Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA

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Undergrad Science & Engineering Diversity

Tuition & Fees

$57,256

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
88%
24-29
12%
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undergraduateRatios

49%

male

51%

female

8

students

1

faculty

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Extremely Selective

8%

acceptance rate

Accepted 1,022
Declined 10,420
Total Received 11,442
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Private

1,667

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.

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Public/private Private
Campus enrollment 1,667
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: Suburbs
  • Metropolitan area: Philadelphia
  • Campus Size: hectares
  • Nearest airport: Philadelphia International

Swarthmore College
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA
19081

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
95.1%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students through freshman year required to live on campus
yes
Freshman guaranteed housing
yes
Coed housing
yes
Men only housing
yes
Women only housing
yes
Disabled student housing

Top Organizations

  • Boy Meets Tractor (sketch comedy troupe)
  • Rhythm N' Motion (performing dance styles of the African Diaspora)
  • Multi (community for people who self-identify as multiracial, multiethnic, multicultural, and/or multireligious)
  • Mixed Company (a cappella group)

Top Events

  • Primal Scream
  • Worthstock
  • First Collection

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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Campus Facts

  • Student-run campus newspaper
  • Drama/Theater group
  • Student-run radio station
  • Choral groups

Campus Security

  • 24 hour emergency telephone/alarm devices
  • 24 hour patrol by trained security personnel
  • Late-night transport/escort service

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

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

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
88%
24-29
12%

Admissions Facts

Considers standardized test scores in admission decisions yes
Application fee $60
Application deadline January 1
Has early decision program yes

Extremely Selective

8%

acceptance rate

Accepted 1,022
Declined 10,420
Total Received 11,442

Admissions Factors

Very Important

character/personal qualities
application essay
academic GPA
class rank
recommendation(s)
rigor of secondary school record

Important

extracurricular activities

Considered

alumni/ae relation
first generation
geographical residence
interview
racial/ethnic status
religious affiliation/commitment
state residency
talent/ability
standardized test scores
volunteer work
work experience

Not Considered

level of applicant's interest

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International Facts

Accepts International Baccalaureate no
Offers English as a second language no

Financial Aid

63%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$5,627

Average financial aid

Cost

Tuition $56,856
Room & board $16,654
Additional fees $400
Books & supplies $1,400
Total $75,310
Average Financial Aid - $5,627
Total with Avg. Aid $69,683
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Financial Facts

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Varsity Sports

M W
Badminton
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-country running
Field hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming and diving
Tennis
Track and field
Volleyball

Club Sports - Men's

badminton, fencing, rugby, ultimate Frisbee

Club Sports - Women's

fencing, rugby, ultimate Frisbee, water polo

Intramural Sports Men

Basketball, Football, Soccer, Softball, Table tennis, Tennis, Volleyball

Intramural Sports Women

Basketball, Football, Soccer, Softball, Table tennis, Tennis, Volleyball

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Athletic Conference

NCAA Division III

Majors

Assc. Bach.
African-American/Black Studies
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Asian Studies/Civilization
Astronomy
Astrophysics
Biochemistry
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemical Physics
Chemistry, General
Chinese Language and Literature
Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Comparative Literature
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Economics, General
Education, Other
Engineering, General
English Language and Literature, General
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other
Fine/Studio Arts, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Islamic Studies
Japanese Language and Literature
Latin American Studies
Latin Language and Literature
Linguistics
Mathematics, General
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Music, General
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
Philosophy
Physics, General
Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology
Political Science and Government, General
Psychology, General
Psychology, Other
Religion/Religious Studies
Russian Language and Literature
Sociology and Anthropology
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies
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Programs Offered

  • Double major
  • Independent study
  • Accelerated degree
  • Honors college
  • Internships
  • Study abroad
  • Air force ROTC

1,667

total students

12.4%

in-state

87.6%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

100%

1,667
students

Female
51%
857

Male
49%
810

Not reported

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

99%

1,664
students

Female
52%
855

Male
48%
809

1%

3
students

Female
67%
2

Male
33%
1

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Student Facts

Freshman retention rate 98%
Student 4 year graduation rate 86%
Student 5 year graduation rate 7%
Student 6 year graduation rate 1%

Student Break-down

13%
Nonresident aliens
7%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
15%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
12%
Hispanic/Latino
38%
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

22

Transfer students enrolled

1%

Transfer students

Transfer Information

Fall transfer enrollment yes
Winter transfer enrollment no
Spring transfer enrollment no
Summer transfer enrollment no
Accepts CLEP subject tests no
Accepts CLEP general tests no
Accepts excelsior college examinations no
Generally accepts credits from other institutions no
Accepts DSST/DANTES no
Accepts Life Long Learning Credit no
Age limit (number of years) for completed credits/courses to be transferred no
No Age limit for completed credits/courses to be transferred no

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: April 1

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Counseling services

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

Remedial services offered

  • Writing

Career placement services

  • Alumni Network
  • Career Library
  • Interview workshop
  • Job Fairs
  • Job bank
  • On-campus employer recruitment
  • Resume preparation

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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