Additional Information for Students, Parents & Families
We will continue to add to this page as more information becomes available.
Academic Resources & Student Support Services | Athletics | Campus Dining | Classes & Academic Schedule | Commencement | Fall 2021 | Garnet Pledge | Health & Wellness | Study and Social Spaces | Other Campus Facilities | Residence Halls | Safety Protocols | Student Employment | Study Abroad | Tuition, Room & Board
Academic departments and programs will reach out to you directly, but do not hesitate to contact department chairs, program coordinators, and department and program administrative assistants should you need any other information. They look forward to assisting you in returning to our virtual campus for the rest of the semester. Many have shared messages that you will find here.
Accessibility Services Director Monica Vance is the point of contact for all students registered with the Office of Academic Success and for those with new inquiries. If you have questions about your approved disability accommodations, or if you want to request accommodations for a new or previously diagnosed disability or chronic health condition, please contact her at email@example.com.
The International Student Center continues to support and advocate for International students during this crisis. Find visa status and travel information on our website. We are also available to assist students with getting the appropriate support if they are experiencing Xenophobia or other forms of intolerance.
The Libraries remain dedicated as partners in achieving your academic goals. The librarians are here to help you find materials including textbooks and reserves, generate ideas for a project, and discover and access research sources. Additional detailed information is linked from the Libraries homepage in the Library Services for Online Distance Learning.
The Registrar’s Office can help with preregistration, honors, transcripts, the CR/ NC policy, and Course Withdrawal. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and/or look for answers to many questions at swarthmore.edu/registrar.
Athletics and physical education play a significant role in maintaining and strengthening the wellbeing of our community members, and our colleagues in athletics are designing robust offerings for the upcoming academic year to support our physical and mental health. Unfortunately, our measures to keep our community members safe — strict physical distancing and masking policies, limits on the number of students returning to campus, severely restricted college travel, etc. — prohibit our participation in intercollegiate athletic competition during the fall semester.
Due to guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health that facilities in Delaware County, including gyms, should close in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Matchbox will be closed until further notice. More information on P.E. and Recreation
The Dining Services team has made adjustments to dining locations, hours, and the meal plan. You can find more detailed information on the Dining Services website. This spring, you will also be able to make reservations to dine at Sharples as well as order food for take-out at other campus dining locations. Learn more here.
Classes & Academic Schedule
We have made adjustments to the academic calendar to accommodate our continued modified operations. You can see the spring academic calendar here, as well as find more detailed information on the class time grid, courses and course schedule, credits and degree requirements, enrollment, grading and more in About the 2020-21 Academic Year.
This year, we introduced a January term — an intensive, fully remote experience in which students were able to enroll in one class that ran from Jan. 4–Jan. 29, 2021. This new term afforded the flexibility to reimagine the distribution of courses across the academic year. Traditionally, students take four courses in each of the fall and spring semesters. Based on feedback from students and faculty alike, we recognize that a four-class load in a remote environment is taxing in ways that differ from the in-person experience. A normal course load in the fall was 3–3.5 credits. Remaining credit requirements are distributed across the new J-Term and the spring semesters.
Most classes — including all large lectures — will be held remotely, even for those students who are on campus. (Individuals participating in the limited number of in-person classes offered will be required to wear face masks and maintain proper physical distancing.) Whether students are on or off campus, they will be able to fully participate in the academic experience.
No student will be required to attend in-person classes, nor will any faculty member be required to teach on campus this fall.
As President Smith shared on Oct. 13, juniors and seniors will be invited back to live on campus for the spring semester — with similar safety protocols in place as we have had this fall for first-year students and sophomores. Once again, no student will be required to return to campus.
Commencement for the Class of 2021 is scheduled for Sunday, May 30, 2021. Commencement will be held remotely and broadcast online. We are committed to celebrating the Class of 2021 in several ways and will work with senior class officers to develop a virtual Commencement experience that is special and meaningful for seniors and their families.
We will also work with senior class officers to plan for potential in-person programming around Commencement weekend specifically for seniors. Although we know we will not be able to invite guests to campus, we hold out hope that we will be able to find a safe way to celebrate with seniors on campus. We will begin this planning early in the spring, though it may be several months before we know if it is feasible to hold such events and, if so, determine how seniors who are not living on campus this spring might participate; while health and safety considerations will necessarily drive all of our decisions, our best hope and ambition is to find a way to enable as many members of the Class of 2021 as possible to share the special occasion of graduation together on campus.
Recent positive trends, alongside the guidance we’re receiving from the medical and public health officials with whom we’ve been consulting throughout this crisis, lead us to expect that we will return to a primarily in-person residential learning experience for the fall 2021 semester. That will also mean returning to our typical academic calendar. That expectation comes with a number of caveats. For instance, if the virus were to surges once again; if the vaccine supply fails to meet demand by the end of the summer; or if new variants emerge that prove to be resistant to the vaccines that are currently available, we may have to reconsider that approach.
Our best approach to minimizing the impact of COVID-19 on our campus community is to embrace a shared sense of responsibility for each other’s wellbeing. While we cannot eliminate the risks altogether, we can collectively work to mitigate them. We are requiring each member of our community to sign the Garnet Pledge before returning to campus — a commitment to following the College’s policies and protocols and taking appropriate actions to keep each other safe.
We will follow these protocols and regularly remind community members to practice good hygiene, including washing your hands frequently. If you’re feeling ill, or even just a bit under the weather, you will be expected to think of the rest of the community and make the decision to self-isolate. Students will be asked to commit to largely remaining on campus, neither traveling to the city nor visiting friends at other campuses. As we work to develop practices and policies, please remember that we will do so with the safety of our entire community in mind.
Health & Wellness
The Student Health Center website contains the most recent information on the fall’s student testing, contact tracing, and monitoring process, patient care considerations, and health and safety expectations for students returning to campus. If you have questions you may also write to email@example.com and a Worth Health Center staff member will get back to you within 48-72 hours.
This spring, all Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) sessions will be offered virtually. Please note that services will vary depending on the state in which you currently reside.
As always, CAPS On-Call is available for consultation 24 hours a day, every day of the year at 610-328-7768. We are also partnering with Talkspace, which offers to all students video sessions and sends asynchronous text, audio, and video messages to a dedicated licensed therapist.
Please note, pods are spatial arrangements that allow students to meet safely in smaller groups within larger campus spaces.
- Admissions Commons (Parrish Hall) | 7 a.m.–10 p.m. all week; three pods seating seven, eight, and 10 people.
- Dwell Lounge (residents only) | Two pods seating six and 10
- Parrish Parlours (Parrish Hall) | 7 a.m.-midnight all week
- PPR Lounge (residents only) | Four pods seating seven and 10
- Science Center Commons | Mon.–Thur., 8 a.m.–midnight, Fri.-Sun. 8 a.m.–midnight
- Singer Hall (Open space lounges and commons access only; OneCard required for entry) | 6 p.m.-12 a.m. all week
- Shane Lounge (Parrish Hall) | 7 a.m.–10 p.m. all week
- Upper Tarble (Clothier Hall; OneCard access) | 8 a.m.–midnight all week; four pods seating four, five, and 10
The Inn at Swarthmore will remain open for guest stays and bookings but will be closed to public access. Please reach out directly to firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or with questions.
Broad Table Tavern is open to the public for dine-in and to-go meals during business hours. Please feel free to make a reservation via Resy for your dine-in experience.
The Campus & Community Store is open to the public. Please visit our website for the most up to date business hours. Masks and physical distancing are required for all store visitors.
This spring, please note that only students living on campus will have access to campus facilities. The residence halls currently have a no-guest policy. More details will be outlined in the Guide to Residential Living from the Office of Student Engagement.
We are in ongoing consultation with infectious disease and public health experts to develop and implement a series of new protocols designed to minimize the risk of COVID-19 spreading on campus. All students, faculty, and staff are required to wear face masks while they are in shared spaces on campus, and rigorous testing, contact tracing, and patient care protocols are in place for the spring semester. .
- Learn more about the student testing, contact tracing, and monitoring process
- Learn more about patient care considerations for students
- Learn more about the faculty and staff testing and contact tracing process
Certain positions that can be performed remotely and are essential to fulfilling the College's academic mission may be posted and filled upon recommendation of supervisors with the approval of the relevant member of the President’s Staff. Such positions will be available to work-aided and non-work-aided students. Any hours worked in these approved positions will be paid as timesheets are submitted and approved in accordance with the College’s student bi-weekly payroll schedule. Student employment will provide additional guidance on this process in the coming days.
If you have a job that is considered to be essential to fulfilling the College’s academic mission and can be performed remotely, your supervisor may grant you permission to continue in your job. This applies to both work-aided and non-aided students. If you are a work-aided student who is approved to work remotely, your pay will be in addition to the base payment mentioned above.
If you would like to defer your study abroad plans to Fall 2021, the staff members in the Off-Campus Study Office will work with you to transfer your application to the appropriate semester and will help in contacting your host study abroad program or university. For more information, please visit the Off-Campus Study Office website or direct any questions to email@example.com.
We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic and the related economic downturn have had a significant impact on many of our students and their families. We therefore eliminated the planned tuition increase for the 2020-21 academic year and instead set tuition at the same rate as the 2019-20 academic year. In addition, the Financial Aid Office established a reconsideration process for families whose short- and long-term finances have been adversely affected by these difficult times. For more information, please refer to the Financial Aid website.
Only students who return to campus will be billed for room and board charges. As always, payment plans are available for families upon request.