Directions, Maps, and Accommodations
Note: Due to construction on campus, the North entrance to the College will be intermittently closed from 10-11 a.m. and from 2-3 p.m. between August 14 and August 25. We strongly encourage all admissions visitors to park in the Benjamin West parking lot or to arrive before or after the times when the North entrance may be closed.
Getting to Campus
Swarthmore College is located 11 miles southwest from the city of Philadelphia in the borough of Swarthmore, Pa. The College is just a 30-minute drive from Philadelphia. New York and Washington, D.C. are 2-3 hours away. Please review our detailed directions for more information on how to get to campus. The GPS address for our main visitor parking lot is "Visitor Center Lane, Swarthmore, PA."
Once you arrive on campus, turn from North Chester Road onto Visitor Center Lane, and proceed to the visitor parking area in the Benjamin West parking lot. Your printed campus-visit email confirmation serves as your parking permit; display it on your dashboard. The Benjamin West House is the College's visitor information center. Staffed 24 hours a day, it is a good place to pick up a map and request walking directions.
Getting to the Admissions Office
The Admissions Office is located on the second floor of Parrish Hall, a 5–10 minute walk from the Benjamin West parking lot. To access walking directions to the Admissions Office from both visitor parking areas (Benjamin West and Whittier parking lots) online, select "Admissions Visitors" via the campus map. You may also print a hard copy here [pdf].
The Inn at Swarthmore sits at the foot of campus, and is the most convenient lodging option for visitors. The Broad Table Tavern and the Swarthmore Campus & Community Store are conveniently located in the same building.