World’s Most Expensive College – Sarah Lawrence College, New York

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Total Cost- $ 63,200 per year

Tuition & Fees- $ 48,696

Increment from previous Year- 3.8%

Sarah Lawrence College has been rated as the most extortionate college in the world. Freshmen entering this college should be prepared to be billed for more than $ 61,000 per annum tuition fees. This figure is exclusive of the transportation, supplies, textbooks and other personal expenses. Sarah Lawrence College or SLC has left New York University with $ 59,837 and Harry Mudd College with $ 58,913 tuition fees, far behind in the league as per the survey and review of 100 most expensive schools. SLC is a private liberal arts college in Bronxville, New York. To wrap up its tuition, fees, room and board costs in a single, comprehensive and affordable packet, the college also provides scholarship. SLC is extraordinary for its singular educational model, experienced faculty and extensive curriculum that shape the exploration of each course. The school is home to the nation’s oldest graduate program and the first to provide Master’s degree in human genetics and human advocacy. As per the expertise speculation, by 2030, the price of tuition fees may continue to rise and can touch skyrocketing amount of $ 130,000. The soaring cost of education has left students struggling to pay their fees along with federal student loan, reaching a pinnacle of 13.4 percent in 2012. This accounts to an appalling student debt up to $ 1 trillion.

sarah lawrence college   slc


Sarah Lawrence College has been established by real-estate mogul William Van Duzer Lawrence and the college has been named after his wife, Sarah Bates Lawrence. This college has been originally concocted to provide pedagogy in the fields like modeling, typewriting, applying makeup and it was the first liberal arts college in United States. Sarah Lawrence became a coeducational college in 1968 and prior to this transition, management discussed to amalgamate it with Princeton University but then the admin chose to maintain the College’s individual identity.

william lawrence    sarh bates lawrence


Lawrence College provides wide range of courses under four different curricular distributions viz. Creative Arts, Histories & Social Sciences, Humanities, Natural Science & Mathematics. Unlike antediluvian “Major” concept, Sarah Lawrence offers multidisciplinary concentration and offers Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal arts. College’s apogee touching fees is worth every penny for it has no simple classrooms instead they have semi-conference system where students meet biweekly with professors to discuss about independent projects and each student is provided with a “don” who is a full-time faculty advisor. In Sarah Lawrence, faculties have twice one-on-one conversation with individual student. Sarah Lawrence also allows students to contrive their own curriculum and receive written evaluations in addition to grades. This “handcrafted” education therefore becomes significantly more cost intensive and high-priced.

Apart from bachelor degree, Sarah Lawrence is also renowned for its Major degree in Writing, Art of Teaching, Child Development, theatres and dance and is home to nation’s oldest graduate program in Women’s history.

arts center

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”

Sarah Lawrence well defines the aforementioned pithy as students, after obtaining their degree in respective course have been estimated to earn $ 36,400 as the early-annual salary while 89,500 as the mid-annual salary.



  • The Cost of College: Weighing expense with Value.
  • Who’s Afraid of James Joyce, reviewed favorably by The Times Literary Supplement.
  •  As per the issue of Westchester Magazine, President Karen Lawrence, is one of four female Presidents leading an institution of higher education in Westchester County.
  • In November 2010, Huffington Post article titled, “The Truth about Sarah Lawrence” speaks about the “intensive 1:1 instruction” which is the hallmark of school’s pedagogy.



The college total assets less liabilities, equivalent to net worth or equity grew from $ 96.5 million to $ 104.2 million. This escalation has been fueled up improved investment supported by College’s ability to operate surplus and successful fundraising. The investment hike has been of $ 9.1 million for the year along with new gifts to endowment totaling $ 4.6 million. The College successfully restructured its debt during 2009-2010 fiscal years, refinancing from auction rate to fixed rate bonds and thereby significantly reducing its vulnerability to the event of a rise in high interest rates. Total indebtedness stood at $ 46.8 million.


Sarah Lawrence College is built around 40 wooded acres in Southern Westchester County. William Van Duzer Lawrence laid out its mapping in such a way that there is little minimum separation between the work and life, as two were to be inexorably entwined at the College. Therefore, classrooms, dormitory suites and faculty offices are all housed in the same graceful, ivy-colored tutor buildings.

BATES CENTER FOR STUDENT LIFE: It houses almost all the facilities, a student or a faculty can wish to have in a same campus building. Designed in English Tudor style, it has everything, right from maids’ quarter to dining hall to laboratories to arts facilities.

THE ESTHER RAUSHENBUSH LIBRARY: It houses books over 300,000 volumes.

ALLICE STONE IICHMAN SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS CENTER: It has science laboratories in additions to classrooms and faculty offices. The building has been named after former President, Alice Stone IIchman.

THE MARSHAL FIELD MUSIC BUILDING: It houses the music department and it is built in Georgian Colonial style.

THE CAMPBELL SPORTS CENTER: It is one of the newest buildings on campus that houses a swimming pool, a rowing tank, a weight room, an indoor running track, a squash and basketball courts.

Sarah Lawrence College also provides with the housing facilities with wide range of desirable living options such as, “Old-Dorms, “New-Dorms”, “The mead Way houses” and many more.

sarah lawrence    sarah mawrence campus

dining room    bates center

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