Please see the Directions to Campus page for more information on how to get to Swarthmore College.
NOTE: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 is move-in day for students. Visitors to campus may park in visitor lots, and should mention to Swarthmore staff that they are visiting Admissions.
Swarthmore College has a corporate rate of $149/night (excluding taxes, and excludes high volume blackout dates) at the Marriott Courtyard in Springfield. If needed, the rate code is "2S4". For other nearby accomodations, please see the Lodging Guide.
Tour the Campus
Hour-long walking tours of the Swarthmore campus are available throughout the year. Tours begin in the Admissions Office on the second floor of Parrish Hall. Please consult the Swarthmore College visit planner for exact tour times by clicking on the day you want to visit. After scheduling your visit, it is important to check in with the Office of Admissions so that we can confirm your attendance. Should you need to change or cancel your appointment, there is no need to call and cancel, you may schedule in another date by returning to the visit planner and signing up again.
If you cannot join us for a formal tour of the College, please feel free to pick up A Self-Guided Walking Tour brochure in the Admissions Office or the Visitor's Center in the Benjamin West House and explore Swarthmore on your own!
An online tour of the campus is also available.
Athletics at Swarthmore are as integral to our community as theater, music, and studying abroad, however the athletic facilities are not a part of a typical one-hour campus tour due to their location on campus. Athletic tours are an option for families who wish to see Swarthmore's athletic facilities as a part of their campus visit. These tours will visit all of the traditional campus tour spaces (including, but not limited to, an academic building, residence hall, library, and outdoor amphitheater), but will take an additional half hour in order to visit some athletic facilities and the Field House. At this time, we are currently not offering athletic tours. Please check back with us in mid-September.
Attend an Information Session
Learn about the Swarthmore experience and the College's admissions process during a 45-60-minute information session led by one of the College's admissions counselors. You can find specific group information times and dates by using our visit planner.
Schedule an Interview
Swarthmore does offer transfer applicants the opportunity to interview with an alumnus/a of the college in your local area. Transfer interviews occur during the months of February and March. Requests for transfer interviews may be submitted in early January.
The Swarthmore College Admissions Office encourages prospective students to schedule an evaluative interview with a member of the Admissions staff. These conversations provide students with an opportunity to share a bit about themselves directly with a member of the Admissions staff and to ask their questions in a one-on-one setting, giving them a special opportunity to determine if Swarthmore is a good match for them.
Off-campus interviews, conducted by trained alumni volunteers, are available to students who are more than a two-hour drive from Swarthmore's campus. Efforts will be made to fulfill all requests, though alumni volunteers may not be available in every student's region. Students living outside of the US are also invited to request an off-campus interview and will be matched with an alumni volunteer, if available.
When requesting an interview with Swarthmore College, please only choose one interview format (On-Campus or Off-Campus). Multiple requests will not only delay the process, but may also take away interview opportunities for other students.
If you plan to apply to Swarthmore College as a Fall Early Decision applicant and would like to request an off-campus interview, you must submit the request form no later than October 19, 2013. The last day to submit a request for an off-campus interview for Winter Early Decision and Regular Decision applicants is December 6, 2013.
Visit a Class
Swarthmore class periods typically run for 50 minutes or 75 minutes (Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Visiting high school students may observe laboratory meetings, with the permission of the instructor. Please arrive ten minutes early to request permission from the professor and plan to stay for the duration of the class. Visiting students are encouraged to participate in class.
If you have any additional questions, please contact the Admissions office.
Spend the Night
Curious about daily life at Swarthmore? Why not spend the night? We invite high school seniors interested in Swarthmore to spend a day visiting classes, attending events, and speaking with current Swatties. Visits are arranged Sunday through Thursday nights in the fall of a high school student's senior year. Plan to arrive before 4:30pm the day of the overnight stay. In order to be able to accommodate as many people as possible, stays are limited to one night.
To schedule an overnight visit, please contact the Admissions Office at 610-328-8300 or 1-800-667-3110 at least two-weeks prior to your planned visit.
Overnight guests must submit a signed Overnight Policy permission form at least 3 days prior to their visit. It must be signed by a parent or guardian and either mailed or faxed (not emailed). Our fax number is (610) 957-6187. Students will not be permitted to stay overnight without this form.
Current Swarthmore students host visitors in their dorm rooms, so make sure you bring a sleeping bag.
Attend a Campus Event
Campus events can range from concerts and varsity sports competitions to lectures, academic symposia, and performances. Many campus events are free and open to the public. The Swarthmore Campus Calendar is the best way to find out what is happening on campus. Click the date of your visit on the calendar to the left to see all events scheduled for that day.