Swarthmore College Admission Chances

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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into Swarthmore College? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 976 out of 7,818 applicants or 12% were admitted making Swarthmore College a very competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores. Only 42% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 4,453 3,365 7,818
Accepted 506 470 976
Acceptance Rate 11% 14% 12%
Enrolled 213 194 407
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 42% 41% 42%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to Swarthmore College and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that Swarthmore College regularly accepts students with ACTs of 30 and above. 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. 46 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Swarthmore College.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1420 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 1355. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1485 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 73 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.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1420 1550
SAT Reading 710 770
SAT Math 700 780
ACT Composite 30 34
ACT English 32 35
ACT Math 28 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
34 and Above Good >19%
32 to 34 Avg + 12%-19%
30 to 32 Avg - 7%-12%
28 to 30 Reach 5%-7%
Less than 28 Low <5%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1550 and Above Good >19%
1485 to 1550 Avg + 12%-19%
1420 to 1485 Avg - 7%-12%
1355 to 1420 Reach 5%-7%
Less than 1355 Low <5%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Swarthmore College has not reported high school GPA data for its freshman class at this time.

Fall 2017 Application Deadline

The application deadline for Fall 2017 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2017.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Swarthmore College and what considerations affect admission decisions?

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

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

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.

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