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Discover Swarthmore Fly-In Program

Students hanging out in amphitheater

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 2019 programs are now closed. Students do not have to be nominated in order to apply. Counselor nominations for the fall 2020 Discover Swarthmore programs will be available in February 2020.


Student applications for the fall 2019 programs are now closed. Applicants who applied by the deadline can still submit their high school transcript by Thursday, July 11, 2019 via the applicant portal. 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