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 558 varsity athletes. The most common varsity sports are Soccer, Lacrosse, Basketball, 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 105 108
Badminton 9
Baseball 35
Basketball 14 16
Field Hockey 18
Golf 11
Lacrosse 41 20
Soccer 28 31
Softball 19
Swimming 25 29
Tennis 15 17
Volleyball 17
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 274
Female Athletes 284


Total sports revenue

Total sports expenses

Avg. head coach salary - Women
(# full-time equivalents)
$84,949 (8)

Avg. head coach salary - Men
(# FTE)
$96,324 (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

Nick's Old Original Roast Beef

Miles From Campus: 1.52
By far the BEST roast beef sandwich in town. There is always the perfect amount of meat and cheese and the rolls always taste fresh. The gravy fries are a...

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...

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...

Big Daddy'z BBQ & Grill

Miles From Campus: 1.88
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Koffee Korner

Miles From Campus: 2.06
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Miles From Campus: 2.06
Love love LOVE House. I go here for brunch as much as I possibly can. It is the cutest little restaurant ever. I love the artwork and decor inside of it....

Seven Stones Cafe

Miles From Campus: 2.12
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Charlie's Hamburgers

Miles From Campus: 2.13
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Fellini Cafe of Media

Miles From Campus: 2.16
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Michael's Sandwich Shop

Miles From Campus: 2.18
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On A Roll Restaurant

Miles From Campus: 2.25
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Desert Rose

Miles From Campus: 2.26
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Bittersweet Kitchen

Miles From Campus: 2.26
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Yia, Its All Greek to Me

Miles From Campus: 2.27
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Portobello Cafe

Miles From Campus: 2.83
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Big Joe's Sandwich Shop

Miles From Campus: 3.9
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Miles From Campus: 8.6
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The Spot Food Truck

Miles From Campus: 9.53
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SPOT Gourmet Burgers

Miles From Campus: 10.28
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Mom Mom's Kitchen and Polish Food Cart

Miles From Campus: 16.13
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Miles From Campus: 0.15
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Miles From Campus: 0.29
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Broad Table Tavern

Miles From Campus: 0.29
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Community Arts Center

Miles From Campus: 0.54
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Miles From Campus: 0.71
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Tavola Restaurant + Bar

Miles From Campus: 1.45
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Miles From Campus: 1.71
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Miles From Campus: 2.11
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Miles From Campus: 2.15
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Miles From Campus: 2.23
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Miles From Campus: 2.61
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Miles From Campus: 2.76
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Miles From Campus: 2.86
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Erin Pub

Miles From Campus: 3.03
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Rose Tree Park

Miles From Campus: 3.27
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