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Swarthmore College

School Profile

  • Swarthmore CollegePrivate Four-year Liberal Arts College in Swarthmore, PA
  • Acceptance Rate: 16%
  • Accreditation: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Best Medical Schools

Enrollment Statistics

Undergraduate Students: 1,490
First-year Undergraduate Students: 372
Undergraduate Students Who are Seeking Degree: 1,477

Degree Programs Offered and Courses List

  • Bachelor of Anthropology
  • Bachelor of Art History/Criticism/Conservation
  • Bachelor of Asian Studies
  • Bachelor of Astronomy
  • Bachelor of Astrophysics
  • Bachelor of Biochemistry
  • Bachelor of Biology
  • Bachelor of Chemical Physics
  • Bachelor of Chemistry
  • Bachelor of Chinese
  • Bachelor of Classics
  • Bachelor of Comparative Literature
  • Bachelor of Computer/Information Sciences - General
  • Bachelor of Dance
  • Bachelor of Drama/Theater Arts
  • Bachelor of Economics
  • Bachelor of Education - General
  • Bachelor of Engineering - General
  • Bachelor of English Language & Literature - General
  • Bachelor of Film Studies
  • Bachelor of Fine/Studio Arts
  • Bachelor of French
  • Bachelor of German
  • Bachelor of German Studies
  • Bachelor of Greek, Ancient
  • Bachelor of History - General
  • Bachelor of Japanese
  • Bachelor of Latin
  • Bachelor of Linguistics
  • Bachelor of Mathematics - General
  • Bachelor of Medieval/Renaissance Studies
  • Bachelor of Music - General
  • Bachelor of Philosophy
  • Bachelor of Physics
  • Bachelor of Political Science/Government
  • Bachelor of Psychobiology/Physiological Psychology
  • Bachelor of Psychology - General
  • Bachelor of Religion/Religious Studies
  • Bachelor of Russian
  • Bachelor of Sociology
  • Bachelor of Spanish
  • Bachelor of Women's Studies

Online Degrees and Certificates

  • Online Undergraduate Courses
  • Undergraduate Distance Class
  • Online Associate's Degrees
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees
  • Online Graduate Courses
  • Graduate Distance Class
  • Online Master's Degrees
  • Online Doctoral Degrees


  • In-state tuition and fees: $37,860
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $37,860

International Students Admissions Requirements

  • SAT Reasoning Test/SAT Subject Tests/ACT: Required
  • Minimum Paper-Based TOEFL score: 600
  • Minimum Computer-Based TOEFL score: 250
  • Minimum Internet-Based TOEFL score: 100
  • TOEFL (paper) average score: 647
  • Average TOEFL Score (Computer-based): 280
  • TOEFL (internet-based test) average score: 106


Member: NCAA
Team name: Phoenix


  • Ranked #3 National Liberal Arts Colleges
  • Ranked #13 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs
  • Ranked #2 Best Undergraduate Teaching
  • Ranked #4 High School Counselor Rankings
  • Ranked #5 Best Value Schools

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Admissions Address

500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081
(610) 328-8300
(800) 667-3110
Fax: (610) 328-8580
Contact: James Bock
Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

Entering Class Stats

Fall 2010 Selectivity
Selectivity most selective
Fall 2010 acceptance rate 16%
Early decision acceptance rate 34%
Early action acceptance rate N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early action and early decision students) 15%

Fall 2010 Applications, Acceptances & Enrollments
Applicants 6,041
Female applicants 3,595
Male applicants 2,446
Applicants accepted 974
Female applicants accepted 514
Male applicants accepted 460
Freshman enrollment 388
Female freshman enrollment 195
Male freshman enrollment 193
Early decision applicants 493
Early decision applicants accepted 166
Early decision applicants enrolled N/A
Early action applicants N/A
Early action applicants accepted N/A
Early action applicants enrolled N/A
Total enrolled incoming freshmen who were accepted under early acceptance or early action N/A

Fall 2010 Wait List
School has a wait list Yes
Applicants placed on wait list N/A
Students accepting place on wait list N/A
Students accepted from wait list 7

Fall 2010 High School Rank
Freshman students submitting high school class standing 47%

Fall 2010 High School GPA
Freshman students submitting high school GPA N/A
Average high school GPA N/A
High school GPA 25th-75th percentile range N/A
GPA breakdown N/A

Fall 2010 Freshman SAT Scores
Freshman students submitting SAT scores 87%
SAT Critical Reading average score 716
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th percentile range 670-760
SAT Critical Reading score breakdown
SAT Math average score 709
SAT Math 25th-75th percentile range: 670-770
SAT Writing average score 718
SAT Writing 25th-75th percentile range 680-770
SAT Essay 25th-75th percentile range N/A

Fall 2010 Freshman ACT Scores
Freshman students submitting ACT scores 37%
Average ACT Composite score 31
ACT Composite 25th-75th percentile range 29-33
ACT English 25th-75th percentile range N/A
ACT English score breakdown N/A
ACT Math 25th-75th percentile range N/A
ACT Math score breakdown N/A

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