Swarthmore gets largest gift in its history

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Swarthmore College has received a $50 million gift -- the largest donation in its 148-year history.

The elite liberal arts college in suburban Philadelphia announced the gift Saturday from philanthropist and Swarthmore alumnus Eugene Lang.

The donation will be used to create new engineering and science facilities that will strengthen collaboration between engineering students and those in liberal arts disciplines.

The 93-year-old Mr. Lang said his gift is meant in part as a continuation of the college's decision to include engineering in its curriculum back in 1871. Swarthmore says it's one of only nine premier liberal arts colleges with a dedicated engineering program.

The college says Mr. Lang's gift will allow Swarthmore to foster interdisciplinary connections among students and faculty in engineering and the arts, the sciences, humanities and the social sciences.

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