Swarthmore College

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Swarthmore College, a liberal arts school, provides students a well rounded foundation in education by having a curriculum with a diverse range of subjects. This college is located in Swarthmore, PA, a predominately suburban area. Swarthmore College has an enrollment of approximately 1,700 students.

Most of the students accepted into this school earned an SAT score between 1380 - 1540, or got accepted with an ACT composite score between 31 - 35. We were able to estimate the Swarthmore College average GPA (3.82 - 4) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. Only 9 percent of applicants are accepted to this school due to the large number of applicants for enrollment. You can get more information from the admissions office website at swarthmore.edu.

Overall Swarthmore College Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Swarthmore College was reported as 8.9% in Fall 2020 with over 11,400 college applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • ACT Scores: 31 - 35
  • Average GPA: 3.82 - 4

How Hard Is It to Get into Swarthmore College?

Applicant Selectivity: High

The selectivity of applicants for undergraduate admissions to Swarthmore College is considered high, with many applicants scoring in the top percentiles on the SAT or ACT exam, as well as having an excellent high school GPA.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2023 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2023-2024 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Swarthmore College has been on a downward trend over the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 12.8%
  • 2017-2018: 10.7%
  • 2018-2019: 9.5%
  • 2019-2020: 8.9%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 9.2%

How Does Swarthmore College Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Swarthmore College is more than 100% lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Neumann University62.3%
Haverford College16.3%
University of the Sciences71.0%
Bryn Mawr College33.1%
Rosemont College92.1%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • School Records are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Recommended

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Swarthmore College (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading680 - 750
Math700 - 790
Total Score1380 - 1540
ACT®Score Range
English33 - 35
Math29 - 34
Composite Score31 - 35
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