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Swarthmore College Admission Requirements


Acceptance Rate

10.7%
Admission Difficulty for Swarthmore College
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Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionVery High

Can I get into Swarthmore College? The school has a 11% acceptance rate. Last year, 1,004 out of 9,382 applicants were admitted making Swarthmore College a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants.  Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 4 percent. Only 39% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
1430-1560
Applicants Submitting SAT
58%
SAT Scores for Swarthmore College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 710
SAT Math 25th 720
SAT Composite 25th 1430
SAT Scores for Swarthmore College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 770
SAT Math 75th 790
SAT Composite 75th 1560
SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Swarthmore College?

Swarthmore College typically requires applicants to be in the top 3 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1430 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1365. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1495 out of 1600. 58 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Swarthmore College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1560 and Above Good >17%
1495 to 1560 Avg + 11%-17%
1430 to 1495 Avg - 7%-11%
1365 to 1430 Reach 4%-7%
Less than 1365 Low <4%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
31-34 
Applicants Submitting ACT
60%
ACT Scores for Swarthmore College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 31
ACT Math 25th 29
ACT Composite 25th 31
ACT Scores for Swarthmore College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 34
ACT Composite 75th 34
ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Swarthmore College?

Admission data indicates that Swarthmore College regularly accepts students with ACT's of 31 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 5 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 30 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 32 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 34 and above have very competitive chances. 60 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Swarthmore College.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Swarthmore College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
34 and Above Good >20%
32 to 34 Avg + 11%-20%
31 to 32 Avg - 8%-11%
30 to 31 Reach 6%-8%
Less than 30 Low <6%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Swarthmore College has not reported high school GPA data for its accepted students.

Admission Statistics

Swarthmore College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 5,474 3,908 9,382
Accepted 515 489 1,004
Acceptance Rate 9% 13% 11%
Enrolled 198 194 392
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 38% 40% 39%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 1, 2019
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2019 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2019.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Swarthmore College and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Swarthmore College Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Swarthmore College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=216287 IPEDS survey data for Swarthmore College.