Swarthmore College


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Swarthmore College


$33,232 / year

Room and Board


Application deadline

January 2

Application fee


Educational Resources


Additional library offerings include the music and science/engineering libraries, Beit Midrash Center Library,Black Cultural Center Library, Friends Historical Library, and Peace Collection. Swarthmore students also have access to library resources at nearby Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges through the tri-college consortium.

  • Member of library consortia.
  • 762,747 books, serial backfiles, and other material including government documents.
  • 8,191 current serial subscriptions.
  • 47,692 microforms.
  • 21,768 Audio/Visual items.
  • 200,038 e-books.

Museums & Art

An art gallery, arboretum, performing arts center, solar energy lab, observatory, and outdoor amphitheater — plus three acclaimed and popular new buildings: a state-of-the-art science center with an award winning “green” design, a lighted stadium complex with synthetic grass, and a new residence hall with special design features to encourage student interaction.



  • Students are not required to take a computer course.
  • Students are not required to own or lease a computer.

Campus Resources

  • 250 computers for student use in locations such as computer center/labs, residence halls, library, student center
  • 100 Internet connections in libraries.
  • 30 Internet connections in classrooms.
  • 85 Internet connections in Laboratories.
  • 35 Internet connections elsewhere on campus.

Student accommodations

  • Email accounts are available to all students.
  • Internet access is available to all students.
  • Student web-pages are permitted.
  • Online class registration is available.
  • 100% of college-owned hosting units are available for internet access.

Wireless Internet Hotspots

  • Wifi is available in all the libraries, in all classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, in some of the college-owned, operated, or affiliated housing
  • Campus wireless internet hotspots are not available.
  • Approximately 1,000 students can be on the network at once.



nonremedial tutoring, women’s center, placement service, health service, health insurance, other


minority student, career, personal, academic, psychological, birth control, religious, other


on-campus job interviews, internships, resume assistance, career/job search classes, alumni network, interest inventory, interview training, other

Campus Safety

24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc)

Campus Life



  • The school offers housing for students.
  • 96% of students live in school housing.
  • The school will provide assistance for off-campus housing

Types of housing available

  • 63% of housing units are Singles.
  • 36% of housing units are Doubles.
  • 1% of housing units are Triples.
  • In total, there are 16 housing buildings.

Room Accessories

  • 100% of rooms are equipped with sprinkler systems.
  • 100% of rooms are equipped with fire alarms.
  • 100% are equipped with high-speed internet connections.


  • 90% of students remain on campus over the weekends, on average.
  • Alcohol is permitted on campus.
  • Popular events on campus: Fall and Spring formals, Screw Your Roommate, Spring Fling & Worthstock
  • Student activities: choral groups, dance, drama/theater, jazz band, literary magazine, music ensembles, opera, radio station, student government, student newspaper, student film society, symphony orchestra, yearbook
  • In total, there are about 100 organizations on campus.
  • Honor societies: Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi
  • Religious organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Ruach, Muslim Students Association, Swarthmore Christian Fellowship, Catholic Student Community, Swarthmore Protestant Community, and Swarthmore Young Friends.
  • International organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Swarthmore Asian Association (SAO), DESHI (South Asian Association), Enlace (Latino Student Organization), SASA, SASS, SOCA, International Club, Russian Cultural Club, ADVICE, NASA, Multi, and Pansori
  • Other organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) *Acquaintance Sexual Assault Prevention *Aikido *Amnesty International *Animal Rights Coalition *Ballroom and Swing Dance Club *Budget Committee *Catholic Student Community *Christian Fellowship *College Bowl (Quiz Bowl)*College Democrats *College Republicans *Conscious Consumers *Daily Gazette *Debate Society (Peaslee) *Drama Board *Earthlust (environmental awareness) *Empty the Shelters, Fill the Homes *Essence of a Soul (A Capella)*Feminist Majority *Fencing (Swarthbucklers) *Film Society *Folk Dance *Forum For Free Speech *Gospel Choir *Grapevine (women’s a capella) *Halcyon (yearbook) *International Club *Knit-Wits (knitting club) *Learning for Life *Mixed Company (coed a capella) *Mock Trial *Model United Nations *Mother Puckers (Ice Hockey) *Multi (multiracial organization)*Native American Student Association (NASA) *Opera Club *Oscar and Emily (jazz a capella) *Phoenix (weekly newspaper) *Photography Club *Pro-Choice Task Force *Psalters (Christian a capella)*Queer Peer Counselors *Queer-Straight Alliance *Ruach (Jewish Organization w/Hillel) *Rugby (men’s and women’s)*Russian Club *Serving Homeless Individuals in Philadelphia *Sexual Health Counselors *Sixteen Feet (men’s a capella)*Small Craft Warnings (literary magazine) *Spike (bi-annual magazine)*Students of Caribbean Ancestry (SOCA) *Social Affairs Committee *Soundmachine *Sticks and Stones (a capella group) *Swarming Earthworms (men’s ultimte frisbee) *Swarthmore Asian Organization (SAO) *Swarthmore African American Student Society (SASS)*Swarthmore African Student Association (SASA) *Swarthmore Business Association *Swarthmore College Computer Society *Swarthmore political Action Committee *Swarthmore Protestant Community *Swarthmore Queer Union (SQU) *Swarthmore Students Advocating Life *Swarthmore Warders of Imaginative Literature (role-playing, gaming)*Vertigo-Go (improv comedy) *Warmothers (women’s ultimate frisbee) *WSRN 91. 5 FM (college radio) *Cultural Diversity Committee *ENLACE (hispanic student organization) *Student Council
  • Student papers: (Appears as submitted by school) Phoenix (weekly); Daily Gazette (electronic daily)


  • Nearest airport(s) (distance in miles): Philadelphia (10)
  • Nearest train(s) (distance in miles): Swarthmore (0)
  • Nearest bus-station(s) (distance in miles): Philadelphia (15)
  • Public transportation serves the campus.
  • Not all students are permitted to have cars on campus.
  • 10% of students have a car on campus


  • School employment is available.
  • 80% of undergrads are employed with average earnings of 1,700
  • Freshman are not discouraged from working.

Greek Life

  • There are 2 fraternities
  • 2 fraternity houses
  • 6% of students are fraternity members
  • There are 0 sororities
  • 0 sorority houses
  • 0% of students are sorority members.


  • Army ROTC: Offered at cooperating institution (Widener University)
  • Navy ROTC: Offered at cooperating institution (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Airforce ROTC: Offered at cooperating institution (St. Joseph’s University)
  • Additional Policies

    class attendance policies set by individual instructors, hazing prohibited, other

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