Welcome Class of 2018 and Transfer Students

Orientation Fun


The Dean's Office is delighted that you have chosen to attend Swarthmore College. This year, Orientation begins Tuesday, August 26, 2014 for all students, with earlier arrivals for international students, fall varsity athletes, and those attending the Tri-College Identity, Equity, and Social Justice Summer Instutute. Whenever you arrive, you will be joining a community of students, faculty, and staff who work together to create a rich academic experience in a vibrant residential community. 

May Mailing

As we prepare for your arrival, we hope to deliver to you some useful, fun, and important information. On Friday, May 16, we will be sending out a packet of information to all students admitted before May 8 who are coming in the Fall of 2014. (Students admitted later will be mailed information about every two weeks.) In addition to delivering information to you, the packet is a request for information from you. Much of that information is (or will be) duplicated here, but please read through the packet carefully as there will be some things that we cannot post here.

Setting up your Swarthmore email

In particular, one important piece of information contained only in the packet (page 4 / 23) is all that you need to set up your Swarthmore email and network account, including your user id, temporary password, and instructions. Setting up this account is critical as it will allow you access to the online version of the forms. Also, we will only contact you through your Swarthmore email address for all future correspondence.

Note: the URLs listed on page 4 / 23 of the May packet have changed.  The new URLs can be found on the following links: Acceptable Use Policy; Copyright Policy

Summer Mailing

Later in the summer, you will be able to see such things as your housing assignment, roommate information, placement exam information, and more. So, be sure to set up your Swarthmore account. A word about placement exams: this portion of the Forms is not available to you right now.  We are working on that part of the site and will contact you by way of your Swarthmore email address when placement information is ready. For now, please take the time now to fill out information on housing, academic advising, health insurance, etc. 

We prefer you return the forms (other than the health forms) by June 1, 2014, when possible, unless a secondary deadline is posted.

Over the month of May, this site will grow to include all the information we hope you will need to ensure that you arrive to campus in August ready to join the Swarthmore community. If you ever have a question, can't find what you need here, or have a concern, please don't hesitate to send email to: new_student_question@swarthmore.edu.

We look forward to hearing from you.