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Important admissions updates regarding the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19

The Swarthmore Admissions Office is closed to the public for in-person visits and phone calls through June 1;  we remain open via email and virtual meetings. For more information, please see President Smith's March 17 message to the community and our March 11, 2020 update for counselors regarding COVID-19. 

Swarthmore College is closely monitoring updates regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. We are aware that schools and activities in the affected areas have been suspended. The Admissions Office will work with students and families, teachers, and counselors to understand all extenuating circumstances regarding associated school modifications and take them into consideration for affected applicants. If you have any questions, please consult this resource or email

Swarthmore College is where intellectually passionate students think and create together for the betterment of their communities and the world.

We collaborate, rather than compete. We dive deep and then put our ideas to work. 

We believe in the power of place, knowing that students will thrive in our gorgeous arboretum campus but also appreciate the easy access to downtown Philadelphia, with a train station right at the edge of campus.

We embrace the knowledge that living in a community of people with diverse backgrounds challenges our assumptions and helps us become who we want to be. 

Until now, your education might have been a wonderful appetizer. Welcome to Swarthmore: an endless intellectual buffet, where curiosity and collaboration help create leaders for the common good. 


Academic Exploration

It's hard to feel motivated in a vacuum. That's why the quality of the people around you matters so much. Our community of thinkers and doers—of problem finders and problem solvers—gets inside your head. Everyone at Swarthmore is on an intellectual journey. After four years as a Swattie, you'll have what it takes to apply your knowledge with meaning and purpose. 

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Location: Best of Both Worlds

Want to relax? Your options are almost endless. Take a nap on the sun-drenched lawn of Parrish Beach or clear your head with a trail run through the woods. Hop the train into Philadelphia to chat with friends over bubble tea in Chinatown, or see your favorite band play at Franklin Music Hall. Swarthmore’s campus is anything but an afterthought. Instead, it is a physical place that ultimately helps define your inner landscape. 

aerial view of swarthmore campus

Meaningful Opportunities

Self-discovery: At Swarthmore, it’s communal. As paradoxical as that may sound, it’s true in more ways than one. Swatties sharpen their personal vision in collaboration with friends, professors, coaches, and mentors. Swarthmore offers you a wealth of opportunities to find your place in the world and become the person you want to be.

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Quaker Roots

While Swarthmore is no longer a religious institution, our Quaker founders believed in the practical application of knowledge for the common good. Your classmates work to initiate positive change in fields as diverse as business, medicine, government, education, and more. Swatties strive to make the most of their opportunities and abilities to benefit the world around them, just as they did more than 150 years ago. 

students at first collection