Discover Swarthmore is open to all rising high school seniors. The selection committee prioritizes applications from students with the following characteristic

  • Underrepresented students (African-American, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino/a, Middle Eastern and North African, and Native and Indigenous American)
  • First generation in their family to attend college
  • Low-income students (Pell-eligible, free/reduced lunch, etc.), and students who might not otherwise be able to afford a trip to campus
  • Rural and small town students
  • Undocumented and DACA-eligible students

Additionally, we invite applications from any rising senior (U.S. citizens, Permanent Residents, and undocumented/DACA students attending school in the United States) who is interested in attending, regardless of demographic or economic background. Swarthmore supports all forms of diversity, including—but not limited to—racial, ethnic, ideological, sexual/gender identity, geographic, and religious diversity.

Nominations are due by June 15, 2020.

Swarthmore College Highlights

  • Swarthmore provides need-based financial aid that meets 100% of determined need with loan-free financial aid decisions. The average aid award for 2019-20 was $52,814. 
  • Small class sizes enable faculty to provide the support students need. We have about 1,640 students, and nearly 75% of our classes have fewer than 20 students.
  • Located just outside of Philadelphia, Swarthmore is about a 25-minute train ride from downtown.
  • Swarthmore is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts and engineering colleges in the country.

Visit our website to learn more about Swarthmore’s commitments to affordability and access.