Swarthmore College.

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA4 year degree
Acceptance rate

About Swarthmore College

Swarthmore College (sometimes pronounced , locally pronounced , or SWAHTH-mor) is a private liberal arts college in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1864, with its first classes being held in 1869, Swarthmore was one of the earliest coeducational colleges in the United States. It was established to be a college "...under the care of Friends, at which an education may be obtained equal to that of the best institutions of learning in our country." By 1906, Swarthmore had dropped its religious affiliation and became officially non-sectarian.Swarthmore is a member of the Tri-College Consortium along with Bryn Mawr and Haverford College, a cooperative academic arrangement between the three schools. Swarthmore is also affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania through the Quaker Consortium, which allows for students to cross-register for classes at all four institutions. Swarthmore offers over 600 courses per year in more than 40 areas of study, including an ABET accredited engineering program that culminates with a Bachelor of Science in engineering. Swarthmore has a variety of sporting teams with a total of 22 Division III Varsity Intercollegiate Sports Teams, and it competes in the Centennial Conference, a group of private colleges in Pennsylvania and Maryland.Despite the school's small size, Swarthmore alumni have attained prominence in a broad range of fields. Graduates include five Nobel Prize winners (as of 2016, the third-highest number of Nobel Prize winners per graduate in the U.S.), 11 MacArthur Foundation fellows, 30 Rhodes Scholars, 27 Truman Scholars, 10 Marshall Scholars, 201 Fulbright Grantees, and many noteworthy figures in law, art, science, academia, business, politics, and other fields.


  • Offers and bachelor's degrees
  • 1,565 students
  • 0.68 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available
  • www.swarthmore.edu

Notable programs at Swarthmore College

Fine Arts
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Fine Arts, Biology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Mathematics, Engineering, Linguistics, and Art History.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

1,004 students out of 9,382 applicants were accepted into Swarthmore College. They had an average SAT score of 1473. 58% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 60% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Swarthmore College was $50,822. After taking into account the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for students was $68,846.

Financial aid available at Swarthmore College

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

58% of undergraduate students at Swarthmore College received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at Swarthmore College

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Swarthmore College was of $14,952 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,336.

Diversity at Swarthmore College

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017