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Swarthmore College

Swarthmore is an elite and demanding liberal arts school founded by the Quakers in 1864. Though relatively small, with about 1,600 undergraduates, the private school offers students unusually expansive opportunities. Swatties can leave the 425-acre campus to take classes at nearby Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and the University of Pennsylvania. Swarthmore's own classes are typically small -- there is an 8:1 student-faculty ratio -- and roughly a fifth of students participate in the school's Honors Program. With seven libraries and more than 40 paths of study, Swarthmore appears to instill a love of learning: Some 27% of graduates go on to doctoral programs. Those who head into the job market report average annual earnings of about $61,000 within five years of graduation. Swarthmore's 22 varsity teams play in Division III, but school spirit is perhaps better exemplified by another kind of athletic tradition: Once a year, students partake in the McCabe Mile, an 18-lap race named for Tim McCabe, an alum for whom the library is also named and who served as president of Scott Paper Company. Runners vie for a unique prize: a big roll of Scott toilet paper.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: The college allowed about 900 students back to campus for the fall semester, including first-year students and students whose environment at home does not allow them to learn at full capacity. Most classes are being held remotely.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$73,000
% of students who get any grants
59%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$20,300
Average price for low-income students
$9,300
admissions
Acceptance rate
9%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1470/33
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
1,540
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
100%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
1%
Average merit grant
N/A
student success
Graduation rate
94%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$20,000
Average salary within 5 years
$61,000
% earning more than $28,000
81%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 15
Regular application
Jan 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: The college allowed about 900 students back to campus for the fall semester, including first-year students and students whose environment at home does not allow them to learn at full capacity. Most classes are being held remotely.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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