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980 Students Admitted to Swarthmore Class of 2022

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Swarthmore College has sent letters of admission to 980 prospective members of the Class of 2022. Twenty-four percent of the admitted students are among the first generation in their family to attend college, and thirty-three percent are affiliated with local and national community-based organizations like QuestBridge.  Sixty-five percent of the admitted students come from public and/or charter schools, 23 percent from private independent schools, 11 percent from parochial schools, and one percent are home schooled. Ten percent of all students are from schools overseas. Swarthmore expects to yield a first-year class of about 420 for next fall.

“Swarthmore received a historic number of applications this year—more than 10,700. I was pleased to see so many applicants who will be the first in their family to attend college, or who come from underrepresented backgrounds,” said Jim Bock '90, vice president and dean of admissions. “The students in the admitted class are intellectually curious, socially committed individuals who care about the world around them. We are excited to welcome them to Swarthmore, and to see how their exceptional mix of talents and passions will improve our campus as well as the local and global community.”   

The admitted students come from or represent six continents, 63 nations, and 50 U.S. states as well as the District of Columbia, Guam, 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, New Jersey, Texas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Virginia, Florida, and Illinois.

China with 20 students is the most represented nation among non-U.S. citizens in the admitted class. Six are from Brazil, India, Mexico, and South Korea, five are from the United Kingdom, four are from Canada and Japan, three are from Australia and Ghana, and two each are from Bahrain, Costa Rica, Egypt, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Pakistan, Palestine, Singapore, and Vietnam.  One each is from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bulgaria, Colombia, Congo (Kinshasa), Ethiopia, France, Germany, Guatemala, Guyana, Indonesia, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Malta, Mongolia, Namibia, Nepal, Paraguay, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, Venezuela, 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.

Nine percent of the 10,749 students who applied were offered a position in the the first-year class. Of the admitted students attending high schools reporting class rank, 93 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, mathematics, English literature, biochemistry, physics, environmental studies, philosophy, and psychology.

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