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Swarthmore College Data & Information Overview

Want the scoop on Swarthmore College? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors Swarthmore offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Swarthmore College Ranked?

Quality Badge

2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Swarthmore College was awarded 48 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general biology.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, Swarthmore is ranked #21 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country.

Swarthmore also holds the #2 spot on the Best Colleges in Pennsylvania ranking.

See all of the rankings for Swarthmore College.

Is It Hard to Get Into Swarthmore?

Acceptance Rate

Even if you have the best grades and high test scores, that may not be enough to get into Swarthmore since the school has one of the most selective in the country. Its acceptance rate is a mere 11%, so there's no shame if you don't get in. Be sure to apply to other schools just in case.

Average Test Scores

About 58% of students accepted to Swarthmore submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 690 and 760. Math scores were between 690 and 780.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Swarthmore College  ( 690 to 760 )

SAT Math Scores for Swarthmore College  ( 690 to 780 )
Swarthmore received ACT scores from 60% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 31 and 34.

ACT Composite Scores for Swarthmore College  ( 31 to 34 )

Learn more about Swarthmore College admissions.

Swarthmore College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Swarthmore, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 8 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Swarthmore College is 89%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  89 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Swarthmore College

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 98% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Swarthmore College enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  98 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Swarthmore for first-time, full-time students is 87%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  87 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Swarthmore College.

Excellent Overall Diversity at Swarthmore

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,594 undergraduates at Swarthmore with 1,591 being full-time and 3 being part-time.

Swarthmore Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

With an overall score of 99.94 out of 100, Swarthmore is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  99.94 out of 100
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How Much Does Swarthmore College Cost?

The overall average net price of Swarthmore is $21,067. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Swarthmore

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$8,909 $8,107 $12,983 $23,207 $40,826

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Swarthmore, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Swarthmore, approximately 13% of students took out student loans averaging $5,832 a year. That adds up to $23,328 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Swarthmore is 1.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Swarthmore Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Swarthmore make around $56,700 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future Swarthmore graduates since it is 42% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Swarthmore College make the most money.

Location of Swarthmore College

Located in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, Swarthmore College is a private not-for-profit institution. Swarthmore is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

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Location of Swarthmore College

Contact details for Swarthmore are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 500 College Ave, Swarthmore, PA 19081
Phone: 610-328-8000

Swarthmore College Majors

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Economics 82 $74,500
Mathematics 54 NA
Computer Information Systems 49 $86,700
General Biology 47 $36,800
Political Science & Government 42 $37,600
Child Development & Psychology 33 NA
General Engineering 31 NA
Fine & Studio Arts 19 NA
General English Literature 18 NA
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 17 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Swarthmore College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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