Prospective students be warned—Swarthmore is not for everyone. However, the many students who do happen to find their niche here are generally happy they came. So, what type of student is the College suited for? Well, in the broadest sense, someone who is open-minded, ultra-liberal, and possesses a true passion for intellectual stimulation tends to thrive at Swarthmore. This leads us to another important question that must be addressed. What type of student should stay away from Swarthmore? Well, anyone who considers their normality a personal virtue, conservatives (and most moderates, for that matter), reckless individuals who constantly choose their social lives over academics, students longing for a true big name/big game athletic experience, and anyone who doesn’t care to make a difference in their (and others’) lives.
Well, with that being said, Swarthmore at its worst can make you feel claustrophobic, inept, apathetic, and extremely frustrated. You might even be tempted to heave your laptop out of the window of the library at the height of finals week. However, Swarthmore at its best can make you feel like you’re part of a select group as you increasingly become able to see the world through a different perspective. Most students here truly comprehend class concepts, while realizing just how much more there is yet to learn. Here you will witness some of the most amazing lectures, performances, and cultural events of your lifetime. You will meet some of the most intriguing people in the world, and among them will be your fellow classmates and professors. One thing’s for sure: After four years here, your life will be changed, for better or worse, and you’ll have Swarthmore to thank or blame for that.