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SWARTHMORE COLLEGE, SWARTHMORE, PENNSYLVANIA

Swarthmore, PennsylvaniaLOCATION
CollegeSCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1864Established Year
  1577Enrollment

Swarthmore College: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

Supriya Sarkar Supriya Sarkar
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Swarthmore College is a renowned private institute in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1864 as liberal arts college offering only undergraduate programs. The college offers students an opportunity to design their own program with 600 options to choose from. Swarthmore College is a part of the Tri-Co Consortium with Bryn Mawr and Haverford College that allows it to expand the social and academic opportunities for students. The college is one of the top producers of U.S. Fullbright Scholars and Students.

Swarthmore College Campus

The college has a highly selective application process with an acceptance rate of mere 8.69%. International students compose 13% of the total student population at Swarthmore College. An applicant must submit only one application per year. Around 55% of the students receive financial aid.

Swarthmore College Rankings

  • According to the U.S. News and World Report 2020, Swarthmore College ranks:
    • 3rd in National Liberal Arts Colleges
    • 4th in Best Value Schools
    • 9th in Best Undergraduate Training
    • 17th in Best Undergraduate Engineering programs
    • 18th in Writing in Disciplines
    • 22nd in First-year experiences
    • 23rd in Undergraduate Research/ Creative projects
    • 30th in Most Innovative Schools
    • 148th in Top Performers of Social Mobility
  • The Times Higher Education World University Rankings places the college as 28th in the U.S. College rankings 2020.

Highlights

Type of institutePrivate, not-for-profit
Establishment Year1864
Campus SettingUrban
LocationSwarthmore, Pennsylvania
Acceptance rate9%
Retention rate97%
% of international students13%
Student-faculty ratio8:1
Cost of attendance71,310 USD
Financial aidWork on campus, scholarships, grants available

Swarthmore College Campus

  • The campus of Swarthmore College is spread in an area of 425 acres along the north-south axis.
  • It has one of the most beautiful campuses in the world, often compared with Hogwarts.
  • There are beautiful lawns, gardens, woods and playing fields on the campus of the college.
  • The campus is located about 11 miles southwest of Philadelphia.
  • There are more than 100 student clubs and organizations on campus and 7 libraries.
  • The student life on campus is active with regular events like academic conferences, athlete events, music and artistic performances, and whatnot.

Swarthmore College Residence

  • Around 95% of the students stay at the campus residences.
  • There are options of shared and single rooms.
  • Most freshmen prefer shared rooms while single rooms are mostly occupied by seniors.
  • The Resident Assistants (RA) organizes social events like barbeque, inter-dorm competitions and dorm formals to promote the idea of living together as a single unit.
  • There are 17 residence halls available for accommodation at Swarthmore College that include:
    • Alice Paul Hall
    • Danawell Hall
    • Dana Hall
    • David Kemp Hall
    • Hallowell Hall
    • Mertz Hall
    • Mary Lyon Hall
    • Palmer Hall
    • Parrish Hall
    • Pittenger Hall
    • The lodges
    • PRP Apartments
    • Roberts Hall
    • Wharton Hall
    • Worth Hall
    • Willets Hall
    • Woolman House
  • The size of residences varies from an eight-person house to 200 person dorm.
  • Sharples is the college's dining hall that serves a variety of vegetarian food to the residents.

Swarthmore College Courses

  • Swarthmore College offers over 600 programs exclusively at the undergraduate level.
  • Around 44 departments related to science, engineering, education, language, history, liberal arts, etc. offer these programs.
  • Some of the famous majors offered by Swarthmore College are –
    • Social sciences
    • Computer and information sciences and Support services
    • Biological and biomedical sciences
    • Engineering
    • Mathematics and statistics

Swarthmore College Application Process

Swarthmore College accepts applications from all students around the world. There may be additional requirements depending on the student. Admissions at the college are not determined by one factor. The College Dean assesses each application on a holistic basis as the college has a highly selective admission process.

How to Apply?

The process for admission to College has been briefly discussed below:

Application portal: An applicant seeking admissions to Swarthmore College must apply through any of the following platforms:

Application fee: 60 USD (or apply for a fee waiver)

Application Deadlines: The deadlines given below must be followed for admission:

Decision TypeDeadlines
Early decision (Fall)November 15
Early decision (Winter)January 1
Regular decisionJanuary 1
Transfer decisionApril 1

Admission Requirements: The following documents must be submitted along with the application for admission:

  • Completed application form
  • School report
  • Recommendation from the school counsellor
  • High school transcript
  • Midyear grades or mid year progress report
  • Two academic-subject teacher recommendations or evaluations
  • The short answer to college questions
  • SAT or ACT scores (The submission of the standardized test scores is not compulsory for the academic years 2020-21 and 2021-22.
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • Interviews (optional)
  • Sample of work in the field of art (for an applicant wishing to pursue arts at Swarthmore College)
  • Application for financial aid

Swarthmore College Cost of Attendance

The cost of attendance for 2020-21 is given in the table below:

Expenditure ItemEstimated cost
Tuition and books54,256 USD
Room8,542 USD
Meal Plan8,112 USD
Student Activities Fee400 USD
Total71,310 USD

Swarthmore College Scholarships/Financial Aid

  • Swarthmore College awarded need based financial aid to 55% students in the year 2019-20.
  • On an average, a student receives 55,370 USD through a combination of Swarthmore scholarships and grants.
  • The amount awarded through financial aid may cover total expenses or a part of it such as books, travel, personal expenses, etc.and ranges from 1,000 USD to 74,260 USD.
  • The process for financial aid application for international students studying in the U.S. varies from that for domestic applicants.
  • Eligibility criteria for Swarthmore Scholarships application:
    • Non-U.S. citizen
    • Undocumented student
    • Parents filing a foreign tax return instead of a U.S. tax return (if applicable)
    • Applying for F-1 visa (exception – Canadian citizens)
  • Required documents:
    • CSS profile
    • Letter from parents’ employers with certified documentation of income
    • Completed and signed ISFAA.
  • Prospective students must convey their need for financial aid during the application process itself.

Swarthmore College Alumni Network

  • The alumni of Swarthmore College enjoy various services and privileges offered by their alma mater. These include:
    • Online learning opportunities through virtual seminars.
    • Keeping in touch with classmates through the online community.
    • Exploring new professional opportunities.
    • Attending multiple events, exploring affinity networks, and avail numerous other services.
    • Volunteering opportunities.
    • Invitation to various seminars featuring alumni.
    • Significant role in the on-campus recruitment process. It is mostly the alumni that represent their employers at the career events.
  • Among thousands of gems produced by the college, some of the notable ones are:
    • Michael Dukakis – The longest-serving governor of Massachusetts.
    • Ted Nelson – America’s pioneer of information technology
    • Alice Paul – Suffragist and one of the strategists and foremost leaders of the campaign that led to the 19th amendment of the American constitution.

Swarthmore College Placement

The on-campus placements are executed through a system termed as ‘handshake’.The college attracts many famous companies from banking, teaching, consulting and research based industries to recruit their students.The alumni of the college play a vital role in the placements.There are some rules set by the college regarding the placement opportunities. Ignorance towards these rules may lead to temporary or permanent deactivation of the handshake account. Following the Principles of Professional Conduct is mandatory for students, alumni as well as recruiters.

Some of the notable organizations that approach the college for on-campus recruitments include DuPont, Educational Resources Group, Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, M & T Bank Corporation, Fund for public interest research, Carney Sandoe and Associates, etc.

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Swarthmore College Overview

Institution TypePrivate (Not for Profit)
Student Population1630
FAFSA Code003370
Application Cost$60
Accreditation MSCHE
Average Cost of Attendance$52,190 / Year
Student : Faculty Ratio1 : 1

Admission & Dates

Early action Deadlines

November 01

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

Regular decision Deadlines

January 15

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

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Test Scores for International Applicants

ExamsAvg. ScoreMin. ScoreMax. Score% Submitted
Undergraduate
SATCheck Detailed Score146013801540 58%
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing725690760-
Mathematics735690780-
ACTCheck Detailed Score333134 60%
English333135-
Mathematics322934-

Swarthmore College Acceptance Rate

10.7%

Acceptance Rate

9382

Total Applicants

1630

Total Enrolled

Male
Female

49.4%

Male

50.6%

Female

Undergraduate
Undergraduate Program10.7%
Total Applicants15232
Total Enrolled1630

Swarthmore College Enrollment

Enrollment
Swarthmore College Enrollment1630
Undergraduate Enrollment1630
Graduation Rate
Average Graduation Rate83.3%

Attendance Cost

$52,190

Attendance Cost

The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

Tuition Fees
Undergraduate Programs$52,190 / Year
On Campus Accomodation
Books & Supplies$1,336 / Year
On campus, Room & Board$14,952 / Year
On Campus, Other Expenses$1,736 / Year

Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

Institutional Accreditations
Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Faculty

Total FacultyFull TimePart timeGraduate Assistants
39993164835-
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    RANKED  #563

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    College rating

    based on 3 students ratings

    8.6/10

    9.3/10academic
    8/10infrastructure
    8/10placements
    9/10faculty
    8.3/10extracurricular
    8.7/10accommodation

    Reviews

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    Sid kumar, INDIA Bsc biology
    Swarthmore College
    Current student , Batch : 2021
    8
    STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

    OVERALL A NICE COLLEGE WITH GOOD HOSTEL

    After completing my 12th standard from the science stream I was more enthusiastic to explore Science and Technology. So I decided to go abroad for further education. So for that, I applied for many colleges in the USA. My decent performance in secondary and in high school helped me to get shortlisted in one of the finest colleges in the USA which was Swarthmore College.


    Course Curriculum - 

    In my opinion, the academics, especially in my program, is fantastic. Swarthmore College gives a prior focus on the overall growth of us. Also while talking about workload, the college has a balanced workload. Somehow I managed to make some spare time to be utilized in some leisure time activities.

    8 /10
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    faculty
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    infrastructure
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    accomodation/food
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    placement
    9 /10
    extracurricular
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    Rupesh prasoon bansal, INDIA Economics
    Swarthmore College
    Current student , Batch : 2023
    9.3
    STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

    REVIEWING MY COLLEGE !!

    I consulted a study abroad consultancy as I was interested in studying abroad. It helped me in applying to various universities and colleges. Almost all the universities accepted my application. I selected Swarthmore College as it runs a unique concept of teaching. The college also provides and develop technology-related skills and various other opportunities.


    Course Curriculum - 

    This curriculum is indicative. Unforeseen changes in staffing may lead to changes in any year on our demand. The curriculum is designed to place the students in classes that match their level of ability and address the specific skills they need to work on.

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    16, Sep 2019 read more
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    Daanish mehrotra, INDIA Economics
    Swarthmore College
    Current student , Batch : 2021
    8.3
    STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

    STUDYING WITH BEST FACULTY ACROSS WORLD

    I had a science background but still had a great interest in playing with numbers and economics is a number game. So I decided to study further in economics and found this college with good rankings and filled the application form by paying a fee of $60 on its official site.


    Course Curriculum - 

    I have changed my stream but still didn't have to suffer any difficulties in the adjustment with the new course syllabus and curriculum of the college as they start from the basics in the spring semester about macroeconomic and in fall they get to the microeconomics.

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    Train Station

    Swarthmore Train Station0.23 Km
    Wallingford1.65 Km
    Moylan-Rose Valley3.07 Km
    Ridley Park3.66 Km
    Media3.79 Km
    MacDade Blvd & Woodlyn Shopping Ctr3.8 Km
    Secane3.85 Km
    Crum Lynne4.01 Km
    Prospect Park Station4.07 Km
    Norwood4.51 Km
    Primos5.01 Km
    Elwyn5.05 Km
    Eddystone5.25 Km
    Glenolden5.41 Km
    TRANSFLO5.46 Km
    Clifton-Aldan Train Station5.86 Km
    Folcroft6.2 Km
    Gladstone6.78 Km
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    Bus Station

    Chester Rd & College Av0.28 Km
    Chester Rd & College Av0.28 Km
    Chester Rd & Rutgers Av0.35 Km
    Chester Rd & Rutgers Av - FS0.37 Km
    Chester Rd & Harvard Av0.53 Km
    Chester Rd & Harvard Av0.55 Km
    Chester Rd & Yale Av0.77 Km
    Swarthmore Av & Chester Rd0.79 Km
    Chester Rd & Yale Av20.91 Km
    Swarthmore Av & Chester Rd - FS213.8 Km
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    Books-A-Million1.2 Km
    Showcase Comics1.45 Km
    Comic Universe2.79 Km
    Davis' Trading Post4.79 Km
    Widener University Bookstore4.9 Km
    Barnes & Noble6.17 Km
    Effin Comics6.49 Km
    Diane Publishing Co7.21 Km
    Delaware County Community College Bookstore7.76 Km
    Delaware County CC Bookstore - Southeast Campus7.9 Km
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    Sunglass Hut at Macy's1.2 Km
    Springfield Mall1.23 Km
    Sunglass Hut1.23 Km
    Olde Sproul Shopping Village1.24 Km
    Toy Zam1.24 Km
    Springfield Square1.5 Km
    Swarthmorewood Shopping Center1.67 Km
    The Shops At Springfield park2.02 Km
    Media Shopping Center2.64 Km
    Stoney Creek Center3.07 Km
    Springfield S.C.3.58 Km
    MacDade Mall4.22 Km
    Brookhaven Shopping Center4.69 Km
    Drexeline Shopping Center5.25 Km
    Lawrence Park Shopping Center6.17 Km
    Shopperforce6.45 Km
    The Shoppes at Sproul Plaza7.02 Km
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    Essington Seaplane Base at Philadelphia5.02 Km
    Crozer-Chester Medical Center Heliport5.43 Km
    PHL Int'l Airport Car Service6.12 Km
    William Penn Landing Site6.72 Km
    Philadelphia Seaplane Base6.73 Km
    Hospital Helipad6.96 Km
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