Parrish Hall is the College’s first building. Located at the heart of campus, it serves as a residence hall and administrative building. Prospective students and their families will find the Admissions Office on the second floor. See more of the Swarthmore campus.
One of Swarthmore's most treasured spaces, the amphitheater, is where students begin and end their four years—with a tradition called First Collection, during which first-year students pass the light of candles from one to another, connecting and "collecting" the new class; and Commencement, their final steps on campus and the start of their new lives as graduates. See more of the Swarthmore campus.
Swarthmore's Science Center - the first undergraduate science facility in the country to receive the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification - brings together biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and statistics, physics and astronomy, and the Cornell Science Library. Its coffee bar is a popular hangout. See more of the Swarthmore campus.
At every level - from Division III varsity sports and club programs to intramural competition and physical education classes - athletics contributes to a student's education, health, and wellness. See more of the Swarthmore campus.
Alumni gather return to campus each year to celebrate and reconnect. More
Overlooking the Crum Woods, the Lang Music Building holds the Lang Concert Hall - among the best recital halls in the Philadelphia area - and music classrooms and practice rooms. It is also the home of the Underhill Music and Dance Library, which offers a superb collection of scores, recordings, and videos. See more of the Swarthmore campus.
Encompassing more than 300 acres of the Swarthmore College campus, the Scott Arboretum displays some of the best trees, shrubs, vines, and perennials for use in the region. See more of the Swarthmore campus.
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.
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.