Swarthmore College Summary

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Basic Statistics

Swarthmore, PA
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
14 %
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Arboretum and a beautiful campus
  • Close-knit, family-like campus community
  • Free parties (free alcohol)
  • Administration and Public Policy officers are there to help you, not get you in trouble.

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • The feeling of being drowned by the workload
  • No Wawa (the Philly area's most popular convenience store)
  • Lack of dining options (only one main dining hall)
  • Sometimes students are too caught up in their work.

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

Swarthmore Student Reviews

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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.

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