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Swarthmore Admits 975 to Class of 2028

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Last week, letters of admission were sent to 975 prospective members of Swarthmore’s Class of 2028, out of 13,065 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 33% are affiliated with local, national, and international community-based organizations such as A Better Chance, Bright Education Cambodia, College Horizons, College Match, EducationUSA, Emerge, Gear Up, Matriculate, Heights Philadelphia, Our Moon Education, TeenSharp, and QuestBridge. 

Sixty-eight percent of the admitted students attend public or charter schools, 25% attend private independent schools, 7% attend parochial schools, and 1% are home-schooled. Among all the students, 13% are enrolled in schools abroad, and 4% attend rural public high schools. 

Of the admitted students attending high schools reporting class rank, 93% are in the top decile.

“We are humbled by the number of extraordinary students who applied to Swarthmore. Their exceptional academic, creative, and athletic achievements, along with their commitment to the common good, are nothing short of inspiring,” says Jim Bock ’90, vice president and dean of admissions. “Though the work of selecting admitted students in such a gifted pool is never easy, it is always deeply rewarding. It’s a testament to our community that so many diverse and talented students want to bring their unique perspectives and experiences to Swarthmore. I know I echo my colleagues in Admissions and across our entire institution when I say that we are thrilled to welcome the Class of 2028.”
The admitted students represent six continents, 84 nations, and 50 U.S. states as well as the District of Columbia, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. New York is the most highly represented home state for members in the newly admitted class. Rounding out the top 20 with double-digit admits, in order, are California, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Florida, Texas, Massachusetts, Virginia, North Carolina, Illinois, Delaware, Connecticut, Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, Ohio, Tennessee, Washington, and Georgia.
Non-U.S. citizens represent 51 countries in the admitted class, and a total of 140 students carry dual citizenship with the U.S. or have permanent residency. The countries represented in our admitted class include, among others, Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Bhutan, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, the Czech Republic, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Malawi, Mexico, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Peru, Poland, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, South Sudan, Spain, Sweden, Syria, Taiwan, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Venezuela, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Engineering is the most popular intended major among the admitted students. Next, in order, are computer science, political science, English literature, biology, economics, environmental studies, philosophy, mathematics and statistics, biochemistry, psychology, neuroscience, physics, music, and history. 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 our campus for Swatstruck this spring and celebrating their arrival this fall.

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