Swarthmore College is a highly selective college of liberal arts and engineering.

Founded in 1864, Swarthmore gives students the knowledge, insight, skills and experience to become leaders for the common good. A student/faculty ratio of 8:1 ensures that students have 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 students working closely with faculty and peers; an emphasis on independent learning; and a final examination by outside scholars. Swarthmore’s 425-acre arboretum campus is located 11 miles southwest of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Basic details

  • Region: Northeast
  • Location: Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
  • Campus setting: Suburban
  • Type of institution: Private; Liberal arts college

Admissions information and areas of study offered

  1. Percentage of students admitted: 8%
  2. Average ACT range: 32-35
  3. Average SAT range: 1400-1550 (NOTE: essay section not required)
  4. Test optional? Yes
  5. Common Application accepted? Yes
  6. Areas of study offered include: Anthropology; Art History; Arts; Astronomy; Biology; Chemistry; Computer Science; Dance; Drama/Theatre Arts; Economics; Education; Engineering; English; Environmental Sciences; Film/Cinema Studies; Gender Studies; History; Languages; Linguistics; Literature; Mathematics; Music; Philosophy; Physics; Psychology; Public Policy; Sociology; Theology/Religion
  7. Full list of majors available: http://www.swarthmore.edu/academics


  • International students are eligible for: Need-based aid
  • Estimated yearly cost (including tuition, board, room and student fees): $73,206


  • Athletic association for the majority of sports: NCAA - Division III
  • Varsity sports: Men's Athletics / Track and Field; Women's Athletics / Track and Field; Men's Baseball; Women's Softball; Men's Basketball; Women's Basketball; Men's Cross Country; Women's Cross Country; Women's Field Hockey; Men's Football / Soccer; Women's Football / Soccer; Men's Golf; Men's Lacrosse; Women's Lacrosse; Men's Swimming and Diving; Women's Swimming and Diving; Men's Tennis; Women's Tennis; Women's Volleyball

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