With a curriculum unmatched among liberal arts colleges of its size, Swarthmore offers more than 600 courses and undergraduate research opportunities, in science, engineering, humanities, and social sciences. A student/faculty ratio of 8:1 ensures that students have close, meaningful engagement with their professors, preparing the former to translate the skills and understanding gained at Swarthmore into the mark they want to make on the world.
Swarthmore belong to the Tri-College consortium, which links to nearby Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges both academically and socially. In addition, students can take courses at the University of Pennsylvania, a short train ride away. These extensions of the Swarthmore experience allow students to expand their intellectual and social capital, whether it’s watching a play at Haverford, connecting with a Penn professor about an internship reference, or sharing a meal at Bryn Mawr.
Swarthmore's idyllic, 425-acre arboretum campus features rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails, and is located just 11 miles from Philadelphia. The College is located beside a charming village with the requisite coffee shops, cafes, and food co-op all within walking distance. And Philadelphia is only a 25-minute train ride away, with the station right on the edge of campus.
With more than 100 student clubs and organizations on campus, dozens of community service groups, 22 Division III varsity athletic teams, free lectures and performances occurring daily on campus, and full course loads, Swarthmore students are in perpetual motion.