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Swarthmore College – Swarthmore, PA

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About Swarthmore College

Swarthmore is a highly selective college of liberal arts and engineering, located in a suburban setting 11 miles southwest of Philadelphia. Founded as a coeducational institution in 1864, it is nonsectarian but reflects many values of its Quaker founders and attracts students who are engaged in both the community and the classroom. A small school by deliberate policy, its enrollment is about 1,500 with a student-faculty ratio of 8:1. Swarthmore offers strong programs in STEM studies, including an ABET-accredited bachelor of science in Engineering, rigorous programs in Computer Science, Biology, Biochemistry, Math & Stats, Chemistry, Physics, and other related fields. The College emphasizes undergraduate research, and provides more than $800,000 annually to fund summer research projects. Swarthmore is committed to covering 100% of a family’s demonstrated financial need without loans for all domestic students including DACA and Undocumented students. Discover Swarthmore is a fall fly-in program for students of color, first-generation students, rural students, and students from low-income backgrounds. 

Basic Information
Institution Type Private
School Size Small (fewer than 2,000 students)
Setting Suburban
Religious Affiliation No Preference or affiliation
Student Body
Acceptance Rate Less than 25%
Out of State Students 50% - 75%
Single Sex or Co-ed? Co-educational
Underrepresented Students 15% - 20%
Accomodations for Students with Disabilities Services for the hearing impaired
Services for the learning disabled
Services for students with speech and communication disorders
Services for the visually impaired
Wheelchair access
Athletics Intercollegiate Programs
Intramural Programs
Division III Teams
Applying to Swarthmore College
Average High School GPA N/A
Average SAT: Mathematics N/A
Average SAT: Critical Reading N/A
Average SAT: Writing N/A
Average ACT Composite N/A
Required Test Either the SAT or the ACT is required.
Essay Required
Interview Not Required
Financial Information
In-state Tuition Over $40,000
Out-of-state Tuition Over $40,000
Academic Information
Degrees Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science
Specific Programs ROTC
Student employment services
Double Major
Student designed major
Honors Program
Study abroad
Independent Study
Teacher certification
Work-study program
Liberal arts/career combination
Research Opportunities
View Programs and Majors at Swarthmore College
Summer Enrichment Programs
Enrichment Program Name Swarthmore Summer Scholars Program
Web Site

The Summer Scholars Program opens doors for students who are first in their family to attend college, come from a low-income background, or belong to a traditionally underrepresented group. During the summer, 16 students will participate in this residential program, which combines vigorous academic work and classic college life. If you are selected as a Summer Scholar, you will be immersed in the Swarthmore experience before classes begin in the fall. Faculty members will guide you in the classroom, and you'll get a taste of campus life as well. In addition, you'll explore the diversity of cultural, social, research, and employment opportunities in the Philadelphia area. There is no fee for this program; in fact, you will receive a stipend of $2,375 as part of your participation.

Summer Scholar students continue to receive benefits after the five-week pre-college program ends; the program director, dean, and faculty members provide ongoing mentoring that can help you thrive at Swarthmore. If you are interested in an experience that will teach you important skills like time management, communication, and work/life balance, the Summer Scholars Program is an amazing opportunity.

Who is eligible for this opportunity? (By anticipated Graduation Date)
High School Students
Undergraduate Students
Is this a residential program? Yes
Start Date Open Ended
End Date Open Ended
Application Process

This program is open to matriculated students only. Students may submit their Summer Scholars Program applications online in May 2018.

Application Deadline Wednesday November 30, -0001
Cost N/A
Are scholarships/stipends available? Yes
If yes, what is the procedure to obtain a scholarship/stipend? All participants receive a stipend of $2,375.
Are there any prerequisites? Yes
If yes, what are they? Students must be incoming first-year students enrolled at Swarthmore College.
Contact Mr. JT Duck, Director of Admissions
Phone: 6103288303
Fee Waivers
Fee Waiver Name
Web Site
Application Deadline No Deadline
Description You do not need to use NACAC or College Board fee waivers for Swarthmore. Fee waivers are available via the Common Application or Coalition Application. We also partner with QuestBridge, which does not charge an application fee to use its application platform. Transfer students enrolled in a community or junior college do not need to pay the application fee. Veterans and active-duty service members do not need to pay the application fee.
Application Process
Contact Mr. JT Duck, Director of Admissions
Phone: 6103288303
Early Admission
Early Admission Name Fall Early Decision
Web Site
Application Deadline No Deadline
Description Swarthmore offers two Early Decision deadlines. Fall Early Decision requires an application by November 15 and provides admissions notification by December 15. 
Application Process First year applicants may apply to Swarthmore using the Common Application, Questbridge Application, or Coalition Application. Swarthmore does not have a preference among or application options. 
Contact JT Duck, Director of Admissions
Phone: 6103288303
Early Admission Name Winter Early Decision
Web Site
Application Deadline Monday January 1, 2018
Description Winter Early Decision requires an application by January 1, and provides admissions notification by mid-Februray. Winter Early Decision is binding, which mean students admitted early decision are committed to attending Swarthmore. 
Application Process First-year applicants may apply to Swarthmore via Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application. Swarthmore does not have a preference among any of our application options. Please submit only one application in an application year.
Contact JT Duck, Director of Admissions
Phone: 6103288303


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