Discover Swarthmore!

Discover Swarthmore 2015

Thursday - Saturday, September 17-19, 2015

Thursday - Saturday, October 29-31, 2015

Discover Swarthmore is Swarthmore College's all-expenses-paid overnight program for high-achieving high school seniors. Swarthmore Admissions pays for all transportation, meal, and on-campus housing expenses for students invited to attend the program.

In 2015, we will host two programs to give prospective students maximum flexibility in visiting our campus during the busy fall semester. Attendees will experience Swarthmore first-hand as they attend 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. Take a look at last year's schedule to learn more about the Discover Swarthmore experience. 

All interested high school seniors (domestic 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.


High school seniors can apply via our online application form. In the application, you will be asked to indicate your preferred program dates (equal consideration is given for both sets of dates).  Please work with your school counselor to submit an official or unofficial high school transcript in order to complete your application. Transcripts can be emailed to or sent via postal mail to Swarthmore Admissions, 500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081.

We strongly encourage students to apply by August 24, 2015. Students who applied by August 10 will receive their decision the week of August 17. All other applicants will receive their decision by early September. 


Guidance counselors, college counselors, counselors at college access organizations, and teachers who know of good-match students for Discover Swarthmore can use this nomination form to ensure that your student receives an application.

The nomination deadline is July 31, 2015. 

Please email or call Swarthmore Admissions at 610-328-8300 during business hours (8:30 am-4:30 pm EST) with any questions.