Swarthmore, PA
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Reviews 464 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: The current gym is sufficient for working out. There is a new one being built.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: We are a liberal arts college focused on academics. It's kind of self-selecting.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Majors: I plan on having an internship as you'll get around $4500 from the college for doing it.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: It's very competitive to get into the science internships.

2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are only three sub-par places to party at. The parties are often small and not conducive to hooking up.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The night life is pretty much non-existent. There are only a few places to party: PubNite (a small pub on Swarthmore) on Thursdays, or two Frats on Saturday. You often see the same people at the parties.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have not lived off-campus, so I am unable to make an accurate review.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: We are a D3 liberal arts college, there is not much to expect.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Alice Paul and David Kemp are the two most recent dorms, and have very nice, clean facilities.

Wharton has big rooms, and great hall life, but a disgusting laundry room.

Willets and Worth are the party dorms, and it has a faint urine smell that is ever-present. The walls are thin, so combined with being a party dorm, it is often that you can hear people having sex.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There's terms of diversity, there's much less political diversity than the average college. The conservatives are relatively liberal, and the liberals are social justice warriors who assume that all men are rapists.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Currently, students are pretty unrestricted in terms of using/drinking alcohol. However, the campus police have become more and more strict, and have begun to search rooms and frats for drugs. They are no longer as lenient as they were in the past.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants are pretty pricey around here on a college student's budget. Thus, because I do not eat out a lot, I cannot rate the off-campus restaurants accurately.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: If you have to pay for the meal plan, then the quality of the food is iffy in comparison to the price. There are a ton of carbs in comparison to (tasty) protein sources or fat sources if you plan to pursue a diet like Keto/Atkins or bodybuilding. However, if you are a vegetarian, there is an entire section dedicated to it.

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.


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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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