Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
4-year Private university


Swarthmore College is a private institution established in 1864 with a suburban setting located at Swarthmore. It is ranked 4 in National Liberal Arts Colleges in the 2024 edition of Best Colleges. Its tuition and fees are $62,412. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,625. It practices a semester-based academic calendar.

#4 in National Liberal Arts Colleges
Location Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
Type 4-year Private
Year Founded 1864
Selectivity Very High
Size Small
1,625 Undergraduates


Student-Faculty Ratio
Social Sciences
Most Popular Major

Majors Available

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • English Language And Literature/Letters
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics
  • History
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities
  • Mathematics And Statistics
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Natural Resources And Conservation
  • Philosophy And Religious Studies
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration And Social Service Professions
  • Social Sciences
  • Visual And Performing Arts


Cost of Attendance
For out-of-state students
Average Student Contribution
Instate Tution Fee $62,412
Outstate Tuition Fee $62,411
Room and Board Fees $18,964
$42,975 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation


7% (Very High Selectivity) Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty: Most Difficult
$60 Application Fee
Application Fee Waiver Available
-- Average High School GPA

Application Requirements

SAT/ACT Required
SAT/ACT Writing (essay) Recommended
SAT Subject Test Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement Required
SAT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range
ACT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range

How to Apply?

Accepts CommonApp
Other Applications Accepted Coalition, Quest Bridge

For International Students

-- Minimum TOEFL Score
TOEFL Requirement: Required
IELTS Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of TOEFL)
TOEFL Waived if

English is a language of instruction in school

Deadlines for Fall Intake Applications
Early Decision Deadline
Early Decision II Deadline
Regular Decision Deadline
Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications Deadline
For Financial Aid
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline
Financial Aid Application Deadline

Scholarships and Financial Aid

$65,039 Average Financial Aid
Need-based Aid available for International Students

Need-based Aid

$64,332 Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $80,008
51% Students with need received Financial Aid
100% Students had their need fully met
Deadline for need-based financial application Priority Deadline January 1
Forms to be submitted CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE, FAFSA , State aid form

Merit Scholarships

National and Regional McCabe Scholarships
Total Worth Starting from minimum tuition grant up to full cost of tuition, fees, room, and board, depending on financial need
Eligibility All incoming freshmen with ability, character, personality, leadership, and service to school and community.
Minimum Criteria --
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed No
Application deadline N/A
Lang Opportunity Scholarships (LOS)
Total Worth up to $10,000
Eligibility --
Minimum Criteria --
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed --
Application deadline N/A

Other Scholarships

Not Available


1,625 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Small
98% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
90% Students graduate within 6 years