Letters of admission have been sent to 1,014 prospective members of Swarthmore’s Class of 2025. Thirty percent of the admitted students are among the first generation in their family to attend college. A total of 34% are affiliated with local, national, and international community-based organizations such as A Better Chance, College Horizons, Lenfest Scholars, Sutton Trust, and QuestBridge. Sixty-five percent of the admitted students attend public or charter schools, 25% attend private independent schools, 9% attend parochial schools, and 1% are home-schooled. Among all the students, 12% are enrolled in schools abroad. Additionally, 5% attend rural public high schools.
Of the admitted students attending high schools reporting class rank, 93% are in the top decile.
“The liberal arts tradition of serious inquiry and exploration, and the exercise of educating our students to solve society’s intractable problems, is more relevant today than ever,” says Jim Bock ’90, vice president and dean of admissions. “Swarthmore received more than 13,000 applications from an incredibly diverse and talented pool of remarkable people. We are humbled by the resilience of students in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges, and it is an honor to share in their journey. We look forward to what they will accomplish both at Swarthmore and in the world as leaders for the common good.”
The admitted students represent six continents, 86 nations, and 50 U.S. states as well as the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. New York is the most highly represented home state of members in the newly admitted class. Following, in order, are California, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Texas, Virginia, Massachusetts, Maryland, Washington, Florida, Illinois, Connecticut, Georgia, Arizona, and North Carolina.
Non-U.S. citizens represent 58 countries in the admitted class and include Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Congo, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe.
Additionally, there are 45 students who carry dual citizenship with the U.S. or who have permanent residency.
Engineering is the most popular intended major among the admitted students. Next, in order, are political science, economics, computer science, biology, English literature, mathematics and statistics, psychology, biochemistry, neuroscience, and philosophy. Swarthmore expects to yield a first-year class of about 435 students.
As Swarthmore plans to return to a primarily in-person residential learning experience for the fall 2021 semester, the College looks forward to welcoming the incoming class to the campus, many of whom will be seeing it for the very first time.