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Swarthmore College – Swarthmore, PA

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About Swarthmore College

Swarthmore is a highly selective college of liberal arts and engineering, located in a suburban setting 11 miles southwest of Philadelphia. Founded as a coeducational institution in 1864, it is nonsectarian but reflects many values of its Quaker founders and attracts students who are engaged in both the community and the classroom. A small school by deliberate policy, its enrollment is about 1,500 with a student-faculty ratio of 8:1. Swarthmore offers strong programs in STEM studies, including an ABET-accredited bachelor of science in Engineering, rigorous programs in Computer Science, Biology, Biochemistry, Math & Stats, Chemistry, Physics, and other related fields. The College emphasizes undergraduate research, and provides more than $800,000 annually to fund summer research projects. Swarthmore is committed to covering 100% of a family’s demonstrated financial need without loans. Discover Swarthmore is a fall fly-in program for students of color, first-generation students, rural students, and students from low-income backgrounds. 


Basic Information
Institution Type Private
School Size Small (fewer than 2,000 students)
Setting Suburban
Religious Affiliation No Preference or affiliation
Student Body
Acceptance Rate Less than 25%
Out of State Students 50% - 75%
Single Sex or Co-ed? Co-educational
Underrepresented Students 15% - 20%
Accomodations for Students with Disabilities Services for the hearing impaired
Services for the learning disabled
Services for students with speech and communication disorders
Services for the visually impaired
Wheelchair access
Athletics Division III Teams
Intercollegiate Programs
Intramural Programs
Applying to Swarthmore College
Average High School GPA N/A
Average SAT: Mathematics N/A
Average SAT: Critical Reading N/A
Average SAT: Writing N/A
Average ACT Composite N/A
Required Test Either the SAT or the ACT is required.
Essay Required
Interview Not Required
Financial Information
In-state Tuition Over $40,000
Out-of-state Tuition Over $40,000
Academic Information
Degrees Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Arts
Specific Programs Research Opportunities
ROTC
Student employment services
Double Major
Student designed major
Honors Program
Study abroad
Independent Study
Teacher certification
Internships
Work-study program
Liberal arts/career combination
View Programs and Majors at Swarthmore College
Summer Enrichment Programs
Enrichment Program Name Swarthmore Summer Scholars Program
Web Site http://www.swarthmore.edu/summer-scholars-program
Description

The Summer Scholars Program opens doors for students who are first in their family to attend college, come from a low-income background, or belong to a traditionally underrepresented group. From June 26 - July 30, 2016, 16 students will participate in this residential program, which combines vigorous academic work and classic college life. If you are selected as a Summer Scholar, you will be immersed in the Swarthmore experience before classes begin in the fall. Faculty members will guide you in the classroom, and you'll get a taste of campus life as well. In addition, you'll explore the diversity of cultural, social, research, and employment opportunities in the Philadelphia area. There is no fee for this program; in fact, you will receive a stipend of $2,375 as part of your participation.

Summer Scholar students continue to receive benefits after the five-week pre-college program ends; the program director, dean, and faculty members provide ongoing mentoring that can help you thrive at Swarthmore. If you are interested in an experience that will teach you important skills like time management, communication, and work/life balance, the Summer Scholars Program is an amazing opportunity.

Who is eligible for this opportunity? (By anticipated Graduation Date)
High School Students 2016
Undergraduate Students
Is this a residential program? Yes
Start Date Sunday June 26, 2016
End Date Saturday July 30, 2016
Application Process

This program is open to matriculated students only. Students may submit their Summer Scholars Program applications online, or by mail using the paper application sent to you. Applications are due May 16, 2016.

Application Deadline Monday May 16, 2016
Cost N/A
Are scholarships/stipends available? Yes
If yes, what is the procedure to obtain a scholarship/stipend? All participants receive a stipend of $2,375.
Are there any prerequisites? Yes
If yes, what are they? Students must be incoming first-year students enrolled at Swarthmore College.
Contact Mr. JT Duck, Director of Admissions
Phone: 6103288303
Email: jduck1@swarthmore.edu
Open Houses
Event Name Discover Swarthmore
Web Site http://www.swarthmore.edu/admissions-aid/discover-swarthmore
Dates Thursday September 15, 2016
Description Discover Swarthmore is Swarthmore College's all-expenses-paid overnight program for high-achieving high school seniors. Swarthmore Admissions pays for all transportation, meal, and on-campus housing expenses for students invited to attend the program. All interested high school seniors (domestic students living in the United States) are welcome to apply to Discover Swarthmore, though preference will be given to students from traditionally underrepresented groups, students who are the first in their family to attend college, and students from low-income backgrounds.
Application Process

All interested high school seniors (U.S. citizens, Permanent Residents, and undocumented/DACA students living in the United States) are welcome to apply via our online application form. In the application, you will be asked to indicate your preferred program dates (equal consideration is given for both sets of dates).  Please work with your school counselor to submit an official or unofficial high school transcript in order to complete your application. Transcripts can be emailed to discover@swarthmore.edu, faxed to (610) 328-8580, or sent via postal mail to Swarthmore Admissions, 500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081.

The application deadline is July 31, 2016. Applicants will receive decisions via email in mid-August. 

Contact Mr. Windsor Jordan, Assistant Dean of Admissions
Phone: 6103288639
Email: wjordan1@swarthmore.edu
Event Name Discover Swarthmore
Web Site http://www.swarthmore.edu/admissions-aid/discover-swarthmore
Dates Thursday October 20, 2016
Description Discover Swarthmore is Swarthmore College's all-expenses-paid overnight program for high-achieving high school seniors. Swarthmore Admissions pays for all transportation, meal, and on-campus housing expenses for students invited to attend the program. All interested high school seniors (domestic students living in the United States) are welcome to apply to Discover Swarthmore, though preference will be given to students from traditionally underrepresented groups, students who are the first in their family to attend college, and students from low-income backgrounds.
Application Process

All interested high school seniors (U.S. citizens, Permanent Residents, and undocumented/DACA students living in the United States) are welcome to apply via our online application form. In the application, you will be asked to indicate your preferred program dates (equal consideration is given for both sets of dates).  Please work with your school counselor to submit an official or unofficial high school transcript in order to complete your application. Transcripts can be emailed to discover@swarthmore.edu, faxed to (610) 328-8580, or sent via postal mail to Swarthmore Admissions, 500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081.

The application deadline is July 31, 2016. Applicants will receive decisions via email in mid-August. 

Contact Mr. Windsor Jordan, Assistant Dean of Admissions
Phone: 6103288639
Email: wjordan1@swarthmore.edu
Fee Waivers
Fee Waiver Name
Web Site
Application Deadline No Deadline
Description Students may request a Swarthmore fee waiver in the Common Application.
Application Process
Contact Mr. JT Duck, Director of Admissions
Phone: 6103288303
Email: jduck1@swarthmore.edu
Early Admission
Early Admission Name Early Decision
Web Site http://www.swarthmore.edu/admissions-aid/apply-to-swarthmore
Application Deadline No Deadline
Description Swarthmore offers two Early Decision deadlines. Fall Early Decision requires an application by November 15 and provides admissions notification by December 15. Winter Early Decision requires an application by January 1, and provides admissions notification by February 15. 
Application Process
Contact Mr. JT Duck, Director of Admissions
Phone: 6103288303
Email: jduck1@swarthmore.edu

 

 
   
 
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