Orientation - Tuesday, Aug. 25

Don't Miss:
  • Arrival and Check-In, 9-12 p.m., Parrish Parlors
  • First Meeting For All New Students, 2–3 p.m., Lang Concert Hall
  • Orientation Group Kick-Off, 1:15–2 p.m., Lang Concert Hall
  • First Community Gathering, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Scott Amphitheater
9–12:00 p.m. Arrival and Check-In (Parrish Parlors, Parrish Hall)

Keys can be picked up, and move-in assistance is available at each residence hall from 9 a.m.–noon. After moving into your dorm room, you should report to Parrish Parlors to pick up your orientation packet. This packet should include your photo I.D.; if it does not, please report to the Benjamin West House (Public Safety) by noon to have an I.D. made. From noon–5 p.m., keys and orientation packets will still be available for pick up in Parrish Parlors. After 5 p.m. these materials will be available at the Benjamin West House.

11–12:00 p.m. Student Disability Services Orientation (Scheuer Room, Kohlberg Hall)

Coordinator of Student Disability Services Leslie Hempling will introduce students and families to the resources of the Student Disability Service. We will provide an overview of the process for obtaining accommodations for students with documented disabilities.

11–12:00 p.m. Recepción para Familias Latin@s / Reception for Latin@  Families  (Kohlberg 116)

Una gran oportunidad para conocer y charlar con estudiantes, miembros de la facultad y la administración hispano-parlantes. Please join us for refreshments and meet our Latino faculty, staff, and students as well as other families of the Class of 2019.

11–1:00 p.m. Boxed Lunch (Sharples Dining Hall/Patio)

Lunch is free for students with their College I.D. Two complimentary lunch tickets for family members are included in the student’s orientation packet. Additional guests may purchase lunch tickets at the door.

1:15–2 p.m. Orientation Group Kick-Off (Lang Concert Hall)

Students will meet up with their orientation groups to kick off the orientation experience. Resident Advisers (RAs), Student Academic Mentors (SAMs), and Orientation Counselors (OCs) collectively support students in their transition to life at Swarthmore.

2–3:00 p.m. First Meeting For All New Students (Lang Concert Hall)

President Valerie Smith, Dean of Admissions, Jim Bock ’90, and Dean of Students Liz Braun will welcome the members of the Class of 2019 and transfer students to Swarthmore.

3–4:15 p.m. Family Farewells (LPAC Lobby)

The time has come to say goodbye; this event marks the end of the parent and family portion of orientation. Families are invited to meet President Valerie Smith and other members of the administration and faculty at this informal reception.

4:30–5:30 p.m. First Community Gathering (Scott Amphitheater)

Begin your Swarthmore experience by reflecting on queries on self, community and transformation. Queries, an aspect of Quaker tradition, are questions that guide personal and group reflection on community values. We will begin our reflection on self-identity and move toward reflection on how engaging in community transforms and deepens our sense of self.

5:30–6:30 p.m. Dorm Team Dinner and Scavenger Hunt Kick-Off (Sharples Dining Hall)
6:45–9:30 p.m. Scavenger Hunt

Come start off a great Orientation with this all campus scavenger hunt that will take you to a multitude of important places on campus including Dean's Offices, cultural centers, academic buildings, and a bunch of secret spots. This event is going to be continuing throughout all of orientation and it's a great chance to meet new people and have a blast. Also prizes and glory will also be on the line.

9:30 p.m. Evening Activities Join up with your dorm team, head back to the hall, and relax!