Swarthmore College

377 reviews
  1. Swarthmore, PA
  2. 4 Year
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B
Swarthmore College is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Centennial Conference
Address
500 College Ave
Swarthmore, PA 19081

Swarthmore College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
17%
SAT Range
1360-1540
ACT Range
29-34
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended

Cost

Net Price
$22,557/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $8,537/ year
  • $30-48k
    $7,185/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,657/ year
  • $76-110k
    $23,368/ year
  • $110k+
    $39,650/ year

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
8:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
96%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.26 responses
74%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.27 responses
22%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.27 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,534Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
15%
Varsity Athletes
24%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 12 responses
Report
  • Unique
    42%
  • Intelligent
    25%
  • Weird
    17%
  • Intense
    8%
  • Swatkward
    8%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
61%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.33 responses
Poll
79%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.28 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 13 responses
Report
  • Intense
    46%
  • Opportunities around every corner
    23%
  • Rewarding
    15%
  • Wonderful
    15%

After Swarthmore College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$49,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
94%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
85%
National
83%
86%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.14 responses

Reviews

377 reviews
  • Excellent
    73
  • Very Good
    124
  • Average
    134
  • Poor
    25
  • Terrible
    21
My biggest risk ever taken was the decision to leave my hometown of Snellville and attend Swarthmore College on a generous financial aid package. That was the first time I'd moved to another state, physically left my family for a semester at a time, and survived on my own in a strange place. But after over 3 years, Swat has helped me find knowledge, community, solidarity, my politics and philosophy, new mentors/professors and best friends, and a better sense of myself. I am sure that the connections I forged at Swat will continue to enlighten and support me in the future. I am ineffably glad that I did choose to go to a small liberal arts college in Pennsylvania instead of a university in Georgia over the objection of some family members. I would definitely do Swat again if I could.
  • Senior
  • 3 months ago
I've had an amazing experience here. The professors are extremely approachable, the classes are challenging and thought provoking, the students are very passionate and come from diverse backgrounds, and the campus is serene and beautiful. I love how Swarthmore has the good characteristics of a liberal arts college (small class sizes, tight knit community, close relationship between professors and students etc.), while the problems often associated with liberal arts colleges (limited number of courses, stress from being in a small community etc.) are resolved through the consortium with Bryn Mawr and Haverford, as well as Swarthmore's proximity to University of Pennsylvania.
  • College Freshman
  • Jan 7 2016
Swarthmore is an intense and rigorous school academically, yet incredibly rewarding. You are pushed to your limits in class but you reap the benefits of becoming experts in your field. Socially, the people I've met at Swarthmore have been the most unique, caring, and hardworking people I've ever met in my life. There are a lot of review saying that the Swat social scene is "Swatkard" and weird but I found people to be just insanely unique and very quirky, in a good way. Don't be afraid to step outside your comfort zone and get to really really, know people. You'll be surprised at how awesome the students are here.
  • Recent Alumnus
  • 6 months ago