Swarthmore College

National College Match Requirements for:

Finalists who rank Swarthmore

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

College Match Required Application Materials
DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 1

1

Official Transcripts

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

Please do not submit duplicate application materials to the Admissions Office. 

2

Standardized Test Scores
SAT code: 2821
ACT code: 3722

Swarthmore accepts official scores from the College Board and/or ACT as well as self-reported test scores. Self-reported scores will be accepted in lieu of official scores for all applicants. Swarthmore will use self-reported scores provided on the service QuestBridge Application or the Standardized Test Scores (Self-Reported) Form on the application portal. This form can be used to submit any new scores.

Swarthmore requires either the SAT or the ACT. Swarthmore does not require the optional Essay section of the SAT or the optional Writing section of the ACT. If submitted, scores from those sections will not be considered in the application review. 

Scores from the old and new SAT will be accepted for students applying to enter in the Fall of 2019. Equal consideration will be given to scores from either version of the test. 

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.

TOEFL or IELTS is strongly encouraged for non-US citizens whose native language is not English and/or who are studying in non-English language curriculums. 

3

Art Supplement
(optional)

College Match applicants interested in submitting an art supplement (creative writing, dance, music, spoken word poetry/narrative, theater, visual arts, or photography) should email jthrock1@swarthmore.edu for additional information.

4

2019-2020 FAFSA
FAFSA code: 003370
Available: Oct. 1

The FAFSA is required for US Citizens and Eligible Noncitizens. Applicants are encouraged to submit the FAFSA ahead of the Nov. 1 deadline. Undocumented and DACA-eligible students are not required to submit the FAFSA.

Parents and students should use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to transfer their 2017 IRS tax information from the IRS into their FAFSA. For more information about the DRT process, review this website or contact the financial aid office (see Contact Information below). 

5

2019-2020
CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE
CSS code: 2821
Available: Oct. 1

Complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE online. Applicants are encouraged to submit the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE ahead of the Nov. 1 deadline. All students must submit the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.

Please select Early Decision or Regular Decision as your admission application type.

6

A copy of your parents’ 2017 federal income tax returns

Upload to IDOC a copy of your parents' 2017 federal income tax returns (signed, including all worksheets and schedules, W-2s, 1099s and any other earnings statements used to file the federal income tax return). Upload documents in PDF format to the IDOC service. If your parents have any involvement or interest in a corporation or partnership, a copy of the corporate/partnership tax returns, all worksheets and schedules as well as the corresponding Schedule(s) K-1 is required.

7

If your parents are divorced or separated:

Both biological parents must submit a CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE for their respective households. The noncustodial parent’s application will be separate from the custodial parent’s application. You can find detailed instructions on the College Board website.

In addition, the noncustodial parent must upload to IDOC a copy of their 2017 federal income tax return (signed, including all worksheets and schedules, W-2s, 1099s, and any other earnings statements used to file the federal income tax return). The noncustodial parent should upload documents in PDF format to the IDOC service. If the noncustodial parent has any involvement or interest in a corporation or partnership, they must submit a copy of the corporate/partnership tax returns, all worksheets and schedules as well as their corresponding Schedule(s) K-1. Contact the College Board with additional questions about the application process.

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. Additional information may be requested by the Financial Aid Office as files are reviewed.

Options following the Match

Early Decision

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

Interested applicants must complete the Swarthmore-QuestBridge Conversion Form and choose the Winter Early Decision plan. Additionally, applicants must submit the Early Decision Agreement form.

All documents must be submitted to Swarthmore by January 1 in order for the student's application 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 November 5 - December 10. Only check the box if you fully intend to submit a complete application to Swarthmore (including all of the materials detailed in the table below).

Step 2: Submit all additional required application and financial materials to Swarthmore according to your status by the deadlines listed below. 

Information for Non-Finalists

indicates a required material

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

Swarthmore-QuestBridge Conversion Form

QuestBridge Midyear Report
Deadline: As soon as available

Official Transcripts

Update including recent grades, including first semester grades when available.

Standardized Test Scores
SAT code: 2821
ACT code: 3722

Only if new scores to report

Art Supplement (Optional)

Students with especially strong backgrounds and interests in pursuing the arts as an academic focus or extracurricular activity can share samples of their work, free of charge. This year, we are accepting samples of:

  • Dance: Performance and choreography
  • Creative Writing: Written and spoken word poetry and fiction
  • Music: Performance and composition
  • Theater: Performance and production
  • Visual Art: Ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, sculpting, and mixed media

Art supplements provide our Admissions committee with examples of students’ artistic talents and are subject to faculty review. To share materials, please use the link below:

Submit an Art Supplement to Swarthmore

Regular Decision Required Financial Aid 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

2019-2020 FAFSA
FAFSA code: 003370
Available: Oct. 1

 

US Citizens and Eligible Noncitizens

2019-2020
CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE 

CSS code: 2821
Available: Oct. 1

 

2017 Federal Income Tax Returns and W-2 Forms

 

Submit via the College Board IDOC service

Contact Information 

Contact Information (for mailing/faxing materials and general questions):

Mail or email official transcripts to:
Attn: Stacy Jordan
Admissions Office, Swarthmore College
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081
Email: questbridge@swarthmore.edu

Official transcripts can also be sent via Naviance/Parchment. Please do not submit duplicate application materials to the Admissions Office. Check your Swarthmore Admission Application Status Page to view your online Admission Application checklist of received and missing items. 

Swarthmore Contacts (regarding QuestBridge applications):
Stacy Jordan
questbridge@swarthmore.edu 

Swarthmore Contacts (regarding QuestBridge financial aid applications):
questbridge-financial-aid@swarthmore.edu

Documents should be submitted in PDF format. Visit your Swarthmore Admission Applicant Status Page to view your online Financial Aid Checklist after you receive your login from the Admissions Office in November.

Admissions Office
Financial Aid Office

More information on applying to Swarthmore as a QuestBridge applicant