Swarthmore College

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$54,256
0% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$20,360
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
0.725%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
9.06%
11,630 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
1,437
100% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
97.3%
395 Graduates

About

Swarthmore College is a higher education institution located in Delaware County, PA. In 2020, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Swarthmore College were General Economics (84 degrees awarded), General Computer & Information Sciences (65 degrees), and General Biological Sciences (39 degrees).

In 2020, 569 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Swarthmore College. 53.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 46.9% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (255 degrees), 2.97 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (86 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Swarthmore College is $54,256, which is $25,856 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

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The median undergraduate tuition at Swarthmore College is $54,256, which is $25,856 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $20,360.

In 2020, 60% of undergraduate students attending Swarthmore College received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 13% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$54,256
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Swarthmore College was $54,256. The cost of tuition at Swarthmore College is $25,856 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

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Average Net Price

$20,360
2020 Value
3.04%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Swarthmore College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $20,360. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Swarthmore College grew by 3.04%.

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Other Student Expenses

$16,088
Room and Board
$1,400
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Swarthmore College was of $16,088 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,400. The cost of room and board increased by 3.97% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies increased by 2.94% during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

60%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
13%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

60% of undergraduate students at Swarthmore College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a decline of 1.64% with respect to 2019, when 61% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
0.725%
2018 Default Rate
1
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Swarthmore College was 0.725%, which represents 1 out of the 138 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Swarthmore College received 11,630 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 1.64% annual growth. Out of those 11,630 applicants, 1,054 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 9.06% acceptance rate.

There were 1,437 students enrolled at Swarthmore College in 2020, and 68% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Swarthmore College has an overall enrollment yield of 35.5%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

9.06%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
1,054
Accepted Out of 11,630

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Swarthmore College was 9.06% (1,054 admissions from 11,630 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 8.93%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants grew by 1.64%, while admissions grew by 3.13%.

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SAT Scores

68%
Submission Percentage
256
Scores Submitted

68% of enrolled first-time students at Swarthmore College in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Swarthmore College has a total enrollment of 1,437 students. The full-time enrollment at Swarthmore College is 1,437 students and the part-time enrollment is 0. This means that 100% of students enrolled at Swarthmore College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Swarthmore College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 33% White, 17.8% Asian, 13.1% Hispanic or Latino, 8.91% Two or More Races, 8.14% Black or African American, 0.278% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.139% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Swarthmore College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (16.7%), followed by White Male (16.3%) and Asian Female (9.67%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

100%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Swarthmore College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 1,437 students. The full-time enrollment at Swarthmore College is 1,437 and the part-time enrollment is 0. This means that 100% of students enrolled at Swarthmore College are enrolled full-time compared with 80.1% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

86%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Swarthmore College was 86%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (73%), Swarthmore College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    474
  2. Asian
    256
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    188

The enrolled student population at Swarthmore College is 33% White, 17.8% Asian, 13.1% Hispanic or Latino, 8.91% Two or More Races, 8.14% Black or African American, 0.278% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.139% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 54.8% White, 13.8% Black or African American, and 13.4% Hispanic or Latino.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 52 students (3.62%) did not report their race.

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In 2020, 35 more women than men received degrees from Swarthmore College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Swarthmore College is white (255 degrees awarded). There were 2.97 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (86 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Swarthmore College is General Economics (84 degrees awarded), followed by General Computer & Information Sciences (65 degrees) and General Biological Sciences (39 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Swarthmore College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Philosophy and Religious Studies (18 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (28 degrees), and Social Sciences (144 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Swarthmore College are Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (338,693 people), Other managers (258,199 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (192,804 people), Postsecondary teachers (178,684 people), and Chief executives & legislators (119,715 people).

The most specialized majors at Swarthmore College are Philosophy and Religious Studies (18 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (28 degrees), Social Sciences (144 degrees), Math & Statistics (35 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (18 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Swarthmore College are Surgeons, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Aerospace engineers, Physicians, and Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists

The most specialized majors at Swarthmore College are Philosophy and Religious Studies (18 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (28 degrees), Social Sciences (144 degrees), Math & Statistics (35 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (18 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Swarthmore College are Elementary & secondary schools (419,146 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (348,486 people), Legal services (268,480 people), Computer Systems Design (216,575 people), and Justice, public order, & safety activities (176,712 people).

The most specialized majors at Swarthmore College are Philosophy and Religious Studies (18 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (28 degrees), Social Sciences (144 degrees), Math & Statistics (35 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (18 degrees).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Swarthmore College.
Most Common
  1. 84 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 65 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 39 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Swarthmore College was General Economics with 84 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

267
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
302
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 267 degrees were awarded to men at Swarthmore College, which is 0.884 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (302).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 59 degrees were awarded to men at Swarthmore College in General Economics, which is 2.36 times more than the 25 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 29 degrees were awarded to women at Swarthmore College in General Computer & Information Sciences, which is 0.806 times less than the 36 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

87%
100% Completion Time
94%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 87% of students graduating from Swarthmore College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 94% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 95% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Swarthmore College is Male and Asian (100% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.506% of graduates (2 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    255 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    86 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    65 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Swarthmore College is white (255 degrees awarded). There were 2.97 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (86 degrees).

4.39% of degree recipients (25 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    128 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    127 degrees awarded
  3. Asian Male
    47 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Swarthmore College is white female (128 degrees awarded). There were 1.01 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (127 degrees).

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briefcaseOperations

Swarthmore College has an endowment valued at nearly $2.1B, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $77.7M (3.69%), compared to the 2.06% average return ($820k on $39.8M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2020, Swarthmore College had a total salary expenditure of $181M. Swarthmore College employs 89 Professors, 85 Assistant professors, and 50 Associate professors. Most academics at Swarthmore College are Male Professors (48), Male Assistant professors(46), and Female Professors (41).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Swarthmore College are: Service, with 133 employees, Management, with 107 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 94 employees.

Endowment

$2.1B
2020 Endowment
1.31%
decline from 2019

Swarthmore College has an endowment valued at about $2.1B, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Swarthmore College declined 1.31% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $2.06B higher than than the median endowment of Baccalaureate Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

This line chart shows how the endowment at Swarthmore College (in red) compares to that of some similar universities.

The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $2.63M - Federal
  2. $0 - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, Swarthmore College received $2.63M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $0 from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$74.7M
2020 Salaries
9.42%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Swarthmore College paid a median of $74.7M in salaries, which represents 41.3% of their overall expenditure ($181M) and a 9.42% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.47% growth from 2018 and a 7.92% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.4M (40.8% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$27.1M
Instructional Salaries
226
Number of Employees

In 2020, Swarthmore College paid a total of $27.1M to 226 employees working as instructors, which represents 36.2% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.78M (31%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
89 Employees
Service
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
133 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Swarthmore College were Professor with 89 employees; Assistant professor with 85 employees; and Assistant professor with 50 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Swarthmore College were Service with 133 employees; Management with 107 employees; and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 94 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Male Assistant professor
  3. Female Professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Swarthmore College was Male Professor with 48 employees, Male Assistant professor with 46 employees, and Female Professor with 41 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Swarthmore College.

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