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Tuition & Fees

$52,588

$52,588

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
71%
600-699
28%
500-599
1%
700-800
73%
600-699
25%
500-599
2%
30-36
88%
24-29
12%
30-36
71%
24-29
28%
18-23
1%
30-36
86%
24-29
14%
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undergraduateRatios

49%

51%

male

female

1
8

teacher

students

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Extremely Selective

10%

acceptance rate

Accepted 1,004
Declined + 8,378
Total Received 9,382
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Private (nonprofit)

1,641

undergraduate students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Economics
  2. Computer Science
  3. Biology
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Codes

SAT 2821
ACT 3722

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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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.

Public/private Private (nonprofit)
Campus Enrollment 1,641
Established in 1864
Coeducational Coeducational College, Founded Coeducational College
Accredited by •  ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.)
•  MSCHE (Middle States Commission on Higher Education)

Swarthmore, PA

425-acre campus on a designated arboretum in Swarthmore (population: 6,239), 11 miles from Philadelphia. Major airport, bus, and train serve Philadelphia. Public transportation serves campus. School operates transportation to airport before and after breaks.

Swarthmore College
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081

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Campus Life

yes
Housing available
96%
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
yes
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age

Greek Life

 
2 fraternities 9% of male students
 
1 sororities 4% of female students

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
91%
Top 1/4
99%
Top 1/2
100%
Bottom 1/2
0%
Bottom 1/4
0%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
71%
600-699
28%
500-599
1%
700-800
73%
600-699
25%
500-599
2%
30-36
88%
24-29
12%
30-36
71%
24-29
28%
18-23
1%
30-36
86%
24-29
14%

Admissions Facts

Application fee $60
Common application accepted yes
Application deadline January 1
School has early decision program yes
Early decision program application deadline November 15
School has early action program no
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Recommended
SAT/ACT requirements SAT Subject Tests Considered if submitted
SAT or ACT Required

Extremely Selective

10%

acceptance rate

Accepted 1,004
Declined + 8,378
Total Received 9,382

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Character/ personal qualities
Class rank
Essay
Recommendations
Secondary school record

Important

Extracurricular activities
Standardized test scores

Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Geographical residence
Interview
Minority affiliation
Particular talent/ability
Religious affiliation/commitment
State residency
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

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Admissions Contact

James L. Bock
Vice President and Dean of Admissions
P: 800 667-3110
F: 610 328-8580
admissions@swarthmore.edu

Cost

Tuition $52,190
Room $7,938
Board $7,536
Additional fees $398
Books & supplies $1,336
Total $69,398
Average Financial Aid - $50,361
Total with Avg. Aid $19,037

Financial Aid

100%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$50,361

Average financial aid

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Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $1,618,956
State $175,306
Institutional $41,166,330
Other external $826,977
Total $43,787,569

Non-need-based

Federal
State
Institutional $806,984
Other external $110,164
Total $917,148

Varsity Sports

M W
badminton
baseball
basketball
cross-country
field hockey
golf
lacrosse
soccer
softball
swimming
tennis
track and field (indoor)
track and field (outdoor)
volleyball

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Centennial Conference
Mascot
Phoenix
School colors
garnet, gray, and white
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Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Ancient History
Anthropology
Arabic Studies
Art
Art History
Asian Studies
Astronomy
Biochemistry
Biology
Black Studies
Chemistry
Chinese
Classics
Cognitive Science
Comparative Literature
Computer Science
Dance
Economics
Educational Studies
Engineering
English Literature
Environmental Studies
Film/Media Studies
French/Francophone Studies
Gender/Sexuality Studies
German Studies
Greek
History
Individualized Program
Interpretation Theory
Islamic Studies
Japanese Studies
Latin
Latin American/Latino Studies
Linguistics
Mathematics
Medieval Studies
Modern Languages/Literatures
Music
Peace/Conflict Studies
Philosophy
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Religion
Russian
Sociology
Spanish
Statistics
Theatre Studies
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Undergraduate

100%

1,641
students

Female
51%
832

Male
49%
809

Graduate

Not reported

undergraduateFull-time

99%

1,637
students

Female
51%
831

Male
49%
806

undergraduatePart-time

1%

4
students

Female
25%
1

Male
75%
3

Student Break-down

13%
Nonresident aliens
7%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
16%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
12%
Hispanic/Latino
40%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
7%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

11%

Transfer applicants accepted

40%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

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

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: April 1

Transfer Credits

Maximum transfered

16

semseter hours

Minimum transfers must complete

16

semester hours

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Counseling services

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

Remedial services offered

Not Reported

Career placement services

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

International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 40
Countries most often represented Canada
China
Ghana
India
South Korea
The United Kingdom
Special services offered for international applicants Other
Special counselors/advisors
Special orientation

International Student Contact

Emily Almas
Associate Dean of Admissions & Director of Recruitment Admissions
610 328-8300
international@swarthmore.edu

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