Discover Swarthmore

Students hanging out in amphitheater

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 invited 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. 

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 and Applications

To nominate current high school juniors who might be a good match for this opportunity, please complete and submit our nomination form.  We accept nominations from high school counselors, mentors, community-based organization advisors, teachers, and any person who may work with a high-achieving student.  Nominations are due by June 24, 2017.

Applications

Interested students do not need to be nominated in order to apply for Discover Swarthmore. Current high school juniors can apply directly to Discover Swarthmore beginning in April 2017. The application information will be available on this page by late spring. All nominated students will automatically be sent an invitation to apply in April.  

Questions

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