College Deliberately: Swarthmore College

Swarthmore College is a small, private not-for-profit, four-year College that emphasizes culture, career and research located in a suburb of Swarthmore, PA. It is known for Economics, Biology/Biological Sciences and Political Science and Government.

Swarthmore College

place 500 College Ave, Swarthmore, PA 19081
phone Phone: (610) 328-8000
web Web: http://www.swarthmore.edu
  • Swarthmore College is also known as:
    Swarthmore College, Swat


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Institution Accreditation Agency Status First Accredited Next Review
Swarthmore College Middle States Commission on Higher Education Accredited 1921-01-01 2028-01-01
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Last updated: 2021-07-07

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Student Centeredness

5.2 of 10
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Student Services

Students with disabilities:
14% of students registered with learning or other disabilty.
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Bachelor’s degree
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Swarthmore College is in NCAA Division III without football. The largest three sports are:
Sport Total Athletes
Lacrosse Men’s 39
Baseball Men’s 32
Soccer Men’s 29

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Tuition for Swarthmore College is in the 98.2 percentile of all colleges and universities, which we classify as extraordinarily expensive.

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