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Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, United States
Since its founding in 1864, Swarthmore College has given students the knowledge, insight, skills, and experience to become leaders for the common good. Offering a liberal arts and engineering curriculum, the College is private, yet open to all regardless of financial need. 

Bachelor's programmes

Social Sciences (1)



Swarthmore College was created out of a concern of the liberal Hicksite branch oSociety of Friends (Quakers) to establish a place "under the care of Friends, at wteducation may be obtained equal to that of the best institutions of learning in OLIIcountry." The yearly meetings of Baltimore, Philadelphia.


With a curriculum unmatched among liberal arts colleges of its size, Swarthmore offers more than 600 courses and undergraduate research opportunities—from the humanities and performing arts to the social and natural sciences and engineering.


Incredibly rewarding, engaging undergraduate students in research is often like “having several pairs of hands in the lab and helps to increase research productivity,” says Assistant Professor of Bioanalytical Chemistry Kathryn Riley ’10. 


One-on-one career counseling appointments are available to current students and alumni who are: seeking direction, considering majors, exploring internships, job searching or applying for graduate school.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

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University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.


Student services

From the moment you arrive on campus to the day you receive your diploma (and beyond), Swarthmore offers a holistic range of services to help you get the most from your experience and embark on a life of purpose.

Housing services

Sharing conversations in a cozy eight-person house or a lively 200-person dorm, over organic and locally grown food in the dining hall or over a hot beverage in one of several campus coffee bars, living on campus is a central part of the Swarthmore experience.

Library services

The Libraries are committed to providing an inclusive and accessible experience for all users. 

Student Life

Campus life

Swarthmore College is well situated in the suburbs of Philadelphia and off-campus opportunities are endless. Whether you want to volunteer in Chester, take music lessons in the city, or explore King of Prussia, one of the largest shopping malls in the United States, our shuttle system is there for the times you need to venture a further bit afield.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Swarthmore was my dream school. From what I learned during the orientation, I am convinced it is the right choice for me.

Swarthmore made me who I am today
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

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, Pennsylvania, United States


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