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Reviews 351 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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).

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: We have 2 fraternities. They throw parties on Saturdays that are always open to the campus and that's about it.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Overall school spirit is positive but the only fans that will cheer on games are good friends of the athletes. Our new gym, build in 2015, is great.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Swarthmore is an extremely rigorous academic environment. I have learned so much here and it has played a major role in developing my intellect and professional life. I am getting my medical research from last summer published. I would not have been able to do that if it weren't for Swarthmore. Attending Swarthmore opens the doors to accomplish anything.

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.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus.

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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.


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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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