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Reviews 368 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Swarthmore feels like home to me. I didn't expect to find a college where I am so happy and comfortable with. Even though classes are very difficult and the workload is stressful, I have never felt competition between my classmates and everyone is very collaborative. Professors are incredibly helpful and most are very engaging and passionate about what they do.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I am not afraid or worried about getting a job or attending an internship. Swarthmore has an incredible alumni network for students to use and shadow other alumni.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Public Safety (PubSafe) is always roaming around campus and are extremely friendly, nice to talk to, and comforting to know there are people around to help if anything happens. They are there 24/7 on campus and I feel safe.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Some dorms are great and have good space. Others are quite cramped but all in all, its a lot better than most college dorms that I've visited.

2 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: For anyone who is looking for a college with a great Greek life, SWARTHMORE IS NOT FOR YOU. Greek life here is a joke.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Sports are a huge focus at Swarthmore. Aside from Varsity athletes, most students are not deeply involved or interested in varsity sports.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: 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.

5 College Senior

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

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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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

4 College Sophomore

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

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

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.

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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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