Swarthmore College has supported thinkers and doers for more than 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, 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.
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