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Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs

How do I register for Alumni Weekend?

Visit our registration page to register online and find answers to your registration-specific quesitons. 

Are the buildings on campus air conditioned?

Most dorms are not air conditioned, although classroom buildings and the Dining and Community Commons 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 with 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.

 

Housing FAQs

Can I register for on-campus housing?

For alumni interested in staying on campus, please understand that Swarthmore is committed to providing summer housing to students pursuing on-campus or local summer opportunities — or who simply have nowhere else to go. With this in mind, on-campus housing is limited and assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

On-campus housing is not available with a la carte registration
. On-campus housing reservations are only available with the All-Access Weekend and Saturday-Only Packages. Learn more about packages and pricing options​​​​

Additionally, it's important to remember dorm rooms are equipped with only the bare essentials: two sheets, one pillow and pillowcase, one blanket, and two towels. Bathrooms are communal and all-gender; rooms with private baths are not available. Most residence halls do not have air conditioning. Due to campus construction this summer, family suites (dorm rooms with one or more connecting rooms) will not be available. For those seeking more comfortable lodging, we encourage you to explore off-campus options, including local hotels, inns, and short-term rentals. If you're interested in staying on campus during Alumni Weekend, please plan to register early. Registration will open in late March.

What's included in my on-campus housing? 

Dorm rooms are equipped with only the bare essentials: two sheets, one pillow and pillowcase, one blanket, and two towels. Bathrooms are communal and all-gender; rooms with private baths are not available. Most residence halls do not have air conditioning. If you're interested in staying on campus during Alumni Weekend, please plan to register early. Registration will open in late March.

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 31?

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


Registration FAQs

Do I need to register my children?

Children 4 and under are free and you do not need to register them for Alumni Weekend. Dependents ages 5–20 receive discounted pricing and should be registered for all meals and activities.

Can I register for on-campus housing without registering for Alumni Weekend events?

No, on-campus housing is restricted to those guests purchasing a reunion package; on-campus housing is not available with a la carte registration. We cannot offer on-campus accommodations to individuals who are not registered for Alumni Weekend. Learn more about accommodations

Can I make a change to my registration after it has been finalized?

To change your registration, contact Alumni and Family Programs at events@swarthmore.edu or 610-328-8242. 

How will I know that my registration is confirmed?

After completing the registration process online, you should have received a confirmation email.  If you requested on-campus housing while registering for Alumni Weekend 2024, you will receive an additional confirmation email in May.  

If you have questions about your registration, please contact events@swarthmore.edu or 610-328-8242. 

If I cancel my registration, can I get a refund?

Yes, please request your refund no later than May 17. If you need to cancel your registration after that date due to a close contact or positive COVID-19 test, we will happily honor your request. 

​When requesting your refund, you may wish to consider donating your registration fee to The Swarthmore Fund to support current Swarthmore students. You can designate your gift to a specific area such as financial aid, an academic department, an athletic team, the Student Emergency Fund, or whatever inspires you. 

What's the resource fee?

Registration does not cover the full cost of Alumni Weekend. The resource fees helps cover the additional expenses of Alumni Weekend, including support from Public Safety, Environmental Services, and student workers. 

What's included in the different packages?

When registering for your reunion, you will have the option to choose from a variety of weekend packages, day passes, or you may select a la carte pricing. Please visit our Packages and Pricing page for more information. 

How much is Alumni Weekend registration?

With a variety of registration options, you can create a personalized Alumni Weekend experience that works for you. Learn more about available packages, a la carte options, and see both early bird and regular pricing.