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Alumni Weekend Collage


50th Reunion Check-In From Thursday at 3 p.m. through Saturday at midnight, the Class of '64 may check directly into their dorm, Alice Paul Hall. 


If you are not part of the 50th reunion and you book a room for Thursday night, please come directly to Shane Student Lounge, Parrish Hall, for assistance from 3 to 9 p.m. 


On Friday, alumni check-in will be in the Shane Student Lounge, Parrish Hall, from 10 a.m. until midnight. Room keys will be available for pickup until Friday at midnight and then again on Saturday morning at 8 a.m. when check-in reopens. 


On Saturday, check-in will be in the Shane Student Lounge, Parrish Hall, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. 


To address high demand for parking, the College is leasing a section of the Springfield Mall parking lot for the weekend, and will be running 2 shuttle vans between the mall and the Rose Garden Circle. One van will depart each end of the route at the top of the hour, then at 20 minutes and 40 minutes past the hour on Friday from noon until midnight, Saturday from 8 a.m. until 11 p.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. 


Dorm rooms are available for Thursday (after 3 p.m.), Friday, and Saturday nights. Room requests will be processed when the registration form and full payment is received by the Alumni Office. Rooms are assigned in the order registration is received; you will be notified if we are unable to accommodate your room request. 

We cannot accommodate walk-in housing registrations during Alumni Weekend. 

If you require a room near an elevator, on the ground floor, or near a bathroom, please note this on your registration form. For more information on specialized facilities available during Alumni Weekend, please contact the Alumni Office at or 610-328-7332. 

Rooms with private baths are not available, and dorm rooms only have the bare essentials. In your dorm room, you'll find linens, a pillow, a blanket, two towels, and soap. You may want to bring clothes hangers, an iron, a small reading lamp, and an alarm clock. Because most dorms do not have air conditioning, it's also a good idea to bring a portable fan, as many students do. 

Children may bring sleeping bags and share parents' rooms for no extra charge. We cannot provide cribs during Alumni Weekend; please bring your own if you anticipate needing one. 


Alumni who make a written request on or before Friday, May 23, will be refunded all charges excluding the registration fee and any donations to the College.


We have arranged for a special rate at the following hotels. When reserving, please specify that you are with the "Swarthmore College Rate" room block.

Philadelphia Airport Marriott
One Arrivals Road
Terminal B
Philadelphia, PA 19153
Rate: $119/day (please book by May 17)

Courtyard Philadelphia Airport
8900 Bartrum Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19153
Rate: $109/day (please book by May 17)

Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown
21 N. Juniper Street
Philadelphia, PA 19153
Rate: $139/day (please book by May 17)

The College website provides a listing of other local lodging. Please visit Visitors Guide.

You can find lodging options in Philadelphia at


Please remember to register in advance for breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. A limited number of meals will be available for purchase during registration.

Meals are provided for children in babysitting. 


Bring your children! Excellent care is available for children ages 10 and under in the Friends Meeting House (with meals included). Children may only be registered in advance, walk-ins cannot be accepted. Care cannot be provided for sick children. NOTE: Babysitting fills up quickly, so register early.