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you majored in what?!

you majored
in what?!
(The sometimes-surprising-but-always-impressive ways
our graduates spend their time after Swarthmore)
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No matter what you study

No matter what you study
or what you do outside of class, no matter where you come from or where you might be headed,
At Swarthmore, you will:
Think and work harder than you ever thought you would.

Shape ideas alongside people who will challenge and inspire you.

Channel thoughts into action, innovation, and positive change.

Master many modes of thought and tools of influence.

Resist easy answers and insist on better solutions.

Be determined and daring — and extraordinary.

Which is to say, wherever life after Swarthmore takes you,
You will be ready.
The examples in this guide reflect positions held and academic programs attended by Swarthmore alumni in classes 2010-2020.
research & program associate

Brennan Center for Justice
Washington, D.C.

investigative & research fellow

Civil Rights Corps
Washington, D.C.

software developer

Taskstream
New York City, N.Y.

CO-editor-in-chief

Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law
Berkeley, Calif.

immigration paralegal

Hogan & Vandenberg
Philadelphia, Pa.

lead visual designer

SimpliSafe
Boston, Mass.

urban designer

Boston Planning & Development Agency
Boston, Mass.

software engineer

Chinatown Community Development Center
San Francisco, Calif.

Fundraising and Events Coordinator

Animal Care Society
Louisville, K.Y.

exhibition designer

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia, Pa.

robotics engineer

Berkshire Grey
Bedford, Mass.

Pediatric resident

Westchester Medical Center
Valhalla, N.Y.

user experience librarian

Royal Crown Law Library Stanford University
Stanford, Calif.

lead UX DESIGNER

Wikipedia
New York City, N.Y.

Architect

Moneo Brock
Madrid, Spain

film editor

Los Angeles Review of Books
Los Angeles, Calif.

events & programs coordinator

Japanese Cultural Center
Chicago, Ill.

general surgery Resident

University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio

Senior Manager of Data Science & Analytics

MullenLowe Group
New York City, N.Y.

Operations Manager

Apple
Karnataka, India

planning officer

Ministry of Education
Singapore

ASSOCIATE ENGINEER

Lockheed Martin
Moorestown, N.J.

SPACE SYSTEMS ENGINEER & FLIGHT OPERATOR

Planet Labs
San Francisco,Calif.

GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research
Boulder, Colo.

Freelance Science Writer

The Atlantic, Science, Scientific American, The Wall Street Journal, Wired
Boston, Mass.

Ph.D., MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Brown University
Providence, R.I.

Ph.D., CHEMICAL BIOLOGY

Harvard University
Boston, Mass.

associate research fellow, molecular biology

Petry Laboratory at Princeton University
Princeton, N.J.

computational biologist

Invitae
San Francisco, Calif.

SENIOR SCIENTIST

Dow Chemical Company
Collegeville, Pa.

surgical resident

Otolaryngology Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio

operations coordinator
office of ocean exploration & research

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association
Washington, D.C.

family physician

Seattle, Wash.

Independent Researcher

HIV Prevalence & Geographic Information Systems
Lilongwe, Malawi

computational genetics researcher

Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Ga.

director of account management

Mastercard
New York City, N.Y.

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Assistant Professor latinX studies

New York University
New York City, N.Y.

legislative assistant

Oregon House of Representatives
Salem, Ore.

congressional Correspondent

Spectrum News
Washington, D.C.

Research Analyst

AEA Consulting
New York City, N.Y.

Director
Contactless Portfolio Optimization

Mastercard
New York City, N.Y.

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Ph.D., organic Chemistry

Stanford University
Stanford, Calif.

neurologist

Northwestern University
Chicago, Ill.

Senior Chemist

Dow Chemical Company
Collegeville, Pa.

Genetic counselor

Clinic for Special Children
Strasburg, Pa.

ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMIST

Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions
Portland, Ore.

optical scientist

Luna Innovations
Blacksburg, Va.

assistant editor

Cheng & Tsui
Boston, Mass.

product owner & project manager

Sertis
Bangkok, Thailand

co-founder & coo

Options MD
Los Angeles, Calif.

Attorney & legal researcher

Paul Hastings LLP
Seoul, South Korea

chief research scientist of data analYtics

New York City Police Department
New York City, N.Y.

Senior Associate

PricewaterhouseCoopers
New York City, N.Y.

M.Div.

Yale University
New Haven, Conn.

project archivist, Classics

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Philadelphia, Pa.

Research and instrument analyst

Space Telescope Science Institute
Baltimore, Md.

Ph.D., network science

Northeastern University
Boston, Mass.

Interaction Designer, VR/AR

Google
New York City, N.Y.

cloud engineer

Northern Trust
Chicago, Ill.

robotics engineer

Exyn Technologies
Philadelphia, Pa.

Lab Manager

Trueswell Language
Development and Processing Lab, University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pa.

Ph.D., Comparative Literature

Columbia University
New York City, N.Y.

Literary manager

Flying V Theatre
Bethesda, Md.

lecturer

Writing Program at Princeton University
Princeton, N.J.

publicity manager

Flatiron Books
New York City, N.Y.

senior machine learning engineer

KUNGFU.AI
Austin, Texas

Clinical Bioinformatics Analyst

Foundation Medicine
San Jose, Calif.

Robotics Engineer

Fetch Robotics
San Francisco, Calif.

assistant professor, electrical engineering & computer sciences

University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley, Calif.

Patent Examiner

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Alexandria, Va.

editorial assistant

Journal for the Anthropological Study of Human Movement
Champaign, Ill.

performer & teacher

JUNK Dance Company
Philadelphia, Pa.

Coordinator of Justice, Equity & Inclusion Initiatives

Dance/NYC
New York City, N.Y.

postgraduate associate

Yale School of Medicine
New Haven, Conn.

design researcher, anti-harassment tools team

Wikimedia Foundation
San Francisco, Calif.
(Major: Gender & Digital Culture)

Neurologist

Aurora, Colo.
(Major: Psychobiology)

Curatorial Assistant

Guggenheim Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
(Major: Middle Eastern Studies)

Ph.D., behavioral Science

University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Chicago, Ill.
(Major: Theories of Decision-Making)

Digital Wealth Associate

BlackRock
Boston, Mass.
(Major: Organizational Behavior)

design Technician

Rapid Prototyping Lab
School of Engineering & Applied Science
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pa.
(Major: Industrial Design)

research fellow

Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity
Alexandria, Va.

Senior Data Scientist

Uber
Los Angeles, Calif.

economist

UCLA Anderson Forecast
Los Angeles, Calif.

associate process architect

Tesla
San Jose, Calif.

enforcement attorney

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Washington, D.C.

Youth Services Librarian

Austin Public Library
Austin, Texas

J.D.

Harvard Law School
Cambridge, Mass.

Art Teacher

New York City Department of Education
New York City, N.Y.

Lecturer

Brooklyn College
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Reading Specialist, Grades 3-5

Harlem Children’s Zone
New York City, N.Y.

PH.D., Curriculum & Teaching

Boston University
Boston, Mass.

Creative Director

Electronic Arts (EA)
Redwood City, Calif.

Aircraft Systems Engineer

Garmin
New Century, Kansas

Staff Engineer, Cyber Security

Booz Allen Hamilton
Washington, D.C.

Project Manager

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
New York City, N.Y.

Engineering Manager

Idaho Transportation Department
Lewiston, Idaho

Associate Director, Learning & Development

Sony Music
New York City, N.Y.

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

Oxford Brookes University
Oxford, United Kingdom

Associate Acquisitions Editor

The MIT Press
Cambridge, Mass.

Producer

CBS News
New York City, N.Y.

Software Engineer

Slack
San Fransisco, Calif.

Regional Recreational Event Coordinator, Rocky Mountain Region

U.S. Forest Service
Glenwood Springs, Colo.

Biologist

Food and Drug Administration
Washington, D.C.

Assistant Professor of Environmental Politics

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Va.

Co-Owner

Silver Leaf Frames
Corrales, N.M.

Neurologist

University of Colorado School of Medicine
Denver, Colorado

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director of strategic initiatives

National Constitution Center
Philadelphia, Pa.

independent documentary film editor

New York City, N.Y.

associate producer

ShoulderHill Entertainment
New York City, N.Y.

head of site integrity

Twitter
San Francisco, Calif.

post-production assistant

Warner Bros. Pictures
Los Angeles, Calif.

Ph.D., French

Yale University
New Haven, Conn.

business coordinator

CNN
New York City, N.Y.

core lecturer

Columbia University
New York City, N.Y.

Attorney

Goodwin Procter LLP
Boston, Mass.

Ph.D., psychology

University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas

User Experience (UX)

Morgan Stanley
New York City, N.Y.

Staff Attorney

U.S. Court of Appeals
Philadelphia, Pa.

director of communications

National Center for Transgender Equality
Washington, D.C.

PH.D., german language & literature

University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley, Calif.

Pediatrician

Oregon Health and Science University Hospital
Portland, Ore.

business development lead

IBM Food Trust
New York City, N.Y.

historian

Harvard University
Cambridge, Mass.

Ph.d., classics

Yale University
New Haven, Conn.

Attorney

Seward & Kissel LLP
New York City, N.Y.

program manager

ABC Language
San Francisco, Calif.

Medical Student Researcher

Department of Pediatrics,
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, Calif.

Professor of Classical Studies

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pa.

Classics Lecturer

University of Oxford
Oxford, United Kingdom

Core Product Management

Goldman Sachs
Salt Lake City, Utah

Conflicts Researcher

Dechert LLP
Philadelphia, Pa.

Deputy Director

Chaldal
Dhaka, Bangladesh

communications director

Fight for 15
Chicago, Ill.

Ph.D., History

Harvard University
Cambridge, Mass.

deputy city attorney,
public rights division

Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office
Santa Monica, Calif.

Editorial Associate

University of Chicago Press
Chicago, Ill.

director of Baseball Operations

Detroit Tigers
Detroit, Mich.

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legal assistant,
speech, privacy, and policy

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
New York City, N.Y.

assistant professor of economics

Bucknell University
Lewisburg, Pa.

domestic violence case manager

HIAS Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pa.

M.Div.

Harvard University
Cambridge, Mass.

digital project manager

Penn Libraries
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pa.

Mental health case manager

Center for Victims of Torture
St. Paul, Minn.

Ph.D., cultural Anthropology

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pa.

Clinical Research
Coordinator

Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas

pediatric endocrinology fellow

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pa.

Freelance Broadcast Journalist

BBC World Service
London, United Kingdom

president

Malwin Electronics Corporation
Bedminster, N.J.

Head of Data & Insight

Ogilvy
Beijing, China

independent japanese-to-english translator

New York City, N.Y.

Ph.D., organic chemistry

California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, Calif.

investment analyst

BNP Paribas
New York City, N.Y.

latin american program coordinator

Global Exchange
San Francisco, Calif.

LEGAL Fellow

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
Washington, D.C.

Master of Public Health

UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
Los Angeles, Calif.

Scientist

AstraZeneca
Gaithersburg, Md.

clinical practice manager & psychologist

Victoria University of Wellington
Wellington, New Zealand

rights manager for nova (PBS)

WGBH
Boston, Mass.

lecturer, sociolinguistics

Newcastle University
Newcastle, United Kingdom

software engineer, text-to-speech

Google
Mountain View, Calif.

Ph.D., Linguistics

Yale University
New Haven, Conn.

special collections cataloging speciaList

Boston College
Boston, Mass.

Investment Director

CVC Capital Partners
Singapore

quantitative data engineer

Moody’s Corporation
West Chester, Pa.

counsel to the assistant attorney general

U.S. Department of Justice
Washington, D.C.

Ph.D., operations research

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Mass.

senior portfolio manager

State Street Global Advisors
London, United Kingdom

M.A. in Fiction Writing

Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Md.

Ph.D., CLASSICS

University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley, Calif.

assisTant professor of history

Fordham University
New York City, N.Y.

M.D./Ph.D. Computational Neuroscience

University of Chicago
Chicago, Ill.

head of performing arts

The International School of Minnesota
Eden Prairie, Minn.

technical project manager

Portal Instruments
Cambridge, Mass.

assistant professor of musicology

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Mich.

assistant conductor

Oratorio Society of Queens
Queens, N.Y.

Staff Attorney

ACLU Capital Punishment Project
Durham, N.C.

Reparative Board Program Manager

Greater Falls Community Justice Center
Bellows Falls, Vt.

special collections librarian

Weill Medical College of Cornell University
New York City, N.Y.

Secondary Education English Teacher

Peace Corps
Benin

product owner, clean transportation growth

National Grid
Boston, Mass.

Postdoctoral Fellowship

University of Oxford
Oxford, United Kingdom

Senior Fellow

McKinsey & Company
Philadelphia, Pa.

M.D., psychiatry

University of Massachusetts Medical School
Worcester, Mass.

threat Intelligence consultant

Recorded Future
Washington, D.C.

data scientist

MediQuire
New York City, N.Y.

research group leader

Communication and Collective Movement
University of Konstanz
Konstanz, Germany

applied artificial intelligence researcher

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
Laurel, Md.

national science foundation research fellow

University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley, Calif.

UX Engineer

Netflix
Los Gatos, Calif.

leader, advanced module design

Nokia
Seattle, Wash.

Civil Legal Advocate

Bronx Defenders
Bronx, N.Y.

project manager, vietnam growth operations

AES Corporation
Hanoi, Vietnam

Legislative director

U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C.

special assistant, office of policy planning

U.S. Department of State
Washington, D.C.

co-founder

Korea’s Social Entrepreneurship Forum
Seoul, South Korea

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Ph.D., Psychology

Yale University
New Haven, Conn.

Researcher

International Baccalaureate
The Hague, Netherlands

medical genetics Researcher

Children’s National Medical Center
Washington, D.C.

managing director, investigations & intelligence

Polaris Corporate Risk Management
New York City, N.Y.

law clerk

Alaska Supreme Court
Fairbanks, Alaska

missile squadron flight commander

United States Air Force
Malstrom Air Force Base
Great Falls, Mont.

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policy advisor

The White House
Washington, D.C.

rabbi

Agudath Achim Synogogue
Shreveport, La.

remedial project manager

Environmental Protection Agency
New York City, N.Y.

Seminarian in Residence

Old Cambridge Baptist Church
Cambridge, Mass.

Associate Producer

60 Minutes (CBS News)
New York City, N.Y.

Program Manager

Russia & Eurasia Program Center for Strategic & International Studies
Washington, D.C.

software engineer

Teachers Pay Teachers
New York City, N.Y.

independent translator & interpreter

Princeton, N.J.

threat intelligence consultant

Recorded Future
Washington, D.C.

Cryptologic Linguist

United States Air Force
Washington, D.C.

Assistant Analyst

The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies
The Hague, Netherlands

director of policy analysis

Texas Association of Community Colleges
Austin, Texas

M.A., International Affairs

Columbia University
New York City, N.Y.

Resident Physician

Family Health Center
San Diego, Calif.

senior Manager

American Express
New York City, N.Y.

English to Speakers of Other Languages teacher

School District of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pa.

Senior Project Manager

Craft Translation
New York City, N.Y.

Immigrant Victim of Crime Project Coordinator

HIAS Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pa.

Ph.D., Education

Stanford University
Stanford, Calif.

Systems Analyst

Mathematica Policy Research
Baltimore, Md.

Software Engineer

Dropbox
San Francisco, Calif.

fiscal & policy analyst

California Legislative Analyst’s Office
Sacramento, Calif.

Vice President

JPMorgan Chase
New York City, N.Y.

Lead Data Scientist

Under Armour
Baltimore, M.D.

Actor

Walnut Street Theatre
Philadelphia, Pa

costume designer

Adult Swim
New York City, N.Y.

director Specialist

West Wing Writers
Washington, D.C.

theater teacher

Colegio Menor San Francisco de Quito
Quito, Ecuador

Actor

Delaware Shakespeare Festival
Wilmington, Del.

manager, learning & development

Sony Music Entertainment
New York City, N.Y.

swarthmore facts

Class of 2020
Post-Graduation Plans*

Surveyed upon graduation, Swarthmore students indicated the following destinations:

Employment
69%
Graduate or professional school
15%
Travel, other study, or not yet decided
16%
*Responses impacted by COVID-19 pandemic.

Advanced Study
Swarthmore alumni regularly attend the nation’s finest graduate and professional programs, and 75 percent enroll within five years of graduation.

Among those entering immediately after graduation, the top destinations are:

  1. Harvard University
  2. University of Pennsylvania
  3. Yale University
  4. Princeton University
  5. Brown University
  6. University of Cambridge
  7. Columbia University
  8. University of Chicago
  9. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  10. Stanford University

Employment
Graduating seniors enter a variety of rewarding professional endeavors that take them all over the globe. The most popular geographic destinations for alumni to begin their careers include:

Philadelphia
21%
New York City
17%
Washington, D.C.
17%
Outside of U.S.
12%
Northern California
10%
Boston
8%

Class of 2020
Career Fields

Finance & Consulting
29%
Technology & Engineering
27%
Research
21%
Public Service
7%
Law
7%
Education
6%
Healthcare
5%
Admission
In an effort to seek a well-rounded class, the admissions staff carefully considers every aspect of the application without a rigid emphasis on any one factor in particular.

Application Deadlines

Fall Early Decision
Nov. 15
Winter Early Decision
Jan. 4
Regular Decision
Jan. 4
Transfer Applicants
April 1

Financial Aid
Fifty-six percent of the Class of 2023 received need-based financial aid from Swarthmore, with an average aid award of $56,326. Swarthmore financial aid awards do not include loans and do not need to be repaid.

2019-2020 Billed Costs**

Tuition
$54,256
Room & board
$16,088
Student activities fee
$400
Total billed costs
$70,744
Average aid award for full student body
$56,048
** Tuition includes a $700 allowance for all students toward the cost of required course materials. Due to the impacts of COVID-19, we are sharing the figures from 2019-2020, which better represent a typical year at Swarthmore. Please refer to swarthmore.edu/financial-aid for more information.
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