Attend a Tour & Information Session
We recommend that families pair their tour(s) with an information session, in order to get a holistic view of the student experience at Swarthmore. Tours and information sessions are available throughout the year, and begin in the Admissions Commons on the second floor of Parrish Hall. Swarthmore offers general campus tours, as well as specialized athletics & wellness tours.
Visit Planner: Please consult our visit planner to schedule your visit. If you need to reschedule your visit, you may do this by returning to the visit planner and signing up for a new date.
If you cannot join us for a formal tour of the College, please 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.
Schedule an Interview
The Swarthmore College Admissions Office encourages prospective students to schedule an evaluative interview with a member of the Admissions staff. Interviews are recommended but not required. Schedule an on-campus interview, or learn about off-campus interviews.
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.
Directions to Campus & Parking
Swarthmore College is located 11 miles southwest from the city of Philadelphia in the borough of Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. The College is just a 30-minute drive from Philadelphia. New York and Washington, D.C. are about two 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 at campus, turn from North Chester Road onto Visitor's Center Lane, and proceed to the visitor parking area in the Benjamin West parking lot. The Benjamin West House is the College's Visitor Information Center; it is staffed 24 hours a day, and it is a good place to pick up maps and request directions.
After parking in the Benjamin West parking lot, follow the path to the left of the Benjamin West House. When the path splits, bear to the left and proceed up a slight grade between McCabe Library on your right, and Old Tarble, on your left. You will be able to see the bell tower of Clothier Hall to your left, across the quad. Parrish Hall, a domed, four-story, gray-and white stone building with a flag on top. It will be located to your right at the crest of the hill. Continue into the center entrance of Parrish Hall. The Admissions Office is on the second floor.
Our campus map shows walking directions to the Admissions Office from both visitor parking areas (Benjamin West and Whittier parking lots).
Swarthmore College has a corporate rate of $159/night (excluding taxes, and excludes high volume blackout dates) at the Marriott Courtyard in Springfield. Blackout dates in 2015 are 9/24, 9/25, 9/26, and 9/27. For other nearby accommodations, please see the Lodging Guide.