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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There's terms of diversity, there's much less political diversity than the average college. The conservatives are relatively liberal, and the liberals are social justice warriors who assume that all men are rapists.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Swarthmore is pretty known for having diversity in thought and interests, though maybe considered not so diverse ethnically.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Cant really get more diverse.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: Phenotypically speaking people are different. However, we hear the same damn annoying voices speaking up and crying about the same damn thing. Most people here are liberal and if you don't fit that, don't come if you don't like being attacked. IRONY!

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4 College Senior

Diversity: Diversity defines Swarthmore. It is an institution that prides itself on the myriad of religions, opinions, race, ethnicity, background, sexual orientation, etc. It is really evident on the campus how much the student body values diversity and respects most people. The college, though, is very liberal and conservative beliefs tend to be shut down or not listened to, which is unfortunate. Most students try to be considerate of everyone's economic background, though it is surprising how many upper middle/upper class students attend the school. Many people try and hide their higher economic statuses.

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Swarthmore prides itself on its diversity. There are students from all 50 states and more than 60 foreign countries here, and this diversity adds richness to classroom discussions and social interactions. It is true that similar people tend to stick together and only converse with one another, but due to the size and attitude of the College, everyone is very welcoming. And while there are a few groups that don’t branch out and talk to people of different races, classes, genders, or sexualities, for the most part, everyone interacts with one another in a positive manner, regardless of their background. Students from various backgrounds often become the best of friends.

Swarthmore is a place to learn about and celebrate all cultures, and the administration is truly sensitive to the needs of minority students. Groups on campus, such as Enlace (a Latino organization), SOCA (a group for students of Caribbean ancestry), and SQU (Swarthmore Queer Union), can provide excellent support networks and help make the adjustment to Swarthmore easier. Minority organizations also play a major role in campus activities. Groups like Deshi, Enlace, SQU, and SASS (Swarthmore African American Society) throw some of the best parties and have also been known to attract the most interesting speakers and performers.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 47%
20-21: 46%
22-24: 5%
25+: 0%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 6%
Asian American: 6%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 6%
Native American: 0%
White: 80%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Swarthmore is known for being one of the most gay-friendly schools in the country. The Swarthmore Queer Union is very active and sponsors two queer pride weeks during the school year. The first, Coming-Out Week, occurs in the fall. The second, Sager Week, named for Swat alum Richard Sager, includes a week-long symposium on queer issues and one of the year's biggest campus parties, "Sager."
Political Activity
There is a lot of political activity happening on Swarthmore's campus. Since the College is so close to Philadelphia, a lot of students work and campaign for politicians running for city, state, or nationwide positions. The ideology of the campus leans to the far left, as a very little portion of the student body is Republican.
Economic Status
Around 50 percent of Swarthmore students receive financial aid. This figure could indicate there is a relatively decent-sized lower- to middle-class student sector; however, once you flip the figure around, you'll realize that means 50 percent of students can afford to pay the $50,000+ price tag each year. So, judging from this figure, more Swatties come from wealthier backgrounds than the average group of college students. However, basing a student's status on the clothes they wear and the things they have is hard because "poor chic" pervades the campus dress code.
Most Common Religions
Swarthmore has Christian, Muslim, and Jewish student groups that are relatively quiet among the general student body but are active among their members. Despite this, Swarthmore has been named among the colleges "most likely to ignore God on a regular basis." The claim is mostly true, and the average Swattie is probably a bit of a skeptic when it comes to religion.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Minority groups on campus have a pretty prominent position in campus life. The groups are very active within the entire student body and support their members well. Minority groups are generally known to throw the best campus parties and bring the best speakers and events to campus. A list of minority clubs include the IC (Intercultural Center), BCC (Black Cultural Center), SAO (Swarthmore Asian Organization), SASS (Swarthmore African American Society), SOCA (Students of Caribbean Ancestry), and Enlace (Latino student organization).

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 20 responses

  • 35% Progressive/very liberal
  • 40% Liberal
  • 15% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 5% Libertarian
  • 5% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 20 responses

  • 75% Progressive/very liberal
  • 25% Liberal
  • 0% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 19 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 19 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 20 responses

  • 75% Very accepting.
  • 25% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
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