Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

#25 National Colleges

8.93% Admission Rate
Most Selective

1,584 Undergraduates Enrolled

  • Private nonprofit
  • Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus
  • Four-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in
  • Four-year, small, highly residential

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Swarthmore College ( SWORTH-mor, locally SWAHTH-mor) is a private liberal arts college in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1864, with its first classes held in 1869, Swarthmore is one of the earliest coeducational colleges in the United States. It was established as a college "under the care of Friends, [and] 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 officially became non-sectarian.

Swarthmore is a member of the Tri-College Consortium, a cooperative academic arrangement with Bryn Mawr and Haverford College. Swarthmore also is 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 in a Bachelor of Science in engineering. Swarthmore has a variety of sporting teams with a total of 22 Division III Intercollegiate sports teams, and it competes in the Centennial Conference, a group of private colleges in Pennsylvania and Maryland.

The school's 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, and 201 Fulbright Grantees.

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Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

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Suburb: Large (outside principal city, in urbanized area with population of 250,000 or more)

Mid East (DE, DC, MD, NJ, NY, PA)


Predominant Degree Awarded
Predominantly bachelor's-degree granting

Highest Degree Awarded
Bachelor's degree

Most Popular Fields

Field % Students
Social Sciences 27.5%
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 12.7%
Mathematics And Statistics 8.3%
Engineering 7.5%
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 6.8%
Psychology 5.6%
Visual And Performing Arts 4.6%
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 4.4%
Physical Sciences 4.1%
English Language And Literature/Letters 4.1%
Philosophy And Religious Studies 3.4%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 3.4%
History 2.4%
Education 2.4%
Natural Resources And Conservation 2.2%
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies 0.5%



Percentage Students Receiving Aid

Average Net Cost After Aid


SAT Scores

1469 Composite Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 790 745 700
Verbal 750 715 680

ACT Scores

33 Cumulative Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 34 32 29
English 35 34 33