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Swarthmore College


Swarthmore Says...

In an effort to seek a variety of students leading to a well-rounded class, the admissions staff carefully considers a number of criteria without a rigid emphasis on any one factor in particular. Applicants are evaluated based upon the following:
- High school record (as well as strength of curriculum)
- Rank in class (if high school ranks...
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Visiting And Contact Information

500 College Avenue

Swarthmore, PA 19081

United States

Phone: 610-328-8300

Fax: 610-328-8580


Freshman Academic Profile
Admissions Selectivity Rating: 99
% Submitting Score:81%
     Critical Reading Middle 50%:680 - 760
     Math Middle 50%:670 - 770
     Writing Middle 50%:680 - 770
% Submitting Score:37%
     ACT Middle 50%:31 - 34
Students in Top Tenth of HS Class:89%
Students in Top Quarter of HS Class:99%
Freshman Student from Public School High Schools:57%
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Freshman Acceptance & Retention
Total applicants: 6,615
Total applicants who are accepted: 947
Total of accepted students who enroll: 388
% of students who return for their sophomore year: 96%
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Application Process
Application Fee: $60.00
Application Fee Waiver Available: Yes
Early Decision Application Deadline: 11/15
Early Decision Notification Date: 12/15
Early Decision II Application Deadline: 01/01
Early Decision II Notification Date: 02/15
Regular Application Deadline: 01/01
Regular Notification Date: 04/01
Transfer Students Accepted: Yes
TOEFL required for non-native English speakers: No
Admissons Deposit Deadline: 05/01
Admission for Non-Fall Terms: No
Deferred Admission: Yes
Maximum Period of Postponement: 1 Year
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Freshman Admissions Factors
Academic CriteriaImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record:Very important
Class Rank:Very important
Academic GPA:Very important
Standardized Test Scores:Important
Application Essay:Very important
Recommendation(s):Very important
Non-Academic CriteriaImportance
Extracurricular Activities:Important
Talent / Ability:Considered
Character / Personal Qualities:Very important
First Generation:Considered
Alumni/ AE Relation:Considered
Geographical Residence:Considered
State Residency:Considered
Religious Affiliation / Commitment:Considered
Racial / Ethnic Status:Considered
Volunteer Work:Considered
Work Experience:Considered
Level of applicant's interest:Considered
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Freshman Academic Requirements
High School Completion:High School diploma or equivalent is not required
Academic Units Recommended:
     Foreign Language:3
     Social Studies:3
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Key Statistics


  • Admissions Selectivity Rating:
  • SAT:
  •      Reading Middle 50%:
    680 - 760
  •      Math Middle 50%:
    670 - 770
  •      Writing Middle 50%:
    680 - 770
  • ACT:
  •      ACT Middle 50%:
    31 - 34
  • Early Decision Application Deadline:
  • Regular Application Deadline:
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