Swarthmore College Academic Life

Summary

The student-faculty ratio at Swarthmore College is 8:1, and the school has 72 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Swarthmore College include: Social Sciences; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; English Language and Literature/Letters; Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics; and Visual and Performing Arts. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 96.8 percent.

Faculty & Classes

General education/core curriculum required Yes
Coursework required for graduation
Humanities
Foreign languages
Sciences (biological or physical)
Social science
Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 8:1
Full-time faculty gender distribution
Full-time faculty gender distribution
Part-time faculty gender distribution
Part-time faculty gender distribution

Majors

Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Social Sciences 36%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 16%
English Language and Literature/Letters 8%
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 7%
Visual and Performing Arts 7%

Academic Programs & Offerings

Degrees offered Bachelor's
Combined-degree programs N/A
Student participation in special academic programs
First-year experiences 81.3%
Service learning 34.7%
Senior capstone or culminating academic experience 100%
Writing in the disciplines 99.5%
Undergraduate research/creative projects 71.5%
Institution is G.I. Bill certified Yes
Institution participates in Yellow Ribbon Program Yes
Institution is SOC Member No
Offers DANTES course(s) for credit N/A

Graduation & Retention

Average freshman retention rate 97%
4-year graduation rate 86%

* Academic Life details based on 2012 data


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