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Celebrating the Life of the Mind


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warthmore College, a highly selective college of liberal arts and engineering, celebrates the life of the mind while preparing students with the knowledge, insight, skills, and experience to become leaders for the common good.


Swarthmore graduates include CEO patent-holders who bring technology to underserved markets, investment bankers looking for alternative forms of energy, lawyers who become college presidents, doctors who serve in Congress, Nobel Prize winners, educators who establish schools in underserved parts of the world, and artists who use their talents to inspire and empower others.


Global in outlook, the College draws students from around the world and all 50 states. Small, yet with the financial strength to offer students and faculty the resources needed to push their own and the world's understanding of disciplines from Arabic to plasma physics, from microbiology to dance, from engineering to art history.


So much of what Swarthmore stands for, from its commitment to curricular breadth and rigor to its demonstrated interest in facilitating discovery and fostering social responsibility among exceptional young people, lies in the quality and passion of its faculty. Professors at Swarthmore are leading scholars and researchers in their fields, yet remain deeply committed to serving their students as outstanding teachers and mentors. A student/faculty ratio of 8:1 ensures that students have close, meaningful engagement with their professors, preparing them to translate the skills and understanding gained at Swarthmore into the mark they want to make on the world.


Located 11 miles southwest of Philadelphia, Swarthmore's idyllic, 425-acre campus is an arboretum, complete with rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails. From its state-of-the-art L.E.E.D. certified science center to its new residence halls with environmentally responsible design, Swarthmore's buildings and architecture stand as national models of curricular and co-curricular undergraduate facilities.


The College offers more than 600 courses a year; individual special majors; a program in education that leads to Pennsylvania secondary school certification; and undergraduate research opportunities in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and engineering.


Swarthmore’s Honors Program features faculty working with small groups of dedicated and accomplished students; an emphasis on independent learning; students entering into a dialogue with peers, teachers, and examiners; a demanding program of study in major and minor fields; and an examination at the end of two years' study by outside scholars.


Swarthmore commits its strong financial aid program to ensuring that all capable students have access to the College. In the coming year, Swarthmore College will award in excess of $29 million in scholarships. For U.S. citizens and permanent residents, a student’s financial need will not influence his or her admission decision, as the two decisions are made independently at Swarthmore. Financial aid is also available for international students. All Swarthmore aid awards are loan-free to meet the full demonstrated need for admitted students.


With more than 100 student clubs and organizations on campus, dozens of community service groups, 22 varsity athletic teams, free lectures and performances on campus daily, and full academic schedules, Swarthmore students are rarely idle. The student culture encourages involvement and a strong sense of community.


Swarthmore College is a member of the Tri-College consortium, linking the campus to Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges both academically and socially. Students are also able to take courses at the University of Pennsylvania. The College offers shuttles to the other Tri-Co schools, local community service sites, movie theaters and shopping complexes, as well as to the city of Philadelphia. Public transportation is readily available with a train station located on campus; the ride to Philadelphia takes approximately 20 minutes.

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