Orientation - Tuesday, August 29

Orientation First Meeting of the Class of 2019
Don't Miss:
  • Arrival and Check-In, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, Parrish Parlors
  • Orientation Group Kick-Off, 1:15 - 2:15 p.m.
  • First Meeting For All New Students, 2:15 - 3:00 p.m., Lang Concert Hall
  • First Community Gathering, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., Scott Amphitheater
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Swarthmore Campus and Community Store Pop-Up Shop (Clothier Patio, next to the Bell Tower)

Swarthmore Campus and Community Store Pop-Up Shop, in collaboration with Bed, Bath and Beyond. New students, family, and friends are invited to drop by to shop for Bed, Bath and Beyond products.

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon Arrival and Check-In (Residence Halls, and then Parrish Parlors, Parrish Hall)

Keys and OneCards can be picked up at each residence hall from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. Move-in assistance will be available at the residence hall. After moving into your dorm room, please report to Parrish Parlors to pick up your orientation packet. From 12 noon until 5:00 p.m., keys and orientation packets will still be available for pick up in Parrish Parlors. After 5:00 p.m. these materials will be available in the Public Safety Department, at the Benjamin West House.

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

9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Student Disability Services Open House (Parrish West 113)

Director of Student Disability Services and Learning Resources Leslie Hempling will introduce students and families to the resources of the Student Disability Service. (To request an individual meeting if needed, please email Leslie Hempling at lhempli1@swarthmore.edu.)  

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Reception for First-gen, Low-income Families and Friends (Kohlberg Hall, First Floor, Scheuer Room)

Please join us for the First-in-Family Reception for first-generation and low-income college students and their families. Our first-generation and low-income faculty, staff, and students are eager to welcome you.

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon Recepción para Familias Latin@s / Reception for Latin@  Families (Kohlberg Hall, First Floor, Scheuer Room)

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 2020.

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon Meeting for Families of First-Year and Transfer Student Athletes (Matchbox, 3rd floor)

An opportunity to learn about Division III and what the Swarthmore athletics experience might be like. It will also be a chance to ask any Garnet Athletics questions of Marian Ware Director of Athletics Adam Hertz.

11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. Lunch (Sharples Dining Hall Patio)

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

1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Orientation Group Kick-Off (Various Locations)

Students will meet up with their orientation groups to kick off the orientation experience. Resident Advisers (RAs), Student Academic Mentors (SAMs), Diversity Peer Advisors (DPAs), Green Advisors (GAs), and Orientation Leaders 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. 

2:15 - 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. 

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

Meet the Directors and Deans overseeing support services and have your questions answered: Karen Henry, ’87, Dean of the First Year Class; Alice Holland, Director of Student Health and Wellness Service; David Ramirez, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services; T. Shá Duncan Smith, Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Development; Nancy Burkett, Director of Career Services; Michael Hill, Director of Public Safety; Diane Anderson, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Nathan Miller, Associate Dean of Students; Rachel Head, Director of the Office of Student Engagement. 

3:00 - 3:45 p.m. Family Reception and 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.

4:00 - 5:00 p.m. First Community Gathering (Scott Amphitheater, rain location: LPAC)

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. We will contemplate three overarching queries:

  • Who am I now, and what are my core beliefs and values?

  • How open am I to being transformed by this community?

  • How will I engage with the conflicts and challenges I will experience internally and in relation to others?

  • Can I see asking for help as a strength? How will I take care of myself and tend to my well being?

  • Do I understand that I will make mistakes but my mistakes do not make me a failure? 

5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Dorm Team Dinner (Sharples Dining Hall)

Have dinner with your Orientation Groups and meet your sibling hall[RH1]  for the first time!

7:00 - 9:30 p.m. Evening Activity and First Community Meeting

Come meet your Residential Communities Coordinator (RCC) and take part in your dorm's first community meeting. Join up with your dorm team, head back to the hall, and relax!

9:30-11:00 p.m. Ice Cream Social

Come together with other incoming students across campus to meet Orientation Leaders (OLs) and make some delicious ice cream sundaes.

Wharton courtyard for Wharton, Parrish, Dana, Hallowell, and Danawell
ML Breakfast Room for ML
AP Courtyard for AP, DK, Mertz, Willets