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Scott Outdoor Amphitheater

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

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.

Honors Program

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.

Dorm Life

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).


At Swarthmore, the vitality of campus life extends into the College’s libraries, including McCabe Library, Cornell Science Library, Underhill Music and Dance Library, and the Friends Historical Library.

Sharples Dining Hall

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.

Crum Woods

Crum Woods

The College’s Crum Woods, a 220-acre woodland which features walking trails and the Crum Creek, provides an ecosystem that is an integral part of 35 courses in 12 academic departments.

Science Center

Science Center

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.

Lang Center for
Civic and Social Responsibility

Science Center

Swarthmore’s commitment to providing "academic excellence in the context of social responsibility" is most tangibly embodied by the College’s Eugene M. Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility.

Hicks Hall

Science Center

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.

Intercultural Center

Science Center

The Intercultural Center (left) and the Black Cultural Center encourage dialog, inclusivity, and collaboration within the Swarthmore community and foster leadership development among students.


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.

Lang Performing Arts Center

Lang Performing Arts Center

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.

Train Station

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

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.

Dean Bond Rose Garden

Dean Bond Rose Garden

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.