Swarthmore, PA
Swarthmore College


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Recent Reviews

Marc
What kind of person should not attend this school?

Hardcore republicans and conservatives should not go here. People who like to skip a lot of class and party 5 days a week sho...

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Hardcore republicans and conservatives should not go here. People who like to skip a lot of class and party 5 days a week should not go here. Racists and gaybashers should not go here.

What's unique about your campus?

The intensely passionate people from all over the country and world. They are what makes this school what it is.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visit, Visit, Visit. How else can you know whether you will be happy at a place unless you know what it feels like to be there. Think about this: you will live, sleep, eat, socialize, study, work, and do a whole host of other activities in this area for the next approximately 18, 816 hours. That's a lot of hours. You need to know what kinds of students go to the school, what they care about, what they want to do with their lives, what they after class, how they do in class. And when you do visit, try to do an overnight visit. When you get away from the parents, professors, and tourguides: then, you will see whether people really like the school or not. In order to make the most out of college, ask yourself this question every day: when I am 50, and I look in the mirror, what will I wish I had done with my life, what experiences will I want to have experienced. Then go out and do it. You're the only person who can. Not your parents, not your friends, not your professors. College is fun: enjoy it!

Not
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Find a college that fits you. How the college "rates" academically doesn't mean nearly as much as everyone seems to think, a...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Find a college that fits you. How the college "rates" academically doesn't mean nearly as much as everyone seems to think, as you can easily succeed with a degree from any half-way respectable school. However, the college experience will be lacking if you do not take to its social aspect. Few of us get to choose what the social life of our high schools are. Now you have the chance to make that choice for your college education. Don't waste it. Find the place that you fit academically, and that fits you socially.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

People who aren't willing to work hard academically. You'll get by, but the experience will be wasted. On the other foot, people who aren't willing to have fun. Again, you can pull it off, but unless you get involved in the social life of the campus you won't get the full experience.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

Atmosphere and environment. The campus is beautiful, the professors are friendly, the people are interesting, (generally) nice, and eccentric.

Micaya
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Swarthmore is intense, but you can get a lot out of it if you stay focused.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Swarthmore is intense, but you can get a lot out of it if you stay focused.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Academically oriented, passionate, and focused.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If you possibly can, visit schools and have interviews on campus. Also, speak to students.

Twan
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visit! If you can see yourself there, then that is the place for you. Know what you want experiences you would like to have i...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visit! If you can see yourself there, then that is the place for you. Know what you want experiences you would like to have in college. Know what the academic, social, and career options/goals you want. Most important besides visiting, be open to change. You may think you want to be a forensic chemist going in, but may find that political science speaks more to your mode of thinking.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The school is small. There didn't seem like there were a lot of students; or it was always the same groups of student going to the same events. The social scene is not that hot either, and can lean towards cliques.

What's unique about your campus?

The school is small, and therefore provides an abundance of activities and opportunities for it students, whether it be lectures, faculty luncheon, cultural groups sponsoring events or going to a concert, and access to internships. Also, everything is free by virtue of the school's founding quaker values.

Justin
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Swarthmore is one of the most liberal, idealistic colleges in the country, for better or for worse, as 49% of graduates go on...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Swarthmore is one of the most liberal, idealistic colleges in the country, for better or for worse, as 49% of graduates go onto non-profit jobs.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Very liberal/diverse in terms of race and sexual orientations. Reverse of most schools in that eccentric kids are embraced openly while athletes are somewhat marginalized by the Swattie population. That is changing though as more athletes are being admitted and the athletic programs are becoming very competitive in the Centennial League and beyond (Men's soccer went to the round of 16 at the DIII NCAA tournament).

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure you visit Swarthmore, take a tour and stay over night if you can to make sure the atmosphere is right for you. Political activism is very big at Swarthmore, as is reverse cultural trends such as promoting homosexuality and race by putting it RIGHT IN YOUR FACE. I'm neither homophobic nor racist, but after a while such militant accept-us-and-everything-we-say-or-else-you're-a-terrible-person becomes grating. The liberal stance works both ways for Swarthmore, as the drug and alcohol policies are virtually non-existant. I have drank and played beer pong on main walkways as tours have navigated around us. People have smoked pot openly on the steps of Parrish, the main administrative building. Swarthmore is not that small of a school--1400 enrolled, if I remember correctly--but after the first month or so of freshman year it will seem smaller because students self-segregate. Many Swatties don't do anything but study. Most of the crowd that goes to frats are athletes, which is good & bad, as you will probably get along with them as they are normal, but there is not exactly a ton of athletes.

Isabel
Describe the students at your school.

I cannot describe my classmates in one sentence; no two Swatties are alike. I can list a few words to describe some people I ...

Describe the students at your school.

I cannot describe my classmates in one sentence; no two Swatties are alike. I can list a few words to describe some people I know, but it is important to remember that no word describes the entire population. Some Swatties are open minded, passionate, intelligent, enthusiastic, hard working, quirky, surprising, interesting, deep, a little pretentious, overextended, liberal, and thoughtful.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Applying to college can be one of the most nerve-wraking experiences of your life, and there are bound to be a lot of people telling you what to think. Always remember that you are the one making the decision. No one but you can tell what school is right for you, so always listen to yourself. It is often difficult to verbalize exactly what about a school feels right or wrong to you, but usually you know. Follow that feeling, and don't let anyone tell you that it's wrong becuase it's not quantifiable. That being said, always make educated decisions and do your research; know what is important to you and don't give up looking for that. Be idealistic in looking for a college, but pragmatic when you choose. Another important thing to remember is that people are flexible; chances are you'll be happy at a couple different schools, not just one. So if you don't end up at your "dream school," don't worry and keep an open mind. You'll probably love whatever school you're at. After all, the school chose you. Once you're there, love every moment.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The only thing that frustrates me about Swarthmore is the lack of well-equipped theatre spaces for student theatre on campus. We have two excellent stages, a proscenium stage and a black box, but the Main Stage (proscenium) is only available to students once a semester, and the black box is department only. However, I think the fact that something like this is my main frustration truly speaks to my good experience at the college.

Katie
What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

students create new organizations all the time, but few of the groups remain for more than a semester.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

students create new organizations all the time, but few of the groups remain for more than a semester.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

how to succeed in an academically rigorous environment.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

It isn't about which college you like the best, but about which college fits the best.

Rachel
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visit the school and talk to students -- see if you remind them of a "typical" student, or one who would enjoy it. Sit in on ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visit the school and talk to students -- see if you remind them of a "typical" student, or one who would enjoy it. Sit in on a class -- tour a variety of schools and know which kind you prefer (liberal arts v. larger, north v. south, big on athletics and school spirit v. not so much). I think finding out that type thing is really important, because the differences between schools within these categories, though significant, is negligible compared to, say, the differences between schools in different categories. Read all the guides and student review books/ websites. Research, talk, evaluate, compare!

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone smart, liberal, and passionate; academics and also those who are slightly nerdly, but not always (and usually not) in the conventional sense

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

dining hall? some events can be repetitive too over the years

Jenelle
Describe the students at your school.

Liberal, open minded, curious, excited about learning.

Describe the students at your school.

Liberal, open minded, curious, excited about learning.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

Excellent professors and interesting theory based approach to learning.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Start searching as early as possible (at the end of sophmore year in high school). Don't choose a school simply because of financial aid reasons. And if you aren't sure exactly what you want to go to school for then I would highly suggest taking a year off between high school and college to get to know YOU before you start the college path. Most importantly, travel abroad! As many places as you can go! And be active in college. Serving as the President of some random committee might seem like a waste of time now, but it will p ay of later when future employers see that you have leadership and management skills. Most of all, enjoy college and make the most out of it.

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