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Self-Reporting Test Scores

November 6, 2017

Dear Colleague,

I am happy to share news from Swarthmore College regarding our standardized testing reporting policy. As part of our efforts to reduce barriers during the application process, applicants may now self-report their standardized test scores when applying to Swarthmore (in lieu of providing an official score report).

We have a long history of partnerships and programs that expand access to students for whom sending an official score report was a financial burden. This change to our score reporting policy expands those efforts for all of our applicants. 

Applicants may now provide their test scores to us in several ways: self-reported on the Common, Coalition, or Questbridge Application; as an update via their application portals once they have applied to Swarthmore; or by sending official score reports from the College Board or ACT. Additionally, we will continue to accept as official any scores sent to our office from a school official via email, fax, or postal mail. You can find more details on these processes here.

Please note that our standardized testing requirements have not changed. In addition, we will require matriculating students to submit official score reports for data verification purposes.

Access and affordability are at the core of our mission, and inform how we engage with you and your students. I hope this change will reduce financial barriers for your students who might be a good fit for Swarthmore. You can learn more about our access efforts on our website, and learn more about our generous, loan-free financial aid policies.

I know this is a busy time for you professionally, but I invite you to be in touch with your regional dean if you have any questions or concerns. We appreciate our collaboration with you as you support students during this important time in their lives.


Jim Bock ‘90
Vice President and Dean of Admissions