RETURNING

Required Check-In Form

If you wish to return to Swarthmore following a leave of absence, then you must complete the required Check-In Form, available in the student e-forms section of mySwarthmore.

  • Deadline for completing form for Fall semester return: July 1 (April 1 recommended, if possible).
  • Deadline for completing form for Spring semester return: November 15. We typically begin reviewing Spring return requests after Fall Break in mid-October.

Within 5 business days of submitting your Check-In Form, you should receive an email that tells you whether or not your return has been approved. After reviewing your Check-In Form, Dean Liz Derickson may also email you to advise you on other necessary steps related to your return. If you were advised upon leaving Swarthmore that there were other requirements related to your return, then please also address those in an email message to Dean Derickson.

Please understand that you are not permitted to return until you have received formal email notification that you are permitted to return. If you do not receive a follow-up email message in response to your submitted Check-In Form within 5 business days, then please contact Dean Derickson via email. If you can not access email, then please contact Dean Derickson by phone: 610-328-8475 and leave a message.

Student Accounts

Students who have not satisfied their financial obligations will not be permitted to return to campus, to attend any classes, to live in campus housing, nor have a meal plan. If you have questions about student accounts, please contact Linda Weindel (Student Accounts Office Manager).

Financial Aid

If applicable, you should contact the Financial Aid Office directly.

Housing

If you plan to seek college housing upon your return, then you should contact Isaiah Thomas (Assistant Director for Residential Communities) directly. For more information on the housing selection process, please see the website on Seeking Housing following a Leave. Please note: you should not contact Isaiah to request housing until after Dean Derickson responds to your return request with a return approval.

I-20

International students must be sure to consult with Jennifer Marks-Gold (Advisor for International Students and Scholars).

  • Impact of Taking a Leave of Absence on F-1 Practical Training Eligibility: International students returning from a Leave of Absence enter the U.S. on a new, initial I-20.  For this reason, they must complete another full academic year in F-1 status before they are eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT).  If you plan to apply for OPT, you must be enrolled as a full-time student for at least 2 semesters prior to your anticipated OPT start date.

Course Registration

If your return request is approved, then you should consult with your academic advisor(s) and select courses. Please see the Registrar's website on Pre-Registration from Away.

Off-Campus Study

If you are studying abroad through the Swarthmore Off-Campus Study Office, please know that is not considered a "leave of absence." You must stay in close communication with the Off-Campus Study Office staff as you pursue enrollment in an approved study abroad program, to be sure that you are meeting important deadlines and following necessary procedures.

For more details, please see the Student Handbook, and the College Catalog sections on expenses & faculty regulations 8.5.