Application Materials & Deadlines

First-year applicants may apply to Swarthmore via Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application. Swarthmore does not have a preference among any of our application options. Please submit only one application in an application year. International students, homeschooled studentsundocumented students, and transfer students should review information specific to their situation.

Required Materials

  • Common Application or Coalition Application or Questbridge Application
  • Swarthmore College Short Answer
    • As part of the Common or Coalition Application, you will be asked to submit no more than 250 words in response to the following short answer question (Questbridge applicants are asked this question on our Questbridge Conversion Form): "Please write about why you are interested in applying to and attending Swarthmore."
  • $60 application fee or fee waiver
  • School report
  • Guidance counselor recommendation
  • High school transcript
  • Midyear grades: If your school does not have midyear grades, please provide a midyear progress report from your teachers.
  • Standardized test scores (Swarthmore's Testing Policy)
  • Two academic-subject teacher evaluations

Optional Materials

  • You may request an on-campus or off-campus interview. You may interview before submitting your application. All interview slots have been filled for first-year applicants applying to start in the fall of 2017. 
  • You may submit a creative supplement with art, music, dance, theater, or creative writing materials. We accept supplements exclusively through SlideRoom, which provides instructions for submitting materials online, including a video tutorial. Please use the SlideRoom link that matches your choice of application. Submitting additional materials is strictly optional, and is at no additional charge.
  • Please review financial aid application instructions and deadlines for first-year applicants.

Note to applicants: Swarthmore College reserves the right to evaluate an application and make a final decision, even if all parts of the application have not been received.

Early Decision

If you will apply Early Decision, please include:

Submitting Materials

Your school documents must be submitted directly from a school official, including teacher recommendations and transcripts. School officials can submit these documents via the Common Application, Coalition Application, Questbridge, Naviance, or Parchment/Docufide. In rare cases, school officials can submit relevant documents via email.

Applicants who wish to submit materials for inclusion with their application should email a PDF directly to There is no need to send duplicate materials to our general admissions email.


Fall Early Decision Application Deadline: November 15

All testing should be complete by early November; scores should be received in our office by late November. Notification of admission decision is made December 9 at 6 p.m. Eastern Time.

Winter Early Decision Application Deadline: January 1

All testing should be complete by mid-December; scores should be received in our office by mid-January. Notification of admission decision is made online on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 6 p.m. EST.

Regular Decision Application Deadline: January 1

All testing should be complete by early February; scores should be received in our office by mid/late February. We strongly encourage all applicants to complete testing by mid-December to ensure receipt in our office in time for consideration. Notification of admission decision is made online on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 7 p.m. EST.