Discover Swarthmore

Students hanging out in amphitheater

Discover Swarthmore, held in the fall, is our all-expenses-paid overnight program for high-achieving high school seniors. Swarthmore pays for all transportation, meals, and on-campus housing expenses for students selected to attend. Participants experience Swarthmore firsthand as they attend classes, stay with current students in our residence halls, eat in the dining hall, and go to campus events. In addition, prospective students hear from faculty, staff, alumni, and current students through a series of panel discussions and informal conversations. 

Check out last year's schedule of events.

All interested rising high school seniors (U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and undocumented/ DACA students living in the United States) are welcome to apply to Discover Swarthmore, though preference is given to students from traditionally underrepresented groups, students who are the first in their family to attend college, and students from low-income backgrounds or who might not otherwise be able to afford a trip to campus. 


Counselor nominations for the fall 2018 Discover Swarthmore programs are now being accepted. High school counselors, community-based organization advisors, mentors, teachers and other adults are welcome to nominate current high school juniors.


Student applications for the fall 2018 programs will open in the spring of 2018. 


Questions about the nomination and application process, or about the programs can be directed to