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For Admitted Students

Our Admissions Office is committed to working with admitted students and families, counselors, community-based organization advisors and prospective students during this uncertain time. We hope the following information is useful, and we are always available to answer any questions you have.

Deferral Requests |  Financial Aid  |  Enrollment and Campus Visits  


Deferral Requests

New first-year and transfer students are able to request a one-year deferral of their admission.  ​​​​Please submit a short written plan, two to three paragraphs, of what you will be doing for the year to We will require a student and one guardian signature, and students are not allowed to apply to or matriculate at another institution in the intervening year.  Academic courses taken while on a gap year will not be counted toward the Swarthmore degree.

​​New students are allowed to defer for one semester, but it is too early to determine if there will be on-campus housing or in-person instruction in February 2020. New students who defer for one semester are not eligible for the January Term and must begin the second semester in February.

Financial Aid

If you have questions about your financial aid request and need-based financial aid decision, we encourage you to contact Swarthmore’s Financial Aid Office directly at if you have any questions about financial aid. Their caring and knowledgeable staff will work with you on an individual basis and make sure you get the information you need.

Enrollment and Campus Visits

Even if we can't currently welcome you to campus in person, we still offer many ways for you to get to know Swarthmore. Learn more.