Swarthmore College was founded by the more rural Hicksite division of the Society of Friends to compete with the Orthodox Haverford College ( DE36). Because Swarthmore, unlike Haverford, was coeducational, Orthodox Friends were then prompted to found Bryn Mawr College ( MO9) in nearby Montgomery County to provide their women with educational opportunities since they could not attend Haverford. Swarthmore has been a center of creative teaching in the twentieth century, helping to fund Rose Valley ( DE26) as a social experiment, and in turn attracting a remarkable array of students, including novelist James Michener and philanthropist Eugene Lang, whose gifts have insured Swarthmore's future success.
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