Swarthmore belongs to the Tri-College Consortium with Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges, and offers cross-registration with the University of Pennsylvania. For students, that means expanded avenues of academic and social life.
There are shuttle buses to the Tri-Co campuses as well as their community service sites, local cafés, shops, and more. The train station adjacent to Swarthmore invites students to the rich cultural tapestry of Center City Philadelphia, just 20 minutes away.
Opportunities for enrichment and collaboration overflow, from the Early Novels Database project with UPenn and Bryn Mawr to the Philadelphia Behavioral Science Initiative held with UPenn, the Harvard Kennedy School, and city officials, to the Field Linguistics School that sent Tri-Co students to Mexico and Micronesia to help revive endangered languages.