A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B
Swarthmore College is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Centennial Conference
Address
500 College Ave
Swarthmore, PA 19081

Swarthmore College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
17%
SAT Scores Range
1360-1540
ACT Scores Range
29-34
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
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Test Scores and GPA for Swarthmore College

Cost

Net Price
$22,557/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $8,537/ year
  • $30-48k
    $7,185/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,657/ year
  • $76-110k
    $23,368/ year
  • $110k+
    $39,650/ year

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
8:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
96%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.26 responses
74%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.27 responses
22%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.27 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,534Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
15%
Varsity Athletes
24%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 12 responses
Report
  • Unique
    42%
  • Intelligent
    25%
  • Weird
    17%
  • Intense
    8%
  • Swatkward
    8%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
61%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.33 responses
Poll
79%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.28 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 13 responses
Report
  • Intense
    46%
  • Opportunities around every corner
    23%
  • Rewarding
    15%
  • Wonderful
    15%

After Swarthmore College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$49,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
94%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
85%
National
83%
86%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.14 responses

Swarthmore College Reviews

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One semester into Swarthmore and I feel as if I am a completely different person. I have just grown so much here and been forced to think in ways that are much different than the ways high school necessitated from me. I discovered that I am actually more of an extrovert and less of an introvert; This epiphany dawned upon me after the realization that I could, at Swarthmore, engage in deep and lengthy conversations with other students. While individual achievement was emphasized at my High School, I've managed to develop new networking skills with the principle of never working alone and achieving together. Another thing that stands out about my experience at Swarthmore is that I haven't had the chance yet to operate once again under a cynical mindset, everybody is so nice here. I've learned to trust people again!
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Swarthmore is a hard nut to crack. The students are not one way or another; they all come from different backgrounds, each with different experiences. But they do have one trait that is common among them: they like to think! And not just about the everyday questions that we come across in daily life; we like to think about why things are the way they are, even to the point that we're sick of thinking about them, and the campus supports this 100%. Swarthmore College truly is a unique place, and if you take the time to appreciate it, and are a genuinely "thoughtful" person, you will fall in love the same way that I did.
My biggest risk ever taken was the decision to leave my hometown of Snellville and attend Swarthmore College on a generous financial aid package. That was the first time I'd moved to another state, physically left my family for a semester at a time, and survived on my own in a strange place. But after over 3 years, Swat has helped me find knowledge, community, solidarity, my politics and philosophy, new mentors/professors and best friends, and a better sense of myself. I am sure that the connections I forged at Swat will continue to enlighten and support me in the future. I am ineffably glad that I did choose to go to a small liberal arts college in Pennsylvania instead of a university in Georgia over the objection of some family members. I would definitely do Swat again if I could.