So much of what Swarthmore stands for, from its commitment to curricular breadth and rigor to its demonstrated interest in facilitating discovery and fostering civic engagement, 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 the former 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; ongoing dialogue between students and their peers, teachers, and examiners; and an examination at the end of two years' study by outside scholars.
Swarthmore's idyllic, 425-acre arboretum campus features rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails, and is located just 11 miles from Philadelphia.
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I really liked having small classes and being so involved with the campus community. Being at Swarthmore, learning and working on campus made it feel like I knew over 80% of the student and staff population. I also really enjoyed having a liberal arts education and exploring a lot of different fields of study. What can be improved is the student's willingness to...
Swarthmore College has the benefit of academic rigor and a supportive student community. While difficult, it had a very self-selective student body, and students there enjoyed the challenge. It was a wonderful place to study.