Orientation - Wednesday, Aug. 26

Don't Miss:
  • Swim Test, 8:30-10:15 a.m., Ware Pool
  • Academic Advice: Here’s the Scoop, 10:30 a.m.–Noon, LPAC
  • We Are Swarthmore: Discussion on Identity and Inclusion, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m., LPAC
7:30–9:30 a.m. Breakfast (Sharples Dining Hall)
8–10:45 a.m. Exam Block I

See your orientation packet for specific examination details.

8:30–10:15 a.m. Swim Test (Ware Pool)

See your orientation packet for your assigned swim-test time.

9–10:00 a.m. Meeting for New Transfer Students (LPAC 301)

Get details about credit transfer, degree requirements, prerequisites, and get your questions answered.

10:30 a.m.–Noon Academic Advice: Here's The Scoop (LPAC)

First Year Dean Karen Henry ’87 will moderate this session in which Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Diane Anderson and Registrar Martin Warner share the “inside scoop” on advising and choosing and registering for classes. Career counselors will share stories about ways first year students benefit from engaging with Career Services. Get the facts on college-level research from  your college librarians.

11:30–1:30 p.m. Lunch with SAM's (Sharples Dining Hall)
1–3:00 p.m. Exam Block II

See your orientation packet for specific examination details.

2-4:00 p.m. SAM Drop-In Hours ( McCabe Library)

Get academic advice from sophomore, junior and senior SAM's to help select your first classes and ask questions about planning your course load.

1–4:00 p.m. Scott Arboretum Plant Giveaway (Cunningham House, Scott Arboretum)

Learn about the campus arboretum and receive a free plant to liven up your dorm room.

1–4:00 p.m. Swim Test (Ware Pool)
See your orientation packet for your assigned swim test time.

1–4:00 p.m. Games on Parrish Beach (Parrish Beach/Rain Location Upper Tarble)

Enjoy a summer afternoon filled with water games, tie dye, popsicles and more!

2–3:00 p.m. Music 048 Orientation Meeting (Lang Concert Hall)

Learn about private music lessons for credit.

3:15–4:00 p.m. Engineering Majors Meeting (Science Center 199)

Prospective engineering majors should attend this meeting for advice on academic planning.

3:00–3:45 p.m. Pre-Med Meeting (Science Center 101)

Learn how to best schedule all pre-med requirements.

3:45–4:00 p.m. Pre-Law Meeting (Science Center 101)
Get advice on pre-law academic planning.

4:30–6:30 p.m. Dinner (Sharples Dining Hall)
7–8:30 p.m. We Are Swarthmore: Discussion on Identity and Inclusion (LPAC)

Engage in an intentional exercise that will prompt further exploration into how you understand and define yourself in relation to others. Learn the concepts and vocabulary that will help you engage in respectful discussions throughout the year about what it means to foster an inclusive community with diverse individuals.

8:45–9:45 p.m. Community Reflections (Locations TBA)                                                      

Guided discussions and exercises will be facilitated by returning students.

9:45 p.m.-12:00 a.m. Cultural Centers Candyland                          

Join the leaders of the campus cultural centers - the Black Cultural Center (BCC), the Intercultural Center (IC), the Interfaith Center and the Women's Resource Center (WRC), and- for an evening of interactive games and dialogue to introduce incoming first years to the rich tapestry of multicultural life at Swarthmore.