Swarthmore College

Established in 1864, Swarthmore College is a private, nonprofit institution offering undergraduate courses in engineering and liberal arts. In addition to regional accreditation, Swarthmore has its engineering baccalaureate program accreditation with ABET. The 330-acre campus sits in a suburban area 10 miles southwest of Philadelphia and contains 46 buildings, including residence halls.



Admissions Office

500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081

Admissions Office Phone


Application Deadline

January 1

Office of Financial Aid

500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081

Office of Financial Aid Phone



Full-time: 668 men, 760 women


Total: 174
Ph.D.s: 96%

Student/Faculty Ratio



Swarthmore offers 10 intercollegiate sports for men, 11 intercollegiate sports for women, 11 intramural sports for men and 10 intramural sports for women. Facilities include a field house with a 500-seat auditorium, an indoor track and several multipurpose courts for basketball, volleyball and tennis; six squash courts; an Olympic-size indoor pool; a 3,000-seat football/track stadium; an all-weather track; a state-of-the-art tennis and fitness center; and 12 newly surfaced tennis courts. Grass-surface playing fields are also available.


The 100 groups on campus include one local fraternity and one national fraternity, plus organizations around art, band, chess, choir, chorus, computers, dance, debate, drama, ethnic, film, gay, honors, international, jazz band, literary magazine, musical theater, newspaper, orchestra, pep band, photography, political, radio and TV, religious, social, social service, student government and yearbook. Popular campus events include fall and spring formals, Crum Regatta, an all-day music festival and a multicultural festival.

Programs of Study

Swarthmore confers B.A. and B.S. degrees. Bachelor’s degrees are awarded in Biological Science (biochemistry, biological anthropology and biology/biological science), The Arts (art, art history and appreciation, classics, dance, dramatic arts, English literature, French, German, Greek, Latin, linguistics, literature, music, Russian and Spanish), Computer and Physical Science (astronomy, astrophysics, chemical physics, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and physics), Education, Engineering and Environmental Design (engineering and environmental science), Social Science (anthropology, Asian/Oriental studies, classical/ancient civilization, economics, French studies, German area studies, history, humanities, medieval studies, philosophy, political science/government, psychobiology, psychology, religion and sociology). Economics, biology and political science are the largest.

Visitor Information

We invite you to visit our campus and meet with one of our deans. Interviews are conducted on campus on weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on Saturday mornings in the fall (September through December). Seniors can schedule an on-campus interview or an off-campus interview with an alumnus or alumna of Swarthmore College who lives in their area. To schedule an on-campus interview, call the Admissions Office at 610.328.8300.

Note: Interviews are highly encouraged by the Office of Admissions but are not required.

Campus Tours
Campus tours usually last about one hour and are available throughout the year. Tours begin at the Admissions Office in Parrish Hall. No appointment is necessary. If you cannot join a formal tour, please pick up a campus map in the Admissions Office and explore Swarthmore on your own.

Group Information Sessions
Prospective students and their families have the opportunity to learn about the college during a 45- to 60-minute group information session led by one of the college’s admissions counselors. No appointment is necessary.


All students can be accommodated in college housing, which includes single-sex and co-ed dormitories. In addition, there are substance-free dormitory wings. On-campus housing is required for the freshman year and is available for upper-classmen. 93% of students live on campus. Seniors may keep cars, but it is difficult to get a permit.

Directions to Campus

Swarthmore College
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081