Swarthmore College

According to the school, Swarthmore College is a highly selective college of liberal arts and engineering, celebrating the life of the mind. Since its founding in 1864, Swarthmore has given students of uncommon intellectual ability the knowledge, insight, skills, and experience to become leaders for the common good. The College is private, yet open to all regardless of financial need; American, yet decidedly global in outlook and diversity, drawing students from around the world and all 50 states. So much of what Swarthmore stands for, from its commitment to curricular breadth and rigor to its demonstrated interest in facilitating discovery and fostering ethical intelligence among exceptional young people, lies in the quality and passion of its faculty. A student/faculty ratio of 8:1 ensures that students have close, meaningful engagement with their professors, preparing them to translate the skills and understanding gained at Swarthmore into the mark they want to make on the world. The College’s Honors program features small groups of dedicated and accomplished students working closely with faculty; an emphasis on independent learning; students entering into a dialogue with peers, teachers, and examiners; a demanding program of study in major and minor fields; and an examination at the end of two years’ study by outside scholars. Located 11 miles southwest of Philadelphia, Swarthmore’s idyllic, 357-acre campus is a designated arboretum, complete with rolling lawns, creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails.

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Student Life
Enrolled Students: 1,525
Student to Faculty Ratio: 7 to 1
Annual Cost
In State Tuition: $37,860
Out of State Tuition $37,860
Books and Supplies $1,150
Students with Financial aid:** 48%
  • ** Refers to % of students receiving some form of financial aid
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