Discover Swarthmore is open to all rising high school seniors, but the selection committee will prioritize applications from students with the following characteristics:

  • Traditionally underrepresented groups (African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, and Asian-American)
  • First generation in their family to attend college
  • Low-income students (Pell-eligible, free/reduced lunch, etc.), and students who might not otherwise be able to afford a trip to campus
  • Rural and small town students
  • Undocumented and DACA-eligible students

Additionally, applications are invited from any rising senior (U.S. citizens, Permanent Residents, and undocumented/DACA students living in the United States) interested in attending, regardless of demographic or economic background. Swarthmore supports diversity of all forms including, but not limited to, racial, ethnic, ideological, sexual/gender identity, geographic, and religious diversity.

To nominate students who might be a good match for this opportunity, please click here to view the  nomination form. Swathmore accepts nominations from high school counselors, mentors, CBO advisors, teachers, and any person who may work with a high-achieving student. Nominations are due by June 24, 2017.

Swarthmore College Highlights

If you’re not familiar with Swarthmore College, here are a few highlights:

  • Swarthmore is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country.
  • Located just outside Philadelphia, Swarthmore is only a 25-minute train ride from downtown.
  • Small class sizes enable faculty to provide the support students need. We have 1,500 students, and nearly 40% of their classes have fewer than ten students.
  • Swarthmore provides need-based financial aid that meets 100% of demonstrated need with loan-free financial aid awards. The average aid award for 2015-2016 was $47,564.
  • Visit their  website to learn more about Swarthmore’s commitment to affordability and access.