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Reviews 333 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a lot of diversity in terms of residential and economic background as well as sexual orientation.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The workload is intense, but there's so much support available to me that I do not feel too stressed out.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The academics here is awesome. Very intense but manageable with the support of professors and SAMs (student academic mentors)

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Swarthmore does a good job of matching students with the right fit of internships and externships.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Swarthmore only has one sorority (and two fraternities). Concerning the sorority, anyone can become a member, and it does not discriminate based on any factor.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Swatties prioritize academics, but athletes tend to balance both academics and sports. I love how at Swarthmore, there is no divide between athletes and non-athletes. Also, most club sports are welcoming to those who have no prior experience in the sport.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: 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.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Swarthmore was the best decision of my life. I've met people and had experiences here that changed my life, and for that I'm incredibly grateful. I love that students and faculty are refreshingly genuine and passionate. However, be warned, the academics are overwhelming. Swarthmore is consistently ranked as one of the most academically rigorous undergraduate institutions in the country and this is mentally demanding on students. One thing is for sure, Swarthmore is not easy.

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: This school is absolutely amazing. The balance of challenging academics and mellow and intimate social scene creates a perfect college experience. You will meet the most amazing people, teachers, and other faculty here and experience memories in and out of the classroom every day

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love Swarthmore's atmosphere and the students that go there. Everyone is so intellectual and open-minded about everything. There is a greater sense of fulfillment and happiness that is achieved just by sitting in your dorm room and chatting with friends about anything. It is a perfect blend of rigorous academics and social learning that can prepare you for life's challenges.

8 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love this school a lot.

2 people found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I loved it and am very grateful.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I found a job easily after graduating, and networking with an alumni got me another job offer.

1 person found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I personally always felt safe, there were issues and a lot of controversy about support for victims of sexual assaults. In general it is a safe atmosphere and people look out for each other.

1 person found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: There has been some tension lately.

4 Recent Alumnus

Administration: They do a good job of balancing keeping the law with not intruding too much. It is not hard to drink on campus without fake ID, and this keeps people from going to Philadelphia to bars. On the other hand they have cracked down more in the last few years, underage people can no longer get booze at college sanctioned parties.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: There is one main dining hall, Sharples. There are always choices, plus a big and great salad bar, and wok/ pancake stations. There are bigger rooms and smaller rooms with more privacy, in general it is a fun social scene. There are other places on campus you can use points to buy meals/ coffee/ whatever, but sharples is where most people get most of the food.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: There are a wide variety dorms with difference social characters, and different plusses and minuses in terms of the physical spaces. In general they are all clean and comfortable, with some lovely and full of character, some new and spiffy, and some that are neither.

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.

5 people found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

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

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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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