One of Swarthmore's most treasured spaces, the amphitheater, is the site of new students’ first formal gathering as a class, First Collection, and their last, Commencement. It’s also a venue for music, dance, and theater shows.
Parrish Hall, the College’s iconic and treasured first building, serves as a residence hall on its upper floors and is home to admissions, the deans, and the president’s and provost’s offices. Its lawn is known as Parrish Beach.
Swarthmore's Honors Program is recognized for its seminar classes, intellectual rigor, and students presenting to external examiners. Modeled on the tutorial system at Oxford University, it is unique in American higher education.
The College’s 17 residence halls are home to 93% of students who choose from a variety of housing options. Students from all class years live together in the halls and each has its favorite hangouts like Wharton Courtyard (left).
Sharples Dining Hall brings students together for meals under one roof. Language tables, farm-to-table meals, and all-you-can-eat buffets are all part of the menu that always provides options for vegetarian and vegan students.
Biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics & statistics, physics & astronomy, and the Science Library provide students and faculty many opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration in this award-winning building.
Hicks Hall houses the Engineering Department, a distinctive part of the College’s curriculum since its founding. The third-floor is home to murals painted by James Egleson ’29 which depict the effects of industrialization.
At every level – Division III varsity sports, club and intramural programs, and physical education classes – athletics encourages the lessons of fair play, integrity, discipline, sportsmanship, and teamwork.
The Eugene M. and Theresa Lang Performing Arts Center is a hub of campus artistic activity, frequently – and often simultaneously – hosting rehearsals, gallery installations, readings, film screenings, classes, and performances.
Located at the foot of Magill Walk, the train station makes it easy to reach the rich variety of cultural and social life in Philadelphia, only a 22-minute ride away. Other cities on the East Coast are also an easy commute.
From the McCabe Mile race through the McCabe Library stacks to the Crum Regatta (left), there are annual campus traditions that reflect the College’s creative community and link the students’ experiences through the generations.
Kitao Art Gallery
The Kitao Art Gallery is Swarthmore's student-run gallery space. Every semester it mounts a series of public shows, organized by and for students.
Each year graduating seniors pin roses from this garden to their gowns before processing into the amphitheater for Commencement. The College’s Scott Arboretum features curated gardens and plant collections throughout the campus.