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Campus tour at Swarthmore College

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Swarthmore College is closed for in-person visits and events through December 31, 2020. 

Until we are able to welcome you to campus, we encourage you to get to know us in other ways. Here's how:

Our Campus

Swarthmore’s campus, one of the most beautiful in the world, is almost heart-stoppingly gorgeous, with its mix of expertly curated gardens, expansive lawns, intriguing woods, and inviting playing fields. Some students think its clusters of quaint stone buildings make it feel like a real-life Hogwarts. 

We hope you will be able to join us for a visit when it is safe to do so. Feel free to bookmark this page and check back often for additional visit opportunities.

Individual Student Visits

During normal operations, we offer campus tours and information sessions most times of year, so that you can see firsthand what it’s like to live and learn at Swarthmore. We encourage visiting students to make the most of your time on campus by scheduling an admissions interview, attending a class, or arranging to spend the night in a student residence hall.  Once the College reopens, we will update this page with additional visit options.

  • Interview with Admissions.
    • Typically, high school seniors (or rising seniors) can register online for an on-campus interview prior to visiting Swarthmore. Interviews are not required, and applicants who do not interview are not at a disadvantage in our application process. For more information about interview options during the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit our Request an Interview page.
  • Attend a class.
    • We encourage you to attend a class if you visit campus during the fall or spring semester; summer classes are not offered. In response to the coronavirus, Swarthmore has shifted to remote learning through the end of the academic year. Spring courses are closed to outside visitors as our students and faculty adjust to new technology. If curious, you can find a list of classes offered by academic program in our Course Catalog.
  • Spend the night.
    • High school seniors are typically invited to spend a night on campus with current students during the fall semester. If offered in 2020, overnight visits will be available on Sunday through Thursday nights. Check back in mid-August to learn more about overnight visit opportunities.
    • If you are a prospective student-athlete interested in an overnight visit in conjunction with the athletics department, please contact a coach directly to arrange a visit.
  • Discover Swarthmore
    • Discover Swarthmore is an all-expenses-paid overnight fly-in program for high achieving high school seniors. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, this year's Discover Swarthmore program will be held virtually. All interested rising high school seniors (U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and undocumented/DACA students living in the United States) are welcome to apply; however, 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 who might not otherwise be able to afford a trip to campus. The application is due by August 3, 2020. 
Group Visits

When campus is open to the public, we welcome special requests for group visits of high-school-age students from schools, community-based organizations, college/guidance counselors, and other constituency groups. Group visits consist of an hour-long student-led tour of campus. We do our best to accommodate requests, but depending on the time of year and the group size, we may not be able to arrange for a private visit.

Because our campus is currently closed, we are not accepting group visit requests at this time. However, we will continue to update this page with new information. If you would like to receive materials or have one of our Admissions Deans connect virtually with your students, please contact the Admissions Office.