Swarthmore College

Application Requirements

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College Match | Options following the Match | Regular Decision

Contact Information


National College Match Requirements for:
Finalists who rank Swarthmore College

Please submit these materials as soon as you are notified you are a Finalist.

College Match Required Application and Financial Aid Materials
Deadline: November 1
1. Official Test Scores

SAT code: 2821
ACT code: 3722

Request official scores from the College Board and/or ACT as soon as you are notified that you are a Finalist. Do NOT use the rush reporting service.

Swarthmore requires either the SAT or the ACT. Swarthmore does not require the optional Writing section of the ACT. 

Swarthmore does not require SAT Subject Tests, but they will be considered if submitted.  Prospective engineers are strongly encouraged to take the Math Level 2 SAT Subject Test. Read more about Swarthmore's testing policy.

2. Official Transcripts

Transcripts uploaded to the QuestBridge application are accepted as official, or your high school counselor can send transcripts directly to the Admissions Office (see Contact Info below).


2016-2017 CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE

CSS code: 2821
Available Oct. 1

Complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE online.


4. A copy of your parents’ 2014 federal income tax returns

Signed, with all schedules, attachments, W-2 forms and other earning statements. Include personal and corporate partnership tax returns. 

Upload all pages and schedules, W-2 forms and any other earnings statements using the Financial Aid Checklist found on your Swarthmore Admission Application Status Page. Use the login provided to you via email by the Swarthmore Admissions Office. 

5. If your parents are divorced or separated:
  • Your noncustodial parent must submit the online Noncustodial PROFILE using the login ID and password that will be emailed to you when you complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.
  • Your noncustodial parent must also submit copies of their 2014 federal tax returns with all schedules, attachments, W-2 Forms, and other earnings statements. These documents may be emailed to our office in PDF format only to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The email subject line should be "student's full name-ED-2020). 
  • If you do not have any contact with your noncustodial parent, then you may submit a request to waive the requirement of their financial information. Download the Noncustodial Parent Waiver Petition.
  • 6. Arts Supplement

    Applicants with especially strong backgrounds and interests in pursing the arts, whether as a major or an extracurricular, are welcome to submit materials in support of their application for admission.

    Please use the links below for instructions and to submit supplements through Slideroom. All applicants will need to create an account in Slideroom in order to submit a supplement (links below will be available in early August).

    Creative Writing (for QuestBridge Applicants)
    Dance (for QuestBridge Applicants)
    Music (for QuestBridge Applicants)
    Theater (for QuestBridge Applicants)
    Visual Arts (for QuestBridge Applicants)

    Please note that there is no fee for supplements accepted through the links above.


    Options following the Match for:
    Finalists who ranked Swarthmore College

    Early Decision

    Finalists who do not match may apply Early Decision to Swarthmore through Early Decision II.

    Interested applicants must complete the Swarthmore-QuestBridge Conversion Form

    All documents must be submitted to Swarthmore by January 1 to be considered.

    Regular Decision Follow the instructions below to apply through Regular Decision.


    Regular Decision Requirements:

    Step 1: Select Swarthmore on the QuestBridge Regular Decision Form on your Application Management page between November 5 - December 9. Only check the box if you fully intend to submit a complete application to Swarthmore.
    Step 2:             Submit all additional required application and financial materials to Swarthmore according to your status by the deadlines listed below. 

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    Regular Decision Required Application Materials
    Deadline: January 1
    Finalists who ranked Swarthmore and submitted all materials (but did not match to a binding college) Finalists who did not rank Swarthmore Non-Finalists
    Common Application and all supporting documents
    Swarthmore-QuestBridge Conversion Form
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    Official Transcripts checkmark
    Update including recent grades, including 1st semester grades when available.
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    Official Test Scores
    SAT code: 2821
    ACT code: 3722
    Only if new scores to report
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    QuestBridge Midyear Report checkmark checkmark checkmark
    Application Fee
    Regular Decision Required Financial Aid Materials
    Deadline: February 15
    2016-2017 CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE

    CSS code: 2821
    Available Oct. 1
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    2015 Federal Tax Returns and W-2 Forms checkmark checkmark
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    Contact Information

    Contact Information (for mailing materials and general questions):

    Mail or email official transcripts to:
    Attn: Stacy Jordan
    Office of Admissions, Swarthmore College
    500 College Avenue
    Swarthmore, PA 19081
    Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

    Official transcripts can also be sent via Naviance/Parchment.

    Visit your Swarthmore Admission Applicant Status Page to view your Financial Aid Checklist and to upload application materials. 


    Swarthmore Contacts (regarding QuestBridge applications):

    Stacy Jordan
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    Office of Admissions | Office of Financial Aid

    More information on applying to Swarthmore as a QuestBridge applicant.