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September 12, 2019

Swarthmore College Admissions | Advice to High School Athletes

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Swarthmore College Athletics Information

Competes at the NCAA Division III level

The school is ranked #71 in our overall Best Colleges ranking, Swarthmore College has a Learfield Score of 69.

Swarthmore competes in 18 sports and has a total of 451 student-athletes | 256 men and 195 women.

Men’s Sports:

Men’s All Track Combined

Men’s Baseball 

Men’s Basketball 

Men’s Golf no data

Men’s Lacrosse 

Men’s Soccer 

Men’s Swimming 

Men’s Tennis

Women’s Sports:

Women’s All Track Combined 

Women’s Badminton 

Women’s Basketball 

Women’s Field Hockey 

Women’s Lacrosse 

Women’s Soccer  

Women’s Softball  

Women’s Swimming 

Women’s Tennis 

Women’s Volleyball

Joshua Throckmorton, Admissions Counselor Advice

LRT Sports: Does being an athlete affect the college admissions process?

Joshua: It is but one factor we consider in our holistic review process.

LRT Sports: What are the qualities you look for when taking on a student-athlete?

Joshua: We want to feel confident that the student-athlete will succeed first as a student here, and secondly that they’ll still be able to contribute to our campus community if they are injured and unable to play their sport.

LRT Sports: What will set a student-athlete’s application apart from the general applicants or other student-athletes?

Joshua: That it’s thoughtfully put together, including their answers to our supplemental questions. We want student-athletes to be excited to join our community, not just to keep playing their sport.

LRT Sports: Does an early admission application carry more weight/have a different priority in your acceptance process?

Joshua: Yes, in the sense that we understand that if admitted, the student will attend. We still reserve more than 80% of our offers of admission for regular decision candidates, though.

LRT Sports: Would your institution recommend that a student-athlete come in for an interview? If so, when would you recommend they start this process?

Joshua: Yes, if the student-athlete genuinely wants to interview to meet either a current student or an alum. We don’t track demonstrated interest, so there is no expectation or benefit to signing up to interviewing.

LRT Sports: What GPA/SAT/ACT would your institution recommend that a student-athlete shoot for?

Joshua: Our consideration of academic information is entirely contextual.

LRT Sports: What is your institution’s policy on financial aid? Does it differ for scholar athletes?

Joshua: We meet the full, demonstrated financial need through loan-free aid awards for all students, regardless of whether they play a sport.

LRT Sports: What is the best piece of advice you can give to a student-athlete who has your institution number one on their list?

Joshua: Be thoughtful in your application and ready to work when you get to campus. We don’t guarantee admission for anyone and this is an exceptionally challenging academic environment, so you will earn all of opportunities here. You must be truly prepared for that.

LRT Sports: What makes your scholar athletic stand out on campus?

Joshua: They typically don’t, since nearly half of our student body are student-athletes and they tend to participate in many different clubs and organizations beyond their sport.

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