Apply to Swarthmore

Randal Exon teaches in the Old Tarble studio space

In an effort to seek a variety of students leading to a well-rounded class, the admissions staff carefully considers a number of criteria without a rigid emphasis on any one factor in particular. Applicants are evaluated based upon the following:

  • High School record (as well as strength of curriculum)
  • Rank in class (if high school ranks)
  • Standardized tests
  • Extracurricular commitments
  • Essays (included in application)
  • Recommendations (two from academic teachers, one from counselor)
  • Interview (highly recommended, but not required)

Application Process

Required Materials

  • Common Application
  • Swarthmore College Short Answer
    As part of the Swarthmore College Member Page, you will be asked to respond to the following short answer question:
    • Please write about why you are interested in applying to and attending Swarthmore.
      (250 word limit)
  • $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. Please note: Swarthmore College does not accept teacher recommendations or other application materials sent via email, however, we DO accept application materials submitted electronically through the Common Application website or through Naviance.

Optional Materials

  • Interview: request an on-campus interview or an off-campus alumni interview (available starting in late August). Students need not have submitted their application before interviewing.
  • Art/Music/Dance/Theater/Creative Writing Supplement: We are accepting supplements exclusively through SlideRoom in partnership with The Common Application. SlideRoom provides instructions for submitting materials online, including a video tutorial. *Submitting additional materials is strictly optional, and is at no additional charge.
  • Financial Aid: Please visit the Financial Aid website to view instructions and deadlines for first-year applicants living in the U.S. planning to apply for finacial aid.

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. Please include your Common Application identification number in all email correspondence with the Swarthmore Admissions office.

Additional Requirements and Information

Early Decision Applicants

With your application, please also submit:

International Applicants

With your application, please also submit:

  • A copy of the information page in your valid passport
  • TOEFL or the IELTS for non-native English speakers is highly recommended
  • Certification of Finances

Additional information to assist with the application process for international students:

Transfer Applicants

Required Materials

  • Common Application
  • Swarthmore College Transfer Writing Supplement
  • Official Final High School Transcript
  • Secondary School Final Report
  • Registrar Report
  • Official College Transcript(s) from all colleges/universities previously attended or currently attending
  • Two Academic Reports. At least one recommendation must be from a recent college instructor.
  • Mid-Term Report
  • $60 Application Fee or Fee Waiver

Optional Materials

  • Please visit the Financial Aid website to view instructions and deadlines for transfer applicants living in the U.S. planning to apply for finacial aid. Please Note: Financial Aid is not available for foreign national transfer students.
  • Standardized Test Scores
  • Alumni Interview - Swarthmore offers transfer applicants the opportunity to interview with an alumnus/a of the college in your local area. All transfer interview requests must be submitted no later than March 6, 2015. Request a transfer interview.