Academic Resources and Support

Academic Advisers
Academic Support
Swarthmore Campus and Community Store
Information Technology Services (ITS)
Libraries
Off-Campus Study Office
Registrar's Office
Student Disability Services


Academic Advisers

An adviser is assigned to First-Year students by the associate dean for academic affairs based on academic preferences and personal interests that students have shared on the advising sheets. Typically students stay with their initial adviser until they are accepted into a major during the spring of their sophomore year, when they are then advised within their major department(s).

Changes in advisers during the first three semesters will be freely granted, subject to availability and load. Reassignments may also be made based upon faculty leaves or shifts in duties.

An advisee must meet with their academic adviser during advising period, prior to pre-registration. Advisees must also consult with advisers for all add/drop decisions and withdrawals from courses after add/drop period. 

In addition, an advisee can expect their advisor to:

  1. Meet at least once per semester.
  2. Provide guidance in course selection; meeting requirements; majors and minors; add/drop decisions, etc.
  3. Discuss academic-related questions, including academic support accessing other College resources.
  4. Engage in initial conversations about applying for Honors study, Off Campus Study, fellowships & prizes, and other academically-related matters.

Many academic advisors may also provide guidance beyond academics. Students seeking further guidance are welcome to begin with their class dean.

Academic Support

All disability-related accommodations must be arranged through the Director of Student Disability Services and Learning Resources. Programs in learning and studying at Swarthmore are available throughout the year and particularly suited to First Year students in the fall semester. Support in the form of departmental clinics and peer supports, The Writing Center, and Student Academic Mentors (SAMs) are also available. Peer tutors are provided free of charge, within reasonable use, and when the tutor resource is available. Deans, professors, and other professional staff can help students to access these resources.

Swarthmore Campus and Community Store

The Swarthmore Campus and Community Store is owned and operated by Swarthmore College for the benefit of the College and the surrounding community.

The Store sells course materials including new, used, and rental books. Digital course materials are available if requested by the professor. The Store’s website includes a price comparison service that allows students to compare the Store’s prices for course materials to prices at several popular sites, including Amazon, and Half.com.  

The Store also carries supplies, general interest reading material, technology peripherals, Swarthmore memorabilia, imprinted clothing and gifts, greeting cards, snack foods and cold beverages, residence hall room accessories, health and beauty aids, laundry and cleaning supplies, and a wide selection of gifts. All products in the Store are sold at or below manufacturers’ suggested list prices.

The Swarthmore Campus and Community Store is located at 4 South Chester Road, in the same building as the Swarthmore Inn, next to the Swarthmore train station. 

Information Technology Services (ITS)

The Information Technology Services (ITS) help desk provides students with a single point of contact for computer, network, and telephone help services at help@swarthmore.edu, ext. 4357 (HELP) from on campus, or 610-328-8513 from off campus.

ITS maintains about 400 computers for student use in the libraries, computer labs, classrooms,
and residence halls. The Swarthmore wireless and wired computing network extends to every building, and access is provided in each residence hall room. The College network provides access to academic software, library resources, and network storage as well as email and the Internet. Use of the College’s computer systems and Networks is governed by the Acceptable Use Policy described in the Academic Policies section of this handbook.

Libraries

The Libraries are a vital component of intellectual life on campus. The modern academic library is not simply a collection of books. Here, we foster scholarly engagement; encourage critical inquiry; and celebrate a diversity of experiences, interests and thought. In addition to an impressive breadth of books, journals, and databases, we also collect films, CDs, comic books, and more. And we partner with Bryn Mawr and Haverford College Libraries to enrich the resources available to students. You can rely on our subject specialist librarians and on peer research and information associates (RIAs), who are available for consultation on everything from your daily coursework to your most complex research projects.

Find us at our Research & Information Desk in McCabe, text us at 484.577.2ASK, email us at librarian@swarthmore.edu, or chat with us at http://www.swarthmore.edu/libraries/ask-a-librarian

Off-Campus Study Office

The College emphasizes the importance of study abroad and encourages all students to explore possibilities for doing so as integral parts of their degree programs. Approximately 40 percent of all students take advantage of this opportunity. The Off-Campus Study Office is the on-campus clearinghouse for information on study abroad, and normally is the starting place for exploration and planning.  The Off-Campus Study Office will help all interested students at every stage of the process: planning, study abroad, and return. Proper planning begins with attendance at a general information meeting, and then a study abroad advising appointment, as early as possible in one’s college career. 

Participants in the Semester/Year Abroad program remain registered at Swarthmore and are subject to the rules and regulations of the College while abroad.  Students may study abroad up to two semesters, beginning spring of the sophomore year, and during the junior year.  Fall semester seniors may participate in study abroad with the permission of their major department as long as they meet all other eligibility requirements. 

To be accepted for credit toward the Swarthmore degree, courses taken abroad must meet Swarthmore academic standards, and be preapproved through the Off-Campus Study Office’s procedures. 

Generally, it is expected that students will be in good standing concerning both their academic program and student conduct in order to participate in the Swarthmore College Semester/Year Aboard program. The Off-Campus Study Office and the Dean’s Office meet to review student standing and to determine eligibility.  Students must also meet the eligibility requirements of the programs to which they apply. 

Participants in the College’s Semester/Year Abroad program must comply with its payment plan.  Students continue to pay Swarthmore’s comprehensive fee for tuition, room, and board.  The College then pays for the tuition fees, room and board costs, insurance, and the round-trip travel of participating students (with Philadelphia as the gateway city). Normally, financial aid is automatically applied toward meeting study abroad fees.

Registrar's Office

The Registrar’s Office is responsible for course registration and maintenance of all official records related to student enrollment. This includes recording course registration and final grades, ensuring that students fulfill all requirements before graduating from the College, and issuing official Swarthmore College transcripts. The Registrar’s Office also coordinates course and final examination schedules, coordinates the honors program, and maintains the content of the College Catalog.

Student Disability Services

Swarthmore College welcomes students with disabilities to participate fully in all aspects of college life.  Our mission is to ensure that students with physical, medical, learning or psychological disabilities are provided with equal access to all college programs, activities and services.  The Director of Student Disability Services and Learning Resources advises students about the College’s policy, procedure and resources, reviews students’ clinical documentation and collaborates with students, faculty and staff to arrange reasonable accommodations that support students’ individual needs.