Swarthmore College Admission Requirements

Acceptance Rate

Admission Difficulty for Swarthmore College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionVery High

Can I get into Swarthmore College? The school has a 13% acceptance rate. Last year, 988 out of 7,717 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 7 percent. Only 42% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Swarthmore College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 670
SAT Math 25th 690
SAT Composite 25th 1360
SAT Scores for Swarthmore College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 770
SAT Math 75th 780
SAT Composite 75th 1550
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 7 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1360 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 1265. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1455 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 67 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
1550 and Above Good >20%
1455 to 1550 Avg + 13%-20%
1360 to 1455 Avg - 8%-13%
1265 to 1360 Reach 5%-8%
Less than 1265 Low <5%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Swarthmore College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 31
ACT Math 25th 28
ACT Composite 25th 30
ACT Scores for Swarthmore College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 35
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 30 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 7 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 28 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. 49 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 + 13%-20%
30 to 32 Avg - 8%-13%
28 to 30 Reach 5%-8%
Less than 28 Low <5%

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 4,466 3,251 7,717
Accepted 507 481 988
Acceptance Rate 11% 15% 13%
Enrolled 220 195 415
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 43% 41% 42%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 1, 2019
Days left to Apply

Applicants have 15 days left until the Fall 2019 term applications are 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.