Swarthmore College has one of the highest graduation rates for the Pennsylvania area. After four years, approximately 87% graduate and 94% will graduate in six. A majority of students also decide to stay at Swarthmore after completing their freshman year, resulting in a first year retention rate of 95%.

Every full time tenure or tenure track professor at Swarthmore has a terminal degree in their field, with a passion that matches their students’. With a student to faculty ratio of 8 to 1, the college ensures that all students have close relationships with their teachers. Study abroad and teacher certification opportunities are also available.

Students attend Swarthmore from all over the country, but New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and California are all heavily represented among undergraduates.

Academic Profile for 2023

Four Year Graduation Rate

Six Year Graduation Rate

Eight Year Graduation Rate

Student to Faculty Ratio
8 to 1

First Year Retention Rate

Distribution of Students per State

for the first-year class of
students in 2020

(Hover in each state to view details of distribution)

1 To 5
6 To 15
16 To 25
26 To 50
51 and Above

Student Race, Ethnicity, and Age Information

Total Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity for the 2021 school year

Students Total

Total Enrollment by Age for the 2020 school year

Students Total

Other Learning Opportunities
Distance learning
Does not offer distance education opportunities
Special learning
Study abroad
Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)



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Agency Period of Accreditation Status
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
01/01/1921 - Current
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