Swarthmore College is on a 425-acre campus in the suburban setting of Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, not far from Philadelphia.
There are many activities and organizations for Swarthmore College students to join – including chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.
Interested in Greek life? Swarthmore College does not have fraternities or sororities.
Swarthmore College has the Boy Meets Tractor (sketch comedy troupe). In fact, more students participate in the 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) and FLI (First Gen/Low Income).
Swarthmore College students' favorite campus traditions are Primal Scream, Garnet Day and First Collection.
This table offers information on housing at Swarthmore College.
|On-Campus Housing||Yes||Required for freshman|
|Guaranteed Housing||Yes||Guaranteed for freshman|
|Co-ed Housing Available||Yes|
|Housing for Students with Disabilities||Yes|
|Percentage of Students Living On-Campus||––||96%|
|Spots Available in On-Campus Housing||––|
|Number of Students Living On-Campus||––|
|Percentage of Students Living Off-Campus||––||4%|
Swarthmore College offers housing for students. Students are required to live on campus through freshman year. First year students are guaranteed on-campus housing.
The majority of Swarthmore College students live on campus. In 2022, 96% of undergrads at Swarthmore College lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 4% of students lived off-campus or commuted to Swarthmore College. First year students are not allowed to park a car on campus.
Swarthmore College offers coed housing and housing for students with disabilities.
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|
|Indoor Track||√||√||NCAA Division 3||NCAA Division 3|
|Basketball||√||√||NCAA Division 3||NCAA Division 3|
|Lacrosse||√||√||NCAA Division 3||NCAA Division 3|
|Soccer||√||√||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|
|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|
|Ultimate Frisbee||Club Teams||Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Water Polo||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Badminton||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Sport|
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.
Additionally, Swarthmore College has LiveSafe mobile app.
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.
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