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Letter from the  Dean of Students

Academic advising and mentoring are important elements of the work here for faculty and staff. Students rely on their advisors to offer sound and consistent advice about college requirements, choosing courses, majors and minors, and in general, how to be a successful student. Being good advisors means, in part, being well informed, and it is my hope that this Handbook helps you to be just that.

The definitive source of information is the College Bulletin, or catalog.

The Registrar's Office also maintains a wealth of information on its Website.

This Handbook takes information from those sources and directly from departments that I hope will be particularly valuable to you as academic advisors.

If you have any questions, suggestions, corrections, or comments, please do not hesitate to share them with me, preferably by email:, but also by phone: 610-328-8119 (x8119).


Tomoko Sakomura
Dean of Students
Professor of Art History 
Swarthmore College 
Office | Parrish 108