Transfer Students FAQs

How am I assigned an academic advisor?

Transfer students are assigned to a faculty member who will act as your academic advisor. This assignment is based on your intended major or area of study. You will learn who that person is when you arrive in August and pick up your orientation packet. If you are coming in as a junior, then your advisor will, in most cases, be the chair of the department in which you intend to major.

What about choosing courses, especially for the Fall semester?

In July, you will receive all the academic information that we send to incoming first-year students. Most of it will be just as relevant for you so please peruse it carefully. You should discuss this with your academic advisor and think in advance about placement issues as necessary. Registrar Martin Warner is also available for individual sessions to discuss your past work and to help ensure a smooth academic entry into Swarthmore.

Transfer students must meet as soon as possible with the chairs of any departments in which you plan to major or minor. This is critically important in any department where a sequence of courses is necessary, such as Engineering or any of the sciences. Please begin planning now.

Are First-Year Seminars open to transfer students?

No, they are not open to transfers.

How do I get my student ID?

We are hoping that everyone will submit their photos online, and that we will be able to provide your IDs in your orientation packet upon arrival. If, however, you do not submit your photo online, you will be asked to take time during Move-In Day to visit the Benjamin West House, our Public Safety building, to attain an ID.

Will I be able to meet with other transfer students?

There will be special sessions for transfer students in the orientation period. Look for the place and time listed in the orientation schedule. At those meetings, you can ask questions, and meet other students also transferring to Swarthmore this year. Current transfer students on campus will also be at those meetings to help you learn the ropes and your orientation group will be transfer students, as well.