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Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

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Student Population
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Location Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
Online swarthmore.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
Swarthmore College overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad
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Located in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, Swarthmore College is a small four year private college offering undergraduate programs. In the most recent statistical year 11,442 prospective students applied, and 1,022 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 417 enrolled in the school.  1,554 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 5 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2019/2020, excluding room and board, is $54,256 plus fees of $400. Swarthmore is ranked 35 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2020 U.S. Colleges Ranking.



Swarthmore is rated within the top 8% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 10 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards
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SAT 1380/1540
ACT 31/35
GPA 3.9
Applications Accepted
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Applications Due Jan 1, 2022
Applicant Competition Extreme
Application Fee $60

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Annual Cost to Attend

Costs for Swarthmore College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,400
Other Fees$400
Room and Board $16,088
Budget for Other Expenses$1,788
Total One Year Cost$73,932

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Average Salary After 10 Years
$65,800 per year
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate
95% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Swarthmore College students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 29%
Biology 11%
Foreign Languages 8%
Psychology 7%
English and Literature 7%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=216287 IPEDS survey data for Swarthmore College.

Current students may use the Swarthmore College GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.