Swarthmore College

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: Swarthmore College
Swarthmore, PA

Imagine a fantastic liberal arts college transformed into an ice cream sundae. Add a cherry on top (and a 425-acre arboretum campus), and now you can call it Swarthmore College. Offering its 1,600 students what few other colleges can, Swarthmore elevates higher education to a new level of excellence. Although all students reap the benefits of rigorous academics and access to undergraduate research opportunities, Swarthmore’s honors program ensures that students interested in an even more demanding course of study can immerse themselves in additional scholarly work featuring a tutorial system (modeled after Oxford’s) and final oral examinations conducted by outside scholars. The College’s three most popular majors are economics, biology, and computer science, and—unlike many of its liberal arts peers—Swarthmore also supports a strong engineering program leading to a BS degree. Although no longer affiliated with the Society of Friends, Swarthmore retains many of its Quaker traditions, and the diverse student body is often characterized by its passion for ethical and social concerns. Fun fact: thanks to their suburban Philadelphia location, Swatties can enjoy cross-registration with Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Image credit: Top, Swarthmore College/Eleftherios Kostans

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Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions experts. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College.