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Dean of Students

Swarthmore College in the Fall

Department Overview

Welcome to Swarthmore!

At the foundation of the Swarthmore experience is the education of our students, and that education extends across all aspects of our students' lives. Whether it's in a classroom, lab, or studio, or a dorm room, dining hall, or playing field — Swarthmore students engage with each other's perspectives, encounter new ways of thinking about the world, and expand their understanding of themselves and others. It is our fundamental belief that this education of the whole student prepares individuals for lifelong learning, intellectual curiosity, and critical thinking in service of Swarthmore's mission to "help its students realize their full intellectual and personal potential combined with a deep sense of ethical and social concern." 

The Dean of Students Division focuses on supporting and enhancing student learning in the broadest possible sense and works to foster a campus community that is welcoming and supportive to all. We provide students with opportunities that help promote self-awareness, develop skills for personal and professional success, and embrace the responsibilities of engaged citizenship. 

The Dean's Division, as it is known on campus, provides advising, coaching, and health and wellness support to individuals as well as access to resources and programs that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion; social life and entertainment opportunities; residential life; career education; civic and community engagement; student government; and an ever-expanding number of student organizations. 

I invite you to explore the pages linked below to learn more about the departments and the programs that comprise of the Dean's Division and encourage you to contact us directly for more information. 

Jim Terhune​​​​​​​, Vice President and Dean of Students