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IPEDS ID: 216287
OPE ID: 00337000
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Swarthmore College
500 College Ave, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081
General information:  (610) 328-8000
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Campus setting:  Suburb: Large
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  1,534 (all undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  
8 to 1View note
The 88 students engaged in study abroad this term are excluded from this calculation.
Carnegie Classification
Baccalaureate Colleges--Arts & Sciences
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
Special Learning Opportunities
Teacher certification
Study abroad
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty20228
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees$39,600$41,150$43,080$44,7183.8%
Books and supplies$1,150$1,150$1,180$1,2102.5%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$11,900$12,100$12,670$13,1523.8%
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$54,153$55,895$58,481$60,6713.7%
This calculator uses estimated student expenses data to estimate the total tuition and fees charged over the duration of a typical 4-year program at this school.
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Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid122359%————
Grant or scholarship aid18649%$6,689,910$35,967
Federal grants5113%$237,400$4,655
Pell grants5113%$204,400$4,008
Other federal grants144%$33,000$2,357
State/local government grant or scholarships205%$54,178$2,709
Institutional grants or scholarships18649%$6,398,332$34,400
Student loan aid8723%$485,198$5,577
Federal student loans8322%$423,353$5,101
Other student loans41%$61,845$15,461
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid188257%$30,571,364$34,661
Pell grants21914%$924,423$4,221
Federal student loans40626%$2,259,009$5,564
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$20,427$20,112$22,514
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$7,383$10,793$10,832
$30,001 – $48,000$9,181$7,778$14,362
$48,001 – $75,000$15,427$11,496$18,174
$75,001 – $110,000$20,439$24,807$23,774
$110,001 and more$35,882$33,015$38,699
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2013
Total enrollment (all undergraduate)1,534
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment11
Attendance StatusStudent Gender
Attendance Status:
Full-time: 99%
Part-time: 1%Student Gender:
Male: 49%
Female: 51%
Student Race/ethnicity
Student Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 15%
Black or African American: 6%
Hispanic/Latino: 14%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 43%
Two or more races: 8%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 5%
Non-resident alien: 8%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 99%
25 and over: 1%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 10%
Out-of-state: 79%
Foreign countries: 12%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
Undergraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 100%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $60
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2013
Number of applicants6,6152,7423,873
Percent admitted14%17%13%
Percent admitted who enrolled41%42%40%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2013 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading680760
SAT Math670770
SAT Writing680770
ACT Composite3134
ACT English3235
ACT Math2934
ACT Writing810
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 96%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 96 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 93%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
4-year: 91%
6-year: 95%
8-year: 95%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 91%
Female: 95%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 67%
Asian: 95%
Black or African American: 90%
Hispanic/Latino: 85%
White: 94%
Two or more races: 100%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 98%
Non-resident alien: 93%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelor
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
African Studies1
African-American/Black Studies1
American/United States Studies/Civilization0
Area Studies, Other1
Asian Studies/Civilization1
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other0
French Studies0
German Studies2
Latin American Studies3
Near and Middle Eastern Studies0
Russian Studies0
Women's Studies1
Category total10
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other7
Biology/Biological Sciences, General38
Category total49
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General13
Category total13
Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education, Other0
Education, General0
Education, Other17
Category total17
Engineering, General21
Category total21
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General26
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other0
Category total26
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature2
Chinese Language and Literature0
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General0
Comparative Literature1
French Language and Literature1
German Language and Literature0
Japanese Language and Literature1
Latin Language and Literature0
Russian Language and Literature1
Spanish Language and Literature2
Category total27
History, General17
History, Other0
Category total17
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, Other0
Mathematics, General15
Category total15
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences0
Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology0
Mathematics and Computer Science0
Medieval and Renaissance Studies0
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other0
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution1
Category total1
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Studies0
Category total0
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Islamic Studies0
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other0
Religion/Religious Studies8
Category total14
Physical Sciences
Chemical Physics0
Chemistry, General11
Geology/Earth Science, General0
Physical Sciences, Other0
Physics, General6
Category total18
Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology2
Psychology, General24
Psychology, Other0
Category total26
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other0
Public Policy Analysis, General0
Category total0
Social Sciences
Economics, General36
International Relations and Affairs0
Political Science and Government, General39
Political Science and Government, Other0
Social Sciences, Other1
Sociology and Anthropology18
Category total94
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation10
Dance, General1
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General6
Film/Cinema/Video Studies0
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other7
Fine/Studio Arts, General3
Music, General4
Musicology and Ethnomusicology0
Visual and Performing Arts, Other2
Category total33
Grand total381
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division III (without football) MenWomen
All Track Combined8060
Field Hockey21
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Middle States Commission on Higher Education(!)1/1/1921 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations273724
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations9128
  • Line C - Based on a review of documentation for 2011, it was determined that there was an error in calculation. The number has been changed from 13 to 12.
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible2912
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft012
  • Note: The statistics for 2010 Sex Offenses-Forcible were changed based on information that was not previously received by Public Safety. In 2011, the College amended the number from one to two, which is noted in a prior caveat. In 2013 the College is amending the number from two to three. Note: The statistics for 2011 Sex Offenses-Forcible were changed based on information that was not previously received by Public Safety. In 2013, the College is amending the number from six to nine. Note: Based on information received from Swarthmore Borough Police department, an aggravated assault reported in the College's statistics for 2011 was down-graded to simple assault. In 2013, the College is amending the 2011 number FOR Aggravated Assault from one to zero.
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible147
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year20102009
Default rate0.6%1.6%
Number in default13
Number in repayment159177
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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