Student Information

What is OneCard?

OneCard is Swarthmore's new ID card system. All students, faculty, and staff will receive OneCards, which will serve many functions, such as payment for on- and off-campus dining, access to buildings including the Matchbox, and library use. Keep your OneCard with you at all times.

When and where will I get my new OneCard?

You will be issued your OneCard with your room-key packet when you arrive on campus. If you live off campus, pick up your new card at the OneCard Office, in the lower level of Parrish at the Office of Student Engagement, Room 76. We will be available 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 and Sunday, Aug. 28. Regular office hours are 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday–Friday.

When will my meal plan, Points, and Swat Points be active?

Regular (non-early arrival) meal plans start with dinner Sunday, Aug. 28. At that time, the Points and Swat Points associated with your meal plan will also be active. Participating merchants in Swarthmore Borough will accept OneCard purchases starting Monday, Aug. 29.

What are Points and Swat Points?

Points and Swat Points are loaded on your OneCard in association with the student meal plan that you selected. Points can be used at any campus dining location. Swat Points can be used for campus dining or at any of the participating off-campus merchants. All Points and Swat Points expire at the end of each semester and are nontransferable to any other account.  

What off-campus businesses will accept my OneCard?

Check out this continually updated list.

What buildings will be accessible with my OneCard?

  • Matchbox fitness center and theater room
  • Science Center entrance and labs
  • Trotter writing center and media lab
  • Beardsley media labs
  • Kolhberg media labs 

Access to these areas is automatically assigned to you based on your enrollment in courses and labs. For Matchbox access, you will need to complete a waiver form online via MySwarthmore in order to be granted access via your OneCard. If your waiver for the Matchbox is up to date, you will not need to fill out a form.

What about access to residence halls?

In late September and throughout the academic year, we will activate card access to the exterior doors of campus residence halls on a building-by-building basis. We will notify you when OneCard access is activated in each residence hall. 

What access will students have to residence halls once they are active?

If you live on campus, you will have access to your assigned residence hall at all times during the academic year. You will also have access to the other residence halls with active card readers 8 a.m.–midnight Sunday–Wednesday, and 8 a.m.–2 a.m. Thursday–Saturday. 

Special notes for early arrivals on meal plans, access, and OneCards:

If you return to campus as an early arrival and have been approved for an early-arrival meal plan, use your OneCard to gain access to the dining hall. Please note that early-arrival meal plans do not come with Points or Swat Points and are valid only for the number of meals assigned to that plan. The number of assigned meals varies based on each specific plan (soccer, first-year students, international students, etc.). You will also use your OneCard to access any other building for which you have been granted privileges, as well as for the Matchbox. Access to the Matchbox requires a waiver form, which can be completed online via MySwarthmore. If you have already completed this waiver, you do not need to do so again.

What else do I need to know? 

If you have any questions regarding the OneCard program, please contact us at