Orientation - Wednesday, August 30

Orientation group in the Amphitheatre
Don't Miss:
  • Swim Test, 8:30-10:15 a.m. and 1:00-3:00 p.m., Ware Pool
  • SWATcademics: Here’s the Scoop, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon, LPAC
  • We Are Swarthmore: Discussion on Identity and Inclusion, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., LPAC
7:30 - 9:30 a.m. Breakfast (Sharples Dining Hall)
8:00 - 10:30 a.m. Exam Block I (schedule)

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.

8:30 - 10:15 a.m. Art Portfolio Drop-off

Come by the Art Office, Beardsley 215, to sign up for a time to meet with Professor Exon on Thursday, August 31. You should arrive with a portfolio - actual work or digital file.

9:00 - 10:15 a.m. Library Orientation (half-hour program)

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Pancakes (Shane Lounge)

Orientation will cook pancakes for freshmen to come by and hang out and eat!

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Dance Orientation Meeting (LPAC Dance Studio)

For both beginning and advanced dancers.

9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Session for New Transfer Students (LPAC 301)

Get details about credit transfer, degree requirements, prerequisites, and get your questions answered. Meet your deans, classmates, registrar, and fellow transfer students.

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 Noon. SWATcademics: Here's the Scoop (LPAC)

First-Year Dean Karen Henry '87 will moderate this session in which Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Tomoko Sakomura and Registrar Martin Warner offer advice on choosing and registering for classes. College librarians will deliver research tips, Career counselors will show ways first-year students benefit from engaging with Career Services, and Student Academic Mentors (SAMs) will share stories.

12:00 Noon - 1:30 p.m. Lunch with SAMs (Sharples Dining Hall)
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Exam Block II (schedule)

See your orientation packet for specific examination details.

1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Computer Help (Shane Lounge Parrish Hall), ITS helpers will be available to help with tech support issues, in Shane Lounge and in Sharples Dining Hall (4:30-6:30pm).

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Swim Test (Ware Pool)
See your orientation packet for your assigned swim test time.

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Half-hour Campus Tours (meet in Parrish First Floor Shane Lounge)

Tours leave Shane Lounge on the hour, approximately. Join a tour to learn about places you may not have visited yet on campus - including the Lang Center, Writing Center,  Career Services and Public Safety. As part of the tour, you will get your Class of 2020 t-shirt. You may attend any tour time that fits in your schedule. However, if you have no placement exams this afternoon, then you are encouraged to attend a tour this afternoon. And, there will be dorm-based groups encouraged to take the tours this afternoon from the following dorms: Willets (1 p.m.), Mertz (2 p.m.), Alice Paul (2 p.m.), and David Kemp (2 p.m.).

1:00-  4:00 p.m. Library Orientation (half-hour program)

1:00 - 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!

2:00 - 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.

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

Learn about private music lessons for credit. There is financial assistance available to help cover the cost of music lessons.

2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Engineering Majors Meeting (Science Center 199)

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

3:00 - 3:15 p.m. Pre-Law Meeting (Science Center 101)

Get advice on pre-law academic planning.

3:15 - 4:00 p.m. Pre-Med Meeting (Science Center 101)

Learn how to best schedule all pre-med requirements. Required for pre-med students.

4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Dinner (Sharples Dining Hall)
7:00 - 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.

10:00 - 11:00 p.m. Mocktails (Paces)

Join for a party of some mocktails, jazzy music and to chill with your new friends, before or after heading to Cultural Center Candyland.

10:00 - 11:30 p.m. Cultural Centers Candyland (Upper Tarble)                         

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) - for an evening of interactive games and dialogue to introduce incoming first years to the rich tapestry of multicultural life at Swarthmore.