SwarthmoreSwarthmore College, founded in 1864, is consistently ranked one of the top five liberal arts schools in the country. It is located about 11 miles from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but the picturesque campus setting of 425 acres is set apart from the bustling city. Although the school was initially established by the Religious Society of Friends (or Quakers), there is no religious affiliation today. The private school enrolls over 1,600 undergraduates who take part in rigorous studies, yet still manage to find time to participate in extracurricular activities.

Swarthmore CollegeThere are more than 40 courses of study available to undergraduates, with more than 600 classes to choose from. Swarthmore College is also part of the Tri-College Consortium (or TriCo); Bryn Mawr College and Haverford College are also members. Students are encouraged to take courses at these schools as well, which broadens even further the amount of classes they have available to them. The most popular majors are social sciences; computer and information sciences; biological/life sciences; engineering; and mathematics and statistics.

Swarthmore is also one of the few liberal arts schools to offer an engineering program. Some popular minors include peace and conflict studies, cognitive science, and interpretation theory. Swarthmore is also noted for its Honors Program. Students who enroll are expected to take double-credit seminars in their junior year and write honors theses. At the end of their senior year, they take exams. One student is awarded “Highest Honors,” and the others are usually awarded “High Honors” or “Honors.”

SwarthmoreThere are many educational opportunities at Swarthmore. Class sizes remain small, with 73 percent of courses having fewer than 20 students. Faculty members are intensely dedicated to helping students succeed, and the student to faculty ratio is eight to one. More than half of the students at Swarthmore College take part in the study abroad program. They have programs set up in more than 100 locations. Many students are also involved with on-campus publications like “The Phoenix” and “The Daily Gazette.”

The Swarthmore campus has plenty of activities to keep students busy. There are more than 100 student organizations on campus. Close to 95 percent of students choose to remain in campus housing, so the community is very close-knit. Some popular groups include Mock Trial, the Debate Society, and the College Bowl. Two Greek fraternities exist on campus, and a 1930s ban on sororities was recently overturned. Many students are also involved in activism. The Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility helps prepare students for various positions in public service or advocacy groups.

There are also 22 Division III Varsity Intercollegiate Sports Teams. About 20 percent of students are varsity athletes and more than 40 percent of students participate in club sports.

Swarthmore has much to offer in terms of academic excellence and off-campus opportunities. Their committed professors and small class sizes also help students remain focused and inspired. Although the campus is set in a quiet suburban area, Swarthmore is close enough to Philadelphia to entice students interested in being near a major city. The breadth of majors and extracurricular activities should also put Swarthmore College at the top of any student looking for a quality liberal arts education.


Acceptance Rate

Swarthmore acceptance rate

Class Standing

Swarthmore top 10% in high school

SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Swarthmore College SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score range
Swarthmore College SAT Math score range

ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Swarthmore ACT test score range

Application Deadlines

Fall decision (early): Nov. 15 (Applicants are notified by Dec. 15.)

Winter decision (early): Jan. 1 (Applicants are notified by Feb. 15.)

Regular decision: Jan. 1 (Applicants are notified by Apr. 1.)

Transfer decision: Apr. 1 (Applicants are notified by May 30.)

Admissions Information

Freshmen Admissions
Number of 2020 (Class of 2024) applicants: “over 11,600”
Class size: 415
Yield: 41%
Acceptance rate: 9%

Early Decision Admissions
Number of ED applicants: 992
ED applicants admitted: 235
ED acceptance rate: 23.7%

Waitlist Admission Statistics
25 applicants were admitted off the waitlist last year.

Transfer Admissions
Number of transfer applicants: 417
Admitted transfer applicants: 61
Transfer acceptance rate: 14.6%

Average GPA: N/A
Top 10% of High School: 87%

Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Composite: 1390-1530
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 680-750
SAT Math: 690-790

Median SAT
SAT Composite: 1470
SAT Critical Reading: 720
SAT Math: 750

Average SAT
SAT Composite: 1452
SAT Critical Reading: 713
SAT Math: 739

Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 31-35
ACT English: 33-35
ACT Math: 29-34

Median ACT
ACT Composite: 33
ACT English: 35
ACT Math: 32

Average ACT
ACT Composite: 32.4
ACT English: 33.5
ACT Math: 31.3

Standardized Test Requirements

Swarthmore College does not require the SAT/ACT SAT/ACT not required

Swarthmore does not require the writing portion Writing portion not required

Swarthmore does not require the SAT subject tests SAT Subject Tests not required

Score Card

Graduation Rates

Swarthmore graduation rate

Loan Defaults and Rhodes Scholars

Swarthmore College score card

Salary After Attending

R&D Expenditures

Campus Safety

Score Card Information

Graduation Rates
4 years: 85.8%
5 years: 92.8%
6 years: 94.1%

Loan default rate: 1.3%

Total Rhodes Scholars: 28

Salary after attending: $56,700

R&D Expenditures: $3.57 million

Campus Safety
Sex offenses: 21
Robberies: 0
Aggravated assaults: 1
Burglaries: 3
Car thefts: 1

Financial Aid

Net Cost and Total Expected Cost of Attendance

Swarthmore College financial aid

Average Net Price By Income

Student Debt

Swarthmore student debt

Additional Information

Tuition, room and board (2020-2021): $71,310

Total estimated cost of attendance (2020-2021): $74,610

Net Cost
Average: $19,759

By Income
$0 to $30,000: $5,860
$30,001 to $48,000: $8,701
$48,001 to $75,000: $13,744
$75,001 to $110,000: $25,800
$110,001 and more: $39,646

Graduates with student debt: 26%

Average student debt at graduation: $24,099

Student Body

Student Residence

Undergraduate Class Sizes

Swarthmore undergraduate class sizes

Student to Faculty Ratio

Swarthmore College student to faculty ratio

Student Population

Additional Information

Student to Faculty Ratio: 7.7 to 1

Women: 51%

Undergraduate Class Sizes
Under 20: 73%
20 to 39: 22%
40 to 99: 5%
100+: 0%

Student Population
Total: 1,667 (all undergraduate)

Student Residence
In State: 9%
Out of State: 78%
International: 13%

Swarthmore College student population

Swarthmore College seal

Swarthmore College

This page was last updated in November 2020.