I am currently pursuing my dream as a graduate creative writing student at Sarah Lawrence College and private academic tutor based in NYC. For the past six years, I have worked with a wide range of students,, and am always honing my creative process so I can be most effective at communicating my ideas and helping students excel at their academic studies: whether it is in writing a remarkable personal essay for college applications, crafting an analytical literary essay, or distilling important themes in Shakespeare, poetry, or classic English literature. As a passionate educator, I bring energy and excitement into a room and know how to tailor my approach to meet the individual needs of my students.
Combined with your English grades and some test scores, the application essay reveals your writing abilities--organization, analysis, interpretation--and your mastery of the conventions of standard written English. You'll need all this in college. As further information on the same subject, some applications require an essay prepared and graded as a classroom assignment. A graded school paper can reveal both the skill of the writer and the level of expectation at the secondary school. Wheaton (Mass.), Sarah Lawrence, Hampshire, Bennington and Ursinus are among the schools that ask for this supplementary material. David Wagner, associate dean at Hampshire, notes: "It's one of the most useful things we have; student writing confirms everything else in the file."
I have been a private academic English, Literature, and Writing tutor in NYC for over five years and have helped many students substantially improve their GPAs and earn 4's and 5's on their AP exams. My background as a dual English and French Major at Yale, and now a Masters in Creative Writing candidate at Sarah Lawrence College, has deeply informed my knowledge of classic literature covered in AP English/Literature syllabi, as well as shaped my eye for superior analytical writing.
Success at any school depends on knowing what you're in for; nothing is more bitter than disappointed expectations. The essay is particularly useful in determining the fit between the applicant and the college. David Wagner, Hampshire College's associate dean of admissions, says, "Our students design their own programs through negotiation with faculty advisers. We need to be sure they have the motivation and vision to do that. The essay is one of the places we look for confirmation." If a college has a particular character--its curriculum is tightly focused (Fashion Institute of Technology, the U.S. service academies) or it relies on a special calendar (Colorado College's block plan), teaching methodology (Sarah Lawrence College) or curriculum (St. John's great books program), the essay can reflect an understanding of and enthusiasm for this special setting.
Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, New York, is the latest addition to the ever-growing list of “test score optional” colleges. Beginning with the high school graduating class of 2005, no applicants will be required to submit standardized test scores.
Sarah Lawrence College has test-optional admissions, so low SAT or ACT scores won't hurt your chances of getting an acceptance letter. In fact, Sarah Lawrence was an early leader in the test-optional movement. 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 1200 and ACT composite scores of 25 or higher. Roughly half of all applicants to Sarah Lawrence are admitted.
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 , and you will be evaluated . Sarah Lawrence takes into consideration the , the quality of your , the depth of your , and the content of your . 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.
Sarah Lawrence is one of the few prestigious schools I can think of that look at everything holistically which makes the application process for this school very unique.