Last week, letters of admission were sent to 969 prospective members of Swarthmore’s Class of 2027, among 14,287 applicants.
Here is the admitted class by the numbers:
Thirty-four percent of the admitted students are among the first generation in their family to attend college. A total of 32% are affiliated with local, national, and international community-based organizations such as A Better Chance (ABC), Bridge2Rwanda, College Horizons, EducationUSA, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA), Matriculate, Philadelphia Futures, The Sutton Trust, TeenSHARP, and QuestBridge.
Sixty-five percent of the admitted students attend public or charter schools, 25% attend private independent schools, 10% attend parochial schools, and two students are home-schooled. Among all the students, 11% are enrolled in schools abroad. Additionally, 7% attend rural public high schools.
Of the admitted students attending high schools reporting class rank, 94% are in the top decile.
“We are inspired and humbled by the number of students who are seeking a collaborative, residential liberal arts education here at Swarthmore,” says Jim Bock ’90, vice president and dean of admissions. “We are also excited by the future student body whose diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences will enrich our learning and transform our campus community for the better. I know I echo my colleagues in Admissions and across our entire institution when I say that we cannot wait to welcome the Class of 2027 to join us in our shared pursuit of the common good.”
The admitted students represent six continents, 86 nations, and 50 U.S. states as well as American Samoa, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. California is the most highly represented home state of members in the newly admitted class. Rounding out the top 15, in order, are New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Texas, Massachusetts, Virginia, Washington, Florida, Connecticut, Arizona, Delaware, North Carolina, and Ohio.
Non-U.S. citizens represent 53 countries in the admitted class and include Afghanistan, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, China, Dominica, Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Vietnam.
A total of 118 students carry dual citizenship with the U.S. or have permanent residency.
Engineering is the most popular intended major among the admitted students. Next, in order, are computer science, political science, economics, biology, English literature, mathematics and statistics, psychology, philosophy, and sociology. As the College is looking to bring in a smaller class than last year, Swarthmore expects to yield a first-year class of about 415 students.
Swarthmore Admissions and the entire community are looking forward to welcoming the incoming class to campus for Swatstruck this spring and celebrate their arrival this fall.