Swarthmore College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (3)
Pros: eye-opening, diverse, highly intellectual, socially conscious student body, very academically rigorous, pretty campus, prepares students well for grad school or academic jobs, little competition between students Cons: no focus on self-care, grueling workload in many classes, lots of anxiety/depression, unresponsive administration on some key issues, does not teach many life skills or job skills for non-academic positions, needs more dorms and more air conditioning, lots of mice in the winter
Swarthmore was a great place for people who are highly motivated and want to push their intellectual boundaries. One of the best parts of Swarthmore was that it didn't feel like an ivory tower- students and professors were very excited to apply knowledge to improve the world around them. Swarthmore is not a place to come if all you care about is grades our informal motto is "anywhere else it would have been an A." One of the aspects of Swarthmore that I loved the most was that none of my friends cared about grades- we could focus on what's actually important- learning about the world and our roles in it.
Swarthmore College is highly academic, intellectual, and liberal-minded. The student body is highly diverse regarding nationality, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity. I greatly valued all of those aspects of Swarthmore, and felt that my time there opened my eyes to a whole new world. I left Swarthmore feeling that my mind had been greatly sharpened and expanded. On the other hand, I also felt that the workload was unnecessarily heavy for optimal learning and mental health. Many members of the administration also have a lot of room to improve regarding treating students with respect when it comes to difficult situations such as sexual assault and (obviously much less difficult in comparison) housing issues. (I'm talking about things like mice in the winter, questionable building maintenance, difficulty housing students with special medical needs, etc.) As for the location of Swarthmore College, I found it to be ideal. The town of Swarthmore is beautiful, safe, and peaceful while also featuring highly convenient connections to Philadelphia and other Philly suburbs via public transit.