Sarah Lawrence College has test-optional admissions, so low SAT or ACT scores won't hurt your chances of getting in. That said, the college is highly selective and successful applicants generally do have both high grades and test scores. GPA matters the most, and you can see in the graph above that most admitted students had high school averages of "B+" or higher (the green and blue dots represent students who got in). The majority were up in the "A" range. Standardized test scores also tended to be well above average. Admitted students typically had SAT composite scores above 1750 and ACT composite scores of 25 or higher.
Note that there are some red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) throughout the graph. Some students with grades that were on target for Sarah Lawrence were not admitted. On the flip side, some students were accepted with grades a bit below the norm. This is because admission to Sarah Lawrence is based on much more than numerical data. Sarah Lawrence uses the Common Application, and you will be evaluated holistically. Sarah Lawrence takes into consideration the rigor of your high school courses, the quality of your application essay, the depth of your extracurricular activities, and the content of your letters of recommendation. Sarah Lawrence also requires a supplemental essay and an analytical paper. Because the college doesn't require test scores, the admissions folks rely heavily on your written work to measure your college readiness.
To learn more about Sarah Lawrence College, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- Sarah Lawrence Admissions Profile
- What's a Good SAT Score?
- What's a Good ACT Score?
- What's Considered a Good Academic Record?
- What is a Weighted GPA?