Academic Resources and Support
Each new student is assigned to a faculty member, a member of the dean’s staff, or other professional staff member who serves as an academic adviser until this responsibility falls to the chair of the student’s major department at the end of the sophomore year. Initial assignments are made by the associate dean for academic affairs on the basis of major interests and abilities indicated by entering students.
Changes in advisers will be freely granted (subject only to equity in number of advisees assigned to an individual faculty member) on application to the associate dean. Reassignments may also be made due to faculty leaves or shifts in duties.
The formal parameters of the relation between adviser and advisee include:
1) the adviser typically approves the courses for which the student registers;
2) the adviser must approve drops or adds to the course load;
3) the adviser will receive copies of all official correspondence concerning the student’s academic standing in order to better advise the student on academic and personal decisions;
4) the adviser will guide the student in meeting academic requirements and choosing classes.
When the adviser is not available, the student may contact the appropriate class dean or the chair of the major department.
Support in the form of clinics, tutors, and/or Student Academic Mentors (SAMs) are provided free of charge within the bounds of reasonable use and when a relevant resource exists. Deans, professors, and/or the coordinator of student disability services and learning resources can all help students access these resources.
The Swarthmore College Bookstore is owned and operated by Swarthmore College for the benefit of the College community. The Bookstore carries required textbooks and supplies; a large selection of general interest and leisure reading material (including a bargain book section); computer software and peripherals; Swarthmore memorabilia; imprinted clothing and gifts; greeting cards; phone cards; snack foods and cold beverages; room accessories; health and beauty aids; laundry and cleaning supplies; general everyday gifts; and even some puzzles and toys. All products in the Bookstore are sold at or below manufacturers’ suggested list prices.
The Information Technology Services (ITS) help desk provides students with a single point of contact for computer, network, and telephone help services at email@example.com, 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.
The Swarthmore College Libraries provide students with a welcoming environment for study, research, and collaboration in a variety of public and private spaces equipped with computers and free printing. The libraries’ vast collection of digital resources is accessible on and off campus. As experts in discovery and research, subject specialist librarians are available to support students in their daily coursework as well as with complex research projects. Research help is readily available from the library homepage through the Ask a Librarian link, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Swarthmore College strongly encourages its students to spend a semester or year studying abroad as an important part of their degree programs. Approximately 40 percent of all students take advantage of this opportunity. The Off-Campus Study Office helps all interested students at every stage of the process: planning, study abroad, and return. To receive Swarthmore credit for study abroad, students must participate in the College’s Semester/Year Abroad Program, and courses taken abroad must meet Swarthmore’s academic standards. With proper planning, this condition normally is readily met. Normally, financial aid is automatically applied toward meeting study abroad fees.
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.