Swarthmore College - 2016

Institution Information

Contact Information

Institution's Mailing Address

Institution Name: Swarthmore College
Mailing Address: 500 College Avenue
Hicks Hall Office 203
City: Swarthmore
State: PA
Postal Code: 19081
Country: United States
Phone 610-328-8071
Fax: 610-328-8082
Website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/engineering

Engineering College Inquiries

Cassy Burnett
Administrative Coordinator
Department of Engineering
Swarthmore College
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081
Phone: 610-328-8071
Fax: 610-328-8082
cburnet1@swarthmore.edu

Institution Information

General Information


Type of institution: PRIVATE
Academic Year: SEMESTERS
Setting of Main Engineering Campus SUBURBAN

Main Campus Information

Is the main campus located in a city with a population greater than 100,000?: No
Name of this city, or if no, the name of the nearest city of any size?: Philadelphia
This city's population (approx.): 1,567,000
Distance from Main Campus: 18

Total Enrollment

Total Undergraduate enrollment: 1,630
Total Graduate enrollment:
Total Professional and other enrollment:

Non-Engineering Degree Granting Colleges

Institution Information

General Admissions

Entrance Requirements and Recommendations

Requirements

Swarthmore does not require a set plan of secondary school courses.
Those planning to major in engineering should complete work in biology or chemistry, physics, and four years of mathematics including algebra, geometry and trigonometry, and calculus.
See http://www.swarthmore.edu/college-catalog/admissions for complete information.

Recommendations

Effective use of English language, comprehension & application of principles of mathematics, strongest possible command of a foreign language, substantial course work in history & social studies, literature, art, music, mathematics, and the sciences.
See http://www.swarthmore.edu/college-catalog/engineering for complete information.

Engineering Information

Head of Engineering

Head of Engineering

Carr Everbach
Professor and Chair
Department of Engineering
Swarthmore College
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081
Phone: 610-328-8079
Fax: 610-328-8082
ceverba1@swarthmore.edu

Engineering Information

Engineering Degrees Offered

Types of Engineering Degrees

Bachelor's:B.S.

Computer Science Degrees Awarded Outside the College/School of Engineering

Bachelor's

Engineering Information

Engineering Departments

Engineering Department(s) Degree Granting Level Department Chair Discipline
Engineering Undergraduate Carr Everbach Engineering (General)

Engineering Information

Research Centers

No listings found.

Engineering Information

Degree Programs

Bachelor's Degree Program(s)

Engineering Department(s) Bachelor's Degree Program(s) Discipline
Engineering Engineering (B.S.) Engineering (General)

Master's Degree Program(s)

No listings found.

Doctoral Degree Program(s)

No listings found.

Engineering Information

Areas of Expertise

Engineering Departments Areas of Expertise
Engineering
  1. Electrical
  2. Civil/Environmental
  3. Mechanical
  4. Computer

Engineering Information

Societies

Honor Societies

National Groups

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Sigma Xi
  • Tau Beta Pi

Local Groups

Student Organizations

National Groups

  • Am. Soc. of Civil Engineers
  • Am. Soc. of Mechanical Engineers
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • Soc. of Women Engineers

Engineering Information

Support Programs

College's Under-Represented Student Groups

National Groups

  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • Society of Women Engineers

Other Student Support Programs

Academic Support Coordinator collaborates with engineering, mathematics, and science classroom teachers of first and second year students, as well as with their advisers. Coordinator also trains, schedules, and supports upper-class student assistants (called Wizards) to provide tutorial help with math, science and engineering course work five nights per week. Coordinator schedules individual tutorial help for students upon request, and coordinates with the Dean's office to help students identify available resources outside the Engineering Department.

Engineering Information

Student Projects

Student Design Projects Description

Variety of first semester projects and competitions that change year to year.

Shell Eco-Marathon Competition.
Concrete Beam Competition.
IEEE Sumo Robot Competition.

Many courses include projects.

Senior Design Project - Culminating exercise for all senior Engineering majors (written report and oral presentation are required). Smaller individual projects in most other courses.

Engineering Information

College Description

Engineering College Description and Special Characteristics

Many Engineering students at Swarthmore choose to complete a double major (some popular double major choices are Economics, Computer Science, Math, Physics). Students in the Engineering program have the opportunity to participate in the College's "Honors Program" which includes external examinations. The program allows a student independence and responsibility in shaping his/her educational experience.
See http://www.engin.swarthmore.edu/ for additional information.

Engineering Information

Engineering Faculty & Research

Teaching, Tenure-Track View Gender/Ethnicity Profiles

Engineering Department(s) Full Professors Assoc. Professors Assistant Professors Program Total
Engineering 6 1 0 7
Totals: 6 1 0 7

Teaching, Non-Tenure-Track

Engineering Department(s) FT Instr. & Other Teach. Personnel PT Instr. & Other Teach. Personnel Total Personnel FTE of all PT Teach. Personnel
Engineering 0 2 2 1.00
Totals: 0 2 2 1.00

Non-Teaching, Research

Engineering Department(s) Non-Teach. FT Research Personnel Non-Teach. PT Research Personnel Total Personnel FTE of all PT Non-Teach. Research Personnel
Engineering 0 0 0 0.00
Totals: 0 0 0 0.00

Teaching, Tenure-Track: Gender/Ethnicity Profiles

  • American Indian or Alaska Native (Am Ind): A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America), and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment.
  • Asian: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.
  • Black or African American (B/AfrA): A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. Terms such as "Haitian" or "Negro" can be used in addition to "Black or African American."
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander (Haw): A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.
  • Hispanic or Latino (Hisp): A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race. The term, "Spanish origin," can be used in addition to "Hispanic or Latino."
  • White: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.

Teaching, Tenure-Track: Full Professor Profiles

Engineering Department(s) Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or more Total Personnel
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 5 1
Totals: 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 5 1

Teaching, Tenure-Track: Associate Professor Profiles

Engineering Department(s) Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or more Total Personnel
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Totals: 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0

Teaching, Tenure-Track: Assistant Professor Profiles

Engineering Department(s) Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or more Total Personnel
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Undergraduate

Admissions/Transfers

Undergraduate Admission to the College of Engineering

Application Deadlines: Early Decision - November 15
Regular Decision - January 1
Non-Refundable $60 application fee
We require scores from either the SAT or the ACT. We do not require the optional essay section of the SAT or the optional writing section of the ACT. Engineering candidates are strongly encouraged to include Math Level 2 among the subject tests.

Undergraduate Admission to an Engineering Department

No separate admission for Engineers. All students choose majors just before spring break of the second year.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

The College is deeply committed to a strong international presence on campus. The application process is the same as for U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States with the following exceptions:

While financial aid awards are loan free, admission is not need-blind. Students must submit additional financial documentation. Applying for financial aid places the student in the most selective subgroup of the total application pool regardless of the parental contribution.

Demonstrated proficiency in English is required of those for whom English is not their first language. This may be in the form of a standardized test for non-native speakers of English, such as TOEFL or IELTS, or superior academic achievement in a school where English is the language of instruction. Although not required, an interview on campus or with a College admissions representative overseas is considered to be very helpful.

Required standardized tests (SAT or ACT) are waived for those who live in countries where such testing is unavailable. In countries where testing is available, applicants are strongly advised to make test arrangements early and to have scores reported directly to Swarthmore College by the appropriate application deadline.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to guarantee the authenticity of all submitted credentials. This includes notarized translations of official documents and certified school transcripts signed by the appropriate school staff member.

The College does not accept transfer applications from foreign nationals who require financial aid.

Residency Requirements

Four semesters of study at Swarthmore College constitute the minimum requirement for a degree, two of which must be those of the senior year.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

The College welcomes well-qualified transfer applicants. Applicants for transfer must have had an outstanding academic record in the institution attended and must present transcripts for both college and secondary school work, including an official statement indicating that the student is leaving the institution attended in good standing. Students who have completed the equivalent of two or more semesters of university-level work must apply for transfer admission. Admission status for students who have completed less than the equivalent of two semesters of university-level work will be decided on a case-by-case basis. Results of the SAT and ACT are optional for transfer applicants.

Number of Transfer Students from:

A two-year community junior college where they were full-time students: 1
A four-year college or university where they were full-time students: 10

Undergraduate

Expenses & Financial Aid

Student Group(s): All Students

Undergraduate Group 1
Tuition & Fees: $48,720
Room & Board: $14,446
Books & Supplies: $1,230
Other Expenses: $1,230
Estimated avg. course load per term: 4
Does your institute have any special programs or fee structures for the expenses category "All Students"?: No

Financial Aid Information

Required financial aid forms

Federal Tax Return Forms (IRS), College Scholarship Service Financial Aid PROFILE (CCS/PROFILE), Financial Aid Form (FAF), Institution's Own Application Form, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), Family Financial Statement (FFS), Financial Aid Transcript

Additional Financial Aid Information

Parents and students federal income tax return, W-2 wage statement and federal business tax return. Non-custodial profile form with the documents listed above from a non-custodial parent (and step-parent if any).

https://student.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid-profile.

Undergraduate

New Applicants

New Undergraduate Applicants

A. Number of undergraduate applicants to the engineering college: 7,736
B. Of those in (A), how many were offered admission? 988
C. Of those in (B), how many were enrolled in the fall? 415
Percentage of entering students (excluding transfer students) ranked in the top quarter (25%) of their high schools: 96%
Note: We have stopped considering the SATW for admission decisions with the class entering 2016.

Newly Enrolled Test Scores

Scores Reflect 75th to 25th percentile

SAT 75th 25th
Math Range: 770 660
Reading Range: 760 645
Writing Range:
Combined Range: 1510 1335
ACT 75th 25th
Math Range: 35 28
Composite Range: 34 30

Undergraduate

Enrollments by Class

Undergraduate Engr. Programs Fresh
1st Year
Soph
2nd Year
Junior
3rd Year
Senior
4th/5th Year
Full Time Total Part Time Total
Engineering (B.S.) 0 0 41 34 75 0
Totals: 0 0 41 34 75 0

Freshmen

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Engineering (B.S.)
Men 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Sophomores

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Engineering (B.S.)
Men 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Juniors

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Engineering (B.S.)
Men 5 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 10 0 1 0 26 0
Women 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 4 0 15 0
Note: Official fall freeze date of October 3, 2016
Totals: 8 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 5 0 2 0 0 0 15 0 5 0 41 0

Seniors

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Engineering (B.S.)
Men 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 11 0 1 0 23 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 1 0 11 0
Note: Official fall freeze date of October 3, 2016
Totals: 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 20 0 2 0 34 0

Undergraduate

Degrees Awarded by Program

Degrees By Ethnicity

Nra - Nonresident aliens
Asi - Asian American
Blk - Black
His - Hispanic
Ind - American Indian
Pac - Pacific Islander
Unk - Unknown
Wht - White
Tot - Program Totals
Two - Two or More
Bachelor's Degree Program(s) Nra Unk His Ind Asi Blk Pac Wht Two Tot Male Female
Engineering (B.S.) 0 3 0 0 3 0 0 17 2 25 15 10
Totals: 0 3 0 0 3 0 0 17 2 25 15 10

Degrees By Ethnicity & Gender

Bachelor's Degree Program(s) Nra Unk His Ind Asi Blk Pac Wht Two Tot
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Engineering (B.S.) 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 9 8 2 0 25
Totals: 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 9 8 2 0 25

Undergraduate

Dual Degrees

Undergraduate Engineering Dual Degree Program Description

Double majors (BS in Engineering and BA in another field) are available to engineering students. Normally a student pursuing a double major should have a GPA > 3.0. On average, 40% of Engineering students double major and also obtain a B.A. in another discipline.

Undergraduate Engineering Dual Degrees Awarded

Undergraduate

Program Comparisons

  • ABET - Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
  • CEAB - Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board
Degree Program ABET/CEAB Accred. Nominal Program Length
(yrs.)
Average Program Length
(yrs.)
Time: Day/Even./
Both
Co-op: None/Opt./
Required
Grads in Co-op Progs.
Engineering (B.S.) yes 4.00 4.00 Day None