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Swarthmore College - 2016

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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