Swarthmore College has sent letters of admission to 950 prospective members of the Class of 2019. Twelve percent of the 7817 students who applied were offered a position in the first year class. Based on previous admissions patterns, Swarthmore expects this group of admitted students to yield a first-year class of about 418 for next fall.
"We couldn't be more excited about this group of students," says Jim Bock '90, vice president and dean of admissions. "They are intellectually curious, collaborative, and driven to discover innovative solutions to global and local issues. They are also a testament to our commitment to making a Swarthmore education accessible and affordable for all qualified students. We can't wait to welcome them to our inspiring campus and introduce them to a wide range of opportunities for research, work, and fun."
Fifty-eight percent of the admitted students come from public high schools, 27 percent from private independent schools, seven percent from parochial schools, and eight percent from schools overseas. Twenty-one percent of the admitted students are among the first generation in their family to attend college.
The admitted students come from or represent six continents, 74 nations, and 50 U.S. states as well as the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. California is the most highly represented home state of members in the newly admitted class. Following, in order, are New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Texas, Maryland, Illinois, Massachusetts, Virginia, Florida, and Washington.
China, with 18 students, is the most represented nation among non-U.S. citizens in the admitted class. Six are from the Republic of Korea, five are from Great Britain, and four each are from India, Myanmar, and Thailand. Three each are from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong , Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, and Singapore. Two each are from Ghana, Malaysia, Pakistan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam. One each is from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Ethiopia, France, Honduras, Hungary, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Paraguay, Romania, Russia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turks and Caicos, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Additionally, there are many 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 (44 percent), 33 percent are valedictorians or salutatorians. Fifty-two percent are in top two percent of their high school class and 94 percent are in the top decile.
Engineering is the most popular intended major among the admitted students. Next, in order, are political science, economics, English literature, biology, mathematics, computer science, biochemistry, psychology, neuroscience, and physics.