Swarthmore College has sent letters of admission to 1,023 prospective members of the Class of 2024. Twenty-eight percent of the admitted students are among the first generation in their family to attend college, and 33 percent are affiliated with local, national, and international community-based organizations such as Lenfest Scholars, QuestBridge, CollegePoint, and Bridge2Rwanda. Sixty-five percent of the admitted students come from public and/or charter schools, 25 percent from private independent schools, 10 percent from parochial schools, and one percent are home schooled. Twelve percent of all students are from schools overseas. Additionally, five percent attend rural public high schools. Swarthmore expects to yield a first-year class of about 415 students.
“Amidst all of the uncertainty during this unprecedented time, Swarthmore remains a place where students can pursue their futures with passion and vigor. Swarthmore received another robust and diverse pool of applications this year—more than 11,600,” said Jim Bock '90, vice president and dean of admissions. “It is humbling to have so many talented and accomplished students express such strong interest in an outstanding residential liberal arts education. We are excited to welcome them to Swarthmore, and to see how they will cultivate their remarkable talents to enrich our campus, their communities, and the world.”
The admitted students come from or represent six continents, 80 nations, and 50 U.S. states as well as American Samoa, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico. California is the most highly represented home state of members in the newly admitted class. Following, in order, are New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maryland, Texas, Florida, Illinois, Virginia, and Arizona.
Non-U.S. citizens represent 57 countries in the admitted class and include Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Botswana, Burundi, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Greece, Guyana, Hong Kong, Italy, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Latvia, Lebanon, Mexico, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Romania, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Venezuela, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe.
Additionally, there are over 20 students who carry dual citizenship with the U.S. or who have permanent residency whose nationalities are not included in this summary.
Of the admitted students attending high schools reporting class rank, 95 percent are in the top decile.
Engineering is the most popular intended major among the admitted students. Next, in order, are political science, economics, biology, computer science, English literature, mathematics and statistics, philosophy, biochemistry, environmental science, history, and psychology.