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
The honors program is definitely an unique aspect of Swarthmore's academics. I have found the honors program to be an incredibly challenging and rewarding experience and I highly recommend that anyone who comes here gives seminars a shot. The small, intimate class environment as well as the depth of the reading, writing and discussion allows you to really formulate your own, unique world view. You really feel like a scholar!

The social life here is definitely not like most other schools and, as someone who likes to go out, it's better this way! While we may not have wild ragers 7-nights a week, the two popular going out days (Thursday and Saturday) are more than enough! Thursdays are Pub Nite and, in my opinion, the best night of the week. Basically people sit around tables playing a variety of drinking games and then it eventually devolves into a huge dance party. Saturdays there are usually events at the Fraternities and a couple of dance parties. What is nice about the Swarthmore social scene is that the administration, RAs and Public Safety do not bother students at all unless they are very sick or are causing trouble. People are free to have get togethers in their rooms, or even in the lounge, as long as they are being respectful and most of the time they are. This freedom is really nice and prevents people from getting into dangerous situations by trying to avoid getting help if there is a bad situation.

Campus life in general has varied events and lectures that students are free to go to if they so please. There is always a nice variety of lectures, art exhibits and student-run events so one should never feel bored, even if you don't like going out at night. On Fridays, there is also usually a music show in Olde Club, a small music venue on campus. They usually get indie performers from all over the country to come in and perform which is pretty cool.
  • College Senior
  • Jan 17 2013
The campus itself is breathtakingly beautiful. The greenery is incredible as it is an arboretum and academic buildings are very attractive. Many of the classrooms have been recently renovated and are nice clean places to learn and work. McCabe Library could be better and it gets way too crowded during finals but there are always other places to work on campus. The Science Center is absolutely beautiful and the Commons are a very nice place to work and grab a coffee from the coffee bar. The one facility at Swarthmore that is severely lacking is the athletic center. It is much too small and incredibly dated. The fitness center gets packed with both athletes and students attempting to use the few treadmills or lift weights in the tiny free weights section. Also the indoor track is super dusty and I get allergic reactions when I try to run around it! Fortunately, the school is currently evaluating what needs to be updated in the future years and I believe the athletic center is their number one focus right now. Other than that, the campus and the surrounding town is a lovely place to go on a run if you would like to escape the cramped gym. There is also the Crum Woods on campus which serves as a lovely place to go off-road running. All in all Swarthmore truly has a unique and stunning campus.
  • College Senior
  • Jan 17 2013
Easy Access to Philadelphia! There's a free campus shuttle that runs regularly to Mary Lyon, the off-campus dorms.
There are also free college-run shuttles to Philadelphia on Friday and Saturday nights which are out later than SEPTA (the local commuter line train to Philadelphia).
There is a SEPTA train to Philadelphia at the bottom of campus that has trains to Philadelphia running every half-hour, and you can get into the city within 20 minutes - and once you're in Philadelphia you can easily get to New York or Washington DC.
  • College Sophomore
  • June 10 2012