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The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 allows the college to designate certain faculty/student information as Directory Information. Under the Act, information so designated may be released without the student's prior consent unless he or she specifically asks that prior consent be obtained. The College has designated as Directory Information only a student's name, address, telephone number, class, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, and degrees received.

This information is intended only for use within the College community with the following exceptions:

  1. A student's name may be used in connection with announcements or reports of College activities or sports.
  2. The verification of a student's enrollment (but no other information) may be released without prior consent in response to legitimate inquiries from outside the College community. Otherwise, it is long-standing College policy not to release any information about a student except in safety or health emergencies in compliance with a lawfully issued subpoena or judicial order; as required by other applicable state or federal regulations or as otherwise allowed under the Act.

A STUDENT WHO WISHES TO WITHHOLD DIRECTORY INFORMATION MUST file a "REQUEST TO WITHHOLD DIRECTORY INFORMATION" FORM (available from the "forms" link on the registration page in MySLC, and from the registrar's office)  NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2016.  (Students admitted for or returning to campus for Spring 2017 must notify the Registrar's Office no later than Friday, January 29, 2017.)   Such requests will be honored only for one year and must be filed annually. You should be aware that, by withholding directory information, some information you might consider important may not reach you or be available to third parties, such as prospective employers or off-campus organizations.   Any student contemplating the withholding of Directory Information may, of course, discuss the matter with the Registrar before taking formal action.

A fuller explanation of the Act, including students' rights of access to their educational records, is printed in the Student Handbook.

In most cases, Sarah Lawrence College does not require students with ethical objections to participate in dissection. Students who choose to refrain from such activity will be given alternatives that provide similar experiences. Those who choose such alternatives will not be penalized, although they will be responsible for the material presented in dissection exercises. If appropriate, separate evaluations of their learning experiences may be designed. In courses where dissection is considered essential to understanding the biological principles at hand (such as advanced biology courses) students should discuss concerns with the instructor during interviews prior to registration.

Students who feel that undue pressure to dissect has been placed upon them, or question the designation of a course as requiring mandatory dissection, may file a complaint with the Dean of the College.


I. Individual courses acceptable in transfer must meet the following conditions:

  • They must have been completed at a college or university accredited by the Middle States, New England, North Central, Northwest, Southern, or Western Association of Schools and Colleges, or foreign schools of comparable accreditation.
  • The courses must be liberal arts courses in disciplines offered for credit at Sarah Lawrence. Courses within the traditional definition of the liberal arts though not offered at Sarah Lawrence, e.g., geology, are also acceptable.
  • A final grade of “C” (not “C-“) or higher must have been earned.
  • Courses taken at a junior college can be accepted as first-year or sophomore courses, but cannot be posted toward a junior or senior year.
  • Credit is not given for courses taken on-line or through distance learning.
  • In general, short-term courses (fewer than three weeks in duration) are not accepted.
  • The courses may not have been used to satisfy high school diploma requirements. (For courses taken prior to high school graduation, see the Student Handbook.)

II. Courses in the Arts:

The creative arts have long held a prominent place in the life of the College. Transfer credit is available for courses completed in Dance, Music, Theatre, Filmmaking and the Studio Arts only after evaluation by Sarah Lawrence faculty in those programs. Faculty may wish to review course descriptions, syllabi, worksheets, or portfolios, so it’s wise to retain any course material you may have. The following general advice may be helpful in determining whether credits will be transferable:

Dance: The Sarah Lawrence Dance program is constructed on the premise that dance is a unique art form, calling for the integration of body, mind, and spirit. A dance program at the College is comprised of a yearlong series of coordinated components. Credit cannot be given for dance technique courses taken alone: such courses must be accompanied by formal course work in dance theory/composition. Transfer credit for all dance courses is evaluated by the director of the Dance program.

Music: The Sarah Lawrence Music program is structured to integrate theory and practice. Students select a combination of component courses which include, at minimum, individual instruction (instrumental performance, composition, or voice); a theory and/or history course; and a performance ensemble. Credit cannot be given for performance courses taken alone. Such courses must be accompanied and supported by formal coursework in music theory and individual instruction. Transfer credit for all music courses is evaluated by the director of the Music program.

Theatre: The Sarah Lawrence Theatre program emphasizes the process of theatre as the student builds craft and connections among language, movement, vision, and performance. Students work with vocal and physical connections to dramatic text and integrate the internal and external work. Transfer credit for all theatre courses is evaluated by the director of the Theatre program.

Studio Arts: Transfer credit for all studio art courses is evaluated by the director of the Visual Arts program.

Filmmaking: Transfer credit for all filmmaking courses is evaluated by the director of the Filmmaking program.

III. Courses not eligible for transfer credit:

Courses in the following disciplines cannot receive any transfer credit:

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Home Economics
  • Physical Education
  • Real Estate
  • Speech
  • Typing, Word Processing, or Secretarial courses
  • Technical courses in Dentistry, Engineering, etc.

IV. Computing Transfer Credits

  • Sarah Lawrence College will accept a maximum of 60 transfer credits (a maximum of 75 for students matriculating from the Center for Continuing Education). All remaining credits for the degree must be completed at Sarah Lawrence.
  • A maximum of 30 credits will be accepted for one year of study; a maximum of 15 credits for one semester.
  • A maximum of eight credits may be earned in one summer (10 if the summer session(s) extend to ten weeks or longer). No more than 16 total summer credits may be applied to the minimum 120 credits required for the degree.
  • Courses accepted from institutions operating on a quarter system are transferred at 2/3 value.
V.  Associate Degree Policy
In principle, Sarah Lawrence accepts the Associate Degree in Liberal Arts, granting a full 60 credits (two years’ credits). Transfer credit for associate degrees in non-liberal arts fields are evaluated on a course-by-course basis.
Students who wish to enroll in summer classes at other colleges or universities should obtain prior approval to ensure that credit will transfer.  The Transfer Credit Approval Form should be filed with the Registrar's Office. 

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Students who have completed all requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree during the academic year are invited to participate in the graduation ceremony in May. Students who are within five credits of completion at the end of the spring semester and have plans to finish during the summer may petition the Committee on Student Work to participate in Commencement as non-graduates. These students, if final requirements are completed during the summer, will be eligible for September degrees.  Only students who have matriculated from the Center for Continuing Education, who often finish their degree requirements during the summer as a matter of course, are not required to petition the Committee on Student Work. No other exceptions will be granted and no appeals will be heard.

Therefore, students should keep careful count of their credits to be sure they will have earned the requisite 120 credits by the time of their anticipated commencement. Students who have lost credit and transfer students who may have entered the College with odd numbers of credits should discuss their credit status with their dons immediately, and devise strategies to earn additional credit in order to graduate on time. (Additional credits may be earned during intersession, summer, or during regular terms as course overloads, all of which must receive prior approval of the Committee on Student Work.) Students may also discuss their credit situation with any of the deans in the Dean of Studies Office.

Students who intend to graduate in the 2016-17 academic year must file a Degree Application (available through the "forms" link on the registration page in MySLC, and from the registrar's office) with the Registrar’s Office. Applications should be filed by September 30, 2016.