Facts & Figures


Founded Founded in 1864 as a coeducational college by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Character Private, nonsectarian, liberal arts with engineering
Mission Swarthmore seeks to help its students realize their full intellectual and personal potential combined with a deep sense of ethical and social concern.
Campus 425 acres, comprising the Scott Arboretum, featuring rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails
Location Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, 11 miles southwest of Philadelphia
Member Tri-College Consortium with Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges, cross-registration with the University of Pennsylvania is also offered


The Academic Experience

Academic Programs Swarthmore offers more than 40 courses of study, and provides the opportunity for students to design their own major. More than 600 courses are offered on campus each year.
Honors Approximately one-third of students pursue their degree through the College's Honors Program, which emphasizes independent learning and dialogue.
Number of Faculty 178 full-time tenure and tenure-track faculty, 98% have a terminal degree in their field
Student to Faculty Ratio 8:1
Students who Participate in Undergraduate Research or Independent Creative Projects 66%, each summer the College commits more than $800,000 in grants to support this work. Opportunities are available in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering divisions, as well as for social action projects.


Student Life

Residence Halls 17
Students Who Live on Campus 93%
Students Who Volunteer >60%
Varsity Sports Teams 22
Clubs and Organizations >100
Libraries 4


The Student Body (2013–14)

Enrollment 1534 751 men (49%) 775 women (51%)

High School Distribution of Students
Independent 26%
International 9%
Parochial 6%
Public 59%

Geographic Distribution of Students
International 9%
Midwest 9%
Middle Atlantic 43%
Mountain States 2%
New England 11%
Southeast 9%
Southwest 4%
West 13%
U.S. Territories <1%

Racial and Ethnic Identity of Students
African American 6%
American Indian/Native Alaskan <1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 15%
Hispanic 14%
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander 0%
Non-Resident Aliens (International Students) 8%
Race and ethnicity unknown/unreported 5%
Two or more Races 8%
White 43%

Enrollment Information for the Class of 2017

Number of Applicants 6,615
Number of Students Admitted 947
Number of Students Enrolled 388

Tuition and Fees for (2013–14)

Tuition $44,368
Room $6748
Board $6,404
Student Activity Fee $350
Total $57,870

Financial Aid (2013–14)

Admission and financial aid decisions for U.S. citizens and permanent residents are made independently at Swarthmore. Financial aid awards meet the demonstrated need for admitted students, without loan.

Students Receiving Need-Based Aid From the College 50%
Range of Financial Aid Awards $1000-$57,870
Average Aid Award (campus job and scholarship combined) $38,701


Students who plan to enter the workforce upon graduation 71%
Students who plan to enter graduate school within 5 years of graduation 75%
Student & graduate applicants who are admitted to medical school 83%
Graduates who complete a doctoral program 19.9% (3rd highest in the nation)

College Finances

(For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010)

Operating Budget (internal basis) $108,600,000
Sources of Revenue 45% student fees
43% endowment
12% other
Market Value of Endowment $1,249,254,000
Endowment Per Student 12th in the U.S. (FY2009)


The Office of Institutional Research is a source for further statistical information and survey data about Swarthmore College.