College Junior 2013-10-09T20:14:31Z
You are worked hard, but I guess it's all worth it. Professors, curriculum and workload all vary with department. Science majors should expect to do only school work, while social science and humanities majors seem to have a little more flexibility.
College Junior 2013-10-09T20:12:56Z
The anthropology/sociology department is pretty small and kind of underfunded, but at least you are able to take classes at Haverford, Bryn Mawr, and UPenn easily.
College Junior 2013-10-09T20:10:53Z
Sophomores are in the worst place when it comes to the lottery. Everyone else usually gets something they want.
College Junior 2013-10-09T20:09:57Z
Some are better than others, only one dining hall, dorms are generally older (except the two new ones built about 5 years ago), academic buildings vary by department
College Sophomore 2013-07-27T23:18:46Z
I haven't declared my major yet because I'm unsure of what I'll choose. I came into Swarthmore thinking I would major in English Literature but, to be frank, I haven't yet been blown away by the department. It's hard to know if this is because of the two English classes I've taken so far or because of the department itself. The professors I had for these two classes were good, but either the subject or the context of the class was wrong for me. Regardless, I've taken other classes and also talked to a lot of students who have been forthcoming in their opinions about their major's departments and, as a result, my interest has been piqued in other areas that I hadn't considered coming into college. People within the institution are very willing to talk to students and offer support, and this is really helpful when it comes to deciding on a major.
College Sophomore 2013-07-27T23:13:58Z
There is a definite drug presence at Swarthmore, but it's mostly just marijuana. There are certainly people who use harder drugs, but it's a niche population and no one ever gets hurt. Alcohol is also quite present and easy to come by, but by no means does everyone drink, and the social scene that doesn't involve drugs and alcohol is strong. For the most part, people are way too busy to get heavily into alcohol and drugs. Public Safety acknowledges that drinking and drug use are going to happen, so they do everything they can to make campus a safe environment for us. As a result of our safety net, visibility is pretty high, but most students are respectful of those who choose not to partake and, for the most part, no one gets hurt.
College Sophomore 2013-07-27T23:08:03Z
I had an unpaid internship this summer that I didn't get through Swarthmore, but Career Services at Swat is great and they are really helpful in getting internships and work with students one on one to help them find the right match. In addition, the alumni network at Swat is really strong, so, in addition to being useful for getting internships, upon graduating, students have access to a whole range of connections in the job market. In one sense, the job market in America is still not thriving, but in another, Swarthmore has an amazing reputation and a strong alumni network and potential employers who see Swat on a resume are generally impressed.
College Sophomore 2013-07-26T16:20:22Z
Swarthmore is very generous and it fulfills 100% of my need. I am very satisfied with and grateful for my financial aid package. Plus, I never have to spend much time on the financial aid application process, which is incredibly simple. I love the FA office staff too!!
Recent Alumnus 2013-05-10T00:33:37Z
The Greek life is practically non-existent at this college. The school actually phased out all sororities, and the two surviving fraternities are very small and have little clout in the social scene. It is perhaps for the best, as the attitude of Swatties focuses on egalitarian, anti-elitism. All parties, if funded by the school, must be open to the entire campus. If you are looking for a dynamic Greek scene, choose another school.
Recent Alumnus 2013-05-10T00:31:16Z
I studied within the three major divisions; a major in psychology and double minor in biology and English Literature (Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, Humanities respectively). The only problem I had was that I had spread myself too thin. I noticed many peers having tremendous relationships with their professors, but I barely knew many of mine as I had little overlap between classes. Regardless, I felt that I could approach any professor at any time and receive the help I needed. That was a good feeling.
Recent Alumnus 2013-05-10T00:25:25Z
I received an excellent amount of financial aid, given my circumstances. I was, however, disappointed that the move towards no loans occurred during my senior year. Therefore, I only received that benefit for two semesters. Today, Swarthmore does not include loans in aid packages, which means less debt for students. There are merit-based scholarships available, too, but I did not receive any.
Recent Alumnus 2013-05-10T00:23:00Z
Exceptional faculty and diverse classes are available. I was able to study psychology, biology and English Lit., while taking dance, Old English and linguistics. The courses cover a breadth of information, but the discussions allow for deeper understanding. Easy to sign up, the registrar's office is very accessible. The workload is not for the faint of heart, however.
College Sophomore 2013-04-27T01:00:28Z
Phenotypically speaking people are different. However, we hear the same damn annoying voices speaking up and crying about the same damn thing. Most people here are liberal and if you don't fit that, don't come if you don't like being attacked. IRONY!
Recent Alumnus 2013-03-31T18:58:16Z
Health & Safety:
I always feel safe on campus and in the dorms. I walk home late at night, whether from the library or a party, and I never feel unsafe. Despite the campus being an 'open campus,' I have always felt safe because of the town we live in and because most people are respectful in keeping doors shut and in alerting public safety of suspicious people. We do have a lot of high school students from the Ville (town of Swarthmore) that can be annoying and harass students sometimes. This is something that many students have complained about, but there's not much we can do.
Recent Alumnus 2013-03-31T18:54:58Z
Diversity defines Swarthmore. It is an institution that prides itself on the myriad of religions, opinions, race, ethnicity, background, sexual orientation, etc. It is really evident on the campus how much the student body values diversity and respects most people. The college, though, is very liberal and conservative beliefs tend to be shut down or not listened to, which is unfortunate. Most students try to be considerate of everyone's economic background, though it is surprising how many upper middle/upper class students attend the school. Many people try and hide their higher economic statuses.
Recent Alumnus 2013-03-31T18:44:38Z
Though I applied for financial aid, I did not receive any, though I would have greatly benefited from it. Swarthmore does provide a large amount of financial aid to many students, but I was unfortunate in that I did not receive any because Swarthmore/FAFSA decided my parents' income was sufficient (though it has been really difficult for them to pay for the past four years). I'm not sure whether this is an issue with Swarthmore, or the FAFSA program, but there should be more consideration into where the income is being distributed, rather than thinking they'll be able to fund the tuition and that the money isn't being placed into insurance, mortgage, etc. In any event, I know Swarthmore provides a large sum of financial aid to many students and that it is consistently ranked one of the top schools for financial assistance.
Recent Alumnus 2013-03-18T22:56:58Z
As the only dining hall, Sharples is okay. The menu tends to get repetitive and the food isn't the greatest, but it isn't the worst either.
Recent Alumnus 2013-03-18T22:50:44Z
Swarthmore is not strict at all. Students are generally respected as responsible adults.
College Senior 2013-03-16T00:13:22Z
The dining hall is buffet style so you can eat as much as you want. It also has ice cream everyday available for every meal. After dining hall hours it is hard to find food options because of how small the town is. After it's past delivery hours for the few restaurants that are available there are no food options.
College Sophomore 2013-02-23T17:49:01Z
Most classes are awesome. The material is fascinating, and the professors are really nice and want to talk to you! I've had a few classes that I wasn't completely happy with because of how they were organized and taught, but they weren't horrible either.
College Sophomore 2013-02-23T17:24:25Z
I was always impressed by the large variety of backgrounds and ethnicities we have on campus, but I wish they were better represented by campus groups and course offerings/faculty. Granted, we're a small campus, so there does need to be enough interest to make a viable club or class.
College Sophomore 2013-02-18T02:01:34Z
Strictly average. There is only one dining hall on campus and a couple cafes scattered about. Many students complain about the low quality of food, but I've never found it particularly subpar. The isn't a great deal of variety though. My biggest complaint is that there are NO places on campus to get food at night.
College Sophomore 2013-02-18T01:56:24Z
The diversity at Swat is some of the best that I've seen at any school. The student body is racially diverse and, with around half of the students on financial aid, economically diverse as well. The school is very LGBT friendly. The school is definitely liberal, and, as such, conservative voices are not heard often on campus.
College Junior 2013-01-25T21:02:40Z
I came here for the academics, and I got what I wanted. Sometimes the workload can be overwhelming, but the for the most part the student population is quite happy. The professors are excellent are very easily accessible and easy to get in touch with. The classes will teach you how to write, read, speak, and problem-solve very well. Also, discussions are incredible, since everyone does the readings, comes from diverse backgrounds, and cares a lot about the subject.
Though the classes and professors are great, I cannot talk about academics without mentioning the students. I have learned so much from my friends and peers. I rarely leave the dining hall without learning something new or having a good discussion over a meal.
This is a place to learn and work-hard. Come if you would like to meet individuals who also want to learn about the world and themselves.
College Sophomore 2013-01-18T01:58:10Z
I plan on getting an internship this summer. My school does a good job of sharing possible ones to us.
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