Tuition & Fees

$54,656

$54,665

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
70%
600-699
29%
500-599
1%
700-800
81%
600-699
17%
500-599
2%
30-36
94%
24-29
6%
30-36
66%
24-29
32%
18-23
2%
30-36
88%
24-29
12%
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undergraduateRatios

49%

male

51%

female

1

teacher

8

students

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Extremely Selective

9%

acceptance rate

Accepted 1,020
Declined + 9,729
Total Received 10,749
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Private (nonprofit)

1,647

undergraduate students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Economics
  2. Computer Science
  3. Political Science
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Codes

SAT 2821
ACT 3722

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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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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.

Public/private Private (nonprofit)
Campus Enrollment 1,647
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)

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Swarthmore, PA

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.

Swarthmore College
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081

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 11% of male students
 
1 sororities 3% of female students
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% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
90%
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
70%
600-699
29%
500-599
1%
700-800
81%
600-699
17%
500-599
2%
30-36
94%
24-29
6%
30-36
66%
24-29
32%
18-23
2%
30-36
88%
24-29
12%

Admissions Facts

Application fee $60
(application available online)
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

9%

acceptance rate

Accepted 1,020
Declined + 9,729
Total Received 10,749

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 Right Now

Admissions Contact

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

Financial Aid

100%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$52,814

Average financial aid

Cost

in-state out-of-state
Tuition $54,256
Room $8,252
Board $7,836
Additional fees $400
Books & supplies $1,360
Total $72,104
Average Financial Aid - $52,814
Total with Avg. Aid $19,290

Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $1,791,806
State $221,900
Institutional $43,092,710
Other external $939,406
Total $46,045,822

Non-need-based

Federal
State
Institutional $894,930
Other external $797,165
Total $1,692,095
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Required Financial Aid Forms

FAFSA

CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE

State aid form

Noncustodial (Divorced/Separated) Parent's Statement

Other

Financial Aid Office

P: 610 328-8358
finaid@swarthmore.edu

Financial Aid Officer

Varo Duffins
Director of Financial Aid
vduffin1@swarthmore.edu

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

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 Directors

Adam Hertz (men's)
Athletic Director
email

Nnenna Akotaobi (women's)
Associate Athletics Director/swa
email

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference, Centennial Conference
Mascot
Phoenix
School colors
garnet and white

Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Ancient History
Anthropology
Arabic
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
Global Studies
Greek
History
Individualized Program
Interpretation Theory
Islamic Studies
Japanese
Latin
Latin American/Latino Studies
Linguistics
Mathematics
Medieval Studies
Modern Languages/Literature
Music
Peace/Conflict Studies
Philosophy
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Religion
Russian
Sociology
Spanish
Statistics
Theatre
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Most Popular Majors

  1. Economics
  2. Computer Science
  3. Political 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

1,647

total students

12%

in-state

88%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

100%

1,647
students

Female
51%
842

Male
49%
805

Not reported

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

99%

1,642
students

Female
52%
840

Male
48%
802

1%

5
students

Female
40%
2

Male
60%
3

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Student Break-down

13%
Nonresident aliens
8%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
16%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
12%
Hispanic/Latino
39%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
4%
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

18%

Transfer applicants accepted

50%

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

48

semseter hours

Minimum transfers must complete

48

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

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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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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Lists & Rankings

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