Clubs & Activities
180 Degrees Consulting
Swarthmore’s chapter of 180 Degrees Consulting, which consults for nonprofit organizations nationally.
ABLLE is an organization of Black and Latino male students promoting brotherhood and leadership among its members and the larger Black and Latino communities on campus and beyond. While building confidence and forging a community of academic excellence, civic engagement, and cultural competency, ABLLE provides a platform to explore ideas, develop life goals, and build character.
Aja is a queer-affirming group that strives to promote the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing of black women, femmes and non-binary people on Swarthmore’s campus by providing a space to explore and celebrate our identities as well as create community among ourselves. Aja is centered on self-care, empowering its members to focus on surviving and thriving on a campus that was not created for us.
ALEXANDER HAMILTON SOCIETY
The Alexander Hamilton Society is a national, non-partisan organization that aims to foster the next generation of active, American foreign policy leadership. One of the guiding principles of the Alexander Hamilton Society is that the world benefits from strong and principled American leadership in global affairs. As a Swarthmore chapter, we will host debates between some of the nation's most distinguished scholars and local professors on topics regarding national security and public policy. In addition, we plan to host student-led discussions in order to maintain a dialogue on current foreign policy topics. We hope to bring a variety of viewpoints to campus to allow Swarthmore students to engage in a lively debate on the topic of U.S. foreign policy.
An analog photography club and image-based publication on campus.
Animal Allies is a group focused on creating discussion around animal rights issues. We also frequently volunteer with animal shelters and other similar organizations.
We watch two series to completion during the semester, and hold movie nights every month. At the end of the semester, we have a Philly ramen trip!
Ashtanga Yoga Club
The yoga club offers several all-level, student-led classes each week, as well as a space for students to practice on their own. Classes are open to everyone regardless of ability or experience. We also take hot yoga classes at Enso studio in Media about every other week each semester.
Billiards Club aims to provide on and off campus resources and opportunities to members of the college community who are interested in developing pool skills, learning about various games and strategies, and/or having a good time. Anyone is welcome regardless of experience or knowledge.
Bird Club of Swarthmore College
A club devoted to the recreational observation and study of wild birds, in the Crum Woods and farther afield.
Boy Meets Tractor
Swarthmore’s only sketch comedy group!
Capoeira club brings in teachers from the ASCAB Philadelphia capoeira group to foster a community of practitioners on Swarthmore’s campus and teach students about the history, heritage, and art of capoeira. We meet once a week for 1.5 hours to learn the techniques of capoeira focusing on flexibility, strength, coordination, and control.
Tri-Co a cappella group specializing in non-American music.
A place for everyone interested in the game—from beginners to experts—to come together and enjoy both playing with and learning from each other.
Chester Youth Court Volunteers
Chester Youth Court Volunteers is a group of students who are dedicated to working with students in under-resourced schools in the Chester-Upland district. Our volunteers learn about Youth Court as a restorative justice approach that disrupts the school-to-prison pipeline and helps foster a learning environment that benefits the student(s) and promotes an equal and just education system.
Chinese Music Ensemble
For students interested in learning to play a traditional Chinese instrument in an ensemble setting. Now an official class taught by Associate Professor of Music Lei Bryant and Wang Guowei, an accomplished Erhu musician and musical director from New York.
CIA Week Committee
CIA Week Committee is a group created to plan for Culture and Identity Appreciation (CIA) Week, an event series that aims to celebrate the various cultures, traditions, and histories of the people at Swarthmore as well as highlight the issues that affect the different identities on campus.
Clarus Capital Investments
Clarus Capital Investments LLC is a student-run fund that fosters an educational experience through investing in the stock market. We create a network and community for students interested in finance by providing professional development opportunities.
A group of nonvarsity tennis players.
COLORS is a student organization for queer, trans, and questioning students of color. Whether it’s through closed meetings and discussions, cozy movie screenings, or RuPaul, we’re committed to providing a better space for QTPOC on campus.
DARE 2 SOAR
Dare 2 Soar is the largest and oldest tutoring program at Swarthmore College, and is the largest student-run group under the administration of the Lang Center for Civic & Social Responsibility. Dare 2 Soar sends tutors into nearby Chester, Pa., to give homework help and educational assistance to students in grades K–12 each week during the academic year.
Deshi is Swarthmore’s South Asian student association. Our mission is to provide a community for those who identify as South Asian, and to raise awareness of South Asian culture on campus.
As Swarthmore’s student-run theater group, we provide funding and assistance for anyone who wants to put on a theater production on campus.
E, A,T is a diverse community that promotes the exchange and understanding of different cultures through cooking and eating. We also provide a platform for discussions on the politics, history, and science implicated in the production, circulation, and consumption of food. With an emphasis on the multiple aspects of food, we also provide a space for students to share and learn from one another’s concepts of home through their cooking and dining experiences.
Club for Latinx-identifying students to come together in community and solidarity.
We take horseback riding lessons at a nearby barn.
The Swarthmore Fencing Club is a coed team of various skill levels for anyone interested in fencing. This amazing group of people practices and competes year-round against club teams from nearby colleges, such as Drexel, Bryn Mawr, and Temple. In addition to fencing against the other colleges in our conference (BWCFC), we also attend the national championship for club teams in the spring. The fencing team is a place for any Swattie, regardless of experience level, so if you have been competing for years, or you’ve never held a weapon before, we would love to have you join our club!
Folk Dance Club
Swarthmore Folk Dance runs weekly English and Scottish folk dancing lessons for PE credit, hosts contra dances and a yearly ball, sponsors trips to area folk dance events, and runs a longsword dancing group that performs three times per year.
Game Dev Club aims to unite teams of students of various backgrounds toward the common goals of creating and publishing video games from the ground up—starting with ideas and turning them into playable games on the Android/iOS app store. Looking for members of all backgrounds and expertise levels!
Global Health Forum
GHF’s mission is to empower students and community members to improve global health through raising awareness, cultivating partnerships, and pressuring political initiatives.
Global Neighbors is a group dedicated toward raising awareness about the issues facing people marginalized for their physical or intellectual special needs. We send volunteers every week to work with the art and music classes at CADES. This year, in addition to hosting a series of events focusing on creating discussion about (dis)abilities and celebrating the identities of people who are differently abled during Discovering Abilities Week, we will be hosting mini-discussions and events throughout the year.
Learn about and play Go, an ancient Chinese board game!
Grapevine is the most fun, most fruity, and most female a cappella group on campus!
HAN is a group dedicated to exploring and enjoying all things Korean culture, such as food, k-pop, and TV shows. Students of all backgrounds are welcome!
Hapa is a group for students that identify as mixed race and Asian or Pacific Islander. We aim to create a space for hapa-identifying students to share their experiences with those from similar backgrounds and find support, as well as to create awareness of the unique challenges and stories surrounding hapa identity.
The Hearthstone club is dedicated to creating a community around the online card game Hearthstone through local tournaments and opportunities for competitive play in national tournaments.
I20 is one of Swarthmore’s largest clubs on campus—if not the largest. We welcome anyone who is interested in learning and celebrating different cultures, languages, traditions, identities, and cuisines across the globe.
Jewish Voice for Peace opposes anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim, and anti-Arab bigotry and oppression. JVP seeks an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem; security and self-determination for Israelis and Palestinians; a just solution for Palestinian refugees based on principles established in international law; an end to violence against civilians; and peace and justice for all peoples of the Middle East.
As the first-ever fraternity for women, Kappa Alpha Theta was designed to provide a space for individuals who had historically been excluded from and oppressed by the patriarchy. Swarthmore’s chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta is the only sorority/fraternity for women on campus, and we are an inclusive and accepting community that embodies the values of personal excellence, scholarship, service, and leadership. Our chapter is extremely active both on campus and in the broader Swarthmore community, and we hold a signature philanthropy event and several fundraisers each semester to support the Delaware County chapter of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), a volunteer-based organization that provides legal representation for abused and neglected children in the foster care system.
Kinetic is a student-run social innovation incubator designed to implement creative nonpolitical solutions to pressing social issues.
Extracurricular group that puts on shows of student art and art-related events in our gallery.
Kizuna is the Swarthmore Japanese culture club. Our mission is to explore and promote an appreciation of Japanese culture through an inclusive environment.
Lang Center Associates are issue-based ambassadors to the Lang Center. Among other things, they help students find volunteer opportunities, explore pathways for engaged scholarship, and discuss internship and project funding options.
LaunchDeck is devoted to providing more resources for students pursuing personal development projects. We are interested in mentoring in and teaching ideation, prototyping, and mobile and web development, which are fields and topics that Swarthmore’s Computer Science Department and the College do not currently address.
Learning for Life (L4L)
We are a voluntary mutual learning program composed of student-staff-faculty partnerships. Partnerships design their own learning projects, which reflect their interests and expertise, and often result in lasting friendships.
LOUD and UNDERGROUND
A community for queer people, people of color, and/or women who are interested in making music at Swat.
The oldest coed a cappella group at Swarthmore, Mixed Company performs a wide range of repertoire several times per semester. We welcome all voice types and class years!
For more than 30 years, Motherpuckers has provided the unique opportunity for students to try playing hockey, a traditionally exclusive and expensive sport. With a wide range of backgrounds and levels of interest, Motherpuckers manages to provide a fun, safe, exciting experience to both avid players and first-timers.
Multi is a community for people who self-identify with some multi heritage, such as multiracial, multiethnic, multicultural, multireligious, and/or transracial and transnational adoptees.
Muslim Students Association
The Swarthmore College Muslim Student Association functions as an open group, providing a support system for its members through regular meetings, establishing regular congregational prayer, and connecting Swarthmore with the Tri-Co interfaith community.
Natroknots is a Natural Hair organization focused on exploring the wonders of Natural Hair! No matter your texture or length, Natroknots is here to create spaces for you to talk about, and take care of your natural hair!
Newman Catholic Campus Ministry
Newman is a community that strives to encounter Christ in our daily lives through the Catholic faith during our time at Swarthmore. We welcome all—Catholics, students who are curious about and exploring faith, and those from other religious backgrounds—to Mass every Sunday and to our events.
NSBE (National Society for Black Engineers)
To increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community. NSBE is the nation’s largest professional society with more than 35,000 active members.
O.A.S.I.S is a writing and spoken-word collective that holds weekly workshops and uses poetry as a network for necessary conversations and expression.
Swarthmore’s newest and zaniest coed a cappella group. Auditions are held at the beginning of each fall semester. All vocal parts welcome!
ORGANiZING TO REDEFINE ASIAN ACTIVISM
ORAA is a socio-political group that aims to mobilize students and unpack the nuances of an imperfect “Asian” identity. We seek to ask the questions: What does it mean to be “Asian”? How is “Asian” identity exclusive or inclusive? Which identities are privileged in this superimposed collective of diverse groups? And ultimately, knowing that identity is inherently political, how can we redefine “Asian” activism?
Swarthmore's first online music publication, writing articles about important music both local and global.
Hiking, rock climbing, camping, backpacking, and more. Outsiders will get you off campus and outdoors.
The Pax Club encourages awareness, solidarity, and action on peacemaking and contemporary issues of conflict in local, national, and global communities.
Peaslee Debate Society
The Amos J. Peaslee Debate Society is Swarthmore’s competitive debate team. We attend weekly tournaments through the American Parliamentary Debate Association (APDA), a circuit of colleges and universities mainly on the East Coast, and the British Parliamentary (BP) circuit, which consists of colleges and universities worldwide. Swarthmore has won numerous tournaments and top speaker awards on the national and international levels, including winning the APDA National Championships last year.
Peripeteia organizes a weekend-long event every January where Swarthmore students, faculty, and staff can teach mini-courses on any topic that interests them. Throughout the year, Peripeteia also hosts interdisciplinary panel discussions called Preludes.
We make fire.
PROJECT FOR EASTERN EUROPEAN AND EURASIAN RELATIONS
We are intent on coalescing the post-soviet diaspora around a common vision of solving the most urgent problems in the region today. Our mission is to organize and educate our community via social events, fundraisers for humanitarian disasters, and annual lecture series.
Psi Phi, not to be confused with the frat Phi Psi, is Swarthmore’s club for fantasy, science fiction, and all things nerdy. We have regular meetings as well as open all-campus events like the Pterodactyl Hunt.
Quest Scholars is an organization composed of low-income, high-achieving students, and the purpose of the club is to help connect students to resources on campus like financial aid, career services, and the Lang Center. Every month, there will be events planned according to the monthly QuestBridge goals, in addition to all the other fun events.
Redefine Her Street (RHS) is an organization focused on creating a women’s business network at liberal arts institutions and dedicated to empowering women interested in careers in finance, consulting, and corporations by supporting them during the undergraduate recruiting process and familiarizing them with concepts related to these fields.
Rhythm N Motion Dance Company
RnM was born from the response of several individuals who wanted to express themselves and create a community through the dance styles of the African Diaspora, but found no appropriate outlet through Swarthmore’s curriculum. The group has now evolved into a Tri-College performance-based group. We perform our own choreography in hip-hop, African, salsa, jazz, and more in a main-stage show at the end of each semester, and offer community workshops throughout the year.
Roosevelt @ Swarthmore
Roosevelt @ Swarthmore provides students with a platform to rethink and reshape public policy at the college, local, and state level, orienting toward a new system, designed by many for the good of all. We’re part of a national student network that claims the Roosevelt Institute as our intellectual home, providing a values and ideas framework to guide the change we’re creating.
We are a student group dedicated to community service in partnership with Rotary International.
We have weekly dance lessons from an outside instructor in which we learn salsa and bachata. We aim to have 1–2 all-campus dance events this year.
SASS (Swarthmore African-American Student Society)
The Swarthmore African-American Student Society intends to provide support for its members primarily through political and community-building activities. The major goals of the organization are to increase the number of Black students, faculty and staff; infuse a greater Black perspective into the curriculum; improve the quality of life for Black students on campus; advocate for the advancement of Black people outside of Swarthmore; and maintain a strong supportive Black community.
Saturdays of Service
Saturdays of Service is a program at Swarthmore designed to facilitate student volunteering for short-term, one-time projects. Usually, we have about four trips per semester, roughly once a month on a Saturday morning or afternoon. Students can attend as many or as few events as their schedule allows. These trips are typically 2-3 hours and are great opportunities to acquaint oneself with the surrounding area, become more aware of the range of opportunities for potential long-term service, and proactively engage with underserved communities. Past sites of service have included Books through Bars, Cradles to Crayons, local homeless shelters, food banks, and nursing homes and are flexible to volunteer requests.
We’re a collective of student volunteers who maintain digital services for Swarthmore students, staff, and alumni. We run our own server, the Cygnet, the RSD, a club mailing list, a course-scheduling website, a GPA calculator, and more.
Serenity Soular is an initiative to build the green economy in North Philadelphia by supporting the creation of jobs in the solar industry and making solar affordable. Serenity Soular has dual commitments to sustainable energy and to the well-being of residents in North Philadelphia, as is reflected in the project’s name.
SEWING, UPCYCLING, CROCHETING, AND KNITTING CLUB
A group developed to create a community to teach others and work on how to Sew, Upcycle, Crochet, and Knit.
Sexual Health Advocates
Sexual Health Advocates (SHA) aims to provide materials and advocate for safe and healthy sexual practices, relationships, and attitudes.
Student Government Organization has two branches: the Executive Board and the Student Senate. The Executive Board meets weekly to make efficient decisions regarding campus policy and student initiatives. The Student Senate meets biweekly as a part of the full SGO to review decisions made by the Executive Board and to offer support and ideas for SGO initiatives.
Take part in this Japanese form of chess, where captured pieces become your own! Beginners are welcome, and people who like strategy board games, doubly so.
Sixteen Feet is Swarthmore’s oldest a cappella group, as well as its only all-male group. We perform concerts on and off campus, as well as two semesterly concerts, ToeJam and Jambo!
SMAC (Swarthmore Martial Arts Club)
SMAC is an all inclusive self-defense and martial arts program that focuses mostly on Shito-Ryu Karate. Open to all levels!
Small Craft Warnings
Swarthmore’s literary magazine.
society of physics students (sPS)
SPS serves as a space for Physics students at Swarthmore to meet one another, learn about Physics opportunities, have a collective voice within the department, and have fun with Physics! We hold study breaks, movie screenings, and campus-wide events to spread Physics within our local community. SPS also organizes outreach events in local schools to engage the younger generation with Physics and science. Members are encouraged to become members of the national SPS organization, which provides internship opportunities, scholarships, and other resources for those hoping to go further in the field of Physics.
Society of WomXn Engineers (SWE)
A Community of Support for Womxn Pursuing Engineering and Technology.
The Society of Womxn Engineers Swarthmore College chapter is dedicated to creating a supportive community for womxn in Engineering in order to bring diversity and gender parity to the field. We bring learning, networking and advancement opportunities to womxn studying engineering. As students, SWE is a place we can go to find mentors. It’s a place we can go to make new friends and build our networks. And, it’s a place where we can learn strategies to put our best foot forward as we jump into our future careers in engineering.
southeast asian student association (Seasa)
SEASA’s activities aim at increasing Southeast Asia’s cultural appreciation and fostering close relationships between members. We organize all-campus events such as cultural festivals and annual celebrations for various traditions of Southeast Asian culture. Furthermore, we collaborate with other students groups to represent culture and diversity, through events with i20. Open to everyone and anyone interested.
Speak2Swatties is Swarthmore’s student-run peer counseling and mental health advocacy organization! We aim to initiate conversation and connection between students in an effort to cultivate a campus community that prioritizes balance, active listening, self-awareness, and general well-being.
Stories That Live
Stories That Live connects students from the Tri-College Consortium with local Holocaust survivors to create meaningful relationships, to learn from them, and to retell their stories through independent creative projects.
Student Philanthropy Council
The Student Philanthropy Council works to increase the visibility and impact of philanthropy at Swarthmore and beyond through education and yearlong programming events. Students will connect with Swarthmore alumni and work with Parent & Alumni Engagement staff to learn skills in nonprofit management and development operations.
Student-Run Emergency Housing Unit of Philadelphia (SREHUP)
The Student-Run Emergency Housing Unit of Philadelphia (SREHUP) is an initiative of Philadelphia-area college students who work to achieve long-lasting positive changes for the community of people experiencing homelessness. At our student-run shelter in Center City, SREHUP provides guests with a place to sleep, warm meals, and a variety of holistic programs centered around a long-term goal of assisting our guests in attaining permanent housing.
Students for Peace and Justice in Palestine
Students for Peace and Justice in Palestine (SPJP) is committed to raising awareness on campus about the urgent political and humanitarian crises befalling Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Israel, and the diaspora as a product of Israeli/Zionist ethnic cleansing, apartheid, occupation, and settler-colonialism. We are committed to engaging in nonviolent means of advocating and pressuring for institutional change, and to raising awareness about these means on campus, as well as to engaging in critical dialogue and debate about solutions to the conflict.
Students Helping Honduras
The SHH mission is to alleviate poverty and gang violence through education and youth empowerment.
Students of Caribbean Ancestry (SOCA)
Students of Caribbean Ancestry (SOCA) of Swarthmore College is a club composed of students who have lived in, have families from, or possess a strong interest in the Caribbean. The group is as diverse as the Caribbean region itself and embraces the entire Caribbean culture, which is influenced by African, Asian, Middle Eastern, and European cultures.
Sunrise is a national movement of young people fighting back against climate change and supporting the creation of millions of jobs in the process.
Swarthmore African Students Association
The Swarthmore African Student Association is a support group formed to address issues affecting the lives of African students at Swarthmore. Part of SASA’s mission is to enrich the experiences of the general community by fostering a deeper awareness of issues about Africa.
Swarthmore Asian Organization
Swarthmore Asian Organization (SAO) is a political organization that aims to provide a space for APIA-identifying Swarthmore students to engage in race-, identity-, and culture-related dialogue.
Swarthmore Badminton Team
Full of grace and power, the Swarthmore Badminton team dances across the court, challenging Penn, Princeton, Drexel, Haverford, Bryn Mawr, and Temple, as well as battling in fierce collegiate and open tournaments across the Northeast. Players of all skill levels are welcome to join us in these competitions.
Swarthmore Barbell Club
Swarthmore Barbell Club is a group where members meet regularly to train in the sport of weightlifting. Our charter includes the budget for a coach from a competitive Philadelphia weightlifting gym.
Swarthmore Belly Dancing
We have one-hour classes once a week with a professional teacher from off campus. We learn the basics of belly dancing, more advanced moves, as well as how to use various props, while keeping with the long-standing traditions of belly dancing.
Swarthmore Biology Club
We are a student-organized group that brings students together to discuss, learn about, and celebrate biology. We host faculty speakers, plan field trips, and design the annual Biology Department T-shirts.
SWARTHMORE BOXING CLUB
Come learn and practice the art of boxing! Whether you want to hit the heavy bag, spar, compete, or just jump some rope, we have something for you! All are welcome, no experience required.
Predicated on the notion of “love your neighbor as yourself,” we seek to foster a sense of Jewish identity and belonging by engaging Jewish students at their own pace and comfort level in a warm and nonjudgmental environment by offering innovative events, activities, and educational programs in all areas of Jewish life. Some of these programs include hosting Shabbat every Friday night as well as coordinating a free Birthright trip to Israel catered specifically toward Tri-Co students.
Swarthmore Chinese Society
The Swarthmore Chinese Society aims to improve mutual understanding and friendship among SCS members and to contribute to cultural diversity of the Swarthmore community. Anyone interested in Chinese culture and language is welcome to join us.
Swarthmore Christian Fellowship
We are the largest Christian organization on campus. We’re a broadly Protestant fellowship of Christian students, and a chapter of Intervarsity Christian Fellowship USA.
Swarthmore Cinema Club
Cinema Club is a student-run film production group. We make two student-written, produced, and edited short films a semester!
Swarthmore Club Squash
We are a coed club squash team that trains three times a week at Fairmount Squash Club. We also participate in the annual CSA Men’s Championship every year and were the champions for the Hawthorn Cup in 2015.
Swarthmore College Democrats
The Swarthmore College Democrats is a campus group dedicated to involving students in local Democratic politics, political activism, and campaign organizing. Students of all political affiliations welcome!
Swarthmore College Gospel Choir
The Swarthmore College Gospel Choir welcomes all students to explore the rich worship and emotion of gospel music in weekly two-hour meetings with a coach at the BCC (participants may enroll for one-half credit or no credit). As a Fetter Chamber Music Program, Gospel Choir concludes with a performance in the beautiful Lang Concert Hall. Prior musical experience is a plus but is not a requirement.
Swarthmore College Quizbowl
Swarthmore College Quizbowl holds weekly practices and facilitates trips to intercollegiate quizbowl tournaments. The club also has trivia nights and promotes all forms of academic competitions.
Swarthmore Conservative Society
The Swarthmore Conservative Society is a group of conservative, libertarian, and independent students dedicated to providing intellectual diversity and a competition of ideas on campus. We host weekly meetings, sponsor speakers, and give our members professional and social support.
SwatDoulas is committed to actualizing all realities of Reproductive and Birth Justice through education, activism, community partnerships and the provision of full-spectrum doula support. In addition to planning educational events, we host on-campus doula trainings and empower members to seek volunteer and employment opportunities as professional support people in Philadelphia and the surrounding local area.
Swarthmore Earthworms (Men's Ultimate Frisbee)
The Earthworms, the men’s Ultimate Frisbee team, values commitment to the spirit of Ultimate, the desire to help one another improve and compete, and the ability to have a great time while doing it all! Practices are open to all regardless of skill level, and we encourage everyone to come out and play with us, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Swarthmore Effective Altruism
Swarthmore Effective Altruism club focuses on doing good better—using reason and evidence to support our altruistic decision.
Swarthmore Fire and Protective Association
We are Swarthmore’s volunteer firefighting and emergency medical services (EMS) organization, serving the College, the Ville, and surrounding areas in Delaware County. Student members are welcome!
Swarthmore Health Society
The Swarthmore Health Society serves as a resource for pre-health students within the Swarthmore community. We work alongside Gigi Simeone, the pre-health advisor, to mentor students and plan events related to the health sciences.
Swarthmore Indigenous Students Association
We’re a student organization at Swarthmore College dedicated to all indigenous students. We offer support and programming to celebrate our wide array of heritages.
We organize events that promote dialogue between different faith and nonfaith groups on campus.
SWARTHMORE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS CLUB
We aim to facilitate foreign policy discussion by establishing a central hub on Swarthmore's campus for engagement with global affairs. We host speaker events and discussion groups regarding a variety of global current events. Some of our past events have covered the following issues: the Syrian Civil War, Brexit politics, peace in Somalia, and the future of US-China relations.
Swarthmore Journal of Science
Swarthmore Journal of Science aims to promote scientific dialogue and awareness in the Swarthmore community by providing an avenue in which scientific curiosity, research, discussion, and opinions are vocalized. SJS’s mission is to publish high-quality and reputable scientific opinion pieces from Swarthmore students and alumni to foster scientific dialogue on campus.
SWARTHMORE J STREET U
Swarthmore J Street U is our chapter of the student arm of the J Street political organization, which aspires to instigate national political change on the issue of Israel/Palestine. The goal of our efforts is to inspire grassroots action to galvanize progress on this issue nationally, with the aspiration of ending the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories and promoting a peaceful solution to the conflict that involves self determination and sovereignty for each people in the states of Israel and Palestine, with equitable boundaries that were (or are similar to) the status quo pre-1967.
Swarthmore Kehilah: Jewish Community
Open to Jews and non-Jews of all backgrounds, we provide spaces for Jewish prayer, discussion, learning, and socializing.
Swarthmore Magic: the Gathering
We are a club for people who enjoy playing Magic: The Gathering
Swarthmore Men’s Club Soccer
Men’s Club Soccer is a group committed to playing highly competitive soccer while creating an atmosphere of inclusivity and fun. We play most of the year but have scheduled matches against area universities and colleges starting Sept. 9. Anyone at all interested in playing soccer on a regular basis is welcome!
Swarthmore Men’s Rugby
Swarthmore Men’s Rugby, the Evil Buzzards, offers students the opportunity to play the fast-paced, physical game of rugby 7s. Men of all sizes are needed to play the seven unique positions on the field. We play hard during the match, and then socialize with the opposition afterward.
swarthmore mock trial
Swarthmore Mock Trial is a competitive club focused on learning trial advocacy through the preparation and trying of a fictitious case. It is highly team-oriented and combines elements of speech and debate, acting and courtroom procedure. Our program is open to all, meaning anyone can participate in practices, and we compete twice a semester at various universities on the East Coast.
swarthmore organization of low-income students (solis)
SOLIS is a student based group that hopes to connect low-income students to the various resources available both on and off campus. Through our workshops, dinners, panels, and other community-building events, we provide a safe space for students to feel supported as they navigate their time here at Swarthmore.
Swarthmore Photographers is a group of students who are dedicated to the art of the captured image. We welcome all who are curious to learn and share their passion for photography. We organize photo challenges and photo trips to nearby cities and locales. All skill levels are welcome, and our members engage in a wide range of styles.
swarthmore progressive christians
An LGBT+ affirming Christian group on campus. We are open to Christian students and anybody interested in learning more about Christianity. We hold dinners, Bible Study, and worship every week!
SWARTHMORE PROJECT FOR EASTERN EUROPEAN RELATIONS
SPEER's vision is a prosperous, sustainable and sovereign Eastern Europe. We strive to increase international understanding and support for Eastern European affairs throughout the world and foster multinational cooperation. Throughout the year we host international lecturers, lobby local and national politicians, and solidify community outreach networks.
Swarthmore Quaker Society
The Swarthmore Quaker Society is a student group that meets semi-regularly for fellowship, silent meditation, social action, and/or volunteer work. If you have a connection to Quakerism or wish to learn more, consider joining the mailing list and attending a meeting.
Swarthmore Queer Union
SQU is a closed meeting and discussion space for students who identify as LGBTQIA+.
Casual group for playing Muggle Quidditch, reinstated after a break last year. Muggle Quidditch is an on-the-ground version of the Harry Potter sport, a mix of Ultimate Frisbee, rugby, and tag.
Swarthmore Sangha is a community for Buddhist practice, open to students and staff from all backgrounds, that organizes meditations, discussions, half day retreats, and more.
We’re a club dedicated to competitive Super Smash Bros.!
Swarthmore Stand-Up Comedy Club
Swarthmore Stand-Up Comedy Club!
Swarthmore Students for Israel
Swarthmore Students for Israel is a group that meets once a week to discuss Israeli history, culture, society, and politics, as well as organize campuswide events related to these topics. SSFI is committed to fostering constructive dialogue on Israel that acknowledges the variety in pro-Israel viewpoints.
Weekly swing dance (Lindy Hop, West Coast, blues, etc.) lesson and social dancing!
Swarthmore Tricking and Gymnastics
Swarthmore Tricking and Gymnastics is a group of students dedicated to learning and perfecting flips, kicks, and all manner of accessible, gymnastics-based movements. We make weekly trips to a local gymnastics gym for practice.
Swarthmore Warmothers (Women’s Ultimate Frisbee)
The Warmothers are Swarthmore’s nationally ranked women’s Ultimate Frisbee team.
Swarthmore Water polo
Water Polo games and practices run weekly in Ware Pool. All levels of experience welcome, suits provided.
Swarthmore Women’s Rugby
Swarthmore College Women’s Rugby competes in the Small College Division, Tier 2, of the Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union. We are all about taking a break from our crazy lives to have fun playing good, clean rugby with a fantastic group of people. We’re genderqueer- and nonbinary-affirming and want to make sure all our members feel safe and supported; all levels of experience are welcome, and we’re always happy to welcome first-time players!
Swarthmore Young Democratic Socialists
Swarthmore chapter of the Young Democratic Socialists (youth section of the Democratic Socialists of America)—a multi-tendency leftist organization fighting for social and economic justice.
Each week, we take a group of students to the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, where we work with a professional instructor to learn an assortment of circus skills including trapeze, aerial silks, juggling, and acrobatics. We welcome all skill levels and provide workshops to help new students get over the initial learning curve; we want everyone to get to experience the fun we have!
SwaTango is a student-run club that hosts weekly lessons in Argentine tango! Lessons are taught by two local instructors, and we offer PE credit for participation in lessons and off-campus tango events.
SwatKicks is the College’s kickboxing club. We have an instructor from a gym in Morton who comes twice a week to coach us in punches (sparring and on standalone bags) and kicks. It’s not for PE credit, but it’s a fantastic workout and a great stress reliever.
Swatscuba aims to provide affordable access to scuba-diving certification and trips. Scuba diving presents unique opportunities for exercise, exploration, education, community building, and professional development. Swatscuba will introduce or build upon existing underwater skills, culminating in either an “open water” or “advanced open water” certification. Certification will be through Scuba Educators International (SEI) and will mandate knowledge of dive theory, physiology, and safety measures. The club will promote a love of the sport and foster interest in marine exploration and preservation. In the future, collaboration with the athletic department, as well as PE credit, may be desirable.
We provide audio support for most campus events.
Do you like strategy games like Chess or Go? Then you might enjoy tak! With simple rules, but deep strategy, this is a game for both casual and serious play.
take swarthmore home
Do you want to take what you have learned at Swarthmore back to your community? Do you want to contribute something to your hometown or school district? Join our club to discover and explore paths that will allow you to give back to your community! As part of "Take Swarthmore Home", you will work with Swatties from different walks of life and interests to instigate great impact on your community. You can initiate social projects, organize and design workshops, or come up with different sorts of events that you think can make a difference; the possibilities are endless.
Terpsichore is an open (no experience necessary! all styles welcome!) student dance group that performances pieces choreographed by students at the end of each semester. In addition, Terpsichore promotes dance education on campus by organizing and sponsoring student-led classes, master classes with guest artists, and trips into Philadelphia to see professional dance performances.
The Daily Gazette
Swat's only all-online, all-the-time daily journalistic publication. Writers, artists, videographers, trekkies and techies all welcome!
The Good Food Project
The Good Food Project is Swarthmore's student group committed to sustainable, accessible good. We manage a small farm on campus and host regular garden hours and cooking sessions.
The Phoenix is Swarthmore's oldest and only print newspaper, publishing weekly on Thursdays. Our sections include: News, Campus Journal, Arts, Opinions, and Sports. Join!
The Review is a quarterly magazine dedicated to arts, culture, and more. We publish media reviews, personal essays, poetry, fiction, photography, and long-form essays.
The Yellow Stockings Players
Swarthmore College's only all-Shakespeare theater company! We put on performances every semester that are open to all who love Shakespeare, acting, and fun.
UNICEF Club is officially chartered by UNICEF to educate, advocate, and fundraise on behalf of UNICEF's mission to protect children's rights, to ensure special protection for the most disadvantaged children, and to promote gender equality.
US in STEM
The organization seeks to address and raise awareness about barriers faced by students historically underrepresented in the STEM fields. We will foster a close-knit and supportive community, both within and outside of Swarthmore, that offers both academic and social support to individuals who have shown an interest in STEM. This organization aims to be a safe space that encourages discussion about personal goals, self efficacy, and experiences of students in pursuit of STEM.
Comedy improv group!
Volunteer Income Tax Associates
Help residents of Delaware County by preparing taxes free of charge with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. You will receive training to provide free tax help for low-to-moderate income families who need assistance preparing their tax returns. As a volunteer, you will learn a valuable life skill while also providing help to a meaningful cause!
War News Radio fills the gaps in the media's coverage of international conflicts by providing balanced and in-depth reporting, historical perspective, and personal stories. Today WNR is heard around the country and the world by thousands online.
Wing Chun Kung Fu & Self Defense
Stemming from the traditional Wing Chun lineage of the late great grand master Ip Man (teacher of martial arts icon Bruce Lee), Our self defense curriculum incorporates Wing Chun applications to street self-defense scenarios. Taught by the Wing Chun foundation principles of simplicity, directness, and efficiency, we emphasize the concepts of absorbing and redirecting brute force, and getting the altercation over with as fast as possible by cutting away flashy martial arts mantra and capitalizing on economy of movement and close-quarter combat.
W!PS (Women in Political Science)
Women in Political Science exists to offer space and resources to women and femme-identifying students in the Department of Political Science. We coordinate faculty and student events, hold weekly meals, and provide a platform to discuss issues of gender in the realm of political science.
The group is to have a supportive environment to discuss issues that pertain to women of color and to create space to explore and celebrate our identities as women of color and the intersectionality of the experiences we undergo. We see ourselves giving women a platform to empower ourselves and each other and highlighting opportunities and examples of other women of color excelling in their field.
Women + in Mathematics and Statistics (W+iMS)
W+iMS's goal is to provide a welcoming space for women and people of other underrepresented genders interested in math and statistics, and to make the Math Department feel more open to all students by hosting events throughout the semester.
Women in Computer Science
Our purpose is to create a supportive community for women in Computer Science as a way to change the trend of underrepresentation of women. Our mission is divided into three parts: community, academic, and career support.
Women+ in Physics and Astronomy
We are a group of students with the goal to create a community for underrepresented and minority groups in physics and astronomy. We are open to all students regardless of background.
Worthmore is a free store run primarily out of Willets basement. The store began with items left behind by students after move out, but hopes to accept donations throughout the year as well.
Swarthmore's Independent Student-Run Radio Station! We are at the forefront of independent student music on campus!