Swarthmore College requires at least 32 courses to complete a bachelor's degree.
Students can choose the accelarated degree program if they would like to finish all the credits for graduation in less time than normal. Swarthmore College accepts transfer credits. The school accepts AP credit. Many students like to take classes in the summer, to earn extra credits. However, Swarthmore College does not offer classes during the summer.
NOTE: Around 94% of students who start college at Swarthmore College complete all the credits required within six years.
Swarthmore College offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.
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Reminder: Swarthmore College may have additional academic options available for new and transfering students. Make sure to check with the universty directly for any additional information.
Swarthmore College has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.
Students are required to fulfill a language requirement
Reminder: Check with Swarthmore College directly for more information on requirements. Individual departments or majors may have additional required courses.
When choosing a major, Swarthmore College students have several choices to make. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a full list of majors offered at Swarthmore College.
Student Designed Majors
Swarthmore College allows students to design their own major, if desired. If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, designing their own major is a great alternative.
Double Majoring at Swarthmore College
Swarthmore College offers students the option to double major, if they would like. Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major.
NOTE: Declaring a double major may mean taking more courses, but it can provide an interesting mix of experience that helps students stand out when looking for a job or applying to a graduate program.
✅ Swarthmore College offers services for students with disabilities.
Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.
❌ Swarthmore College does not have distance learning options or fully-online programs, so students must be able to attend classes on-campus.
✅ Swarthmore College offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.
✅ Swarthmore College offers an honors program for highly-qualified applicants. Students must complete a senior project if they are in the Honors Program at Swarthmore College.
❌ Swarthmore College does not require an internship for any students.
Students can still look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job. While Swarthmore College does not require internships for students of any major, internships can help students gain hands-on work experience for their resume, and explore career paths that interest them without committing to one path.
The main library on campus is the McCabe Library and there are 7 other libraries on campus.
A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time.
Swarthmore College does not have any dual degree programs available for students.
What is ROTC?
The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which is also commonly known as ROTC, is a leadership program that prepares students to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation. College level ROTC programs prepare students to become officers in the military through physical, academic, and leadership training. ROTC programs are part of the college curriculum and usually cover the cost of tuition.
Does Swarthmore College have any ROTC programs?
Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every university. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.
Swarthmore College has an Air Force ROTC program.
Some ROTC programs are provided directly on campus and others are hosted at a cooperating instiution off campus. The ROTC program locations at Swarthmore College include:
•an Air Force ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus
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