Taking Time Off
Sometimes students take a leave of absence from Swarthmore. Time away can be a valuable and productive experience. Students who take a leave of absence may engage in a wide range of activities during their time away. Those activities frequently include tending to health concerns, volunteering at an organization, working in a paid job, taking classes at another college or university (see Swarthmore "Transfer Credit" Policy), tending to personal or family concerns, resting, or reflecting.
WITH WHOM SHOULD I TALK?
As you contemplate a potential leave of absence or return from a leave of absence:
- Class Dean.
- Academic advisor(s)
- Financial Aid: If you receive financial aid, then you should consult with the Financial Aid Office staff
- International Student Advisor (international students): consult with the Adviser to International Students and Scholars, Jennifer Marks-Gold.
- Registrar ("December Finisher"): If you are contemplating completing your degree requirements in a Fall semester and graduating the following May/June, then you should talk with the Registrar.
With leave/return requests, you must contact Asst. Dean for Academic Affairs Liz Derickson.
Leave Request Deadlines: November 15 for a Spring semester leave of absence, April 1 for a Fall semester leave of absence. If you are considering a leave of absence after these deadlines, please reach out to Dean Derickson or another dean right away for advice. See below for important details.
Return Request Deadlines: November 15 for a Spring semester return, July 1 for a Fall semester return (April 1 recommended, if possible). See below for important details.
Communication is key. Be sure to regularly read and respond to your Swarthmore email account, as that is our official way of communicating with you.