Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA

Swarthmore College, founded in 1864, is a private, liberal arts college. It has an exceptionally accessible faculty. Students may work with them on research and independent projects. Swarthmore's engineering program is highly rated, particularly for a top liberal arts college. The campus is extraordinarily beautiful and safe. Students are serious and enthusiastic about their studies but are not competitive. They serve on major committees of the college, alongside senior administrators, faculty and staff. Its 357-acre campus is located in Swarthmore, 10 miles from downtown Philadelphia.

Website: www.swarthmore.edu/

Private
Co-ed
1,641
Undergraduate
Students
(50.7%) 832 Women
(49.3%) 809 Men
Not reported
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate
11% of 9,382 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
 
Early Decision Offered
 
Regular Admission Deadline
January 1

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
Not reported
SAT Math
690-780 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
690-760 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
32 average
31-34 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$70,762
Tuition and Fees
$52,588
Room and Board
$15,474
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Freshman Award
$55,074
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$22,060
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
194
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 35% of classes
10-19 students: 39% of classes
20-29 students: 14% of classes
30-39 students: 7% of classes
40-49 students: 3% of classes
50-99 students: 3% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
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Campus Life

Swarthmore Population
6,190
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Philadelphia
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
96% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
 
Sororities
4.6% of women participate
Fraternities
11% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
19.0% Asian
8.2% Black/African-American
14.0% Hispanic/Latino
8.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
46.7% White
3.7% Unknown
International Students
12.7%
First-Year Students Returning
97.8%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
88.9%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Most Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT I or over 29 on the ACT; about 30% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma or equivalent is not required
High School Program
 

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English   4
Mathematics   3
Science   3
Foreign Language   3
Social Studies   3
History   3
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required Not reported
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only Considered if submitted
SAT Essay Component Policy Accepted with or without essay component
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
500 College Avenue
City, State, Zip
Swarthmore, PA 19081-1397
Phone
(610) 328-8300
Fax
(610) 328-8673
E-mail
admissions@swarthmore.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 1
Application Fee
$60
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
April 1
Accept Offer of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
 
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
 
Early Decision Deadline
November 15, January 1
Early Decision Notification
December 15, February 1
Early Action Offered
 
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
3 required for all freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
11% of 9,382 applicants were admitted
Women
9% of 5,474 applicants were admitted
Men
13% of 3,908 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
416 (41%) of 1,004 admitted students enrolled
Women
198 (38%) of 515 admitted students enrolled
Men
194 (40%) of 489 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
28% of 712 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
Not reported
3.75 and Above
Not reported
3.50 - 3.74
Not reported
3.25 - 3.49
Not reported
3.00 - 3.24
Not reported
2.50 - 2.99
Not reported
2.00 - 2.49
Not reported

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
690-780 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
73%
Score of 600 - 700
25%
Score of 500 - 600
2%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
690-760 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
71%
Score of 600 - 700
28%
Score of 500 - 600
1%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
32 average
31-34 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
86%
Score of 24 - 29
14%
Score of 18 - 23
0%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 91%
Top quarter: 99%
Top half: 100%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$70,762
Tuition and Fees
$52,588
Room and Board
$15,474
Books and Supplies
$1,360
Other Expenses
$1,340
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
January 1
Award Notification
On or about April 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Institutional Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 003370
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile $25 for first college, $16 each additional
Noncustodial (Divorced/Separated) Parent's Statement  

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
282 (67.1%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
229 (83.3%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
229 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
229 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$55,074
Need-Based Gift
Received by 229 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $53,395
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 222 (97.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $1,679
Merit-Based Gift
Not reported
Merit-Based Gift
5 (1.0%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $43,252

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
998 (60.2%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
906 (90.8%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
906 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
906 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$52,814
Need-Based Gift
Received by 906 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $51,079
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 885 (98.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $1,735
Merit-Based Gift
Not reported
Merit-Based Gift
18 (1.0%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $49,707

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
24%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$22,060
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
5.0%

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
College/university loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
Special characteristics (minority, religious affiliation, other scholarships)

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Local/State Students
Number of Awards
19
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$2,026
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Not reported
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • 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
Most Popular Disciplines
Social sciences, Biological/life sciences, Computer and information sciences
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Student-designed major, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Not reported

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Computer
Not reported
Foreign Language
Required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
194
Part-Time Faculty
31
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
85%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 35% of classes
10-19 students: 39% of classes
20-29 students: 14% of classes
30-39 students: 7% of classes
40-49 students: 3% of classes
50-99 students: 3% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 35% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 39% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 14% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 7% of discussion sections/labs
40-49 students: 3% of discussion sections/labs
50-59 students: 3% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Not reported
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
 
Sophomore Standing
Not reported

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
 
Computer Ownership
Not reported
Computers Available on Campus
Not Reported
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Not reported

Master's Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


Swarthmore Population
6,190
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Philadelphia
Campus Size
425 acres

Weather

Temperature
22.8 average low in January, 81.7 average high in September
Rain
117 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
15 mile(s) from campus in Philadelphia
Nearest Train Station
Swarthmore

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
96% of all students
Housing Requirements
Freshmen are required to live on campus
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
4%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Not available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
 
School Colors
Garnet, gray, and white

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Badminton x      
Baseball     x  
Basketball x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Field Hockey x      
Golf     x  
Lacrosse x   x  
Soccer x   x  
Softball x      
Swimming And Diving x   x  
Tennis x   x  
Track And Field x   x  
Volleyball x      
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Badminton x  
Baseball    
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Field Hockey x  
Golf    
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Badminton    
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Field Hockey    
Golf x  
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Softball    
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
fencing, ice hockey, rugby, squash, ultimate Frisbee, water polo
Men's Club Sports
badminton, fencing, ice hockey, rugby, squash, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, football, soccer, softball, table tennis, tennis, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, national fraternities, national sororities, 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)
Sororities
4.6% of women participate
Fraternities
11% of men participate
ROTC
Army ROTC is offered off campus, Navy ROTC is offered off campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
1,641
Women
832 (50.7%)
Men
809 (49.3%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
1,637
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
19.0% Asian
8.2% Black/African-American
14.0% Hispanic/Latino
8.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
46.7% White
3.7% Unknown
International Students.
12.7%
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
Not reported

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
97.8%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
88.9%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
92.2%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
94.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Engineering 1%
Law 3%
Arts and Sciences 13%
Medicine 3%
Other 1%

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