The Best & Worst

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Best & Worst

Best Of

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    Arboretum and a beautiful campus
  2. 2
    Close-knit, family-like campus community
  3. 3
    Free parties (free alcohol)
  4. 4
    Administration and Public Policy officers are there to help you, not get you in trouble.
  5. 5
    Professors who care for each and every student
  6. 6
    Proximity to Philly
  7. 7
    Sager, Screw Your Roommate, and all of the weird, fun, and unique traditions
  8. 8
    Small, intimate classroom setting
  9. 9
    Wide range of diversity
  10. 10
    The non-competitive atmosphere, and the nice and helpful attitude of all the students on campus
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    The distribution requirements allow people to pursue a major while taking courses in different disciplines.

Facts & Statistics

Happy Students
97% of students return after their first year.
Commitment to Teaching
There are 8 students for every member of faculty on campus.
Proven Success
92% of students will complete their education and graduate with a degree.
Knowledgeable Professors
100% of students surveyed rated the general knowledge of professors as above average.
Big Dorms
63% of students surveyed felt that dorms were more spacious than average.
Accepting Campus Community
75% of students surveyed said that the campus community as a whole is very accepting of members of minority groups.
Easy to Get By on a Student's Budget
50% of students surveyed felt that the amount it costs to live while at school was better than average.
Safe Campus
64% of students surveyed said that they feel extremely safe and secure on campus.
Help Finding a Job or Internship
63% of students surveyed said that the career center is very helpful and provides services to students beyond help landing a job.
Genders Equally Represented
A male-to-female ratio of 49/51 means there's a pretty even balance of students on campus.
Learn from the Best
99% of faculty have earned the highest degree in their field.
Personal Attention
You can expect personal attention with 76% of classes having less than 20 students.
Help to Succeed
The school has academic and career counseling available to help you when you need it.
Get AP Credit
If you took AP classes in high school, you might be able to get college credit for them.
Work Part-Time During School
Employment services are available for students.
Help Getting Hired
Placement services are available to graduates.
Extremely Diverse
One of the most racially diverse campuses-57% of students are minorities.

Worst Of

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    The feeling of being drowned by the workload
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    No Wawa (the Philly area's most popular convenience store)
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    Lack of dining options (only one main dining hall)
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    Sometimes students are too caught up in their work.
  5. 5
    Swarthmore borough's ear-piercing fire alarm
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    The Swarthmore bubble
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    The unpredictable weather
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    The Ville
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    Rumors spread quickly and easily.
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    The majority of classes are offered during the same time slots.

Facts & Statistics

Tuition is a steep $43,080, one of the most expensive rates in the country.
Overly Demanding Course Load
56% of students surveyed rated the manageability of work as below average.
Expensive Dorms
Living on campus doesn't come cheap, with an average housing price tag of $6,500.
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