Academic Affairs

Academic Affairs

The Office of Academic Affairs coordinates advising for students and directs students to learning resources and other services on campus. Our goal is to provide academic advising and resources that will help students to:

  • meet graduation requirements;
  • choose courses of study including majors, minors, and Honors;
  • prepare for graduate study or careers;
  • find appropriate externships, internships, and fellowships.

Further, our goal is to provide each student with the advising and resources to obtain a satisfying, enriching, balanced, and, hopefully, life-changing liberal arts education.

Academic advising is directly coordinated through the office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and indirectly coordinated through academic departments. Some learning resources are coordinated through the office of the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, such as the Office of Learning Resources and Student Disability Services, Pre-Med and Pre-Law advising, the Office of Fellowships and Prizes, and some tutors. Other resources are based in departments (Ninjas, Science Associates, PiRates, Wizards, etc.) or in designated spaces on campus (The Writing Center, Career Services).

Most students use one or more of these resources during their time at Swarthmore to enhance their experience, maximize their performance, or prepare for graduate school or career. As a small, caring institution, we strive to open up advising and resources to all and encourage students to collaborate with trained peer tutors and with professional advisors. Please stop by Parrish 108 or consult with specific offices or departments if you have questions.

Diane Anderson
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs