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.
  • Self-reported or official 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. First-year applicants applying to start in the fall of 2019 who are interested in interviewing should request an interview appointment. 
  • Students with especially strong backgrounds and interest in pursuing the arts at Swarthmore can share samples of their work via SlideRoom, free of charge. We accept supplements in creative writing (written or spoken word poetry and fiction), dance (performance and choreography), music (performance and composition), theater, and the visual arts. Submissions provide our Admissions Committee with examples of students’ artistic talents and are subject to faculty review. Please know, however, that we cannot guarantee all works will be evaluated.
  • 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. Swarthmore College may be required to report incidents of abuse that are disclosed in applications.

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 as PDFs via email.


Fall Early Decision Application Deadline: November 15

All testing should be complete by early November. Admission decisions are released online by mid-December.

Winter Early Decision Application Deadline: January 1

All testing should be complete by mid-December. Admission decisions are released online by mid-February.

Regular Decision Application Deadline: January 1

We strongly encourage all applicants to complete testing by mid-December, but may be able to consider scores for tests completed by early February. Admission decisions are released online on by mid-March.

Transfer Decision Application Deadline: April 1

Admission decisions are released online by mid-May.