College Spotlight: Swarthmore College


The PowerScore College Spotlight gives you a snapshot of a different college or university each week. For more information about each profiled institution, be sure to check out the school's website.


Swarthmore College is today's College Spotlight. From the school's website:

Located 11 miles southwest of Philadelphia, Swarthmore's idyllic, 425-acre campus is an arboretum, complete with rolling lawns, creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails. From its state-of-the-art L.E.E.D. certified science center to its new residence halls with environmentally responsible design, Swarthmore's buildings and architecture stand as national models of curricular and co-curricular undergraduate facilities.

Swarthmore's endowment is the 14th-largest per student among U.S. colleges and universities. This enables the College to admit U.S. citizens and permanent residents without regard to their ability to pay for a Swarthmore education and to fully meet the demonstrated financial need of all admitted students with loan free financial aid awards.

Founded by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) as one of the nation's first co-educational colleges, Swarthmore today is non-sectarian, but still reflects many Quaker traditions and values. Foremost among them is a commitment to the common good and to the preparation of future leaders who will influence favorably a changing and complex world.


Type of school: Private

Setting: Suburban

Size: 1,545 (total undergraduate enrollment)

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 386 (2011)

Student-to-faculty ratio: 8 to 1 (as per CollegeBoard.org)

Acceptance percentage: 15%

Tuition and fees: $41,150 (2011-2012)

Room, board, and additional expenses: $14,370 (2011-2012)
Address: 500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081
Phone: 610.328.8300
Email: admissions@swarthmore.edu
Website: www.swarthmore.edu
Twitter accounts: @Swarthmore
Facebook: Swarthmore College

All information was gathered from the school's profile on the CollegeBoard.org website and the school's website. Please consult the school's website and Office of Admissions with questions regarding this information. 

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