Swarthmore College
Swarthmore, PA, USA

Campus Life

Key Campus Stats

Student Gender
Male
Female
50%
50%
Size of Town
Suburb or town
In-State Students
9%
Out-Of-State Students
87%
US States Represented
48
Countries Represented
52
Ethnicity
African American
7%
Asian/Pacific Islander
17%
Hispanic
12%
White
40%
Multiracial
7%
Unknown
3%
Percent of First Generation Students
27%
Student Organizations
146
LGBTQIA Student Resource Groups
Yes
On Campus Women's Center
Yes
Cultural Student Resource Groups
Yes

Housing

0
100
96%
Undergrads Living on Campus
On-campus living required of freshman
Yes
Disability Housing Available
Yes
0
100
100%
Freshman Living on Campus

Athletics

Divisional Sports Nickname
Phoenix
School Colors
gray and white
Varsity Athletics Association
NCAA
Varsity Athletics Conference Primary
Not applicable
Total Male Athletes
255
Total Female Athletes
271
Intramural Sports
27
Sports Club
8
Sports Team (Men)
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
Sports Team (Women)
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Badminton
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Campus Safety

24-HR security patrol
Yes
Campus emergency phones
Yes
24-HR escort safety rides
Yes
Mobile campus emergency alert
No

What Students Are Saying

4.33 Average Rating
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.
Sarah from Wynnewood, PA
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.
Emily from Ellicott City, MD
There are many clubs and organizations on campus that host events like open mic nights, spoken word acapella performances, plays, and other events. People also enjoy going into Philly and hanging out in dorms.
Kelly from Los Angeles, CA
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.
High School Senior from Swarthmore
There is only one dining space on campus making it overly crowded during lunch and dinner rush hours. Additionally the food in not so good, although they do offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options for those who need it. A bonus however are the points in the meal plan that can be used for on campus and off campus food places. Or you could go to Bryn Mawr for a real treat...
N from Louisville, KY
As a vegetarian, I think the food is absolutely delicious. I heard that it can get repetitive though.
Jacob from Wayne, MI

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