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Frequently Asked Questions

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General FAQs

How do I register for Alumni Weekend?

Online registration is now closed. Walk-ins will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis at registration in Shane Student Lounge in Parrish Hall.

Where do I check-in once I arrive on campus and when is the registration desk open?

Alumni Weekend Check-in and Customer Service will be located in Parrish Hall, Shane Student Lounge and available during the following times:

Thursday 11 a.m.–9 p.m. (50th Reunion only)
Friday 8 a.m.–11 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m.–10 p.m.
Sunday 8 a.m.–2 p.m.

What are the College's current COVID-19 policies?

The College’s COVID-19 Information site has the most up-to-date information regarding masking, vaccination, and other policies for visitors to campus.

Are the buildings on campus air conditioned?

Most dorms are not air conditioned, although classroom buildings and the Dining Center are.

What if I need help getting around campus?

Golf carts will be on call to provide transportation to alumni needing assis­tance. The College is unable to provide wheelchairs, but information for local medical equipment rentals is available on the Accessibility page. 

Will the College provide childcare during Alumni Weekend?

Swarthmore does not provide childcare during Alumni Weekend. The Philadelphia Nanny Network is a local, bonded agency that operates contractual childcare services. Alumni and families looking for childcare should contact Philadelphia Nanny Network directly at least four weeks in advance for details and scheduling. This agency is neither affiliated nor endorsed by Swarthmore College.

Are there gender inclusive bathrooms on campus? 

Gender inclusive bathrooms are bathrooms that people of any gender or gender identity may use. Swarthmore is working to make sure that everybody has a choice in each building. View a current list of gender inclusive bathrooms. All restrooms in the Dining Center are gender inclusive and all residence halls also have gender inclusive bathrooms.

What should I do if I believe a classmate has been overserved?

If you believe that a guest of the College has had too much to drink and is unable to drive home, please contact Public Safety at 610-328-8281. The College will make arrangements to house anyone who is unable to drive home from a College activity.

Where can I attend a religious service while in Swarthmore?

The Swarthmore College Interfaith Center maintains a list of local houses of worship


Housing FAQs

Can I still register for on-campus housing?

No, on-campus housing is sold out and we cannot accommodate walk-on housing requests. If you have not yet booked your accommodations, we encourage you to explore the off-campus options listed on our Accommodations page

What's included in my on-campus housing? 

On-campus housing is limited to basic dorm rooms, which have only the bare essentials: two sheets, one pillow and pillowcase, one blanket, two towels, and soap. Bathrooms are communal and rooms with private baths are not avail­able. Most residence halls do not have air conditioning.  

I reserved on-campus housing. Where will my room be, and will I be housed with my classmates?

You will receive your residence hall and room assignments at check-in. While we make every effort to house classes together, we cannot guarantee any housing assignments.

Are the dorms air conditioned?

Most dorms are not air conditioned, although classroom buildings and the Dining Center are.

Can I check into my room on Thursday, May 25?

Only 50th reunion guests are permitted to stay on campus on Thursday, May 25. If you arriving early, we recommend making a reservation at a local hotel. Explore local accommodations.