Orientation - Tuesday, Aug. 26

NOTE: Right now, the schedule is from 2014.  We are working on the updates, but wanted to give you a semblance of what the days of orientation will look like.  Keep checking back here as we post the updated schedule.

Don't Miss:

  • First Meeting For All New Students, 2–3 p.m., Lang Concert Hall
  • Orientation Group Kick-Off, 3–4:30 p.m., Lang Concert Hall
  • First Gathering, 7-8:00pm, Scott Amphitheater

9 a.m.–noon 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 Shane Lounge 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 a.m.–noon Recepciòn 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 2018.

11 a.m.-noon Cultural Centers Open House

Please meet in the Intercultural Center Courtyard to meet your tour guide and begin the tours.

11–1:15 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.

1:15-1:45 p.m. Orientation To Student Disability Service (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.

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

Interim President Constance Hungerford, Dean of Admissions, Jim Bock ’90, and Dean of Students Liz Braun will welcome the members of the Class of 2018 and transfer students to Swarthmore.

2–3 p.m. For Families And Friends: Supporting Our Students (LPAC)

Meet the Directors and Deans overseeing student support services to get your questions answered and concerns assuaged: Karen Henry, Dean of the First Year Class; Beth Kotarski, 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; Liliana Rodriguez, Associate Dean of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Development.

3–4:15 p.m. President’s Welcome To Families (LPAC)

Interim President Constance Hungerford, Dean of Students Liz Braun, and Provost Tom Stephenson welcome family members to the Swarthmore College Community.

3–4:30 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.

4:15–5 p.m. President’s Tea (LPAC lobby)

Families are invited to meet Interim President Constance Hungerford and other members of the administration and faculty at this informal reception.

5–5:30 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.

5:00–6:30 p.m. Dinner (Sharples Dining Hall)

7:00–8:30 p.m. First Community Gathering (Scott Amphitheater)

Begin your orientation experience by reflecting on queries posed by members of your new community. Queries, an aspect of Quaker tradition, are questions that guide personal and group reflection on community values. Returning again and again to the same prompt for deep reflection can set the stage for new understandings, changes of heart, and a rising sense of actions to be taken.

9-11 p.m. RAs Plan Evening Activity