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Through January 28, staff members are working remotely and the office on campus is closed to visitors. We continue to respond to emails and answer phones remotely. Please read more about our visitor, masking, and vaccination policies on our COVID-19 information website

We continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and how it’s affecting schools and activities across the country. The Admissions Office will work with students and families, teachers, and counselors to understand and take into consideration all extenuating circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We're always available to answer questions via email at admissions@swarthmore.edu.

For more details about the College’s response, please visit our COVID-19 information website.

In addition to our future outdoor on-campus programming, we are excited to continue our virtual visit offerings and self-guided campus tours. Please see below for more ways to get to know Swarthmore.

We encourage prospective students to join our mailing list to receive more information about Swarthmore, including information about application fee waivers through SwatPass. We also encourage you to check out this information session from members of our team to learn more about what makes Swarthmore unique. 

On-Campus Programming

Admissions-Guided Campus Tours

We are pleased to welcome students and families to our campus for Admissions programming on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and select Saturdays. Please register in advance as space is highly limited and registration is required. 

Self-Guided Campus Tours

Need more flexibility? Explore Swarthmore's idyllic campus grounds through your own self-guided tour.  If you plan to visit our campus for a self-guided tour, please register in advance so you can receive instructions, directions, and safety protocols. You can pick up a copy of the campus map and a list of top spots at the Campus & Community Store located at 4 South Chester Road in Swarthmore. 

Check back frequently as we continue to update this page with additional programs.

Virtual Programming

Explore a wide variety of live online events, pre-recorded information sessions, virtual campus tour options, resources, and more below.

Attend a Virtual Campus Tour

Hear from current students about their Swarthmore experiences through photos and stories of their time as Swatties in this one-hour live virtual tour.

Register for a Virtual Session with an Admissions Dean

Join our Admissions Deans (i.e. someone who reads admissions applications) for a live virtual session. Choose whichever format works best for you, or combine them to get the most out of your virtual visit experience: 

Virtual Information Sessions (1 Hour)

  • If you are new to Swarthmore, or would just like to learn more through a webinar format, register for a one-hour Virtual Information Session. The first half of the session will consist of a presentation about Swarthmore, including information about our academics, student support, admissions process, financial aid policies, and more. The presentation will be followed by Q&A. Virtual Information Sessions take place each Tuesday.

Ask an Admissions Officer Virtual Sessions (30 Minutes)

  • If you have attended an information session or tour before and have some questions about Swarthmore that you'd like to ask live, register for an Ask an Admissions Officer session. There is no presentation during this 30-minute live session, so come with your questions! Ask an Admissions Officer sessions take place each Thursday.
Attend an Upcoming Virtual Event

Introduction to the Tri-Co with Bryn Mawr, Haverford, Swarthmore Colleges: Monday, February 21, 2022 at 4:00 PM EST

Join admission officers from Bryn Mawr College, Haverford College, and Swarthmore College as they discuss the opportunities afforded by attending a college within a larger consortium. We will also explore shared values and experiences amongst the Tri-Co schools including our Quaker founding, connection to the city of Philadelphia, and more.

Six Colleges Joint Events

Amherst, Bowdoin, Carleton, Pomona, Swarthmore, and Williams are teaming up to host a series of virtual events for students, families, and counselors. To learn more, visit sixcolleges.org.

Virtual College Fairs

Join us and other colleges and universities at a virtual college fair. Continue to check back for more opportunities to connect with us. 

Watch a Recorded Webinar

Dig deeper into what makes Swarthmore unique, gain insight into how we read and evaluate applications, and hear from members of the Swarthmore community in one of our themed recorded webinars.  

Applying to Swarthmore: Which Application is Right for YouSwarthmore accepts the Common Application, Coalition Application, and the QuestBridge Application. Hear from our Director of Admissions as he explains the differences among these three applications. Get your questions answered as you decide which application might be the best fit for you. (Recorded 7/7/2021)

Behind the Curtain: Holistic Admissions at SwarthmoreWhat happens when a college admissions officer gets your application? Learn how Swarthmore Admissions deans approach reading applications, and get tips on the different parts of your application, including your extracurricular activities list, short answer questions, and, of course, the college essay. (Recorded 7/18/2021)

Swarthmore’s Questbridge Community

A Taste of the Social Sciences at Swarthmore: A Faculty Lecture on Behavioral Economics and Its Real-World Applications

Building a Community: Equity and Inclusion at Swarthmore

Why I Chose Swat: Student Life (and more) at Swarthmore

A Taste of the Humanities at Swarthmore: An Ethnographer Among Dancers

Engineering and the Liberal Arts 

The Honors Program at Swarthmore

A Taste of the Natural Sciences at Swarthmore: A Faculty Lecture on Black Holes and Gravitational Waves

Ask a Swattie about their Swarthmore Experience

Email a current Swarthmore student to ask about their time at Swarthmore.

Read our Students' SwatStories Blog

Read first-hand accounts of Swarthmore from those who know it best: our students.

Explore our Online Resources
Contact Your Regional Dean

Email your regional dean with questions about Swarthmore, our admissions process, or financial aid.