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Swarthmore College 2018-19 Supplemental Essay Prompt Guide

Please note: the information below relates to last year's essay prompts. We are going to update this guide with the prompts for 2019-20 as soon as they become available. Check back soon!

Swarthmore College 2018-19 Application Essay Question Explanations 

The Requirements: 1 essay of 150-250 words

Supplemental Essay Type(s): Why

In 150 to 250 words, please write about why you are interested in applying to and attending Swarthmore.

Swarthmore sure doesn’t leave you much room to explain why you would like to attend one of US News and World Report’s top 3 liberal arts colleges! We suspect that the goal is to force you to cut straight to the chase. Beyond the typical reasons, why do you really want to go to Swarthmore? What will you get out of this experience that you couldn’t possibly get at any other school? Though the essay may be short, we suggest you give yourself a good chunk of time to research the school and learn about what it’s actually like to attend. For a small school like Swarthmore, a campus visit can make all the difference (both in the eyes of the school, and in your ability to connect on a personal level). Gather as much information as you can so that you can pack your brief paragraph with detail. You’ll demonstrate your commitment to the school while also showcasing your unique perspective!

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