Swarthmore - Swarthmore College

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About Swarthmore College:
Swarthmore, one of the nation's finest institutions of higher learning, is a college like no other. Private, yet open to all regardless of financial need. American, yet decidedly global in outlook and diversity, drawing students from around the world and all 50 states. Small, yet with the financial strength to offer students and faculty generous resources to push their own and the world's understanding of disciplines from Arabic to plasma physics, from microbiology to dance, from engineering to art history.

Swarthmore celebrates the life of the mind. Since its founding in 1864, Swarthmore has given students of uncommon intellectual ability the knowledge, insight, skills, and experience to become leaders for the common good. And they do. Swarthmoreans are CEO patent-holders who bring technology to underserved markets, investment bankers looking for alternative forms of energy, lawyers who become college presidents, doctors who serve in Congress, winners of the Nobel Prize.  A Swarthmorean founded the first liberal arts college in Ghana. Another led the team that developed the Hubble Space Telescope. Swarthmoreans invented hypertext and helped women win the right to vote.

So much of what Swarthmore stands for, from its commitment to curricular breadth and rigor to its demonstrated interest in facilitating discovery and fostering ethical intelligence among exceptional young people, lies in the quality and passion of its faculty. Professors at Swarthmore are leading scholars and researchers in their fields, yet remain deeply committed to serving their students as outstanding teachers and mentors. A student/faculty ratio of 8:1 ensures that students have close, meaningful engagement with their professors, preparing them to translate the skills and understanding gained at Swarthmore into the mark they want to make on the world.

Located 11 miles southwest of Philadelphia, Swarthmore's idyllic, 399-acre campus is a designated arboretum, complete with rolling lawns, creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails. From its state-of-the-art science complex to its new, environmentally friendly residence hall, Swarthmore's buildings and architecture stand as national models of curricular and co-curricular undergraduate facilities.

Swarthmore's endowment is the 14th-largest per student among U.S. colleges and universities. This enables the College to admit U.S. citizens and permanent residents without regard to their ability to pay for a Swarthmore education and to fully meet the demonstrated financial need of all admitted students.

Founded by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) as one of the nation's first co-educational colleges, Swarthmore today is non-sectarian, but still reflects many Quaker traditions and values. Foremost among them is a commitment to the common good and to the preparation of future leaders who will influence favorably a changing and complex world.


Janine - Harrisburg, PA Fitting

Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017
Swarthmore is a small liberal arts college that only accepts the top 10% of students from schools, usually valedictorians and salutatorians. The students come from around the world and the education received by the students is on par with any Ivy League school. There is a T-Shirt they sell that says "Anywhere else, it would have been an "A". The grounds are an arboretum and extremely well kept and beautiful. The classes are small and intense, and anybody coming here will receive a top notch education. A number of famous groundbreaking individuals have been educated at this school, they even published a book about them. The town is small and quiet but with easy access to downtown Philadelphia via the SEPTA.

Adem Kader

Friday, April 6, 2018
Beautiful campus, intellectually curious and globally minded students, vibrant social community.

Christopher Schaeffer

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018
Just toured the campus. Extremely impressive academic offerings and nearby lovely Philadelphia.


Tuesday, April 3, 2018
American top liberal arts college. Great and lovely campus.

Donata Guerra

Monday, April 10, 2017
This is a campus embodying the Quaker ethos. Students are extremely driven and "compete with themselves" more than anything. This rarefied setting was ideal for the life of the mind I sought as a young person. Be prepared to exercise your mind, not only in the classroom, but with other students who will challenge you to think and to do so in nuanced fashion. This is not a venue for those whose purpose in life is only to pursue a career although the pre-professional majors are consistently of the highest order.