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Applicant Status At Swarthmore College

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Admissions Statistics

Overall Admissions Statistics
Total Applicants:6,615
Male Applicants:2,742
Female Applicants:3,873
Total Acceptances:947
Male Acceptances:459
Female Acceptances:488
Acceptance Rate:14%
Yield: ? 41%
Contact Admissions
Phone:(610) 328-8300
Application Information
Open Admissions:No
Common Application:Yes
Application Fee:$60
Application Web
Dates To Know Deadline Notification
Early DecisionNovember 15 (Fall), January 1 (Winter)December 15 (Fall), February 15 (Winter)
Regular Decision January 1 April 1
Must-Reply-By May 1
RequiredRecommendedNeither Required
Nor Recommended
HS Rank
HS Transcript
College Prep Courses
Freshmen Enrollment Statistics
Total Freshmen Enrollment:388
Full-Time Male Enrollment:194
Full-Time Female Enrollment:194
Part-Time Male Enrollment:0
Part-Time Female Enrollment:0
Waitlist Statistics
Applicants Placed: ? Not Reported
Applicants Accepting: ? Not Reported
Students Enrolled: ? 7
Transfer Statistics
Applications Received:285
Applicants Accepted:20
Students Enrolled:10

Standardized Tests Statistics

Standardized Test Scores Critical Reading Math Writing Composite (out of)
SAT (25th - 75th Percentile) 680 - 760 670 - 770 680 - 770 2030 - 2300 (2400)
ACT (25th - 75th Percentile) 32 - 35 29 - 34 8 - 10 31 - 34 (36)
General Statistics
Top 10% of HS Class:84%
SAT/ACT Required:Not Reported
Students Submitting SAT:81%
Students Submitting ACT:37%
SAT Subject Test Requirements
Two SAT II tests are required. One of them must be the writing or composition test. Students considering a major in engineering must also take the Math 2C SAT II.

Facts & Statistics

Things I Wish I Knew Before Coming To School
  • A little more about time management.
  • After sophomore year, you still won't know what you want to do.
  • Bring half of the clothing that you think you need, most notably clothes and shoes. Swarthmore is not, by any means, a fashion show.
  • Don't take the all-you-can-eat policy at Sharples literally. Beware of the Freshman 15.
  • Get the smallest meal plan (you'll save a ton of money).
  • Prepare to feel overwhelmed with how smart all of your classmates are.
  • There are a lot of opportunities available to all students, and you should do some research into your options.
  • You will change your major, and it won't matter.
  • You will change your way of thinking about almost everything, and because of this, coming home will be painful at times.
  • You will hang out with kids you never thought you would.
  • You will probably be single for the remainder of your time at Swat.
  • Your grades will not be as good as they were in high school.
Interviews & Information Sessions
Admissions counselors conduct group information sessions several times a day during the school year. Appointments are not necessary-just stop by the Admissions Office. Visit to see an updated schedule of information session times. The sessions are usually about an hour long.

Interviews are held on campus in the Admissions Office on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., and on Saturday mornings in the fall. To schedule an interview, call Admissions at (610) 328-8300 or use the online form at For students living more than a half-day drive from campus, off-campus interviews with alumni are also conducted. The website gives a table of when to schedule an interview, depending on the type of application (fall early decision, winter early decision, regular decision). To schedule an off-campus interview, call the Admissions Office or use the online form.
Campus Tours
The Admissions Office provides tours of the campus led by current students. Tour times during the regular school year are 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m. on weekdays, and 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Saturdays. No appointment is necessary, but the schedule does change for holidays, exam periods, and vacations, so you may want to call ahead, or you can check here:
Overnight Visits
The only way to get a genuine feel for Swarthmore is to schedule an overnight visit. The Admissions Office sets you up with a host whose interests usually match yours. Make sure to talk to as many students as you can during this time to get the real scoop on Swarthmore. Some of the many things you can do on an overnight visit are visit a class, get dinner in Sharples, go to a student-run organization, or attend an athletic event. Contact Admissions at (610) 328-8300 or visit for more information about overnight visits.
Did You Know?
  • For minority prospective students, Swarthmore holds an event called "Discover Swarthmore!" aka DiscoSwat. This occurs during the beginning of the fall semester and allows students to stay on campus just like an overnight stay except there are special programs during the stay, including musical/theatrical performances, discussions with campus cultural groups, and much more. For more information, visit
  • If you come for an overnight visit, try to go to a club meeting so you can see how a club at Swarthmore generally operates.
  • Other than the standard "attend a class" or "overnight stay" events that prospective students can choose, Swarthmore also has many unique events. One is "Junior College Visit Day," which occurs in the spring. It is only open to high school juniors starting their college process, and it is a great information session for both students and their parents. Student-geared topics include how to prepare for an interview, how to find a college that is the right fit for you, and how to write a successful college essay. The Admissions Office also takes you inside Swarthmore's admissions process to show the students what they REALLY look for in a student. For parents, Swarthmore usually goes over the financial situation and what the work is like for a typical Swattie. For more information, visit
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