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Swarthmore College Student Life

Swarthmore College is on a 425-acre campus in a suburban setting in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, not far from Philadelphia. There are many activities and organizations for Swarthmore College students to participate in – chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.

Swarthmore College does not have fraternities or sororities.

Swarthmore College has a thriving Boy Meets Tractor (sketch comedy troupe). In fact, more students participate in Boy Meets Tractor (sketch comedy troupe) than any other on-campus activity.

Other popular student organizations at Swarthmore College include Rhythm N Motion (performing dance styles of the African Diaspora), Multi (community for people who self-identify as multiracial, multiethnic, multicultural, and/or multireligious), Mixed Company (a cappella group)

The Swarthmore College community comes together each year for Primal Scream, Worthstock and First Collection.

Swarthmore College Housing

Swarthmore College offers housing. Students are required to live on campus through freshman year. First year students are guaranteed on-campus housing. First year students are not allowed to park a car on campus.

Swarthmore College offers coed housing and housing for students with disabilities.

Is Swarthmore College Safe?

College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.

Swarthmore College is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The Swarthmore College campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night.

Swarthmore College offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students.

Plan a Visit to Swarthmore College

Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit to Swarthmore College, take Interstates 476 and 95 to Swarthmore, PA. If you need to fly, book your flight to Philadelphia International airport.

While you're planning, check out other schools in Pennsylvania you may want to visit too. Click the heart at the top of each school's page to save it to your college list.

Want to visit but can't make the trip? Explore Swarthmore College's campus without leaving home by taking a virtual campus tour

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