Swarthmore College campus
Swarthmore College campus
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Swarthmore College campus
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From the School

Swarthmore College has supported thinkers and doers for 150 years. Swarthmore students are creators, inventors, debaters, and problem solvers. If that appeals to you, we invite you to join us. As you help shape this place, it shapes you; your way of looking at the world, your way of interacting with it, your way of making it a better place. After four years on our campus – described as equal parts “challenging and busy” and “idyllic and enchanting” – you’ll emerge prepared to work with others to make things happen. Whether that means advancing sustainability research, starting a microfinance incubator, founding a dance-based youth empowerment program in New Orleans, or making adaptations for blind students in engineering curriculum, as a Swattie you’ll have what it takes to apply your knowledge with meaning and purpose.

One of our students said, “It doesn’t ultimately matter what courses you take here. What matters is that you took them here.” Swarthmore students immerse themselves in a world of intellect and action, collaboration and connection. Every course is designed to make you think, which means that you and your classmates will struggle together, laugh together, and end up discovering more than you thought possible.

What lies at the heart of our community? It’s passion. We don’t trade in the type of motivation that’s extrinsically imposed on you. That’s coercion. We don’t value a superficial reward: that’s a pat on the head. We believe that it’s hard to motivate in a vacuum, and that’s why the quality of the people around you makes such a difference. Everyone at Swarthmore is on an intellectual journey. The students are compelled to find their calling – undauntingly and unceasingly. The faculty is inspired to work with students on joint research projects, which helps students realize themselves as scholars and leaders and doers. That leads to even greater involvement, which leads to the kind of discussions you can’t stop thinking about, which leads to even deeper levels of collaboration. Before long, you’re asking questions your professor can’t answer. You’re thinking of ways to apply your ideas, to make them more relevant to the world.


From The School

Striving for a diverse, well-rounded class, the admissions staff carefully considers a number of criteria without a rigid emphasis on any one factor. Applicants are evaluated holistically, based on the following criteria:

• High school record (as well as strength of curriculum)
• Rank in class (if high school ranks)
• Standardized tests (SAT or ACT)
• Extracurricular commitments
• Essays (included in application)
• Recommendations (two from academic teachers, one from counselor)
• Interview (highly recommended but not required)


Acceptance Rate

Test Scores

Learn about new SAT scores and college admission here
SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
645 - 760
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
660 - 770
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
30 - 34

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 1

January 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Application Essay

Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating


From The School

Academic Programs

The College offers more than 600 courses a year; an exceptional Honors Program; individual special majors; a program in education that leads to Pennsylvania secondary school certification; and significant undergraduate research opportunities in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and engineering.

If you’re like most Swatties, you’ve worked really hard to prepare for college and paid a lot of attention to grades. So in your first semester at Swarthmore, we want you to focus on learning without worrying about your GPA. Our distinctive freshman pass/fail semester has obvious benefits: You’ll explore topics that interest you, expose yourself to new disciplines, challenge yourself, and discover potentially life-changing passions—without being paralyzed by the stultifying fear of failure. In addition, you’ll have a chance to adjust to college life and achieve a balance between coursework and everything else.

Some of our students prefer to take a deep dive into their area of passion. Those students find their intellectual home in Swarthmore’s Honors Program, which represents intellectual inquiry at its highest levels. Modeled on the Oxford tutorial system, it features small groups of students working collaboratively with faculty to explore topics through spirited debate and thoughtful exploration of ideas. At the close of their senior year, Honors Program candidates are evaluated by visiting examiners, such as Federal Reserve economists and directors of world-class theater companies. You know you’ve truly mastered a topic when it’s time to discuss your ideas with brilliant strangers.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Swarthmore College awards two degrees, the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science. The College offers the following courses of study:

Art and Art History
Asian Studies
Black Studies
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Cognitive Science
Comparative Literature
Computer Science
Design Your Own Major
Educational Studies
English Literature
Environmental Studies
Film and Media Studies
Gender and Sexuality Studies
Interpretation Theory
Islamic Studies
Latin American and Latino Studies
Mathematics and Statistics
Medieval Studies
Modern Languages and Literatures (including Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish)
Peace and Conflict Studies
Political Science
Sociology and Anthropology

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Latin American Studies
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Education, Other

  • Engineering

  • Engineering, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Islamic Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology
  • Psychology, General
  • Psychology, Other

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology and Anthropology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music, General

Students Say

Swarthmore College "has a lovely campus, the people are almost unbelievably friendly, it's a safe environment, and it's really, really challenging academically," and "although it's not one of the most well-known schools, those who do know of it also know of its wonderful reputation. It's where to go for a real education— for learning for the sake of truly learning, rather than just for grades." Students warn that "academics here are definitely stressful, especially when you sign up for extracurricular activities that take up some more time—and almost everyone here is involved in something outside of classes, because you don't want to just go to class, study, and sleep every day." As a result, "Swarthmore is truly challenging. It teaches its students tough lessons not only about classes but about life, and though it may be extremely, almost unbearably difficult sometimes, it's totally worth it." Undergrads also note that "there are tons of resources to help you—professors, academic mentors, writing associates (who are really helpful to talk to when you have major papers), residential assistants, psychological counseling, multicultural support groups, queer/trans support groups—basically, whenever you need help with something, there's someone you can talk to." Swatties also love how "Swarthmore is amazingly flexible. The requirements are very limited, allowing you to explore whatever you are interested in and change your mind millions of times about your major and career path. If they don't offer a major you want, you can design your own with ease."



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Eugene Lang '38

Sandra Moore Faber '66
National Medal of Science Winner; Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Evan Gregory '01 and Andrew Gregory '04
Producers of Auto-Tune the News

Cynthia Leive ’88
Editor-in-chief of Glamour

John Mather '68
senior astrophysicist, NASA; 2006 Nobel Laureate

Jonathan Franzen '81
Award-winning author of Freedom and The Corrections

Antoinette Sayeh '79
Director of the African Department at the International Monetary Fund

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Percent High Job Meaning

Percent STEM

Students Say

Swarthmore's Career Services does its part to help students reach their fullest potential by offering a variety of useful resources. Personalized career counseling advises undergrads on their options for major selection, internships, externships, and graduate school applications. The Career Cafés engage the community on broad topics, like women in leadership or sustainable farming, that may have career implications. And, of course, a packed events calendar lets students network with alumni, attend panel discussions, and impress potential employers at recruiting consortiums. Take note of Swarthmore's extensive externship program. It matches students with alumni volunteers for week-long job-shadowing experiences in laboratories, museums, publishing companies, labor unions, leading think-tanks, and other places where you might like to work someday. Alumni who visited PayScale.com reported an average starting salary of $51,000, and 49 percent think their work makes the world a better place.

Colleges that Create Futures

Hands-on Coursework

Lots of schools have Honors Programs, but the unique program at Swarthmore might just be its most distinguishing feature. About one third of Swarthmore students work towards Honors distinction throughout their junior and senior years, in a program, which “emphasizes independent learning and dialogue.” The program was first introduced in 1922, and “features small groups of dedicated and accomplished students working closely with faculty; an emphasis on independent learning; ongoing dialogue between students and their peers, teachers, and examiners; and an examination at the end of two years’ study by outside scholars.”
Honors candidates create a program for themselves made up of four “preparations” (i.e. a seminar, thesis or research project) in at least two disciplines. One of the fantastic things about the program is that it’s entirely defined by the students. At the end of the program, external examiners who are experts in their fields, such as theater professionals from the Tisch School at NYU and Google software engineers, come to evaluate them through written and oral examination. Dr. Vollmer explained, “During one weekend in May, hundreds of honors examiners arrive on our campus. All of the oral exams take place in a matter of two days.” Seniors who have been creating and nurturing groundbreaking ideas, get to then demonstrate what they’ve been learning and doing—to an expert. Their ideas are expressed and analyzed in a full discussion usually reserved for a graduate thesis defense, which can be a daunting yet exhilarating experience for students. Dr. Vollmer continued, “The Honors Program puts the student and the faculty on the same side. The faculty member is helping the student prepare for this exam through rehearsals, mock orals, or reading over drafts. The level of learning is very high.” Dr. Vollmer believes the program is unique in the way that experts in the field are introduced to Swarthmore’s best and brightest. The reputation for Swarthmore scholarship returns with them to their home institutions, a very useful rep to have when students are later applying to graduate school. Still, she said truly “the only priority at Swarthmore is undergrad.” There’s no “this will be useful later” mentality. Swarthmore students’ work is always useful and relevant, right now.
Service Learning

The Lang Center works “to prepare and motivate students to understand and engage issues of civic and social concern [and] to set their own paths towards shaping a more just and compassionate world.” This is a high aim, but Swarthmore endeavors to exceed these goals at every turn. The Lang Center is supported by an endowment created in 2001 by Eugene Lang (Class of ‘38). Lang connected with Swarthmore’s aim to push students into “lifelong leadership in civic engagement and positive social change.” The Lang Center provides funds for students to work with community service and activist groups. Joy Charlton, Executive Director at the Lang Center, is especially proud of the Opportunity Scholarship Program, which provides up to $10,000 for a student to continue research or work in the community. The emphasis is particularly on “social action projects” or volunteering. Students have the chance to develop and attend courses for CBL (community-based learning), from dance and music, to water quality and pollution control, or an LGBTQ Linguistics course. If students have a larger project in mind, they can also apply for grants through the Swarthmore Foundation. Swarthmore students like Aarti Rao developed a Lang Project to “understand the root cause behind the high infant mortality rate and poor standards of health in Churu, India.” In addition to survey work and interviews, Rao looked up published information about birth practices and access to emergency contact information. These projects help the students even more once they’re finished—Rao is using this for her senior thesis, as well.
Undergraduate Research

Once a student is interested or intrigued by a topic, then they get to start putting some of their ideas into action. Swarthmore’s driven students are always working on something big. Sixty-six percent of students participate in undergraduate research or creative projects, and the school proudly provides more than $800,000 in grants to support their students’ endeavors during these summer research periods. Swatties undertake research in engineering, the social and natural sciences, and the humanities and drive social action projects with the support and mentorship of faculty members. Students who recently received grants were working on projects like toxicology work in Ghana or analyzing exploratory data from a research study on HIV/AIDS. Dr. Timothy Burke, professor and chair of the history department said, “ It’s something of a cliché at Swarthmore that students have a chance to participate in research at a high level, to work with faculty closely in many settings, to drop in and see faculty at their office hours frequently, but that’s because this is largely the truth.” It’s rare for most students to have this kind of unfettered research and analysis time. The summer is the best for these research periods because it allows students a chance to explore their ideas without dealing with the typical semester’s constraints of other coursework and extracurricular activities.
Once a student has a more solid idea of what they want their career to look like, they can participate in Extern Week. Swatties have the opportunity to get as close as they can to a hands-on experience in what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Some students interested in the environment and gardening spent time at Ground Floor Farm. “I thought it would be interesting for Swatties to get a glimpse of a career choice that is probably pretty far away from what most of them would imagine they will do with their lives,” said Jackie Vitale ‘09, who manages the farm (quoted in an article about Extern Week published on Swarthmore’s communications website). “They helped us with seeding, planting, harvesting, and market prep.” Students like Christine Yao heard the benefits and downfalls of becoming, and working as, a physician. “Hearing the downsides of a career in medicine helped me grasp a better sense of my future,” she told Swarthmore’s communication office. “It was nice to hear about the career in an un-idealized, unfiltered way.” Extern Week provides students with the opportunity to test drive their intended careers to see if they’ll like the jobs once they graduate. Swarthmore isn’t only about helping students succeed, the school also wants its students to be fulfilled and happy, too.
Alumni Network

Swarthmore alumni are doing pretty well, too. Dr. John Mather, a senior astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and co-recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics, told us, “Swarthmore gave me a complete education in the basics. They promised me that when I went for my first interview before I even chose the place. They said, ‘We’re going to be sure we’ll give you everything you need and that the fundamentals will be sound.’” He described how the physics faculty made it a simple process for him to jump ahead to sophomore level courses as a freshman student: “That was the most important message of being at that school which is that if you work hard at something, maybe you can win. And that I was actually going to be able to win occasionally. This is the sort of thing that shapes a person’s self-image. I thought, ‘I’m just going to do what I want to do here: study and learn.’” Patrick Awuah, Jr. (Class of 1989) was set on choosing engineering at Swarthmore, but wound up with a double major in engineering and economics. He also found time “outside of academic work” to learn martial arts, which he still practices today. And because of the interactions he had at Swarthmore, his education allowed him “to return to Ghana and help with economic development here through education.” He is the founder and co-president of Ashesi University College, “whose goal is to educate African leaders of exceptional integrity and professional ability. By raising the bar for higher education in Ghana [Ashesi aims] to make a significant contribution towards a renaissance in Africa.” He credits this career path to “the people I met [at Swarthmore]. The education I received through economic seminars greatly influenced me.” A sampling of other notable Swarthmore graduates include the philanthropist Eugene Lange (of the aforementioned Lang Center for Civic Responsibility); Cynthia Leive, the Editor-in-chief of Glamour; Evan and Andrew Gregory, producers of Auto-Tune the News, National Medal of Science recipient Sandra Moore Faber; and novelist Jonathan Franzen.


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

For 2015–2016, the College charges, including tuition, room, board, and student activity fee, amount to $63,960. The activity fee covers not only the usual student services — health, library, laboratory fees, for example — but admission to all social, cultural, and athletic events on campus. In addition, the College’s Quaker roots manifest themselves in a cash-free campus, as the annual activity fee covers everything from digital printing and laundry to sporting events, campus movie screenings, and dance performances.

Financial Aid

Swarthmore’s robust financial aid program is a hallmark of affordability for admitted students. This year, Swarthmore will award over $31 million in loan-free financial aid. The average award for 2015-2016 was $47,564. Swarthmore does not consider a family’s ability to pay when it makes its admissions decisions for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. If you are admitted, Swarthmore will carefully consider many factors to assess your family’s ability to pay tuition, and then offer an aid award to meet up to 100 percent of demonstrated need. Almost 60% of Swarthmore students received financial aid in 2015-2016. Swarthmore also provides assistance to some international students. This comprehensive program reflects our commitment to maximizing access to an outstanding educational experience.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent
State Aid

Bottom Line

Swarthmore has staggeringly generous financial aid resources, and it will meet 100 percent of your demonstrated need without loans. The average need-based financial aid award here is more than $45,000. Don't assume you won't receive aid because your family is too wealthy and definitely—please!—don't assume you can't afford Swarthmore because your family isn't wealthy enough.

Bang For Your Buck

Swarthmore College maintains a Admission here is not contingent and financial aid awards meet 100 Swarthmore College maintains a need-blind admission policy. Admission here is not contingent on your economic situation, and financial aid awards meet 100 percent of admitted students' demonstrated need. Financial aid is also available for some international students. Best of all, all Swarthmore financial aid awards are loan-free (though some students choose to borrow to cover their portion). In most cases, Swarthmore students may apply their financial aid toward the cost of participation in a study abroad program. Finally, the annual activity fee covers everything from digital printing to sports matches, campus movie screenings to lectures and dance performances, making for a cash-free campus.ation, percent of admitted students' demonstrated need. Financial aid is also available for some international students. Best of all, all Swarthmore financial aid awards are loan-free (though some students choose to borrow to cover their portion). In most cases, Swarthmore students may apply their financial aid toward the cost of participation in a study abroad program. Finally, the annual activity fee covers everything from digital printing to sports matches, campus movie screenings to lectures and dance performances, making for a cash-free campus.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

With more than 100 student clubs and organizations on campus, dozens of community service groups, 22 Division III varsity athletic teams, free lectures and performances occurring daily on campus, and full course loads, Swarthmore students are in perpetual motion.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



51% female
49% male
100% are full time
0% are part time

Students Say

Students are "not sure if there is a typical Swattie" but suspect that "the defining feature among us is that each person is brilliant at something: maybe dance, maybe quantum physics, maybe philosophy. Each person here has at least one thing that [he or she does] extraordinarily well." A Swattie "is [typically] liberal, involved in some kind of activism group or multicultural group, talks about classes all the time, was labeled a nerd by people in high school, and is really smart—one of those people where you just have to wonder, how do they get all their homework done and manage their extracurriculars and still have time for parties?" The campus "is very diverse racially but not in terms of thought—in other words, pretty much everyone's liberal, you don't get many different points of view. Multicultural and queer issues are big here, but you don't have to be involved in that to enjoy Swarthmore. You just have to accept it."


From The School


The path from the beauty and tranquility of Swarthmore’s 425-acre arboretum campus to the adventure and opportunity of the wider world is far shorter than you might think. Each fall, the College’s seniors screen The Graduate on the lawn in front of Parrish Hall, and each fall, the film reminds students to contemplate life beyond campus, and the rest of their lives. With Philadelphia less than 30 minutes away, and New York City and Washington, D.C. within a 90-minute train ride, life-shaping experiences are within easy reach. And even on campus, incredible opportunities present themselves in surprising ways, such as the student who, partly on the strength of helping to build a database of Crum Woods ecological data, was offered a position at Google. The bottom line: Swarthmore’s sense of place prepares you for anything and everything. Our alumni are equipped to make the most of where they’ve been—and make sense of what they haven’t yet seen.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

Swarthmore has a dynamic array of arts spaces to enjoy — or stage — a performance. Avenues of exploration abound, whether it’s immersing yourself in Language Resource Center technology to learn a new dialect, getting lost in the stars in the observatory, or studying or sharing samosas with friends in the Kohlberg coffee bar. The forthcoming biology, engineering, psychology (BEP) building will open new doors of discovery for students. The new, gleaming Matchbox facility offers a multifaceted, modern approach to wellness, recreation, and the performing arts, imbuing creativity, fitness, and community.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Swarthmore belong to the Tri-College consortium, which links to nearby Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges both academically and socially. In addition, students can take courses at the University of Pennsylvania, a short train ride away. These extensions of the Swarthmore experience allow students to expand their intellectual and social capital, whether it’s watching a play at Haverford, connecting with a Penn professor about an internship reference, or sharing a meal at Bryn Mawr. The College offers shuttles to the other Tri-Co schools, community service sites, local restaurants and shops, and more. There’s also a train station adjacent to campus, inviting students to the rich cultural tapestry of center city Philadelphia (less than 30 minutes away).

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Theme Housing

Students Say

The Swarthmore community is "a family of students who are engaged in academics, learning, politics, activism, and civic responsibility, with a work hard, play hard, intense mentality, who don't get enough sleep because they're too busy doing all they want to do in their time here, and who (this is kind of cheesy, but true) when you really think about it are really just smart students who care about the world and want to make it better." There "is a misconception that Swarthmore students do nothing but study, [but] while we certainly do a lot of it, we still find many ways to have fun." Not so much in hometown Swarthmore—"there isn't a lot to do right in the area"—but "with a train station on campus, Philly is very accessible." Additionally, "there are so many organizations and clubs on campus that you'd be pressed to find none of the activities interesting. Even then, you can start your own club, so that takes care of it." The small size of the school means that "opportunities to participate in many different programs" are usually available. On-campus activities "are varied, and there is almost always something to do on the weekend. There are student musical performances, drama performances, movies, speakers, and comedy shows," as well as "several parties every weekend, with and without alcohol, and a lot of pre-partying with friends." One student sums up, "While it is tough to generalize on the life of a Swarthmore student, one word definitely applies to us all: busy. All of us are either working on extracurriculars, studying, or fighting sleep to do more work."

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

11% join a fraternity


Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Garnet)
10 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Garnet)
12 Sports

Cross Country
Field Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: Swarthmore hosts social, activist and support organizations for gay, lesbian and transgendered students. Learn more at: http://www.swarthmore.edu/living-swarthmore/student-activities-and-leadership

Minority Support Groups: Swarthmore is a welcoming place for students of all backgrounds. We believe in creating a campus environment that benefits from the widest range of cultural, racial, and social perspectives. Learn more at: http://www.swarthmore.edu/intercultural-center

Army ROTC Offered
Navy ROTC Offered
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: St. Joseph's University


Swarthmore’s Quaker heritage fuels its verve for environmental stewardship. The College buys renewable energy credits for 125 percent of its electricity use and, through its Climate Action Plan, is committed to reaching carbon neutrality by 2035. All new construction is certified LEED Silver or higher, which aligns with the College’s intention to apply the highest standard of sustainable construction possible to its planned Biology, Engineering, Psychology building. Ninety-seven percent of Swarthmore students live on campus, relying on bike- and car-sharing programs and public transportation. There’s more: dining services allots nearly half of its food budget to local and organic ingredients. The College composts over 200 pounds of kitchen scraps and post-consumer waste daily and recycles vegetable oil — reducing carbon dioxide as much as planting 2,024 trees would. And the stormwater management approach deploys porous pavement, rain gardens, infiltration beds, and 31,000 square feet of green roofing to control runoff. But environmental stewardship isn’t just an over-arching ethic at Swarthmore. It’s personal. Among the student-supported efforts is the Crum Creek Monitoring project, for which they help to test chemicals and track the watershed’s vitality. Another source of pride is the Good Food project, whose community-built, organic garden stokes sustainable food practices.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Cash-Out Parking

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Developed Bicycle Plan

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Apple, Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Jim Bock
Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

Admissions Office
500 College Ave.
Swarthmore, PA 19081


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Kohlberg & Eldridge Commons Coffee Bars
Parrish Beach (the central campus lawn)
Scott Outdoor Amphitheater
The Matchbox (wellness center)
Paces (student-run cafe)

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Downtown Swarthmore and nearby Media, Pa.
Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges, UPenn
King of Prussia Mall
The Swarthmore campus is served by regional rail making travel to these and other destinations easy and convenient.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Mon-Fri year round; Sat in spring & fall
8:30am-4:30pm; 9am-noon

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
sgreen1@swarthmore.edu or see coach directory at http://www.swarthmore.edu/athletics/staff_directory.html

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

High school seniors welcome, Sun -Thu


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Philadelphia International Airport is approximately a 20-minute drive from campus. Taxis, rental cars, or SEPTA commuter trains are available. Amtrak trains serve Philadelphia’s 30th St. Station, and from there visitors may take the SEPTA Media/Elwyn Line to the Swarthmore station on the edge of campus. Greyhound buses serve Philadelphia from many cities. From the bus station, visitors may walk to the Market East train station and take the SEPTA Media/Elwyn Line to Swarthmore as described above.

Driving Instructions to Campus
If heading east on the Pennsylvania Tpke., take Exit 326 (Valley Forge); then, take I-76 E. (Schuylkill Expressway) 2.5 miles to I-476 S. Proceed on I-476 for 13 miles to Exit 3 (Media/Swarthmore). At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn left onto Baltimore Pike. Stay in the right lane, and in less than a quarter mile, turn right onto Rte. 320 S. At the first light, turn right to stay on Rte. 320. Proceed to the second traffic light (College Ave.) and turn right. On College Avenue take the first right onto Cedar Lane. At the next stop sign turn left onto Elm Avenue. Turn left onto Whittier Place, marked by stone pillars. Proceed to the end of Whittier Place and turn right into the DuPont parking lot. The entrance to the Admissions Office is through the archway at the back of Parrish Hall. If heading west on the Pennsylvania Tpke., take Exit 333 (Norristown) and follow signs for I-476 S. Stay on I-476 for 17 miles to Exit 3(Media/Swarthmore). Follow above directions from that point. From the New Jersey Tpke., take Exit 3 and follow signs to the Walt Whitman Bridge. After crossing the bridge, stay to the right and follow signs for I-95 S. Take I-95 S., pass the Philadelphia International Airport, and continue to Exit 7 (I-476 N./Plymouth Meeting). Take I-476 N. to Exit 3 (Media/Swarthmore). At the bottom of the exit ramp, follow the sign for Swarthmore by turning right onto Baltimore Pike. Follow above directions from that point. If heading north on I-95, take Exit 7 (I-476 N./Plymouth Meeting) and merge onto I-476 N. Take Exit 3 (Media/Swarthmore). At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn right onto Baltimore Pike. Follow above directions from that point.

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