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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 $63,800 within three 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.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$71,900
% of students who get any grants
58%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$21,800
Average price for low-income students
$6,120
admissions
Acceptance rate
11%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1460/33
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
1,565
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
100%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
1%
Average merit grant
$50,424
student success
Graduation rate
94%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$19,500
Average salary within 3 years
$63,800
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
49%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
N/A

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

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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