Just eleven miles from the city of Philadelphia, Swarthmore has plenty to offer the students. The city itself is full of culture, history, museums, learning opportunities, and delicious food, including the Philly Cheesesteak. Nearby are also hiking trails, creeks, and wooded hills.

On campus, students have the choice of hundreds of organizations, ranging from two Greek fraternities to newspapers, including The Phoenix, Nacht, Scarlet Letters, Small Craft Warnings, and more. Other popular groups include the Amos J. Peaslee Debate Society, Swarthmore Mock Trial program, Sixteen Feet all male a capella group (and Grapevine for all women, Mixed Company for co-ed), and the campus radio station, WSRN 91.5 FM.

Students are also encouraged to participate in the community, from assisting animals to helping emergency departments. The Swarthmore Fire and Protective Association is one such choice. The college also offers academic/career counseling, placement services, employment services, and access to the library.

All first years are required to live on campus in one of the 16 dorms. Freshman and sophomores will often have roommates, while juniors and seniors have private rooms. The dorms each vary in size, ranging from an eight person house to 200 capacity halls. All together the buildings have room for 1514 . About 95% of students decide to stay on campus where they can also take advantage of the dining halls (serving organic and local food) or one of the many coffee bars.

Approximately 40% of the student body participates in sports, club and intercollegiate, on campus, with 418 varsity athletes. The most common varsity sports are Lacrosse, Basketball, Tennis, but for those who don’t wish to play at that level, choices range from ultimate frisbee to fencing to quidditch. Swarthmore is part of the Centennial Conference conference.

Campus Housing - Dorms and Meal Plans

Provides on campus housing

Residence hall capacity

Does college offer a meal plan?
Yes, number of meals in the maximum meal plan offered

Must all students live on campus?

Number of meals per week are provided with the meal plan
Residence halls on campus:
Alice Paul Hall, Bond Lodges, Dana Hall, David Kemp Hall, Delta Upsilon House, Dwell Hall, Hallowell Hall, Kyle Hall, Mary Lyons #, Mertz Hall, Palmer Hall, Parrish Hall, Phi Psi House, Pittenger Hall, Roberts Hall, Strath Haven Condos, Wharton Hall, Willets Hall, Woolman House, Worth Hall

Sports Programs & Athletics

Athletic conferences
    Basketball - Centennial Conference
    Baseball - Centennial Conference
    Cross Country/Track - Centennial Conference

Number of Varsity Athletes by Sport in 2018

Sport # of Men # of Women
All Track Combined 120 130
Badminton 9
Baseball 26
Basketball 15 12
Field Hockey 21
Golf 11
Lacrosse 35 15
Soccer 24 33
Softball 15
Swimming 29 24
Tennis 14 13
Volleyball 14
Data from 2015-2016
Athletic Association
Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

Athletic Classification
NCAA Division III without football



Athletic Summary
Total # athletes


Male Athletes 208
Female Athletes 210


Total sports revenue

Total sports expenses

Avg. head coach salary - Women
(# full-time equivalents)
$76,258 (8)

Avg. head coach salary - Men
(# FTE)
$80,166 (6.6)

Campus Services and Programs

Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Library facilities
Access to digital/electronic resources
Access to library collections that are shared with other institutions
Established library hours
Organized collection of printed materials
Physical facilities
Staff trained to provide and interpret library materials
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Hospital on campus?


% of students with registered disabilities

Nearby Restaurants


Miles From Campus: 0.29
Excellent coffee in a cozy atmosphere. For food, they have what you'd expect and a few other dishes the owners come up with. The local art displayed on the...

Fiesta Maya Mexican Grill

Miles From Campus: 0.69
Dear God thank you!!!! Finally there is a excellent Mexican restaurant in town. The tacos were absolutely delicious. The black beans were cooked perfectly....

Martindale's Natural Market

Miles From Campus: 0.69
Overall I am very happy this place exist. My favorite spot is the fresh produce because I enjoy shopping freely for veggies and fruit without having to...

Heng's Thai Cuisine

Miles From Campus: 0.72
I have been coming for Heng's for many years when I come to visit family that live nearby. Although I have never had their sushi, I have sampled many of...

Crave Creamery

Miles From Campus: 0.72
Amazing. I love that they offer both ice cream and gelato! The blueberry pie is amazing!!! And every flavor we've tried has been perfectly flavorful. Will...


Miles From Campus: 1.31
This was, without question, the single best fast food dining experience I have ever had. And it was the first Saturday in December which would have...

The Original Coffee Bar & Roaster

Miles From Campus: 1.41
I love this quaint little shop!!! Locals who had a dream! A great addition to the Delco area!! Great atmosphere, amazingly friendly owners, great for...

Springfield Diner

Miles From Campus: 1.58
Okay, I just did a second visit -- this time for dinner. First, the parking lot is huge. They will always have a parking space for you here. Second,...

Frankie's on Fairview

Miles From Campus: 1.6
Great local place. With simple elegant cozy atmosphere, Frankie's on Fairview is one of the only places so far in the East that has biscuits and gravy. I...

Red Iron Pub

Miles From Campus: 1.71
Great food & fantastic drinks! Comfortable setting! Music on weekends! Very affordable. The food hot and fresh. Service has improved and gotten much better...

The New American Bistro

Miles From Campus: 1.86
Service was excellent and so was the food! Stopped here on the way to the airport! A nice little gem!! Highly recommend - rolls were warm and delicious -...

Viman Thai Cuisine

Miles From Campus: 1.87
I love this place. I've been a patron for a few years now and have always been super pleased with my meals. People rarely dine-in (I do!) here it seems and...


Miles From Campus: 9.02
Mo - Dump N Roll. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with these guys. On the way to the festival I looked through their online menu and...

Authentik Byrek

Miles From Campus: 9.24
Outstanding. Only complaint was that it took a while but that is probably a good thing since you know it's fresh. Keep up the excellent work!

The Spot Food Truck

Miles From Campus: 9.53
If I could give Josh 6 stars, I would. He knows his burgers and it shows. When I tell my friends from out of town that my favorite burger in Philly comes...

SPOT Gourmet Burgers

Miles From Campus: 10.28
Definitely one of the best burger joints in Philadelphia, especially if price plays into your taste appreciation. What used to be a food truck operation has...

BisMillah Gyro

Miles From Campus: 10.48
Let's start with why THIS guy is the OG halal guy in Philly. I had the pleasure of hearing a bit of his story when I was buying from him the other day. I...

Grateful Plate Meal Delivery & Catering

Miles From Campus: 11
This meal delivery was a great experience. I did not get ill (I have a number of food allergies) and my family and I LOVED each menu option!It is great to...

Mad Rex

Miles From Campus: 12.35
My girlfriend recommended that we go to Mad Rex the other night to meet a few of her girlfriends. Absolutely loved the place and highly recommend it for...

Old York Cellars

Miles From Campus: 46.42
It's such a lovely winery! I wish I knew of this place earlier. If so, I could see myself coming here every weekend in the summer time. I guess next...
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Nearby Social Spots

Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College

Miles From Campus: 0.15
Always a really uplifting experience to walk around this arboretum. Awesomely, you can download tours from their podcasting link...

Broad Table Tavern

Miles From Campus: 0.27
This is a cute, cozy little restaurant where I had dinner with my friend and her family. The restaurant is so sweet, with a real wood fireplace in the...

Community Arts Center

Miles From Campus: 0.54
Just attended a lovely wedding at the Wallingford Community Arts Center. I've been to quite a few weddings lately, and this place is much better than most....

The Great Frame Up

Miles From Campus: 0.7
I am writing a very lengthy review with two prequels. I met Anh when I thought I lost my wedding ring when shopping at Martindale's. I went to every shop...

Tavola Restaurant + Bar

Miles From Campus: 1.45
My husband and I are looking for a new date night spot in Springfield so we can stop driving all the way to KOP. A co worker suggested Tavolas even though...

Nick's Old Original Roast Beef

Miles From Campus: 1.52
Best place to go in Springfield for a great sandwich and a beer. The roast beef is great but the gravy fries! The gravy fries are just wonderful. My mouth...

Brick & Brew

Miles From Campus: 2.11
My friend and I came here on a Thursday night and it was the first time here for both of us. It did not have a great start. First of all, they have these...

Scooped Ice Cream & Gelato

Miles From Campus: 2.12
Came here for the first time around 8:00 on a fall Saturday night...DELISH!!! There wasn't an insane line or a long wait despite the good crowd. Last week...

Seven Stones Cafe

Miles From Campus: 2.12
We love Seven Stones Cafe. If they ever left Media, I just don't know what I would do. I'm here often for breakfast, lunch, and take home dinner. The...


Miles From Campus: 2.14
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Xscape The Room

Miles From Campus: 2.15
We had such a fun time trying to figure the clues. Definitely going to do this again. The time went so fast Will recommend this to other friends and...

320 Market Café

Miles From Campus: 2.23
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Bittersweet Kitchen

Miles From Campus: 2.26
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Salsa In the Suburbs

Miles From Campus: 2.76
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Cedar Craft & Kitchen

Miles From Campus: 2.86
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Erin Pub

Miles From Campus: 3.03
A bunch of people at my job recommended Erin Pub to use after moving to Secane. We needed a quick, affordable dinner for take out last weekend and we...

Queen of Wands Tarot

Miles From Campus: 8.73
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