How hard is it to get into Swarthmore and can I get accepted? The school has a 9% acceptance rate ranking it #2 in Pennsylvania for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,054 out of 11,630 applicants were admitted making Swarthmore an extremely competitive school to get into with a very low chance of acceptance - even for applicants with the highest scores and grades. Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 5 percent. Swarthmore College typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 35% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.
You must submit admission test scores with your application. Swarthmore College is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||690|
|SAT Math 25th||705|
|SAT Composite 25th||1395|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||750|
|SAT Math 75th||790|
|SAT Composite 75th||1540|
|Average SAT Score||1470|
What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Swarthmore College?
Swarthmore College typically prefers applicants to be in the top 100 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1395 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1320. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1470 out of 1600. The school ranks #3 in Pennsylvania for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 62 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1540 and Above||Good||>14%|
|1467 to 1540||Avg +||9%-14%|
|1395 to 1467||Avg -||6%-9%|
|1323 to 1395||Reach||3%-6%|
|Less than 1323||Low||<3%|
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|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||33|
|ACT Math 25th||29|
|ACT Composite 25th||31|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||36|
|ACT Math 75th||34|
|ACT Composite 75th||34|
|Average ACT Score||32|
What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Swarthmore?
Admission data indicates that Swarthmore regularly accepts students with ACT's of 31 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 5 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 30 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 32 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 34 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #4 in Pennsylvania for highest average ACT composite score. 43 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Swarthmore College.Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|34 and Above||Good||>17%|
|32 to 34||Avg +||9%-17%|
|31 to 32||Avg -||6%-9%|
|30 to 31||Reach||5%-6%|
|Less than 30||Low||<5%|
What GPA do you need to get into Swarthmore College?
Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Swarthmore. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Swarthmore College was 3.9 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #5 in Pennsylvania for highest average GPA. Given the school's very highly selective admissions, acceptance at Swarthmore extremely difficult and unlikely even with a 3.9 GPA. The school should be considered a reach even if you have a 3.9 GPA.
*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.9 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.
93% of Swarthmore College freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.
|High School Class Rank||Freshmen Within Range|
|Top 10% of class||93%|
|Top 25% of class||100%|
|Top 50% of class||100%|
|Lower 50% of class||0%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||35%||36%||35%|
The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2022.
The cost for prospective students to apply to Swarthmore College is $60.
What are the requirements for admission to Swarthmore College and what student information is used for admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Considered but not required|
|High School Class Rank||Considered but not required|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Recommended|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Neither required nor recommended|
|Credit for Life Experiences||No|
Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=216287 IPEDS survey data for Swarthmore College.
62% of students submit their SAT scores to Swarthmore. 43% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
9% of those who apply are granted admission to Swarthmore. Admission competition is extreme and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1395 and 1540. 62% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 31 and 34. 43% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.