very cold. But good in other times
College Freshman 2013-12-09T05:02:12Z
White people most. But the year of 2013 we have 22% of international students(all kind: Chinese Indians European and US citizen live abroad). It is getting better. But still people tend to go out with their own race.
College Freshman 2013-12-09T04:59:33Z
Sarah Lawrence students are isolated from the village of Bronxville and the city of Yonkers. There are not many nearby schools. If there are SLC kids will still don't give a sh*t because they think they are the best(sadly me too).
College Freshman 2013-12-09T04:56:40Z
Hillhouse is the best dorm on campus. I got a lovely 6 people suit and I share room with two guys. Everything is great. Althougn my friend lives in Westland suffered a lot. So not all dorms are great.
College Freshman 2013-12-09T04:54:29Z
I do not smoke. But it seems like everyone I know smokes. That is not a problem actually because you don't have to follow. Drinking is big on campus. I do social drinks and I enjoy it. Not a big deal about drinking. Some people use drugs. Danial Day Lewis's son wrote a rap song about him smoking weed on campus. The college banned the video. So the school has some control on it. But you can still smoke weed if you want to.
College Freshman 2013-12-09T04:50:23Z
I don't really need any money luckily SLC still gave me 16k scholarship. There were some issues on the financial aid but they were handled well. Don't worry about it. As long as you keep your grade, you will get your money.
College Freshman 2013-12-09T04:48:37Z
Food here is not ideal. Bates is basically the only place you can eat some actual food(not cookies). And the food quality is good but it lacks CHANGES. For 3 months I have only seen 4 different kind and pizza and the burgers are the same forever. Pub is a great place to go if you have patience on the line. Overall the dinning is ok but need a lot of improvement.
College Freshman 2013-12-09T04:45:00Z
Guys & Girls:
Girls in Sarah Lawrence are pretty smart. They dress well and always being nice. However few of them tend to looking for a true relationship. The best girls I met are from the athlete teams.
College Freshman 2013-12-09T04:41:39Z
Sarah Lawrence is basically in Manhattan. That is to say the college has only 20 minutes drive and 30 minutes train to the great New York City. That is pretty enough for a college student. We got shuttle bus as well. Although I never took since I like running and walking, my friends say the shuttle is pretty good.
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.
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