Updates for Counselors Regarding COVID-19
JULY 7, 2020, update for counselors regarding covid-19
Swarthmore College is closed for in-person visits and events through December 31, 2020. Until we are able to welcome you and your students to campus, we encourage you to get to know us by exploring the resources on our Visit Campus page, including our pre-recorded information session and Virtual Campus Tours.
May 13, 2020, UPDATE FOR COUNSELORS REGARDING COVID-19
Swarthmore has suspended most College-sponsored travel through Dec. 31, 2020, and will reevaluate this policy for the spring 2021 semester. While we may not be able to visit your students in person this fall, we encourage you to email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a virtual visit from one of our Admissions Deans.
April 24, 2020, update for counselors regarding covid-19
Swarthmore College is closed for in-person visits and events through July 31, 2020. Until we are able to welcome you and your students to campus, we encourage you to get to know us by exploring the resources on our Visit Campus page, including our pre-recorded information session and Virtual Campus Tours.
April 13, 2020, Update for counselors regarding covid-19
In response to the disruption brought about by the COVID-19 public health crisis, Swarthmore College is suspending its requirement that applicants submit SAT or ACT test scores for the next two years. The policy will affect student applicants in the 2020–21 and 2021-22 admission cycles. Please see the College's official press release for more information.
March 17, 2020 update for counselors regarding COVID-19
The Swarthmore Admissions Office is closed to the public for in-person visits and phone calls through June 1; we remain open via email and virtual meetings. For more information, please see President Smith's March 17 message to the community for more information.
March 11, 2020 update for counselors regarding COVID-19
On March 11, Swarthmore College announced preventative measures in response to the coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) pandemic. These measures will affect the Admissions office, and we wanted to alert you to these changes. At this time, there are no known cases of coronavirus at Swarthmore. Out of an abundance of caution, we are taking actions to ensure all community members remain safe and healthy.
The Swarthmore Admissions Office is now closed to the public for in-person visits through April 17; we remain open via telephone, email, and virtual meetings. We have notified all visitors registered for information sessions and campus tours that are scheduled March 12 to April 17 that we have cancelled their visit program. We understand this will be disappointing news to families, especially those with confirmed travel plans.
Additionally, we are cancelling domestic and international travel until further notice as well as our admitted student events, Swatlight and Swatstruck, originally scheduled for mid-April. All admitted students will be able to participate in robust virtual admitted student programming that is currently being developed by the Admissions staff. We will contact admitted students about these opportunities in the coming days. For students without access to high-speed Internet, we will ensure that they also receive information from our office.
While we remain hopeful that we will be able to offer limited in-person programming, such as self-guided tours, before May 1, we urge students and their families to refrain from making travel plans at this time. We will decide no later than March 17 if and when in-person campus events will resume and will post this information to our Admissions website. Please also note that visits to campus and other forms of demonstrated interest are not considered in our admissions process.
Our Admissions and Financial Aid staff remain committed to this year’s first-year and transfer selection process and do not expect any disruption to selecting the Class of 2024. Admissions decisions for first-year students will be announced on the student’s applicant portal on Thursday, March 19, at 7 p.m. Eastern.
Prospective and admitted students can view our website resources and engage with us virtually. We hope you will encourage your students to get to know us better online:
- Watch our pre-recorded, web-based information session
- Explore some of our students' favorite campus spaces through our online tour
- Visit our YouTube page to watch Swarthmore from Above, Why Swarthmore?, and A First Generation Student's Journey to Swarthmore College, among others
- Connect with our students to ask about their Swarthmore experiences
- Read first-hand accounts of Swarthmore on our SwatStories student blog
- Follow our social media channels, including Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook
- Contact your regional dean with any questions