Swarthmore College is a private, independent, liberal arts college in Pennsylvania, United States. It was founded by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) as one of the nation's first co-educational colleges.

Notable Swarthmore alumni include: Frances Halsband (Former Dean of School of Architecture at Pratt Institute), Eugene M. Lang (Founder of REFAC Technology Development Corporation), Randall Larrimore (Former President and CEO, United Stationers Inc.), Thomas Rowe Price, Jr. (Founder of T. Rowe Price), William Poole (Eleventh president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis), Edward C. Prescott (Winner of 2004 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics), Detlev W. Bronk (Former President, Johns Hopkins University), etc.

Ranking Profile:

- It is rated as the 3rd Best National Liberal Arts College by US News 2012.

- The College has been named the "Best Value Private College for 2010," according to the Princeton Review and USA Today.

- Swarthmore was ranked 4th in a 2008 ranking of undergraduate programs by Forbes Magazine.

- Swarthmore's endowment is the 14th-largest per student among U.S. colleges and universities.

- It has been named the No. 1 Best Value in Private Colleges by the Kiplinger's Personal Finance. The primary factors considered in the ratings were academic quality and affordability, as measured by admission rate, graduation rate, total cost, cost after need-based aid, aid from grants, cost after non-need-based aid, non-need-based aid, and average debt at graduation.

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