Swarthmore College, established in 1864, is a private, nonprofit
institution offering undergraduate courses in engineering
and liberal arts. In addition to regional accreditation, Swarthmore
has its engineering baccalaureate program accreditation with
ABET. The 330-acre campus is in a suburban area 10 miles southwest
of Philadelphia. Including residence halls, there are 46 buildings.
All students can be accommodated in college housing, which
includes single-sex and coed dormitories. In addition, there
are substance-free dormitory wings. On-campus housing is required
for the freshman year and is also available for upper-classmen.
93% of students live on campus. Seniors may keep cars, but
it is difficult to get a permit.
There are 100 groups on campus, including 1 local fraternity
and 1 national fraternity, art, band, chess, choir, chorus,
computers, dance, debate, drama, ethnic, film, gay, honors,
international, jazz band, literary magazine, musical theater,
newspaper, orchestra, pep band, photography, political, radio
and TV, religious, social, social service, student government,
and yearbook. Popular campus events include fall and spring
formals, Crum Regatta, an all-day music festival, and a multicultural
There are 10 intercollegiate sports for men and 11 for women,
and 11 intramural sports for men and 10 for women. Facilities
include a field house with a 500-seat auditorium, an indoor
track, and several multipurpose courts for basketball, volleyball,
and tennis, 6 squash courts, an Olympic-size indoor pool,
a 3,000-seat football/track stadium, an all-weather
track, a new state-of-the-art tennis and fitness center, and
12 newly surfaced tennis courts. Grass-surface playing fields
are also available.
PROGRAMS OF STUDY
Swarthmore confers B.A. and B.S. degrees. Bachelors degrees
are awarded in BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE (biology/ biological science,
biochemistry, biological anthropology), THE ARTS (art, art
history and appreciation, classics, dance, dramatic arts,
English literature, French, German, Greek, Latin, linguistics,
literature, music, Russian, and Spanish), COMPUTER AND PHYSICAL
SCIENCE (astronomy, astrophysics, chemistry, chemical physics,
computer science, mathematics, and physics), EDUCATION (education),
ENGINEERING AND ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN (engineering and environmental
science), SOCIAL SCIENCE (Asian/Oriental studies, classical/ancient
civilization, economics, French studies, German area studies,
history, humanities, medieval studies, philosophy, political
science/government, psychology, psychobiology, religion,
sociology, and anthropology). Economics, biology, and political
science are the largest.
We invite you to visit our campus and meet with one of our
deans. Interviews are conducted on campus on weekdays 8:30
a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on Saturday mornings in the fall (September
through December). Seniors can schedule an on-campus interview,
or an interview off campus with an alumnus or alumna of Swarthmore
College who lives in your area. To schedule an on campus interview,
call the Admissions Office at (610) 328-8300 .
Note: interviews are highly encouraged by the Office of Admissions
but are NOT required.
Campus Tour. Campus tours usually last about one hour and
are available throughout the year. Tours begin in the Admissions
Office in Parrish Hall. No appointment is necessary. If you
cannot join a formal tour, please pick up a campus map in
the Admissions Office and explore Swarthmore on your own.
To learn more about tour times, visit our tour
Group Information Sessions. Prospective students and their
families have the opportunity to learn about the college in
a 45-60 minute group information session led by one of the
College's admissions counselors. No appointment is necessary.
DIRECTIONS TO SWARTHMORE
From Pennsylvania Turnpike, going East
From Exit 24 (Valley Forge) take I-76 East (Schuylkill Expressway)
about 2 1/2 miles to I-476 South. Take I-476 approx. 13 miles
to Exit 2, Media/Swarthmore. At bottom of exit ramp, follow
sign for Swarthmore by turning left onto Baltimore Pike. (See
below for ". . . the rest of the way.")
From Pennsylvania Turnpike, going West
From Exit 25A (Norristown) follow signs for I-476 South. Stay
on I-476 approx. 17 miles to Exit 2, Swarthmore/Media. At
bottom of exit ramp, follow sign for Swarthmore by turning
left onto Baltimore Pike. (See below for ". . . the rest
of the way.")
From the New Jersey Turnpike
Take Exit 6 (PA Turnpike) and proceed as directed above "From
Pennsylvania Turnpike, going West."
From the South
Traveling north on I-95, pass the Chester exits and continue
to Exit 7, I-476 North/Plymouth Meeting. Take I-476 to Exit
2, Media/Swarthmore. At bottom of exit ramp, follow sign for
Swarthmore by turning right onto Baltimore Pike. (See below
for ". . . the rest of the way.")
". . . the rest of the way"
Stay in right lane and in less than 1/4 mile turn right onto
Route 320 South (Please note: there is currently a major construction
project on Route 320. Disregard the detour signs and continue
to follow Route 320, watching the turns!). Proceed through
the second light at College Avenue to the first driveway on
your right....this is Visitor Parking at the Benjamin West
House. The Benjamin West House is the College's visitor center
and is open 24 hours. Someone inside will be happy to provide
you with a map and further directions to the Admissions Office,
located just up the hill.
The College is readily accessible from Philadelphia by train.
Amtrak trains from New York and Washington arrive hourly at
Philadelphia's 30th Street Station. From 30th Street Station,
the SEPTA Media Local (R3) takes 21 minutes to reach the campus.
An express train runs from the airport to 30th Street Station
where you can take the SEPTA Media Local (R3) train directly
to the Swarthmore campus. The combined fare is about $8.00,
and the trip requires about one hour. Taxi service is also
available. The fare is approximately $20.00, and the trip
requires about 20 minutes.