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Study at Swarthmore College

Swarthmore College, founded in 1864, is a coeducational, independent, private college located in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, United States. The college offers a number of degree courses in liberal arts, along with a solitary four-year engineering program, at the end of which students are granted a B. S. degree in Engineering. The suburban campus of the college spreads across approximately 399 acres of suburban land.

The athletics teams of the Swarthmore College are known as the Garnet. The official mascot of the college is the Phoenix. More than 20 varsity intercollegiate sports teams fielded by the college participate in basketball, cross country, baseball, field hockey, softball, soccer, golf, lacrosse, swimming, volleyball, track and field and tennis. The students are also encouraged to participate in a number of club sports including ultimate frisbee, volleyball, rugby, squash and fencing.

Profile of Swarthmore College

Swarthmore College can be found in Swarthmore, PA (a large suburb). The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. The Bachelor's degree is the highest degree at Swarthmore College.

Course Topics

The school offers a wide range of choices in programs of study. The most common majors at Swarthmore College are in science, mathematics, and liberal arts.

Swarthmore College Selectivity

The school does not have an open admissions system. Not everyone who applies is accepted. Swarthmore College turned down 82% of potential students in 2007. Only 25% of students scored 680 or lower in 2007 on the verbal SAT test. Math SAT scores at the school centered around 680 to 760, but ranged both higher and lower.


Classes at Swarthmore College are less crowded than at many schools. A tenure system is one way the school works to keep a high-quality staff. Instructors at Swarthmore College are well-paid.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, 1, 491 students were enrolled in the school.

Student Life

Swarthmore College has a residential or campus feel. Student dorms or apartments are common at the school. Swarthmore College offers students meal plans. The school student athletes compete in Centennial Conference competitions.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"Swarthmore students are expected to prepare themselves for full, balanced lives as individuals and as responsible citizens through exacting intellectual study supplemented by a varied program of sports and other extracurricular activities. The purpose of Swarthmore College is to make its students more valuable human beings and more useful members of society. Although it shares this purpose with other educational institutions, each school, college, and university seeks to realize that purpose in its own way. Swarthmore seeks to help its students realize their fullest intellectual and personal potential combined with a deep sense of ethical and social concern. "

Swarthmore College Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts174economics, political science, English, history, social studies, linguistics, comparative literature, Spanish language, . . .
Science65biology, physics, chemistry, biochemistry, astrophysics, chemical physics, astronomy, biometrics, . . .
Therapy and Counselling26psychology, psychobiology, psychology courses
Religion and Philosophy18philosophy, religion, Islamic studies
Mathematics17mathematics, applied mathematics courses, mathematics and computer science
Education and Teaching12education courses
Computer Science and Engineering9computer and info science
Fine Arts9fine arts, art history and criticism
Music4music, musicology
Drama and Performing Arts3drama, various performing arts, dance
Photography and Commercial Art2film and photography, film studies
Conservation and Resource Management0environmental studies
Family and Social Work0public policy analysis, social service professions

Contact: Swarthmore College

Swarthmore College

500 College Ave

Swarthmore, PA 19081

General Phone: (610) 328-8000


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