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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 Wheelchair access
Services for the hearing impaired
Services for the learning disabled
Services for students with speech and communication disorders
Services for the visually impaired
Athletics Division III Teams
Intercollegiate Programs
Intramural Programs
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 Liberal arts/career combination
Research Opportunities
Student employment services
Double Major
Student designed major
Honors Program
Study abroad
Independent Study
Teacher certification
Work-study program
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
Open Houses
Event Name Discover Swarthmore
Web Site
Dates No Deadline
Description Discover Swarthmore is Swarthmore College's all-expenses-paid overnight program for high-achieving high school seniors. Swarthmore Admissions pays for all transportation, meal, and on-campus housing expenses for students invited to attend the program. All interested high school seniors (domestic students living in the United States) are welcome to apply to Discover Swarthmore, though preference will be given to students from traditionally underrepresented groups, students who are the first in their family to attend college, and students from low-income backgrounds.
Application Process

All interested high school seniors (U.S. citizens, Permanent Residents, and undocumented/DACA students living in the United States) are welcome to apply via our online application form. In the application, you will be asked to indicate your preferred program dates (equal consideration is given for both sets of dates).  Please work with your school counselor to submit an official or unofficial high school transcript in order to complete your application. Transcripts can be emailed to

Student can be nominated by their guidance counselor, teacher, mentor,  or community-based organization. However, students do not have to be nominated in order to apply. Student applications will become available in late spring 2018.   

Contact Mr. Windsor Jordan, Senior Assistant Dean of Admissions
Phone: 6103288639
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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