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Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

Swarthmore Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Swarthmore College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
10.7%
Admission Difficulty for Swarthmore College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionVery High

How hard is it to get into Swarthmore and can I get accepted? The school has a 11% acceptance rate ranking it #2 in Pennsylvania for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,004 out of 9,382 applicants were admitted making Swarthmore 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. Swarthmore College typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 39% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top ten percent of their high school class.

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Swarthmore SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

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
Average SAT Score 1500

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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 1360. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1500 out of 1600. The school ranks #4 in Pennsylvania for highest average SAT composite score. 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%
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Swarthmore ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

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
Average ACT Score 32

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Admission data indicates that Swarthmore 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. The school ranks #4 in Pennsylvania for highest average ACT composite score. 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%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.9*
Typical High School Grades
A-

You will need exceptionally good grades to get into Swarthmore College. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Swarthmore College was 3.9 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #4 in Pennsylvania for highest average GPA. Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough to gain admission as Swarthmore is a very selective school.

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High School Class Rank

89% of Swarthmore College freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Swarthmore College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 89%
Top 25% of class 99%
Top 50% of class 100%
Bottom 50% of class 0%
Bottom 25% of class 0%

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 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 1, 2020
Days left to Apply
18

Applicants have 18 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Jan 1, 2020.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to Swarthmore before the Jan 1 application deadline.

ACT Test Date Scores Available
Dec 14 Dec 24

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

58% of students submit their SAT scores to Swarthmore. 60% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

11% of those who apply are granted admission to Swarthmore. Admission competition is very high and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1430 and 1560. 58% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 31 and 34. 60% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.