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Swarthmore College is a private institution that was founded in 1864. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,545, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 425 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Swarthmore College's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 3. Its tuition and fees are $43,080 (2012-13).
Swarthmore College is located just 11 miles southwest of Philadelphia—far enough away to have a 400-acre campus that is designated as an arboretum. The school was founded by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), but has no religious affiliation today. Almost half of students study abroad, and Swarthmore offers programs in more than 100 locations. The school also has more than 100 organizations students can get involved in on campus. Swarthmore has 22 NCAA Division III varsity sports teams cheered on by mascot Phineas the Phoenix. The school only has two fraternities and no sororities, as they were abolished in the 1930s. Although only freshmen are required to live on campus, about 95 percent of students continue to live on campus.
Swarthmore College is part of the Tri-College Consortium with Bryn Mawr and Haverford. Students can take courses from these colleges. Unlike other liberal arts colleges, Swarthmore also offers a B.S. in engineering. Swarthmore has many unique traditions, including the Crum Regatta, where students race homemade boats down Crum Creek; and Worthstock, the school’s take on Woodstock, featuring outdoor live music, dancing, and food. Notable alumni include Nancy Roman, NASA’s first Chief of Astronomy in the Office of Space Science and "mother of the Hubble telescope;" former Massachusetts Governor and presidential candidate Michael Dukakis; and Robert Zoellick, president of the World Bank.
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Swarthmore College, a highly selective college of liberal arts and engineering, celebrates the life of the mind. Since its founding in 1864, Swarthmore has given students the knowledge, insight, skills, and experience to become leaders for the common good. The College is private, yet open to all regardless of financial need; and decidedly global in outlook, drawing students from around the world and all 50 states. So much of what Swarthmore stands for, from its commitment to curricular breadth and rigor to its demonstrated interest in facilitating discovery and fostering social responsibility, lies in the quality and passion of its faculty. A student/faculty ratio of 8:1 ensures that students have close, meaningful engagement with their professors, preparing them to translate the skills and understanding gained at Swarthmore into the mark they want to make on the world. The College's Honors program features small groups of dedicated and accomplished students working closely with faculty; an emphasis on independent learning; students entering into a dialogue with peers and teachers; and an examination at the end of two years study by outside scholars. Swarthmore's idyllic, 425-acre arboretum campus features rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails, and is located just 11 miles from Philadelphia.
|School type||private, coed college|
When applying to Swarthmore College, it's important to note the application deadline is January 1, and the early decision deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 1. The application fee at Swarthmore College is $60. It is most selective, with an acceptance rate of 15.1 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||15.1%|
|Application deadline||January 1|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||January 1|
The student-faculty ratio at Swarthmore College is 8:1, and the school has 74.0 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Swarthmore College include: Social Sciences; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics; English Language and Literature/Letters; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 96.5 percent.
Swarthmore College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,545, with a gender distribution of 48.9 percent male students and 51.1 percent female students. At this school, 94.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 6.0 percent of students live off campus. Swarthmore College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.
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|Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority||N/A|
|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA III|
Campus Info & Services
Swarthmore College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Swarthmore College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Swarthmore College, 8 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Swarthmore College.
|Students who have cars on campus||8%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At Swarthmore College, 52.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $36,385.
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|Tuition and fees||$43,080 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$12,670 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data