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Application Requirements 

Swarthmore College
National College Match Application Requirements
for College Match Finalists


This page is in the process of being updated for the 2014 National College Match and the requirements may change.
Please check back in mid-August for updated information.

If you have ranked Swarthmore College as one of your choices for the QuestBridge National College Match, the following Application and Financial Aid materials must be submitted to the college as soon as you are notified of your finalist status. It is highly recommended to begin this process before you are notified of your finalist status on October 22.

  • The deadline to submit these requirements is November 4, 2013.
  • If you do not submit the required materials by Novermber 4, 2013, Swarthmore may choose not to consider your application for the College Match.
  • If you are not selected as a National College Match Finalist, please review the college-specific requirements for QuestBridge students who wish to apply through the Regular Decision process.

 

Required Application Materials

1.

Official test scores
Request official score reports from the College Board and/or ACT as soon as you are notified of your QuestBridge finalist status on October 22. You should not use the "rush reporting" service.
SAT code: 2821
ACT code: 3722
For more information about testing and testing deadlines click here.

2.

Official transcripts
Swarthmore strongly prefers an electronic copy of the official transcript.  If one cannot be provided, students may fax or mail their transcripts to:

Fax: (
610) 328-8580, Attn: Yvetta Moat

Mail:
Attn: Yvetta Moat
Office of Admissions, Swarthmore College
500 College Ave
Swarthmore, PA 19081

 

Required Financial Aid Materials

1.

SWARTHMORE FINANCIAL AID REQUEST FORM (for families living inside the U.S.):
This form is available on Swarthmore's website

2.

2014-2015 CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE (including Noncustodial PROFILE, if applicable)
CSS PROFILE online
(Available October 1)
Swarthmore's CSS code: 2821

3.

2012 FEDERAL INCOME TAX RETURN:  A signed photocopy of your mother's and father's (and stepparent's, if any) 2012 federal income tax return is needed.  All pages and schedules, please. Do not send any 2011 documents nor any state tax returns for any year. Mail to:

Financial Aid Office
Swarthmore College
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081

Do not fax or scan or overnight mail or email-- regular mail only.  NO FAXES ACCEPTED.

If either parent (or stepparent, if any) is self-employed or has any involvement or any interest in any partnership or corporation, a photocopy of that business' 2012 federal tax return is needed - all pages and schedules (not just the K-1 forms).  As well as the 2014-15 BUSINESS SUPPLEMENT. This form will be available to you as you complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE online form or on Swarthmore's website.

4. 

2012 W2 WAGE STATEMENTS: and/or Form 1099 INCOME STATEMENT. Photocopies are needed from both parents (and stepparents', if any). The 2012 Form 1099 statement details income for contract earnings, retirement, pension, annuity, Social Security income (needed for all household members), unemployment benefits, or disability benefits.  (Do not send any Form 1099 forms related to interest or dividend income.)

5. 

YEAR-END, FINAL 2012 PAYCHECK STUBS: (sometimes called "pay advice" or "pay statement" by employers). Photocopies are needed from both parents (and stepparents', if any). This document will detail all taxed and untaxed compensation as well as all deductions for the full 2012 year.  It may be a photocopy of an actual paycheck stub or a copy of an on-line full 2012 summary from employer's website.  This is not the same as the W2 wage statement - both documents are required to complete your aid application. 

6. 

2013 MOST RECENT PAYCHECK STUBS. Photocopies are needed from both parents (and stepparent's, if any).

7.

NONCUSTODIAL PARENT PROFILE FORM (and 2012 income and tax documents). If your parents do not live together (whether because they were never married or are separated or divorced), the parent (and stepparent, if any) with whom you do not live with must complete the "Noncustodial PROFILE" form. Instructions for the login ID and password will be emailed to you when you complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE. In addition to the "Noncustodial PROFILE" form, your noncustodial parent (and stepparent, if any) must submit copies of the above mentioned 2012 tax and income documents. 

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. Your request must include a statement from a third party who can verify your situation. The Noncustodial Parent Waiver Petition is available online at http://www.questbridge.org/images/ncp_waiver.pdf

 


 

Swarthmore College
Regular Decision Application Requirements

You may apply to Swarthmore via Regular Decision by completing the steps below.

  • Request Regular Decision application forwarding on your "Application Management" page between December 2nd and December 12th.
  • Submit all required additional materials depending on your status below.
  • All additional materials are due by the Swarthmore Regular Decision deadline, and you will be notified of the admissions decision according to their normal deadlines.

 

Question Finalists - Ranked Swarthmore for College Match (but did not match with a binding college) Finalists - Did Not Rank Swarthmore for College Match Non-Finalist
May I use my QuestBridge application in lieu of your regular admission application?

No.
Swarthmore requires the Common Application from all applicants to the College.

No.
Swarthmore requires the Common Application from all applicants to the College, but also encourages applicants to request forwarding of their QuestBridge application.

No.
Swarthmore requires the Common Application from all applicants to the College, but also encourages applicants request forwarding of their QuestBridge application.

What additional materials do I need to submit?
  • The complete Common Application including the Swarthmore Writing Supplement.

  • Official transcripts
  • Official test score reports
  • Teacher Recommendations (2)
  • Secondary School Report
  • Mid-year school report
  • Interview - on and off campus options available (optional)
More info
If you have already sent your transcript and test scores to Swarthmore as part of your College Match application, you do not need to re-submit them.

 

  • The complete Common Application including the Swarthmore Writing Supplement.

  • Official transcripts
  • Official test score reports
  • Teacher Recommendations (2)
  • Secondary School Report
  • Mid-year school report
  • Interview - on and off campus options available (optional)
More info
  • The complete Common Application including the Swarthmore Writing Supplement.

  • Official transcripts
  • Official test score reports
  • Teacher Recommendations (2)
  • Secondary School Report
  • Mid-year school report
  • Interview - on and off campus options available (optional)
More info
Is the application fee waived? Yes.
Please check "yes" for Fee Waiver on the Common Application.
Yes.
Please check "yes" for the Fee Waiver on the Common Application.

Yes.
Please check "yes" for the Fee Waiver on the Common Application.

What financial aid forms are required?

Please refer to Swarthmore's website for detailed information on these requirements.

Please refer to Swarthmore's website for detailed information on these requirements.

Please refer to Swarthmore's website for detailed information on these requirements.

What are the application deadlines? Early Decision I: Nov. 15
Early Decision II: Jan. 1
Regular Decision: Jan. 1
More info
Early Decision I: Nov. 15
Early Decision II: Jan. 1
Regular Decision: Jan. 1
More info

Early Decision I: Nov. 15
Early Decision II: Jan. 1
Regular Decision: Jan. 1
More info

Can I apply Early Decision? Yes.
Indicate if you want to be considered for Early Decision II in your email.
Yes.
Indicate if you want to be considered for Early Decision II in your email.

Yes.
Indicate if you want to be considered for Early Decision I or II in your email.

 


 

Swarthmore's Testing Requirements

Each of our partner colleges has different requirements for standardized tests that students must take in order to be considered for admission. Please review the testing requirements for Swarthmore below. Refer to the National College Match Requirements (above) for instructions regarding submission of test scores to the colleges.

Must take one of the following combinations:

  • SAT Reasoning Test and 2 SAT Subject Tests; or
  • ACT with a score from either the ACT optional writing test or the SAT writing section


** Prospective engineers, regardless of whether they opt for the SAT or ACT, are strongly encouraged to take the Math Level 2 SAT Subject Test. 

Please see our Standardized Testing page for a complete list of the standardized tests and testing deadlines required by each QuestBridge partner college.