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Reviews 503 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I never really lived in them, but my friends enjoyed it.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: It's hard to get to Philadelphia since you rely on Septa. Swarthmore, the town, has few options and closes early. Everything on the Baltimore Pike is only accessible by car or bus.

3 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Better when you're not a jaded upperclassman

4 Recent Alumnus

Administration: The campus was very chill and it was dependent on the students to making it feel safe and secure.

5 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I received a full ride to Swat. It was great.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: It really depended on my mood, but definitely a hit or miss.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: It's really nice for on-campus housing. And everything is so close, coming from a city, so I didn't complain.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I'm happy here, but I think I could be happier.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Our engineering department is pretty graduate school focused, but as that's the path I want to take, I think I'm going to be extremely prepared.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I've always felt safe on campus. I never lock my door, leave my laptop out in the library, never had any problems.

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1 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life doesn't really make sense at a school like Swarthmore, but the fraternities have a lot of parties. The sorority doesn't have a house.

2 College Junior

Athletics: Most of our teams aren't great, but athletes definitely have a presence in campus culture.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Most people live on campus.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There isn't much next to campus, Hobbs has decent coffee and there's an overpriced Co-op that has groceries and pretty good sandwiches, but you have to go to either Media or Philly for real restaurants, which are great, but harder to get to.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Swarthmore generally gives great financial aid to people who REALLY need it, but if you're in the middle you might not get as much as you should. They also have a history of cutting people's aid after freshman year, causing students to have to leave the school, but they claim to meet 100%.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: I think it's probably pretty average for a small liberal arts school. Lots of pregaming in dorms, ok parties in Paces, Olde Club or one of the two fraternities.

1 College Junior

Campus Food: The main reason I hate the meal plan is because you have to pay the same amount regardless of how many meals you get, which is a complete rip off. The food is mediocre at best.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Housing is fine, as long as you're not in ML.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's a pizza place for late night food, the co-op, a coffee shop, and a couple other cute little restaurants. Springfield and Media are close by, and there are a great deal more options in those areas than in Swarthmore. They're easy to get to by foot or by train.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in Wharton with a lot of other freshman, and my room is pretty nice. I only have one roommate, and we have plenty of space for both of us. There is a kitchen in the basement of the building if you want to do some baking/cooking, and bathrooms are kept clean by the EVS techs.

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I'm a freshman living in a dorm, I don't know about off-campus options.

College Freshman

Administration: I haven't had to deal with the administration, and I don't hear too much about other people having much trouble with them.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Just installed blue lights, pubsafe is always on duty, and they always answer the phone. We're always informed of local issues through email as well.

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: Swarthmore is a pretty small borough, so it's mostly surrounded by neighborhoods. If you're looking for something exciting immediately close by, there's not much. It's easy to get into Philadelphia, and everything you would need in terms of groceries is taken care of by the co-op and the local Target. The Crum Woods are right next to campus, and it's a great place to just explore and get away in nature for awhile if you need it.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: There is very minimal Greek life on campus. There are only two fraternities and one sorority, and the sorority is always very active in community service. I don't know as much about the fraternities.

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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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