A cohort of students chooses to pursue their degree through the College's Honors Program, unique in the U.S., which emphasizes independent learning in small seminar classes and culminates with oral and written tests given by external examiners who are experts in their field.
Number of Faculty
187 full-time tenure and tenure-track faculty, 99% of full-time faculty have a terminal degree in their field
66%, each summer the College commits more than $800,000 in grants to support this work. Opportunities are available in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering divisions, as well as for social action projects.
Admission and financial aid decisions for U.S. citizens and permanent residents are made independently at Swarthmore. Financial aid awards meet the determined need for admitted students, without loans.
Financial Aid (2017–18)
Students Receiving Need-Based Aid From the College
Range of Financial Aid Awards
$1,000 - $69,326
Average Aid Award (campus job and scholarship combined)
Percentage of Student Body
Students who plan to enter the workforce upon graduation
Students who plan to enter graduate school within 5 years of graduation
Student & graduate applicants who are admitted to medical school
Graduates who complete a doctoral program
27% (4th highest in the nation)
College Finances (For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018)