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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. It is also decidedly global in outlook, drawing students from around the world and all 50 states. The diversity of perspectives represented by Swarthmore students, faculty, and staff - including different viewpoints, identities, and histories - contributes to the community's strong sense of open dialogue and engagement with ideas and issues.

Bachelor's programmes

Social Sciences (1)


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.

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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Student Reviews

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...

Rigor by choice
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

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.

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, United States