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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.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 1,620
   Women 824 (50.9%)
   Men 796 (49.1%)
Graduate Students Not reported
Entrance Difficulty  
Overall Admission Rate Not reported
Early Action Offered  
Early Decision Offered Yes
Regular Admission Deadline January 1
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA Not reported
SAT Math 711 average
670-770 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 706 average
645-760 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 32 average
30-34 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests   X    
Essay X      
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance $66,110
  Tuition and Fees $49,104
  Room and Board $14,446
Average Percent of Need Met 100%
Average Freshman Award $48,573
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 183
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 34% of classes
10-19 students: 42% of classes
20-29 students: 13% of classes
30-39 students: 6% of classes
40-49 students: 3% of classes
50-99 students: 2% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
Swarthmore Population 6,190
Nearest Metropolitan Area Philadelphia
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 100% of freshmen, 95% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division III
Sororities 4.6% of women participate
Fraternities 11% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
18.4% Asian
7.4% Black/African-American
14.4% Hispanic/Latino
8.5% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
48.0% White
3.0% Unknown
International Students 11.7%
First-Year Students Returning 97.5%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 87.6%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly Not reported