Purchasing Office


Provide valued customer service using business best practices to improve process, maximize purchasing effectiveness, and safeguard the College’s resources.


The Swarthmore College Purchasing Office is dedicated to providing a full range of purchasing services to ensure efficient and timely acquisition of quality goods and services, creating optimum value and promoting financial stewardship in support of the College’s mission. 


  • Engage the College community with respect and dignity, using a team approach to collaborate
  • Communicate, train, and increase the professional development within the College community regarding improved purchasing processes, College policy and procedure, and business best practices, utilizing competitive bidding and contracted pricing
  • Instill public confidence that contracts are awarded in an equitable and economical manner
  • Increase awareness of civic and social responsibility by incorporating concepts such as environmental sustainability and supplier diversity and inclusion into purchasing decisions
  • Create highly effective supplier partnerships and alliances
  • Support safety and risk management


Swarthmore College is a member of the National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP) and follows NAEP's Code of Ethics.