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Swarthmore College

Overview
Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1864
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 1,484
Environment: Suburban
Endowment: $1,245,282,000
Admissions Address

500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081

Website

http://www.swarthmore.edu

Admissions E-mail

admissions@swarthmore.edu


 

QuickFacts
Selectivity: Most Selective
Send application by: January 2
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: James L. Bock
Admissions office telephone: (610) 328-8300
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: January 2
Decision sent by: April 1
Accept offer by: May 1
Early decision
Send application by: November 15
 
Decision sent by: December 15
Early action
Not offered Application fee: $60
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
 
http://www.commonapp.org Tuition deposit: $250 (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: N/A
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma or equivalent is not required
General college-preparatory program: Neither required nor recommended
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English N/A 4
Mathematics N/A 3
Science N/A 3
Lab N/A N/A
Foreign language N/A 2
Social studies N/A 3
History N/A 3
Academic electives N/A N/A
Total academic units N/A N/A

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
 
Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Recommended
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
 
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: January 1
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: January 1
 
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
 
Class rank: Very important
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Important
Application essay: Very important
Recommendation: Very important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Considered
Extracurricular activities: Important
Talent/ability: Considered
Character/personal qualities: Very important
First generation: Considered
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Not considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Considered
Volunteer work: Considered
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: Most Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 19%
Early-decision acceptance rate: 37%
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 17%
Total applicants: 4,852
Total acceptances: 923
Total freshman enrollment: 370
 
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: N/A
 
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision is not available for graphing.

 
Male applicants: 1,969
Male acceptances: 454
Male freshman enrollment: 177
 
Female applicants: 2,883
Female acceptances: 469
Female freshman enrollment: 193
 
Out-of-state freshmen: 81%
 
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: N/A
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: N/A
Students enrolled from waiting list: 26

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 83%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 89%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 100%
 
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 55%
Average high school GPA: N/A
 
First-year students submitting GPA: N/A
 
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 97%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 660 – 770
Math: 660 – 760
Combined: 1320 – 1530

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 59.2% 57.8%
600-699 31.4% 32.5%
500-599 8.6% 8.6%
400-499 0.8% 1.1%
300-399 0.0% 0.0%
200-299 0.0% 0.0%

 
First-year students submitting ACT scores: 25%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 29 – 34
Math: 27 – 34
Composite: 28 – 34

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 65.9% 62.3% 64.1%
24-29 29.7% 35.1% 32.1%
18-23 4.4% 2.6% 3.8%
12-17 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
6-11 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Below 6 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%

 



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