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Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA 4-Year Private
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Swarthmore College Admissions

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Swarthmore College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Swarthmore College's admissions stats.

Swarthmore College 2022 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 90%
Mean SAT Score 1489
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 39%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 21%
Waitlist No

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Considering Applying Early to Swarthmore College?

These are the early application deadlines for Swarthmore College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II No –– ––
Early Action No –– ––

Swarthmore College does not offer early decision or early action.

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.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

What Does Swarthmore College Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Swarthmore College

What does Swarthmore College consider during the admissions process? Listed below are factors commonly taken into consideration during admissions decisions.

Admissions Factor Level
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Class Rank Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Swarthmore College for more information on admission factors.

Swarthmore College 2022-2023 Application Requirements

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)
Interview
Other Requirements Statement of good standing from prior institutions.
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Swarthmore College?

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. 4.0. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Out of all students that were admitted, 35% submitted a class rank. At Swarthmore College 90% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 99% were in the top 25% and 100% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Swarthmore College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 35%
3.75 and 3.99 ––
3.50 and 3.74 --
3.25 and 3.49 ––
3.00 and 3.24 ––
2.50 and 2.9 ––
2.00 and 2.49 ––

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Swarthmore College considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Swarthmore College is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 39% of Swarthmore College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 21% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Swarthmore College?

To be competitive with other Swarthmore College applicants, you should strive to earn between 1440 and 1540 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Swarthmore College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1540 and 25% of scored lower than 1440, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Swarthmore College student is 1489.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Swarthmore College students scored 790 or higher and 75% of students scored 710 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Swarthmore College students scored 770 or higher, and 75% scored a 710 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Swarthmore College?

To be most competitive at Swarthmore College, you should strive to earn between 33 and 35 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 35 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Swarthmore College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 35, and three out of four students scored lower than 35 on the ACT.

A 33 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Swarthmore College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 33.

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Swarthmore College Admissions FAQs


Do I have to submit test scores to Swarthmore College?

❌ No, Swarthmore College is test optional, so you can decide whether to submit your standardized test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average,, you may want not want to include them in your application..

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Swarthmore College?

❌ Swarthmore College does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Swarthmore College?

❌ Swarthmore College does not offer eary action.

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Swarthmore College Admissions Requirements

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Swarthmore College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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Swarthmore College ACT Scores

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ACT Range

33 - 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

35 and Above

Good

33 to 35

Avg

33 and Less

Low

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Swarthmore College is 34. Students with an ACT score of 35 and above have a good chance of getting into Swarthmore College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 33 and 35 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 33 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Swarthmore College SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1440 - 1540

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Math SAT Range

720 - 790

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Reading SAT Range

710 - 770

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1540 and Above

Good

1440 to 1540

Avg

1440 and Less

Low

SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Swarthmore College students is 1489. Applicants with SAT scores of 1540 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Swarthmore College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1440 to 1540 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1440 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Swarthmore College.

Swarthmore College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

1,651

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

N.A.

Tuition and Fees

In State

$59,328

Out-of-State

$59,328

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

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