Top 22 Colleges With Smartest Students

Top 22 Smartest Colleges In USA In 2015
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21. Swarthmore College – Average SAT: 1440

Swarthmore College is a private institution that was founded in 1864. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,534, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 426 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Its tuition and fees are $46,060 (2014-15).

Swarthmore College is located just 11 miles southwest of Philadelphia-far enough away to have a 425-acre campus that is designated as an arboretum. The school was founded by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), but has no religious affiliation today.

Almost half of students study abroad, and Swarthmore offers programs in more than 100 locations. The school also has more than 100 organizations students can get involved in on campus.

Swarthmore has 22 NCAA Division III varsity sports teams cheered on by mascot Phineas the Phoenix. The school only has two fraternities and no sororities, as they were abolished in the 1930s.

Although only freshmen are required to live on campus, about 95 percent of students continue to live on campus.

Swarthmore College is part of the Tri-College Consortium with Bryn Mawr and Haverford. Students can take courses from these colleges.

Unlike other liberal arts colleges, Swarthmore also offers a B.S. in engineering. Swarthmore has many unique traditions, including the Crum Regatta, where students race homemade boats down Crum Creek; and Worthstock, the school’s take on Woodstock, featuring outdoor live music, dancing and food.

Notable alumni include Nancy Roman, NASA’s first Chief of Astronomy in the Office of Space Science and “mother of the Hubble telescope;” former Massachusetts Governor and presidential candidate Michael Dukakis; and Robert Zoellick, former president of the World Bank.

Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Swarthmore College is 8:1, and the school has 74.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Swarthmore College include: Social Sciences; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Visual and Performing Arts; Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics; and Psychology.

The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 96 percent.

Student Life

Swarthmore College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,534, with a gender distribution of 49.1 percent male students and 50.9 percent female students. At this school, 94 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 6 percent of students live off campus.

Swarthmore College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Campus Services

Swarthmore College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women’s center, placement service, health service, and health insurance.

Swarthmore College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Swarthmore College, 8 percent have cars on campus.

Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Swarthmore College.

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