Swarthmore College

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore College, founded in 1864, is a coeducational, independent, private college located in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, United States. The college offers a number of degree courses in liberal arts, along with a solitary four-year engineering program, at the end of which students are granted a B.S. degree in Engineering. The suburban campus of the college spreads across approximately 399 acres of suburban land.

The athletics teams of the Swarthmore College are known as the Garnet. The official mascot of the college is the Phoenix. More than 20 varsity intercollegiate sports teams fielded by the college participate in basketball, cross country, baseball, field hockey, softball, soccer, golf, lacrosse, swimming, volleyball, track & field and tennis. The students are also encouraged to participate in a number of club sports including ultimate frisbee, volleyball, rugby, squash and fencing.

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Contacting Swarthmore College

Swarthmore College
500 College Ave
Swarthmore , PA 19081
General Phone: (610) 328-8000

Swarthmore College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts176American studies, Asian studies, Latin American studies, Near/Middle east studies, Russian studies, French studies, German studies, African-American studies, women's studies, ...
Science63biology, biochemistry, biophysics, biometrics, biological and biomedical sciences, biological and physical sciences, astronomy, astrophysics, chemistry, ...
Religion and Philosophy25philosophy, religion, Islamic studies
Therapy and Counseling25psychology, psychobiology, psychology courses
Mathematics19mathematics, applied mathematics courses, mathematics and computer science
Fine Arts16fine arts, art history and criticism
Education and Teaching12education, education courses
Computer Science and Engineering11computer and info science
Drama and Performing Arts6dance, drama, various performing arts
Photography and Commercial Art2film studies, film and photography
Music1music, musicology
Family and Social Work0public policy analysis, social service professions
Conservation and Resource Management0environmental studies

Number of programs and degrees for Swarthmore College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree37470

Swarthmore College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Swarthmore College had a total enrollment of 1,491 students (1,461 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 51%
Women 49%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 43%
Black 8%
Hispanic 10%
Asian 17%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 14%
(Foreign Students) 7%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 47%
20-21 45%
22-24 5%
25-29 0%
50-64 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York14%
(International Students)8%
New Jersey8%
North Carolina2%
Rhode Island1%
New Mexico1%

Swarthmore College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 97 %

Swarthmore College Room and Board (2007)

Swarthmore College offers campus housing for 1,420 of its 1,461 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Swarthmore, Pennsylvania for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Pennsylvania Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 20 meals per week.

Swarthmore College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal680760
SAT Math670760
SAT Writing660760
ACT Verbal2935
ACT Math2834
ACT Composite2833

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT93%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT26%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)recommended
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Swarthmore College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 36,490
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 36,490
Room and board $ 11,314
Room charge $ 5,800
Board (meal plan) charge $ 5,514
Books and supplies $ 1,110
Other expenses $ 1,467

Financial Aid:
Swarthmore College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 337000)

Swarthmore College Faculty

Swarthmore College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1617
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1413

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year60$131,38229$122,328
Associate professoracademic year23$89,35225$88,416
Assistant professoracademic year28$71,46425$70,460
Instructoracademic year0*3$64,367
All faculty totalacademic year111$107,55982$94,055

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Swarthmore College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Centennial Conference
Baseball Centennial Conference
Track Centennial Conference

Swarthmore College Degree Programs (2007)

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Visual and Performing Arts, Other

Education And Teaching
Education, General
Education, Other

Engineering, General

Family And Social Work
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
Public Policy Analysis

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies, Other
Asian Studies/Civilization
Chinese Language and Literature
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Comparative Literature
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
French Language and Literature
French Studies
German Language and Literature
German Studies
History, General
History, Other
International Relations and Affairs
Japanese Language and Literature
Latin American Studies
Latin Language and Literature
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
Political Science and Government, General
Political Science and Government, Other
Russian Language and Literature
Russian Studies
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Applied Mathematics, Other
Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics, General

Music, General
Musicology and Ethnomusicology

Photography And Commercial Art
Film/Cinema Studies
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other

Religion And Philosophy
Islamic Studies
Religion/Religious Studies

Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemical Physics
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology
Psychology, General
Psychology, Other

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