Orientation Schedule

Don't Miss:
  • Arrival and Check-In, 9-12 p.m., Parrish Parlors
  • Orientation Group Kick-Off, 1:15–2 p.m., Lang Concert Hall
  • First Meeting For All New Students, 2–3 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, please 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.

9-12:00 p.m. Computer Help (Shane Lounge, Parrish Hall) Information Technology helpers will be paroling the dorms to help with tech support issues, and also set up in Shane Lounge.

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.

11–12:00 p.m. Student Disability Services Orientation (Kohlberg 115, 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.

11:30–1:15 p.m. Lunch on Sharples Dining Hall Patio ( Sharples Patio)

Lunch is provided on the patio outside of our Dining Hall for students and family members.

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. Green Advisors (GA's), Resident Advisers (RA's) and Student Academic Mentors (SAM's) collectively support students in their transition to life at Swarthmore.

1:15–2:00 p.m.  President's Welcome to Families (LPAC) ( Family Session)
President Valerie Smith, Dean of Students Liz Braun, and Provost Tom Stephenson welcome family members to the Swarthmore College Community. 

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

Dean of Admissions Jim Bock ’90, and Dean of Students Liz Braun will welcome new students to the Swarthmore community. 

2–3:00 p.m.   Supporting Our Students (LPAC) ( Family Session)

Meet the Directors and Deans overseeing support services and get your questions answered: Karen Henry, ’87, Dean of the First Year Class; Alice Holland, Worth Health Center; David Ramirez, Counseling and Psychological Services; Nancy Burkett, Career Services; Michael Hill, Public Safety and Security; Diane Anderson, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs; Nathan Miller, Associate Dean of Students; Rachel Head, Director of the Office of Student Engagement. 

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 (Sharples Dining Hall)
6:45–9:30 p.m. Scavenger Hunt ( Parrish Beach)

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 several secret spots. This event is ongoing 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!