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Reviews 361 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Senior

Academics: It's what I came for. Has not disappointed.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Diversity: Can be difficult for conservatives, otherwise pretty accepting.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Drug Safety: It's improving. The new counselor is great.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life is not a big part of Swarthmore, but they throw most of the parties that students can go to on weekends.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: The academic experience is the best part of swarthmore.

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Students have been very successful post-graduation.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Swarthmore has made safety a top priority since the start of its title IX investigation a few years ago. As an RA on campus, I have seen this effort on behalf of the administrators first-hand. It is too soon to tell if the policy changes have worked yet, but the administrators seem to care deeply about confronting the issue.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Campus housing is very good in my experience. Some dorms are not great (Dana, Hallowell, PPR) and some are far away (ML, Strath Haven) but are not much farther than dorms at other schools. The newest dorms are fantastic (APDK, Danawell) and most of the old dorms are nice as well (Wharton, Mertz). Willets is also nice for people who like the more lively environment (I don't)

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Athletics: It's not a big part of campus life, and I have only been to two or three sports events in my time here. The exercise facilities are quite nice for regular students, but the main gym is really old.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I have grown so much as a person at this school, in part because the campus climate is so wonderful and partly because there are plenty of opportunities to get involved on campus.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: You can get a good college experience.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: So many underage students drink and/or try marijuana. It's very present.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: All I ever here about is is advertised parties.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Academics are FANTASTIC, but everything else is pretty bad. The food (especially for vegans) is horrific, and there's really no where to order in from. Granted, I come from a city, but there's really very little that's close to Swarthmore (philly is 45 min away by train).

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I walk alone late at night on campus frequently and have never felt unsafe. There are shuttles that run to the off-campus dorms, which is convenient and keeps us safe and dry.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Even those who complain about the workload admit that they really love Swat and wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are Swarthmore alums at prestigious institutions everywhere.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: On-campus housing is great for first years, juniors, and seniors. Small halls like those in Wharton, Mary Lyons, Danawell and Mertz typically have great hall life.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Most Swarthmore students have little interest in Greek life. The parties they throw are a campus draw on Saturday nights.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Being a student-athlete is a lot of work but provides a academic balance that other students might have more difficulty getting. Coaches are flexible and know that academics always come first, and professors are willing to work around athletic commitments as long as they're clearly communicated.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I chose Swarthmore over a larger research institution, and it's one of the best choices I've made. While Swarthmore's name might not be as widely known outside of academia, the academic atmosphere is excellent. The spirit of collaboration is well and alive in the student body and provides a refreshing alternative to stories of fierce competition between students in the sciences.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Robberies never occur here. I leave my laptop in the library if I leave to get coffee and I never lock my dorm room door.

Sexual assault is a big issue here. Not because it happens any more than at other colleges but because we are an extremely aware community that makes these issues known. We are working on this difficult issue and we're doing our work to foster a culture in which it is not likely to happen.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Professors are experts in their field. They push their students hard but it results in intense learning and intellectual growth. Class sizes are extremely small. The seminars at this school are amazing.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: One of the highest med school acceptance rates in the country and Fulbright winners. This school is academically very rigorous, and employers know and are attracted to that.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Housing is a blast. It's a big part of the campus social scene; hanging with friends late into the night.

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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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