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Campus tour at Swarthmore College

Important admissions updates regarding the Coronavirus Disease (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 and our March 11, 2020 update for counselors regarding COVID-19

Swarthmore College is closely monitoring updates regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. We are aware that schools and activities in the affected areas have been suspended. The Admissions Office will work with students, teachers, and counselors to understand all extenuating circumstances regarding associated school modifications and take them into consideration for affected applicants. If you have any questions, please email

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. 

Swarthmore’s appeal goes beyond our sublime exterior. Participate in one of our classes and you’ll find some of the most engaged professors teaching today—and some of the most fascinating and curious students. 

The best way to experience Swarthmore is to visit. We encourage you to schedule a tour, attend a class, or spend the night. See you on campus!

Individual student visits

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. Register online for a campus visit. If you cannot visit in person, explore an online tour of the campus. Make the most of your time on campus by scheduling an admissions interview, attending a class or campus event, or arranging to spend the night in a student residence hall.  

  • 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. Please arrive to the class 10 minutes early to request permission from the professor and plan to stay for the duration of the class. A list of spring 2020 classes can be found here.
  • Spend the night.
Group visits

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.

Please submit your request no later than two weeks prior to your intended visit date.

If you have questions about your visit request or program plans, or would like to make changes to your request, please contact the Admissions Office.