Swarthmore is a highly rated private college located in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania in the Philadelphia Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,542 undergraduate students. Admissions is extremely competitive as the Swarthmore acceptance rate is 13%. Popular majors include Economics, Computer and Information Studies, and Biology. Graduating 94% of students, Swarthmore alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $33,700.
NCAA Division III (without football)
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Early Decision/Early Action
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
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Student Faculty Ratio
Evening Degree Programs
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.26 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.27 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.27 responses
Most Popular Majors
Computer and Information Studies48 Graduates
Mathematics & Statistics36 Graduates
Political Science and Government35 Graduates
Research and Experimental Psychology35 Graduates
Neuroscience and Neurobiology18 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.32 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.28 responses
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.14 responses
Swarthmore College Reviews
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!
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.
Swarthmore College offers a great amount of academic opportunities, and has a remarkably beautiful campus. Students are passionate and driven to succeed in a collaborative environment, and will be challenged to think in new ways. The train station on campus makes it easy to travel, as well as explore Philly.