New Students


Dear New Student,

Welcome to Swarthmore College. I am delighted to have you as a member of the Swarthmore community.

The health and wellness team supports the needs of our diverse student body by providing individualized holistic care and campus-wide education. The Health & Wellness Center offers myriad wellness promotion, counseling, education, and prevention services. Our vision is to empower students to be engaged in their continuum of lifelong health and wellbeing.

Students may walk-in for a health evaluation by a registered nurse. Through this easy access, students are provided with important health information and treated based on the level of injury or illness. Nurse practitioners and physicians are available by appointment. Our physicians are members of the Crozer Health System, a full-service teaching hospital and trauma center. The Health & Wellness Center provides acute care, allergy injections, first aid treatment, reproductive health services, simple diagnostic screenings, travel health consultations, vaccinations, and wellness visits. Please note that our operational hours are based on when the need is highest, and are supplemented by an after-hours on call system that provides students with access to a registered nurse.

All visits to the Health & Wellness Center are free of cost.  A nominal fee is applied for simple diagnostic tests and most medications dispensed at the Health & Wellness Center.  Laboratory specimens are sent to LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics and are billed to the lab by the student’s health insurance.

The following completed forms are due by June 15th and necessary for dorm room admission.  These downloadable forms are located on the Student Health Portal accessed through myswarthmore.

 1) Health Certificate completed by student
 2) Immunization form completed by healthcare provider
 3) Physical Form completed by healthcare provider
 4) Health Insurance enrollment or proof of private insurance completed by student

Every student is responsible for completing the required forms prior to campus arrival.  The physical must be within the past year and signed by a healthcare provider.


All students must be adequately immunized according to Pennsylvania state requirements. Immunization requirements cited on the Immunization Record must be completed by your healthcare provider before coming to campus.

One dose of Meningococcal vaccine (MenACW4) is required at age sixteen or older.  Students may sign a waiver to defer the vaccine, however, they are strongly urged to protect themselves against this rare but life threatening disease.

Meningococcal vaccine (MenB) is effective against most of the more common Meningococcal infections caused by serogroup B.  These vaccines are given in a series of either two or three injections.  Note:  This vaccine alone does not satisfy the Meningococcal housing requirement.

Two doses of Varicella vaccine or healthcare provider documentation of proof of Chicken Pox disease is necessary.

Unvaccinated students must complete a waiver form and return the waiver with the completed health physical.

Tuberculosis screening by a healthcare provider is required for students who might be at risk.  Please follow all directions and requirements listed on the immunization form.

**Please ensure that your healthcare provider completes both the entire Immunization Record and Physical form. These forms must be completed and on file for dorm room admission. ** The completed Immunization  and Physical forms are due in the Student Health & Wellness Center by June 15. Deadline concerns due to scheduling or annual insurance reimbursement can be emailed to


Health insurance is required for all Swarthmore students. Please read the student health insurance information carefully. If you are insured by another plan, please be certain that your private health insurance plan will adequately cover a student away from home. Services away from home, such as blood tests, MRI’s, x-rays, and care from specialists are often not covered under a private insurance plan. All students are required to enter their complete health insurance information in the Student Health Portal through their myswarthmore.  

Either college insurance enrollment or proof of private health insurance is due to the Student Health & Wellness Center by June 15. The full amount of the college health insurance premium will be charged to your tuition bill if your insurance information is not received by June 15. **Failure to comply with this deadline will result in automatic enrollment into the college health plan. ** This fee will be added to the first tuition bill.

I invite you to stop by and visit your health and wellness team. Please don’t hesitate to contact us regarding any questions you may have about this information or if the Health & Wellness Center can be of assistance in managing a health concern. You can also learn more at  

Warm regards,
Alice Holland, PhD., CRNP
Director, Student Health & Wellness Center
Student Health & Wellness Center
Swarthmore College
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081
Phone: 610-328-8058

Fax: 610-690-5724

After hours on call: 610-328-8548
For non-urgent questions, email