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Class of 2017 Sets Forth

It was another record-setting year for applications at Swarthmore, as 6,615 students vied for admission to the Class of 2017. The College welcomed 389 first-year and 11 transfer students—195 women and 194 men—Sept. 2 from among the 14 percent offered admission. Thirteen percent of new students are the first in their families to attend college.
International students [...]

Making a Cultural Shift

Substantive changes in Swarthmore’s sexual assault and harassment policies were put in place when the academic year began. The changes resulted after a summer spent working on policy revisions, expanded prevention and programming efforts, and recruitment for several key staff positions. The revisions follow several years of increased on-campus attention to this issue, a recent [...]

The Stoles That Stole the Show

Anyone attending Swarthmore’s 2011 Commencement ceremony couldn’t help but notice the beautifully patterned stoles worn by some male graduates. Those who looked carefully would have seen the Delta Upsilon fraternity insignia woven into the stoles’ fabric. That year’s graduating DU brothers had received the stoles as a gift from the mother of DU brother Peter [...]

Location, Location, Location: A College for Westdale

By the end of 1863, the proposed school had stockholders (contributors) and a Board of Managers, but it did not yet have a charter and did not have a campus. A committee of the Board of Managers identified three possible locations, all rural, all within 20 miles of Philadelphia and convenient to a railroad station. [...]

The Institute for the Liberal Arts: Year Two

Drawing upon Swarthmore College’s reputation for innovation and tradition and its worldwide network to serve, support, and evolve the role of liberal arts education on the national and international stage, the College’s year-old Institute for the Liberal Arts (ILA) has two upcoming events designed to involve alumni and friends in its work.
On Oct. 24, in [...]

Ready, Set, Deliver!

Sonja Spoo ’13 has found an unorthodox method for gaining perspective on test taking at Swarthmore: Hang out with women in labor.
After 10 hours in a Philadelphia hospital supporting a woman through what ended up being a complicated birth, Spoo had to duck out and catch a train to campus to take a test before [...]

A Shoutout for the Liberal Arts

Swarthmore has long been recognized as one of the nation’s top 10 educational institutions for placing students in the best business schools in the country, from where they go on to become successful entrepreneurs around the world. With a tendency to attract students who have already demonstrated in high school traits such as natural leadership, [...]

A Place in Garnet History

There is no shortage of accolades when it comes to the six individuals who make up the 2013 class of the Garnet Athletics Hall of Fame. They will be inducted on Friday, Oct. 4, during the College’s annual Garnet Homecoming and Family Weekend.
The second class to enter the Garnet Athletics Hall of Fame includes one [...]