Since 1893, Swarthmore has been a tree-lined residential community of distinctive homes and quiet neighborhoods, anchored by the campus of Swarthmore College. At the center of the Borough is a downtown core of unique, independent shops and services. The homes here show the American Colonial influence with a simplifica- tion of detail. Limestone is generally used in construction, and a few of the houses have double chimneys. The town has almost no business section. The community grew around SWARTHMORE COLLEGE, founded by the Society of Friends in 1884, to give Quaker youths opportunity for advanced educational training under the supervision of members of their own faith. The charter was revised in 1911 to make the institution non-sectarian.Since its founding in 1864, Swarthmore College has given students the knowledge, insight, skills, and experience to become leaders for the common good. Offering a liberal arts and engineering curriculum, the College is private, yet open to all regardless of financial need. It is also decidedly global in outlook, drawing students from around the world and all 50 states. The diversity of perspectives represented by Swarthmore students, faculty, and staff - including different viewpoints, identities, and histories - contributes to the community's strong sense of open dialog and engagement with ideas and issues.Swarthmore's idyllic, 425-acre arboretum campus features rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails, and is located just 11 miles from Philadelphia.