A college without grades - this is the dream of countless high school students across the nation. Those students probably couldn't get into Sarah Lawrence though, where grades are non-existent not so that students will slack off, but because students wish to focus on learning for its own sake and avoid unnecessary competition. Andy, a creative writing major, says, "Outside of class, you'll be hard-pressed to find a student who doesn't love talking about their studies, and groups of like-minded students seem to form naturally, thanks to mutual respect and admiration among peers." SLU students rave about the school's unconventional academic program, which offers more than just a lack of grades. According to Anna, a senior bio major, "Conferences, which are unique to SLC as far as I know, are my favorite part of the curriculum. They allow you to explore your own interests in depth as well as getting one on one time with professors, to ask questions, get advice, or just chat. There are definitely intellectual conversations outside of class at SLC, if you're looking for them."
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