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Swarthmore College Campus Life

Campus Size

Small Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 8 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen

Gender Breakdown:

51% Women
49% Men


NCAA Division III (without football)

Centennial Conference

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $85,459)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $65,121)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 84 68 - -
Badminton - 8 Yes -
Baseball 27 - - -
Basketball 16 12 - Yes
Field Hockey - 17 - -
Golf 12 - - -
Lacrosse 36 20 - -
Soccer 25 27 - Yes
Softball - 16 - -
Swimming 30 22 - -
Tennis 13 9 - -
Volleyball - 11 Yes -
Dance - - - Yes
Fencing - - Yes -
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes -
Other Sports - - - Yes
Rugby - - Yes -
Squash - - - Yes


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 16.4%
Black/non-Hispanic 5.8%
Hispanic 13.4%
Non-resident alien 9.9%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 4.7%
Two or more races 7.8%
White/non-Hispanic 41.9%
Percent of students with disability 4%

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • Navy ROTC
  • Air Force ROTC
  • International Student Organization
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 0
Liquor Law Violation 23
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 1
Property Crime 16

Notable Alumni

  • Robert Zoellick, 1975, former President of the World Bank.
  • Mark Hanis, 2004, Executive Director, Genocide Intervention Network
  • Cynthia Leive, 1988, Editor-in-chief of Glamour
  • John Mather, 1968, Nobel Prize for Physics and chief scientist for NASA
  • Sandra Moore Faber, 1966, Astronomer involved in both the Hubble Space Telescope and Keck Telescope projects
  • Patrick Awuah, Jr., 1988, Founder, Ashesi University, Ghana's first liberal arts college
  • Christiana Figueres, 1979, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
  • Edward C. Prescott, 1962, winner of 2004 Nobel Prize for Economics
  • Anne Schuchat, 1980, Principal Deputy Director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)/ Assistant Surgeon General
  • Joseph Altuzarra, 2005, fashion designer, ALTUZARRA
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Sarah from Wynnewood, PA
  • 4
  • Dorm life is essential to the social scene at Swat, and very few people live off campus. Study breaks, hall crawls, and random social events are a key part…

  • Sep-18-2012 Read More
  • Emily from Ellicott City, MD
  • 4
  • Dorm life is what you make of it. I would recommend leaving your door open and interacting with your hall-mates as much as possible. The co-ed, all-year floors…

  • Jun-11-2015 Read More
  • Jacob from Wayne, MI
  • 4
  • Having stayed overnight, the dorms are all right in size. Most are really cozy, but the whole dorm system is hoping for the best one--in terms of centrality, AC, size…

  • May-23-2017 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 5
  • Jacob from Wayne, MI
  • May-23-2017 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    As a vegetarian, I think the food is absolutely delicious. I heard that it can get repetitive though.

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  • 3
  • Emily from Ellicott City, MD
  • Jun-11-2015 I am a current student here

    The dining hall food is not your mother's home cooking, but it is good. Many upperclassmen get tired of the cycling menu after three or four years, but as a freshmen I was more than happy with the selection, both in Sharples (the main dining hall) and Essie Mae's (a deli/cafe that accepts meal swipes). My main complaint is that there are certain hours where there are no dining options available.

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  • 3
  • High School Senior from Swarthmore
  • Feb-16-2014 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    I hear students complain about food a lot. Mostly about their meal plans and having to skip meals. There are some cool places right next to campus (Dunkin' Donuts & Baskin Robin's, coffee/sandwich shop, Chinese, Mediterranean, pizza place, and a few other shops, there's also a small grocery store [kinda expensive] that should have the basic stuff you need), but they get kind of expensive and if you don't have the money you're stuck with on-campus dining, which I'd imagine is pretty decent but people aren't quick to praise it.

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  • 3
  • Sarah from Wynnewood, PA
  • Sep-18-2012 I am a past student here

    There is only one dining hall, Sharples, one snack bar, and two coffee bars. The selection is not fantastic compared to many other schools, but I found it met the needs of a busy student who just wanted to be fed without worrying about cooking. Having one dining hall actually makes Sharples a great place to run into people, and catch up with busy friends over a meal.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Emily from Ellicott City, MD
  • Jun-11-2015 I am a current student here

    We have one sorority that does not have a house, but is active in the community. We have two fraternities whose houses are used mainly for parties. Greek life is not essential to be active in campus life.

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  • 0
  • High School Senior from Swarthmore
  • Feb-16-2014 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    It seems to be pretty nonexistent, even though I'm pretty sure they have one (kind of). You'll definitely encounter a lot of drunk bros, though (like I said, streakers).

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