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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
Website:  www.swarthmore.edu
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Campus setting:  Suburb: Large
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  1,559 (all undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  8 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus
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
13%
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 2018Full timePart time
Total faculty22427
Instructional22427
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-0
Instructional-0
Research-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 year2015-20162016-20172017-20182018-2019% change 2017-2018 to 2018-2019
Tuition and fees$47,442$49,104$50,822$52,5883.5%
Books and supplies$1,290$1,315$1,336$1,3601.8%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$13,958$14,446$14,952$15,4743.5%
Other$1,673$1,684$1,736$1,7450.5%
Total Expenses2015-20162016-20172017-20182018-2019% change 2017-2018 to 2018-2019
On Campus$64,363$66,549$68,846$71,1673.4%
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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, 2017-2018
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 aid124262%————
Grant or scholarship aid21956%$10,818,669$49,400
Federal grants8121%$461,260$5,695
Pell grants8121%$378,760$4,676
Other federal grants287%$82,500$2,946
State/local government grant or scholarships103%$32,286$3,229
Institutional grants or scholarships21956%$10,325,123$47,147
Student loan aid5013%$291,583$5,832
Federal student loans4913%$248,250$5,066
Other student loans31%$43,333$14,444
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid1937$43,373,149$46,289
Pell grants300$1,380,954$4,603
Federal student loans263$1,540,298$5,857
  • 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.
2015-20162016-20172017-2018
Average net price$19,641$20,444$19,446
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2015-20162016-20172017-2018
$0 – $30,000$8,038$6,120$8,909
$30,001 – $48,000$6,165$4,422$8,107
$48,001 – $75,000$12,638$16,603$12,983
$75,001 – $110,000$17,330$29,865$23,207
$110,001 and more$37,004$38,261$40,826
  • 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 2018
Total enrollment (all undergraduate)1,559
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment29
Attendance StatusStudent Gender
Attendance Status:
Full-time: 100%
Part-time: 0%Student Gender:
Male: 49%
Female: 51%
Student Race/ethnicity
Student Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 16%
Black or African American: 8%
Hispanic/Latino: 13%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 38%
Two or more races: 7%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 4%
Non-resident alien: 13%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 100%
25 and over: 0%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 9%
Out-of-state: 78%
Foreign countries: 13%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2017.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
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 (2018-2019): $60
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2018
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants10,7494,3746,375
Percent admitted9%11%8%
Percent admitted who enrolled41%42%39%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommendedConsidered but not required
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
RecommendationsX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2018 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
SAT25662%
ACT17943%
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
NOTES:
*  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 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing680760
SAT Math700790
ACT Composite3134
ACT English3335
ACT Math2934
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: 97%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2017 and Returned in Fall 2018
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, 93 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2018.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 94%
(*) 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:
[Began in Fall 2010]
4-year: 88%
6-year: 94%
8-year: 94%
[Began in Fall 2012]
4-year: 87%
6-year: 94%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2010 or Fall 2012
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: 94%
Female: 95%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 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:
Asian: 100%
Black or African American: 90%
Hispanic/Latino: 98%
White: 92%
Two or more races: 96%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 95%
Non-resident alien: 94%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • Alternative measures of student success are reported by degree-granting institutions to describe the outcomes of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who are not only first-time, full-time students, but also part-time attending and non-first-time (transfer-in) students. These measures are also reported for students receiving Pell grants and those students that do not receive Pell grants. These measures provide the 8-year award-completion rates by award level (certificates, associate's and bachelor degrees) after entering an institution. For students who did not earn any undergraduate award after 8-years of entry, the enrollment statuses are reported as either still enrolled at the institution, or subsequently transferred out of the institution. Unlike the Graduation Rates data, all reporting institutions must report on their transfer outs regardless if the institution has a mission that provides substantial transfer preparation.
FULL-TIME, FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2010-11
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 94%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 5%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 94%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 4%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 94%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 5%
FULL-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2010-11
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 100%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 100%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 100%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2017-2018
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 Studies0
African-American/Black Studies1
American/United States Studies/Civilization0
Area Studies, Other0
Asian Studies/Civilization1
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other0
Folklore Studies0
French Studies0
German Studies0
Latin American Studies0
Near and Middle Eastern Studies1
Russian Studies0
Women's Studies2
Category total5
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry7
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other0
Biology/Biological Sciences, General35
Biometry/Biometrics0
Biophysics0
Neuroscience16
Category total58
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General54
Category total54
Education
Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education, Other0
Education, Other16
Category total16
Engineering
Engineering, General40
Category total40
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General16
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other0
Literature, Other0
Category total16
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature1
Chinese Language and Literature4
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General0
Comparative Literature0
French Language and Literature0
Japanese Language and Literature0
Latin Language and Literature1
Linguistics11
Russian Language and Literature0
Spanish Language and Literature2
Category total19
History
History, General11
History, Other0
Category total11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies0
Category total0
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, Other0
Mathematics, General21
Category total21
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences0
Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology3
Cognitive Science1
Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and Analysis0
Mathematics and Computer Science0
Medieval and Renaissance Studies0
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other1
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution7
Category total12
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Studies1
Category total1
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Islamic Studies0
Philosophy5
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other0
Religion/Religious Studies2
Category total7
Physical Sciences
Astronomy1
Astrophysics4
Chemical Physics0
Chemistry, General12
Geology/Earth Science, General0
Physical Sciences, Other0
Physics, General11
Category total28
Psychology
Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology0
Psychology, General0
Psychology, Other0
Research and Experimental Psychology, Other13
Category total13
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Health Policy Analysis0
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other0
Public Policy Analysis, General0
Category total0
Social Sciences
Archeology0
Economics, General67
International Relations and Affairs0
Political Science and Government, General36
Political Science and Government, Other0
Social Sciences, Other4
Sociology0
Sociology and Anthropology14
Category total121
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation4
Dance, General0
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General2
Film/Cinema/Video Studies0
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other2
Fine/Studio Arts, General4
Industrial and Product Design0
Music, General4
Musicology and Ethnomusicology1
Visual and Performing Arts, Other0
Category total17
Grand total439
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
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Educational Benefits, 2017-2018
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 1
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 0
  • Average amounts of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution are withheld to preserve the privacy of individuals.
2017-2018 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division III without footballMenWomen
All Track Combined9997
Badminton8
Baseball27
Basketball1313
Field Hockey18
Golf11
Lacrosse3826
Soccer2931
Softball19
Swimming2126
Tennis1716
Volleyball17
Institutional Accreditation
AccreditorStatusNext Review Date
Middle States Commission on Higher EducationAccredited since ((!)01/01/1921)11/30/2019
  • (!) Estimated date
  • For more detailed information on accreditation for this institution, including all actions and justification for actions, visit OPE's Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs: ope.ed.gov/dapip/#/institution-profile/141477.
2016 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201420152016
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations121
Liquor law violations123522
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201420152016
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations101
Liquor law violations111918
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201420152016
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Rape17514
Fondling10911
Incest000
Statutory rape000
Robbery000
Aggravated assault100
Burglary5102
Motor vehicle theft311
Arson001
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201420152016
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Rape518
Fondling356
Incest000
Statutory rape000
Robbery000
Aggravated assault000
Burglary341
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson000
  • (!) 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 http://ope.ed.gov/security.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201620152014
Default rate1.3%1.3%3.8%
Number in default227
Number in repayment153147181
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)