As soon as you check in for the early orientation you will receive the key to your room and be on the College meal plan.
Can my parents come to the orientation?
A reception and question-and-answer session will be offered in the late afternoon on the first day of International Orientation. At the all-College orientation, there is also a meeting for parents.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will not permit you to enter the U.S. until 30 days before the College start date on your I-20 form. The College has no facilities open for you until the International Orientation date.
A nonimmigrant is someone coming to the U.S. for a temporary stay. Students with an F-1 or J-1 visa are considered nonimmigrants. A permanent resident ("green card" holder) is considered an immigrant.
Light-weight clothes are usually worn during the early fall days, but heavier clothes and coats or jackets are needed for the late fall and winter months.
The Department of Public Safety maintains security and safety for the College community. The department is open 24 hours a day and provides uniformed patrol of campus buildings and grounds.
You may order your dorm supplies and linens through our special Bed Bath and Beyond program, and they can be shipped straight to campus for you. Orders for other products sold through the Campus Store can be placed online through the Swarthmore Campus and Community Store. They will be packed and waiting for you to pick up in the store when you arrive on campus.
We will have a College van available during the international orientation to drive you to some near-by favorite places to shop. The Swarthmore Campus and Community Store provides many items that you may need.
There are approximately 209 international students with non-immigrant visas. If the permanent residents and dual citizens are included, the number rises to over 403. Among the non-immigrant students alone, there are approximately 53 countries represented.