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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
    C
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B-
Swarthmore is a highly rated private college located in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania in the Philadelphia Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,573 undergraduate students. Admissions is extremely competitive as the Swarthmore acceptance rate is 11%. Popular majors include Economics, Information Science, and Biology. Graduating 94% of students, Swarthmore alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $38,300.
About Swarthmore College...
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
11%
Application Deadline
January 1
SAT Range
1380-1540
ACT Range
31-34
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Considered but not required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$20,444/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$46,105/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
63%

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
73%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.30 responses
23%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.30 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,573Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
4
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
19%
Varsity Athletes
26%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 15 responses
Report
  • Unique
    33%
  • Intelligent
    27%
  • Weird
    20%
  • Intense
    7%
  • Stressed
    7%
  • Swatkward
    7%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
57%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.35 responses
Poll
77%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.31 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 16 responses
Report
  • Intense
    50%
  • Opportunities around every corner
    19%
  • Rewarding
    19%
  • Wonderful
    13%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$56,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
94%
National
49%
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
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Academics 5 Star! However, as a parent of a current student at Swarthmore, I am disgusted by the behavior of these so called “social justice warriors”! They have destroyed social life on campus by dissolving the fraternities. The “sit in” was ridiculous and in the real world they all would have been thrown of the frat house. The libel and slander that ensued are litigious. It is so sad that such a great academic school will attract only over the top liberal snowflakes! Swarthmore graduates will have a difficult time being hired by me and others with their crazy antics....unless, of course, they were lucky enough to have been part of the fraternities! If you want a social life or you want constructive conversations about social issues, look elsewhere!
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Among the best undergrad programs on earth. The combination of intellectual students, excellent professors, the beautiful campus, and close proximity to Philly is unbeatable. Attending this college really feels like you're going to Hogwarts. Don't get me wrong - this is a rigorous school that will test you at every level, but comparably to other famously rigorous schools you'll likely have a lot more fun and it's 100% worth it. The undergraduate education that you get here (if you do it right and take interesting classes that fulfill your requirements) is highly multidisciplinary and truly prepares you to think about any subject deeply. The Quaker tradition, the history of this school, and the culture of critical thinker/intellectual students makes this a unique and valuable place - and one of the best educations around.
Swarthmore offers an unparalleled undergraduate academic experience. Classes are intense and stimulating. Professors are helpful and accessible.

However, be warned, do not attend Swarthmore for the prestige, because there is none. Hardly anyone has heard of Swarthmore. You will become disgruntled as peers fawn over Ivy League schools and high tier research universities, while you receive little to no recognization for working hard to not only get admitted into, but maintain yourself, at Swarthmore.