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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. Swarthmore College has many clubs, organizations, and activities for 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).

Swarthmore College students' favorite campus traditions are Primal Scream, Worthstock and First Collection.

Swarthmore College Housing

Swarthmore College offers housing for students. 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.

Swarthmore College Athletics

At Swarthmore College there are a variety of athletic options for students interested in joining a sports program.

Intercollegiate sports are the highest tier of college sports and can be very competitive. Intercollegiate teams are regulated by the NCAA, funded by the university, and compete against teams from other universities. The division of a sports team depends on the size of the university, funding, and competition level. An intercollegiate school team will be Division I, II or III, with Division I being the highest level.

Club sports are not regulated by the NCAA and are a great option for students not interested in trying out for an intercollegiate team. Club sports are usually student run but can also be funded by the university.

Intramural sports are the most casual and informal. Intramural sports are often free and require very little time commitment.

Let's take a look at the athletic options available at Swarthmore College:

Sport Men's Intramural Women's Intramural Men's Division Women's Division Men's Scholarships Women's Scholarships
Lacrosse NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Swimming And Diving NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Tennis NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Track And Field NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Cross Country Running NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Badminton Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Sport
Fencing Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Ice Hockey Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Rugby Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Squash Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Water Polo Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Ultimate Frisbee Club Teams Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Basketball NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Soccer NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Volleyball Intercollegiate Club Teams NCAA Division 3

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 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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Swarthmore College Students

51%

Women

49%

Men

100%

Full Time

Unknown

Part Time

14%

In State

86%

Out-of-State

Ethnicity

Undergraduate Students

1,437

Swarthmore College Campus Services

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Campus Security
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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

1,437

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

9%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$54,456

Out-of-State

$54,456

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

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