Swarthmore, PA
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Reviews 451 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is only one dining hall that is readily available to the students and virtually no other restaurants around.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The facilities are easily accessible and available for students to use freely.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The college notifies you ahead of time about the necessity to apply for financial aid and if you apply on time, a smooth entry and success are guaranteed.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Swarthmore is pretty known for having diversity in thought and interests, though maybe considered not so diverse ethnically.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There is very limited Greek life, and the people tend to be of similar ethnic background.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus representatives usually do not get involved in lower cut violations when not strictly necessary

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: It is usually easy to spot an athlete as they tend to group on their own.

1 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are only limited parties available and no bigger options available.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The education and the learning opportunities are amazing, but at the same time it is a very small place which makes the social experience very limited.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Professors truly care about the students, and the time I spent in the office hours were the best times.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The admission program was the set academic admission process. For me personally, it was not abnormal. It was important to have good grades and have made impact on the world.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I enjoy it because of the fantastic professors that had made the experience of learning ever so pleasant and interesting.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: People divide into groups that usually are sporty.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus definitely has its negatives, like mice, but that is true for only few of them. People are generally nice and nice to live with.

College Student

Nightlife: Not being a party person, I am not aware of the night life here. The one or two parties I have been to have all been dry, and there are plenty of other things to do on campus and plenty other events to attend. No one pressures you to go to parties. People don't generally push you into doing things and respect that you aren't a party person.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: There is palpable tension between greeks and non-greeks. Swarthmore claims to be a non judgmental community but there are a lot of generalizations regarding fraternity members.

1 College Freshman

Campus Dining: sub-par to say the least.

5 College Freshman

Computers: Great wireless and there are desktops in almost every dorm.

1 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: If you do not have a car, the campus can feel very isolating and claustrophobic. The town of Swarthmore lacks and the Baltimore Pike is a hefty walk.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The train is a pretty integral part of the campus and makes for easy traveling for breaks.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Cant really get more diverse.

2 College Freshman

Facilities: The library and athletic center are outdated, the new Matchbox building should be a great addition to the athletic facilities though.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Its quirky and liberal if thats your thing. Not mine, the progressiveness can be too much at times.

5 College Freshman

Weather: Cold winter, hot summer, temperate fall and spring, typical mid-atlantic weather.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Probably one of the better parts of school life, the dorms, especially DK and AP, are great. The housing lottery is a pain though.


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Parrish Hall Parrish Hall Lies at the center of campus
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Sudarshan Gopaladesikan
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Math and Engineering
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Swarthmore is not for everyone. However, students who find their niche here are generally happy they came. So, what type of student is Swarthmore College suited for? Well, in the broadest sense, someone who is open-minded, ultra-liberal, and possesses a true passion for intellectual stimulation tends to thrive here. This leads to another important question that must be addressed. What type of student should stay away from Swarthmore? Anyone who considers their normality a personal virtue, conservatives (and most moderates, for that matter), reckless individuals who constantly choose their social lives over academics, students longing for a true big name/big game athletic experience, and anyone who doesn’t care to make a difference in their (and others’) lives probably won't feel as comfortable here.

With that being said, Swarthmore at its worst can make you feel claustrophobic, inept, apathetic, and extremely frustrated. You might even be tempted to heave your laptop out the window of the library at the height of finals week. However, Swarthmore at its best can make you feel like you’re part of a select group as you increasingly come to see the world through a different perspective. Most students here truly comprehend class concepts, while realizing just how much more there is yet to learn. At Swarthmore, you will witness some of the most amazing lectures, performances, and cultural events of your lifetime, and you will meet some of the most intriguing people in the world, and among them will be your fellow classmates and professors. One thing’s for sure: After four years here, your life will be changed, for better or worse, and you’ll have Swarthmore to thank—or blame—for that.

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