Swarthmore College


Highest Degree Offered: Bachelors

College Type: Private

Campus Type:

Academic Calendar: Semester

State: Pennsylvania


Swarthmore's gorgeous 399-acre campus is a registered national arboretum situated just 11 miles from downtown Philadelphia, and students have the opportunity to take classes at neighboring Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and the University of Pennsylvania. The college can boast of an impressive 8 to 1 student / faculty ratio and a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Swarthmore consistently sits near the top of nearly all rankings of U.S. liberal arts colleges. In athletics, the Swarthmore Garnet compete in the NCAA Division III Centennial Conference. The college fields nine men's and eleven women's varsity sports.

Most Popular Majors

Biology, Economics, Engineering, English, History, Political Science, Psychology

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 1490
Total Grad Students:
Undergraduate Students: 1490
Faculty: 193

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 8:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 8:1

Percent Male: 49%
Percent Female: 51%

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Alumni Giving Rate: %

Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 89%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 93%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

500 College Avenue
Swarthmore Pennsylvania 19081

Website: http://www.swarthmore.edu

Main Email: admissions@swarthmore.edu

Main Phone: 610-328-8000

Additional Campuses:

Admissions Contact:
Suzi Nam
Director of Admissions, Admissions Office

Transfer Services Contact:

International Admissions Contact:
Coordinator of International Recruitment, Admissions Office

Athletics Contact:
Adam Hertz
Director, Athletics

Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

Common App Used?

High School Transcript Required?

Minimum GPA for Applying:
Swarthmore does not publish a minimum GPA requirement for transfer admission consideration.

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
In general, credit may be granted for courses when a grade of at least a C has been earned.

Credits (Min/Max):
A maximum of 16 courses are transferable. You must complete 16 course credits at Swarthmore (where 32 courses are required) to earn a bachelor's degree.

Test Scores for Applying:
SAT/ACT scores are required.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
Two teachers recommendations are required. At least one must be from a recent college instructor. A high school counselor recommendation is also required.

Essay(s) required:
Three essays are required.

Application Fee:
A $60 nonrefundable fee must be submitted with the application.

Other Requirements:
All applicants must submit a Dean's Report from the last institution attended and a Secondary School Report. Applicants may choose to submit additional information to supplement the application. See application instructions for details.

Fall Deadline:
April 1

Spring Deadline:

Summer Deadline:

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 30 34
English 31 35
Math 29 34
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 680 770
Math 670 760
Writing 680 770

Standardized Testing Notes:

Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied:

Transfers Accepted: 212

Transfer Percentage Accepted: 1900%

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 15%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: 1885%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2011


Books: 1150

Other Expenses: 1495

Room and Board: 12100

Tuition and Fees: 41150

Total Cost: 55895

Note on Costs:
Please visit our website at http://www.swarthmore.edu/cc_expenses.xml for current tuition and fee information.

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
Need-based financial assistance is available for transfer students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Transfer applications are not accepted from international students who require financial aid.

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Own Financial Aid Form?

Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 5487

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 65%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 57%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 22%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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