Swarthmore is one of the most selective schools in the country, choosing to accept only about 990 of 7,720 applicants, a 13 acceptance rate. 42% or 400 students will enroll for the following fall.

To apply to Swarthmore, students are asked to use one of these applications: Common, Coalition, or Questbridge. ACT/SAT scores, Recommendations, and a Secondary school record and a $$60 fee are required for all applicants as well as an interview, which may take place before or after the application is turned in. For students applying for drama, art, or writing related majors, a separate writing supplement will be needed. We also suggest that applicants include ACT/SAT scores, Recommendations, and a Secondary school record in their packet.

The admissions department at Swarthmore looks at the entire application, not individual pieces, wishing for a diverse class with many different strengths. They will also take a student’s access to resources and opportunities into account. For SATs and ACTs, students should aim for a 1,350 - 1,540 SAT Combined range or a 29 - 34 ACT Composite range.

For students positive that Swarthmore will be their school of choice for the following year, early decision is recommended. Applications will become due on November 15th, with answers within the month. For regular decisions, the deadline is January 1st with decisions made by March 24th. All students can check their application status at the admissions portal online.

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Student ACT Scores

25th %
75th %



Student SAT Scores

25th %
75th %



First-Year Admission Statistics

Application, Acceptance, Enrollment Statistics from the 2016 Admissions Cycle
Applications
7,717
Male 3,251
Female 4,466

 

Acceptance
988
Male 481
Female 507

 

Enrollment Total
415
Male 195
Female 220


Acceptance Rate
12.8%
Male
14.8%
Female
11.4%

 

Yield
42%
Male
40.5%
Female
43.4%


Application Fees and Other Information

Application Fees

Undergraduate

$60


Graduate

Unknown



Credit from AP or Pre-college classes

  • Advanced Placement (AP) credits

    Admission considerations

    Required

    Admission test scores
    Recommendations
    Secondary school record


    Recommended

    Completion of college-preparatory program
    Secondary school GPA
    Secondary school rank