Summer Resources

Summer Resources

Because Swarthmore does not have a summer academic session, many of the campus' resources are scaled-back. This list of adjusted hours of operations and services provides an easy-to-use resource.

If what you are looking for is not listed here, please contact the College Operator at 610-328-8000, or for emergencies contact Public Safety at 610-328-8333.

Academic Affairs

Parrish Hall 108, 610- 328-8367

Diane Downer Anderson, associate dean for academic affairs;
Ruthanne Krauss, administrative assistant

Black Cultural Center

Robinson House; 610-328-8455/8456
Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. - noon
Karlene Burrell-McRae, assistant dean/BCC director;
Bonnie Lytle (until June 19)

During the summer months, the BCC Library is closed and the entire building is locked. The administrative assistant is here through June 19. Space reservations can be accepted up to that point by calling x8456. Dean Burrell-McRae is available for students by appointments through email or by calling x8455 to set up a time.

Counseling & Psychological Services

Worth Health Center; 610-328-1997

Although the office is closed during the summer, students, staff, and faculty may call for consultation and referral as necessary. David Ramirez is available to Dean's staff for consultation, programming, and planning.

Dean of Students Office

Parrish 140; 610-328-8365
Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Friday - 8 a.m. - noon
Susan Lewis, Administrative Coordinator

Class Deans

Diane Downer Anderson, all classes

Karen Henry, first-year dean

Diane Downer Anderson or Elizabeth Derickson, sophomore dean

Karlene Burrell-McRae, junior dean

Nathan Miller, senior dean

Dining Services

Sharples: The Dining Hall operates on a week-by-week schedule depending on summer camps. Please call x8181 for hours.

Essie Mae's Snack Bar: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m. - noon

Kohlberg Coffee Bar: Monday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m. - noon

Science Center Coffee Bar: Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Fellowships and Prizes

Parrish 118; 610-328-8363
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. or by appointment
Melissa Mandos, Adviser

The primary charge of the Fellowships and Prizes Committee is to interview and recommend applicants for national graduate fellowships like the Fulbright, Marshall, and Rhodes Scholarships in the fall and for the Swarthmore Fellowships in the spring. Other fellowships for which the committee submits recommendations include the Keasbey, Goldwater, and Truman Scholarships. In addition, the Committee makes recommendations to the Faculty for the Sarah Kaighn Cooper Scholarship to an outstanding junior, and the Lang, Ivy, and Oak Leaf Awards to members of the senior class. In addition, the Committee does counseling on grant opportunities and reviewing and editing of grant proposals.

Financial Aid Office

Parrish 160, 610-328-8358
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Health Center

The Worth Health Center is open for students during the regular academic year, when classes are in session through graduation day. During summer and winter breaks when the Health Center is closed and college physicians are NOT on campus, alternative resources are available for students who may still be on/near campus. These resources are listed below and on the Health Center website:

For health problems that are life threatening emergencies CALL 911.

For health problems or questions that are NOT life threatening emergencies:

  • Students may call either of the TWO college physician private practices for an appointment in their offices. Students should tell the receptionists that they are Swarthmore College Students and have health insurance information at the ready. Our college MD's will see the patients at their offices at the first available appointment:
    • Internal Medicine Associates of Crozer: 610-447-6788
    • Dr. Rima Himelstein: 610-490-1755
  • If a student is having an orthopedic injury/emergency, they may call Premier Orthopedics at 610-876-0347 OR they may walk in without an appointment to the Premier Orthopedic Urgent Care Center in Media, mon - fri, 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at 610-566-5723.
  • If a student has reproductive or sexual health needs, they may call Planned Parenthood of Media, 1-800-230-PLAN.
  • For students not wanting to wait for an appointment, there are two urgent care centers in the area that will see patients as walk-ins (no appointment necessary). MD's and Nurse Practitioners staff them. Some of the Nurse Practitioners employed by Swarthmore College work in these clinics, and they are highly competent, excellent care centers:
    • Minute Clinic in CVS at 795 Baltimore Pike, Springfield, PA, 866-389-2727
    • Minute Clinic in Lima, PA, 866-389-2727
  • * Both Minute Clinics are open daily, Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    • Take Care Walk-in Clinic in Walgreen's Pharmacy, 4098 Edgemont Ave., Brookhaven, PA 19015
  • 1-866-TAKE-CARE (1-866-825-3227); Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., Sat. and Sun., 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

In August when athletes and students helping with orientation return to campus, they can call health services first and, if staff are available, can make an appointment to be seen at the Health Center. If a student needs a physician's services during this time, they will be sent to the private offices of one of our college physicians.

Health Sciences & Pre-law Advising

Parrish 125; 610 328 8589/8356
Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Gigi Simeone, Adviser
Jennifer Lenway, Administrative Assistant

The Health Sciences and Pre-Law Advising department offers advising for Swarthmore students and alums who are interested in the health professions or for students considering a career in law.

Information Technology Services

Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Restech (Student Help Desk) x6222, 610-957-6222 (off campus)

Restech is part of the client services group of Swarthmore College's Information Technology Services. Restech is directly responsible for the technology needs of all residents, including the Restech Helpdesk, campus computer labs, infrastructure upgrades, and phone support.

Media Services, x6201

The Media Services Department provides audiovisual and multimedia production support for instruction and events on campus.

Intercultural Center

Clothier, 610-328-7360/7353
Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Friday - 8 a.m. - noon
TBA, Assistant Dean/IC Director

The IC remains open during the summer. Students, faculty, and staff may contact Brianna Serrano directly to schedule an appointment.

Interfaith Center

Bond Hall
Joyce Tompkins, Adviser

During the summer, the Interfaith Center at Bond Hall is responsible for student/staff counseling and spiritual guidance by appointment.  Also, the center is responsible for program planning purposes.  There are no regularly scheduled religious programs for students during the summer, but Joyce Tompkins can direct students to local resources for worship.

Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility

3-5 Whittier, 610-690-5742
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Deb Kardon-Brown, Assistant Director for Student Programs

The Lang Center remains open during the summer months with regular daytime hours.  Staff members may be on vacation at different times, but Deb Kardon-Brown is specifically responsible for maintaining contact with students doing summer internships or projects under the auspices of the Swarthmore Foundation or Summer Social Action Awards.  Some of those students remain in the area, though most are elsewhere.  She also supervises the Chester Community Fellowship program, which has six students placed with local organizations in Chester.  Jennifer Magee is specifically charged with maintaining summer contact with students doing projects or internships with the Lang Opportunity Scholarship program and the Pericles Fund grants, some of which are local.


Melanie Maksin, Reference and Research, 610-328-8493

Alison Masterpasqua, Circulation, 610-328-8477

Cornell Science Library: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (usually closed Friday afternoons)

Underhill Music and Dance Library: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

McCabe Library: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Diversity, Inclusion and Community Development

Parrish 140, 610-690-5744

Lili Rodriguez, Associate Dean of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Development

Betsy Durning, Administrative Assistant

The Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Development, located in the Office of the Dean of Students, remains open during the summer, following the College's summer schedule (M-Thur. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Friday, 8 a.m. - noon). Students, faculty, and staff may contact Betsy Durning to schedule appointments.

Post Office

Parrish Commons, 610-328-8368
Vincent Vagnozzi, Supervisor
Monday - Thursday, 9:30 a.m. - noon, 1 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.; Friday, 9:30 a.m. - noon

The College Post Office operates a customer service window during the hours of operation listed above. The same services offered during the academic year are available during the summer but are conducted during the summer hours of operation. Students assigned summer housing or working for the college, as well as faculty and staff, can pick up their mail and packages at the customer service window during the hours of operation. Students are not assigned mailboxes during the summer. Limited deliveries of mail and packages are made during the summer for faculty and staff who are part of the regular departmental courier route.

Public Safety

Ben West House
In case of emergency, call x8333 or (610) 328-8333 from off-campus

Swarthmore's Department of Public Safety provides a variety of safety and security services to the entire College community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Registrar's Office

Parrish 124, 610-328-8297
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. - noon, 1 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. - noon
Martin Warner, Registrar

The Registrar's Office is open, for full-service, the whole summer.  It is closed during College holidays (including July 4).

Residential Life Office

Parrish 116, 610-328-8362
For Fall Housing Concerns: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. - noon
Rachel Head, Assistant Dean

Contact Rachel Head regarding fall housing, Class of 2013 housing, ADA/special needs housing, general dorm questions, early return housing for August, RA information, and Housing website.

Student Life and Activities

Parrish Hall East 117, (610) 957-6149
Mike Elias, Coordinator of Student Activies

Summer Housing and Summer Programs

Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The Summer Programs office is responsible for summer student housing, overseeing the summer housing in Mary Lyon, and hiring a summer RA to be in ML for the summer. Residential Assistants should contact Patricia Maloney if there are any problems regarding housing. Also, students pay their summer housing fees to this office.

Contact Patricia Maloney regarding SUMMER housing, housing for students BEFORE August 16th, and summer camps.

The Residential Life Office is responsible for Fall/Spring housing assignments, Early Return Fall Housing Approvals, Special Needs Housing Requests, and Housing Assignments for the Class of 2013. If any type of housing is needed between Senior Week and August 15th, contact Patricia Maloney about availability. If it is a need related to housing for fall, spring, or early return and/or is related to a Residential Assistant, contact Rachel Head.