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Information for Counselors

Swarthmore College Dance Students in Media Center, editing dance videos instructed by Kim Arrow

Wondering if Swarthmore could be a good fit for your students? Here’s some information to help you get to know Swarthmore and the types of students that thrive in our academically vigorous residential community.

We Are Swarthmore.

  • A highly selective liberal arts and sciences college in Swarthmore, Pa., just 11 miles outside Philadelphia, the fifth largest city in the United States.
  • A community of about 1,640 students who come from all over the United States and more than 75 countries.
  • A college that offers academic programs that range from ancient history to engineering to theater, as well as our unique Honors Program.
  • An institution committed to educational access, as demonstrated by our strong financial aid policies.

What Makes a ‘Swattie’?

Swarthmore students—or “Swatties”—are deeply curious thinkers and doers constantly asking the “why” and “how” questions of the world around them. They are interested in collaborating across differences to create solutions for the common good. In an effort to help you identify who may be a Swattie, we’ve shared a list of qualities and attributes we elevate in our application review process.

How You Can Connect

There are a few ways for you and your students to learn more about Swarthmore.

  1. Do you have specific questions? Email your regional dean to ask.
  2. Is your school hosting a college fair? Email to let us know.
  3. Will you or your students be in the greater Philadelphia area, and would you like to stop by? Register for a counselor campus visit or a student group visit.
  4. Do your students want to learn about Swarthmore from a current student? Encourage them to Ask a Swattie.
  5. Do your students want to know how much it might cost them to attend Swarthmore? Point them toward our net price calculator.
  6. Are your students interested in hearing more from us? Ask them to join our mailing list.
  7. Want to learn more about what Swarthmore is doing to reduce barriers in the admissions process and support underserved and underrepresented students? Download the Swarthmore Aid & Access Guide for Counselors,  Advisors, and Community-Based Organizations [PDF]

We hope you will encourage your intellectually curious, collaborative students from all backgrounds to consider Swarthmore College, and we look forward to working with you and your students.