More than a great liberal arts institution
We believe that our students are what make Swarthmore College the collaborative, culturally rich community it is today. Furthermore, our commitment to affordability and access extends into a commitment to create and support a thriving, inclusive campus community. Our student body currently includes approximately 48% domestic students of color. Nearly 60% of our students receive financial aid and 22% of students in the incoming class of 2025 were the first generation in their family to attend college. Over a quarter of the students from the class of 2025 are dual citizens, permanent residents, or non-U.S. citizens. The diversity of perspectives represented by our students, faculty, and staff contributes to our strong sense of open dialogue and engagement.
Swarthmore College’s many centers and offices support this critical mission through events and campus-wide programs, initiatives, and policies that address all members and aspects of the community. These include the Hormel-Nguyen Intercultural Center, which provides programs and services that support the personal and intellectual development of Asian American, Latinx, Native American, multiracial, LGBTQ+, low-income, international, differently abled, and first-generation college students. The Black Cultural Center’s goal is to support a thriving and inclusive Black campus community, and it serves as a space for a range of student-centered programming and activities. The Women’s Resource Center facilitates discussions and events concerning women specifically and gender equity broadly. Though Swarthmore doesn’t have a religious affiliation, many students, staff, and faculty find community through faith-based groups and activities on campus through the Interfaith Center.
Campus life is brimming with even more opportunities to connect. Whether it's a live Latinx music performance, a South Asian movie night, a visiting scholar speaker series, or a lecture on cross-cultural collaboration among students of color, this is a place where students develop as scholars who are fully engaged in their communities. Alongside the College’s many offices and resources, there are hundreds of student organizations that uplift and celebrate the many facets of our students’ identities and cultures. Swarthmore strives to provide an environment where students can explore questions of social and cultural identity while fostering personal development and leadership skills, with a particular emphasis on social justice. The President’s Fund for Racial Justice uplifts Swarthmore programs focused on transformative racial justice. These initiatives include supporting the Chester Children’s Chorus and summer research opportunities through the Swarthmore Black Alumni Network.
At Swarthmore, you’ll begin a lifelong habit of involving yourself in the larger world. Community building has been rooted in Swarthmore’s principles since its founding. Swarthmore’s forward-looking Quaker founders built the College on the premise that all people have an inner light that must be respected and that each of us can make the world a better place. The Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility supports students in these endeavors; they can help connect you with service projects, coordinate a community-based learning component to your academic work, or provide scholarship and grant funding to support a social action project you design.
Suburban campus, cosmopolitan life
Swarthmore’s idyllic 425-acre arboretum campus features rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails. Yet the city of Philadelphia is only 30 minutes away by the train that stops at the foot of campus, and New York City and Washington, DC, are within a 90-minute train ride. Another benefit of our location is that you can take courses at nearby Haverford College, Bryn Mawr College, or the University of Pennsylvania.
Come for a visit
We invite you to investigate all the opportunities Swarthmore has to offer. There’s no substitute for talking with students and discussing your interests with a professor in your desired major. Our community welcomes the chance to get to know you better.