What is your overall opinion of this school?
The best thing about Swarthmore is the "Quaker atmosphere" - the people here are very open and caring. It would hard to find a place filled with as many genuinely good people anywhere.
If I had to changes something I would build a new athletic facility and give people more team spirit and pride for their athletics.
Many people are afraid to come to Swat because it is so small, but it really isn't that bad. I love being able to walk around and run into people I know, but at the same time I'm always meeting new people.
The most common reaction when I saw I go to Swarthmore is: "isn't that an all girls school in upstate NY?" The answer is "No, that's Skidmore and they've been co-ed for like 40 years." Also, Swarthmore has been co-ed since it was founded in 1864.
The town of Swarthmore is def not the most exciting place you'll ever go. But the fact that Springfield is within walking distance and Philly is only a 20 min train ride away makes that ok.
There are so many things that I will remember forever about Swarthmore. Some are just little things like taking our trays from the dinning hall outside and eating in a tree. Others are ridiculous traditions like "Screw your roommate" (roommates set each other up on blind dates and to find you date you go to the dinning hall in a costume and find your counterpart. Then everyone changes for the formal). Others are exciting moments on the pool deck during meets. I've had some of the most fun of my life at Swat and I will treasure those memories forever.
Most frequent student compliant: the food.