Discover Swarthmore

Students hanging out in amphitheater

Discover Swarthmore 2017: September 21-23 and November 2-4

Discover Swarthmore, held in the fall, is our all-expenses-paid overnight program for high-achieving high school seniors. Admissions pays for all transportation, meals, and on-campus housing expenses for students selected to attend one of these programs. Attendees will experience Swarthmore firsthand as they participate in classes, stay with current students in our residence halls, eat in the dining hall, and go to campus events. Prospective students will also hear from faculty, staff, alumni, and current students through a series of panel discussions and informal conversations. This year, Discover Swarthmore will be held September 21-23 and November 2-4. Students may attend either session. All applicants should keep in mind that Saturday, November 4 is an SAT test day.  

Check out last year's schedule of events.

All interested rising high school seniors (U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and undocumented/ DACA students living in the United States) are welcome to apply to Discover Swarthmore, though preference will be given to students from traditionally underrepresented groups, students who are the first in their family to attend college, and students from low-income backgrounds or who might not otherwise be able to afford a trip to campus. 

Nominations

Counselor nominations have closed for the fall 2017 program. Students are welcome to apply to Discover Swarthmore using the link below. Nominations for the fall 2018 program will open in early 2018.

Applications

Interested students do not need to be nominated in order to apply for Discover Swarthmore. Rising high school seniors can apply directly to Discover Swarthmore by completing the online application. Applications are due by July 14, 2017. 

Applicants will be notified of a decision in mid-August.  

Questions

Question about the nomination and application process, or about the program itself can be directed to discover@swarthmore.edu.