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No institution of learning, particularly one founded on Quaker principles and one that stresses the importance of ethics and morality should be lending its name, logo and credibility to Coca-Cola, nor serve as a marketplace for its sales and advertising. Below are a couple of reasons why Swarthmore should steer clear of any association with such an irresponsible corporate outlaw. More arguments can be found at

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Beginning with the 2015-2016 admissions cycle, the private liberal arts college will no longer consider the essay portion of SAT and ACT exams. Prospective students are still required to submit standardized test scores.
"We value writing, and it is of critical importance in being a successful college student," Jim Bock, vice president and dean of admissions, said in a statement. "But the essay sections of both exams have now been made optional by the testing agencies and we believe there are other ways to determine success in college. These new requirements will better serve our holistic review of new student applications."
Despite this change, writing remains an integral part of the College's evaluation of new students.
"Our 'Why Swarthmore?' essay is an opportunity for applicants to showcase their writing skills, as well as communicate a sense of who they are," Bock said. "This component of a student's application remains a very valuable part of the process."
The changes to the testing requirements are consistent with Swarthmore's commitment to an accessible application process in which students submit credentials that are meaningful indicators of success once enrolled.
"We hope this change in our testing requirements reduces barriers to college access for all students," Duck adds. "First-generation, low-income, and other under-represented students in particular often have limited access to college planning resources. Unnecessarily complicated or expensive testing requirements do not serve these students well on their path to selective colleges. Where we knew we could remove obstacles that didn't add much value to our process, we did."
The school will continue to require students to "submit and essay on 'Why Swarthmore' with their applications," .
Applicants in the 2016-2017 admissions cycle may submit either the ACT or the existing or revised SAT. Each will be given equal consideration.

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"Our 'Why Swarthmore?' essay is an opportunity for applicants to showcase their writing skills, as well as communicate a sense of who they are," Bock said. "This component of a student's application remains a very valuable part of the process."

I still am surprised why swarthmore ranks all the way at 55. Glen mills has climbed a lot over the past decade as well.
Why Swarthmore? It is a question we all had to answer at one point in time. Our essays expressed what we expected Swarthmore to be, how we saw the person a Swarthmore education would create. They referenced the values and experiences that we heard Swarthmore speaking about, in admissions brochures and info sessions and interviews. Is that what we have found? Is that who we have become? This presentation is adapted from a talk delivered by President Chopp at a Fall 2010 Board of Managers meeting, as well as at gatherings of other campus constituencies. It outlines why strategic planning is important, why Swarthmore should engage in planning, and what the College’s planning process is expected to look like.
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“Williams, where I went, has zero veterans, has no spiritual or moral traditions,” I wrote to Chopp. “Trustees there refuse to discuss or wonder why I am asking. I can't give that pass to Swarthmore. I don't need to list to you, I know, why Swarthmore would seek a higher standard than Williams. The usual obfuscation is that a college would be happy to take veterans but none are applying. We both know that a college would need to recruit this population. And we both know, I think, that selective colleges, especially those as wealthy as Swarthmore, have exactly as many of certain types of students -- soccer players, chemists, oboists -- as they choose to have.”

As for why Swarthmore ought to be ashamed, I was not speaking strictly of the administration

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That said, Swarthmore's admissions staff is pretty excellent, and really go out of their way to look at each applicant individually. If your application is a little weak, concentrate on your personal statements, and particularly on the "Why Swarthmore" . Put some serious thought into this . Make sure it's not formulaic, and genuinely acknowledges the unique features of Swarthmore.

county region (sorry Pittsburgh) I still am surprised why swarthmore ranks all the way at 55

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I still am surprised why swarthmore ranks all the way at 55. Glen mills has climbed a lot over the past decade as well. The don't think southeastern PA is a ghetto, they think Philadelphia "the city" is. And they're right. most of those with the money that make these zip codes wealthy have next to nothing to do with the city and the few that do, are laughing all the way back to their estates, after they slummed it downtown. don't kid yourself, the metro area and the city couldn't be more different.