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About Swarthmore College

Swarthmore College is a private, nonprofit school located in the suburban setting of Swarthmore, PA, less than an hour from Philadelphia.

Founded in 1864, Swarthmore College currently enrolls around 1,437 students a year, including 1,437 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $2,104,000,000.

2021 Admissions Facts About Swarthmore College

Acceptance rate: 9%

Mean ACT score: 33

Mean SAT score: 1455

Early Decision or Early Action: Yes/No

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: January 3

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date: April 1

Swarthmore College Acceptance Rate

Swarthmore College accepts around 9 percent of applicants each year.

Admitted students have a mean score of 1455 on the SAT. The mean ACT scores is 33.

In 2021, 0 applicants were waitlisted and 33 students were ultimating offered a spot off the waitlist.

Is Swarthmore College a good school?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Retention and graduation rates

The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61 percent for public schools, and 67 percent for private, non-profit schools.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $24,099 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Swarthmore College sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So the real question to ask yourself: is Swarthmore College a good school for YOU?

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Swarthmore College's application deadline is January 1. All applicants will be notified by April 1.

Read on to find out more about the admissions requirements and deadlines, student life, academics and majors and more. You can also see what others are saying about Swarthmore College in the College Confidential forums and get personalized recommendations for other colleges that might be perfect for you.

College Info

500 College Avenue Swarthmore, PA 19081-1397

Campus Setting: Suburban

Swarthmore College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 4

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Swarthmore College is Jan 4.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Swarthmore College is Apr 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Swarthmore College ACT Scores


ACT Range

31 - 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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34 and Above


31 to 34


31 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Swarthmore College is 33. Students with an ACT score of 34 and above have a good chance of getting into Swarthmore College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 31 and 34 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 31 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Swarthmore College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

700 - 790


Reading SAT Range

680 - 760

Swarthmore College Tuition & Fees

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Cost Breakdown
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Student Life

Wondering what life at Swarthmore College is like? There are approximately 1,667 students enrolled at Swarthmore College. 100% percent of students attend school full-time, 12% percent are from PA and 88% percent of students are from other states.


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