If you are thinking about applying to Swarthmore College, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is January 3 and the fee for the application is $60. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for fee waiver for their application.
Students who apply for Fall should hear back from Swarthmore College by April 1.
Swarthmore College offers early decision but not early action Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing. Early Decision 2 applications are due 1/3.
The early decision acceptance rate at Swarthmore College is 24%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 9%. Last year,, Swarthmore College admitted 237 of the 994 students who applied early decison.
Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.
Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis the areas where you stand out.
|Academic GPA||Very Important|
|Character/Personal Qualities||Very Important|
|Class Rank||Very Important|
|Level of Applicant's Interest||Not Considered|
|Application Essay||Very Important|
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Very Important|
|Standardized Test Scores||Considered|
To apply, all applicants to Swarthmore College must submit the following items. Double check with Swarthmore College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.
|Area||Required||Recommended||Required for some||Details (if any)|
|Written Essay or Personal Statement||√|
|Other Requirements||Statement of good standing from prior institutions.|
|Letter(s) of Recommendation||2|
|Transcript of High School Record||√|
Out of all students that were admitted, 36% submitted a class rank. At Swarthmore College 93% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 100% were in the top 25% and 100% were in the top 50%.
Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.
|At Swarthmore College, students GPAs fall in the following ranges|
Swarthmore College is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.
In 2021, 68% of Swarthmore College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 40% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.
To be competitive with other Swarthmore College applicants, you should strive to earn between 1400 and 1530 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Swarthmore College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1530 and 25% of scored lower than 1400, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Swarthmore College student is 1455.
On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Swarthmore College students scored 790 or higher and 75% of students scored 690 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Swarthmore College students scored 750 or higher, and 75% scored a 690 or higher.
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To be most competitive at Swarthmore College, you should strive to earn between 31 and 34 on the ACT.
An ACT score of 34 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Swarthmore College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 34, and three out of four students scored lower than 34 on the ACT.
A 31 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Swarthmore College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 31.
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For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is April 1. Applicants should hear back by May 15.
Transfer students can enroll in Swarthmore College during the following terms: Fall Term
Can I defer my acceptance to Swarthmore College?
Students who are admitted to Swarthmore College must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department..
Does Swarthmore College accept transfer credits?
Swarthmore College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.
Does Swarthmore College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?
Do I have to submit test scores to Swarthmore College?
No, Swarthmore College is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..
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First-Year Applications are Due
The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Swarthmore College is Jan 3.
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
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.
Composite SAT Range
Math SAT Range
Reading SAT Range
1530 and Above
1400 to 1530
1400 and Less
The median SAT score for Swarthmore College students is 1455. Applicants with SAT scores of 1530 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Swarthmore College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1400 to 1530 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1400 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Swarthmore College.
Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)
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