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Discover Swarthmore Fly-In Program

Students laughing together as they walk to Sharples
Important Discover Swarthmore Update Regarding the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

At this time, Discover Swarthmore is still scheduled to be held on campus in the fall of 2020. As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, we will continue to monitor developments and update applicants and nominators should any changes occur to Discover Swarthmore. For more information on Swarthmore's response to the crisis, please visit our Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) webpage.  

We are still accepting nominations from counselors and other educators. To nominate a student for Discover Swarthmore, please complete this brief form

Discover Swarthmore, held each fall, is our all-expenses-paid overnight fly-in program for high-achieving high school seniors. Admissions pays for all transportation, meals, and on-campus housing expenses for students selected to attend one of these programs. 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. Prospective students hear from faculty, staff, alumni, and current students through a series of panel discussions and informal conversations.

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 will be given to students from 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 2020 programs are now being accepted.  High school counselors, community-based organization advisors, mentors, teachers and other educators are welcome to nominate current high school juniors. 


Applications for the 2020 Discover Swarthmore programs will be available in April 2020. 


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