Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA

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Undergrad Science & Engineering Diversity

Tuition & Fees

$54,456

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Average freshman score by percentile.

75th
750
25th
690
75th
790
25th
705
75th
36
25th
33
75th
34
25th
29
75th
34
25th
31
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undergraduateRatios

49%

male

51%

female

8

students

1

faculty

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Extremely Selective

9%

acceptance rate

Accepted 1,054
Declined 10,576
Total Received 11,630
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Private

1,689

undergraduate students

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Location

School Facts

Swarthmore College, founded in 1864, is a private, liberal arts college with engineering. Its 425-acre campus is located in Swarthmore, 11 miles from downtown Philadelphia.

Official website Visit website
Application link Apply online
Public/private Private
Campus enrollment 1,689
Established in 1864
Coeducational Coeducational

425-acre campus on a designated arboretum in Swarthmore (population: 6,257), 11 miles from Philadelphia. Major airport, bus, and train serve Philadelphia. Public transportation serves campus. School operates transportation to airport before and after breaks.

  • Campus Setting: Large town

Swarthmore College
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA
19081

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
95%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
100%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students are required to live in school housing
no
Students may not have cars on campus
yes
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age

Fun Facts

  • Swarthmore College's first graduating class, the Class of 1873, consisted of six students: five women and one man.
  • October is a glorious time for a Pterodactyl Hunt, don't you think? At least that's the case at Swarthmore College. Students don garbage bag "armor" and wield foam swords to fight pterodactyls (amongst other beasts!) for one crazy campus night.
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% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
87%
Top 1/4
100%
Top 1/2
100%

Test Scores

Average freshman score by percentile.

75th
750
25th
690
75th
790
25th
705
75th
36
25th
33
75th
34
25th
29
75th
34
25th
31

Admissions Facts

Application fee $60
Other application fee (application available online)
Admissions interview (required or recommended) Recommended
Common application accepted yes
Application deadline (final deadline) January 1
School has early decision program yes
Early decision program application deadline November 15
SAT/ACT requirements SAT or ACT Required SAT Subject Tests Considered if submitted

Extremely Selective

9%

acceptance rate

Accepted 1,054
Declined 10,576
Total Received 11,630

Admissions Factors

Required

Recommendations
Admission test scores
Secondary School Record

Recommended

Completion of college-prepatory program
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Neither required nor recommended

Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
Formal demonstration of competencies

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Admissions Right Now

Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Birth control
  • Career
  • Minority student
  • Other
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Religious

Remedial services offered

  • Writing

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Career/job search classes
  • Interest inventory
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Other
  • Resume assistance

Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

Not Reported

Additional services

  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Other
  • Placement service
  • Women's Center

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Braille services
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Other
  • Reader services
  • Special transportation
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors
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Financial Aid

60%

Of undergraduate students
receiving financial aid

$51,088

Average financial aid

Cost

Tuition $54,256
Room $8,542
Board $8,112
Additional fees $200
Books & supplies $735
Total $71,845
Average Financial Aid - $51,088
Total with Avg. Aid $20,757

Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $1,897,667
State $227,786
Institutional $45,788,095
Other external $1,199,481
Total $49,113,029

Non-need-based

Federal
State
Institutional $1,201,132
Other external $440,759
Total $1,641,891
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Financial Facts

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Financial Aid Office


P: 610 328-8358
finaid@swarthmore.edu

Varsity Sports

M W
All track combined
Badminton
Baseball
Basketball
Field hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Volleyball

Club Sports - Men's

badminton, fencing, rugby, ultimate Frisbee

Club Sports - Women's

fencing, rugby, ultimate Frisbee, water polo

Intramural/Recreational Sports

Argentinian tango, badminton, basketball, belly dance, capoeira, circus skills, dance, equestrian sports, folk dance, ice hockey, kickball, kickboxing, kung fu, martial arts, outdoor adventure, outdoor soccer, quidditch, salsa dance, scuba diving, squash, swing dance, tennis, tricking/gymnastics, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, weight lifting, yoga

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Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference, Centennial Conference

Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
African Studies.
African-American/Black Studies.
American/United States Studies/Civilization.
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature.
Applied Mathematics, Other.
Archeology.
Area Studies, Other.
Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
Asian Studies/Civilization.
Astronomy.
Astrophysics.
Behavioral Neuroscience.
Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education, Other.
Biochemistry.
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other.
Biological and Physical Sciences.
Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, Other.
Biometry/Biometrics.
Biophysics.
Chemical Physics.
Chemistry, General.
Chinese Language and Literature.
Classical, Ancient Mediterranean, and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology.
Cognitive Science, General.
Comparative Literature.
Computer and Information Sciences, General.
Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and Analysis.
Dance, General.
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
Economics, General.
Education, General.
Education, Other.
Engineering, General.
English Language and Literature, General.
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other.
Environmental Studies.
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other.
Film/Cinema/Media Studies.
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other.
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other.
Fine/Studio Arts, General.
Folklore Studies.
French Language and Literature.
French Studies.
General Studies.
Geology/Earth Science, General.
German Studies.
Health Policy Analysis.
History, General.
History, Other.
Industrial and Product Design.
International Relations and Affairs.
Islamic Studies.
Japanese Language and Literature.
Latin American Studies.
Latin Language and Literature.
Linguistics.
Literature, Other.
Mathematics and Computer Science.
Mathematics, General.
Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.
Music, General.
Music, Other.
Musicology and Ethnomusicology.
Near and Middle Eastern Studies.
Neuroscience.
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution.
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other.
Philosophy.
Physical Sciences, Other.
Physics, General.
Political Science and Government, General.
Political Science and Government, Other.
Psychology, General.
Psychology, Other.
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other.
Public Policy Analysis, General.
Religion/Religious Studies.
Research and Experimental Psychology, Other.
Russian Language and Literature.
Social Sciences, Other.
Sociology and Anthropology.
Sociology, General.
Spanish Language and Literature.
Urban Studies/Affairs.
Visual and Performing Arts, Other.
Women's Studies.
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Most Popular Majors

  1. Economics
  2. Mathematics
  3. Computer Science

Programs Offered

  • Accelerated study
  • Double majors
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Pass/fail grading option
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Self-designed majors

Pre-professional Programs

  • Pre-dentistry
  • Pre-law
  • Pre-medicine
  • Pre-optometry
  • Pre-veterinary science

1,689

total students

13%

in-state

87%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

100%

1,689
students

Female
51%
868

Male
49%
821

Not reported

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

100%

1,685
students

Female
51%
866

Male
49%
819

0%

4
students

Female
50%
2

Male
50%
2

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Student Break-down

14%
Nonresident aliens
7%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
15%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
12%
Hispanic/Latino
37%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
5%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
7%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Enrollment

164

Transfer applicants enrolled

10%

Students are transfer students

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements
High school transcript Required of All
College transcript(s) Required of All
Essay or personal statement Required of All
Interview Not Required/Recommended
Standardized test scores Not Required/Recommended
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Required of All

Transfer Application Deadline

Fall: April 1

Transfer Credits

Maximum transfered

48

semseter hours

Minimum transfers must complete

48

semester hours

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International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 59
Countries most often represented Canada
China
India
Mexico
South Korea
The United Kingdom
Special services offered for international applicants Other
Special counselors/advisors
Special orientation
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