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Ask a Transfer Swattie

Want to learn more about Swarthmore by speaking directly with a current student who transferred from another school? We encourage you to contact a student.

Amatullah Brown '20

Amatullah Brown ‘20 is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She transferred to Swarthmore from Simmons College in Boston, MA. Amatullah is a Linguistics major with French and Psychology minors. Amatullah is on the squash team, part of the equestrian club, E.A.T. (food-lovers club), Redefine Her Street (RHS), and Swarthmore African American Student Society (SASS). Her email address is:

Esther Couch

Esther Couch ’21 is from New York City. She is pursuing a double-major in English Literature and Spanish. “I transferred to Swarthmore as a Sophomore from a much larger institution; I was looking for an undergraduate experience where I’d receive individual attention in a smaller community,” she says. Outside of academics at Swat, Esther serves as the editor for Small Craft Warnings (Swarthmore’s literary magazine) and is a member of the Warmothers (the women’s Ultimate Frisbee team) and the English liaison committee. Previously, she was a writer and Arts Editor for Swarthmore’s weekly newspaper, The Phoenix. “Outside of activities at Swarthmore, I am a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar! Feel free to ask any questions; I’m happy to talk about my experiences as a Swattie.” Her email address is:

Katherine Phillips

Katherine (Katie) Phillips ’21 is from Ardmore, Pennsylvania. She transferred to Swarthmore from Brown University in Providence, RI. Katie is an Education major with a possible Psychology minor! Katie is in Swarthmore’s Offbeat A Capella group, is a Tour Guide for the college, and is a Student Academic Mentor (SAM). Her email address is

Matt Villeneuve

Matthew (Matt) Villeneuve ’21 transferred to Swarthmore from Valencia College in Orlando, FL. Matt is an Honors Philosophy Major and Honors Political Science minor. Matt serves as a Student Academic Mentor (SAM) and this past summer interned the for the District Attorney of Philadelphia Larry Krasner where he learned about the office’s efforts to reform the criminal justice system. Matt can be reached by email at

Stewart Silver

Stewart Silver ’20 is from Columbus, Ohio. He transferred to Swarthmore the University of Pennsylvania. He is pursuing an Honors Major in Biology and Honors Minor in Spanish and spent this summer researching stress effects on hormones and sexual behavior in tree frogs. Stewart is a Resident Assistant in Mertz dormitory, a manager of SwatTeam for campus party safety, a captain of the Club Rugby team, and dabbles in other clubs around campus. He has a big smile and welcomes any questions that come his way! Please email him at

Stewart Silver

Anyssa El Manfaa ’21 is from South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the home of the word 'Jawn'. She transferred from the Community College of Philadelphia to Swarthmore as a 2019 Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholar! At Swarthmore College, she is pursuing a major in Peace and Conflict Studies. Right now, she is Fencing (and loving it!) and a member of the Student Government in the committees of Academic Affairs and the Arts. Anyssa adds, "Please don't hesitate to shoot me an email if you need peer support or advice throughout your application process for Swarthmore, the Critical Language Scholarship, Benjamin A. Gilman or the Community College Transfer experience --I am here to cheer you on!" You can email her at