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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 an elite 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 only 9%. Popular majors include Economics, Information Science, and Political Science and Government. Graduating 94% of students, Swarthmore alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $38,300.
500 College Ave
Swarthmore, PA 19081
About Swarthmore College...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Centennial Conference

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
9%
Application Deadline
January 1
SAT Range
1380-1550
ACT Range
31-34
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Considered but not required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$19,446/ 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
$49,400/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
62%

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
71%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.31 responses
23%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.31 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,573Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
4
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
21%
Varsity Athletes
26%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 16 responses
Report
  • Intelligent
    31%
  • Unique
    31%
  • Weird
    19%
  • Intense
    6%
  • Stressed
    6%
  • Swatkward
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
56%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.36 responses
Poll
78%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.32 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 17 responses
Report
  • Intense
    53%
  • Opportunities around every corner
    18%
  • Rewarding
    18%
  • Wonderful
    12%

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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Swarthmore College is certainly a unique place to be, whether you're looking at its student body or academics. It is a little diverse, certainly not as diverse as I hoped, but then again, Swat is located in a little nook in PA. However, the majority of the students I have met there so far have been quirky in their own unique ways, nearly all of them loving seeing their friends and fellow classmates at Swat so frequently, especially since the campus is not very big. Swatties definitely are a studious bunch, each enjoying their own little niche (or big niche) hobbies.
Academics at Swat are tough, true to their reputation. However, the professors are very kind and genuinely want the students to learn, despite grades.
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Swarthmore has some of the best people on earth, seriously. Almost everyone I meet has something unique to share. Students are driven and passionate, but very down to earth and approachable, same with professors. Although the party scene is not massive, there is always something to do that's open to the whole campus and not-exclusive, which I think is very unique. Students do have to be prepared for rigorous academics, but I think most would agree that academics are very rewarding and uncompetitive. At the end of the day, Swarthmore has given me more friends than I ever could have asked for.
Top top academics for sure, not for someone who is a perfectionist (because of the level and way that tests are designed). I mean I went to a great HS but Swat exceeded my expectations (yes it is harder than ivies). Met some great people on campus and almost everyone has a good sense of collaboration. Food is not great (the people at sharps are super nice but I'm just being objective). Party scene is wicked repetitive. I've heard that for low income (and I'm being objective here you have to truly be low income, the concept of a middle class is pretty much a non-factor) families the aid is great. But like I said, very very limited for middle class, don't be fooled by the flashy numbers as the financial aid is extremely one-dimensional. The reason I'm here is because I can't take the stress this place is putting on my parents and I've only been here one year. I'm reconsidering the efficacy of my decision to come here in light of the scholarships I received at other places.