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Swarthmore College Admissions and Financial Aid records


Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Overview and metadata sections

The earliest applicants to Swarthmore College applied directly to the College President. Later, admissions duties shifted to the Dean of Students, until an Admissions Office was established.

When Swarthmore opened in 1869, the cost of attending was $350 per year. 150 years later, for the 2014-2015 school year, $59,610 was the annual cost. The Office of Financial Aid exists to help prospective and current students pay for a Swarthmore education, navigating federal, private, and Swarthmore College aid opportunities. As of 2015, approximately 52 percent of Swarthmore students received Swarthmore Scholarship assistance. During the 2014–15 academic year, the average aid award was $43,250.

This small collection, dating from 1869 to 2003, includes admissions blanks, lists of applicants, reports, and other materials that document Swarthmore's admissions and financial aid policies and procedures. It is organized into two series: Series 1: Admissions and Series 2: Financial Aid.

Financial Aid records deposited by the Office of Financial Aid, 2015.

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Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.

Collection Inventory

Application blanks, 1869-1922.
Lists of applicants, 1880-1883.
Lists of applicants, 1884-1888.
Lists of applicants, 1894-1898.
Admissions reports and statistics, 1971-1983, 1993.
Admitted Students Questionnaire Plus (report from The College Board), 1993.
Newsletters and memos from the admissions office, 1974-1997.
Admissions panel transcript, approximately 2006.

Preparatory materials for Board discussion of financial aid program and budget dilemma, 1992.
Reports on audits of financial statements, federal awards, institutional assistance grants, 1999.
Handbook for administering financial aid at Swarthmore (with handwritten notes), 2002.
Williams Project on the Economics of Higher Education, 2003.

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