Clubs & Activities
Enrolled swarthmore students may email the office of student engagement (firstname.lastname@example.org) for current club/organization leadership contact information.
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 amongst 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.
We invite every student to read, discuss and test the Bible for themself to understand what it means to live following Jesus. We have weekly events and serve underprivileged communities alongside students from universities across Greater Philadelphia.
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
ASCE is the nation's oldest engineering society dedicated to professional development of engineers.
ANALÖG was founded in the fall of 2018 to preserve enthusiasm for film photography and launch Swarthmore’s sole image-based publication. Students are welcome to submit their photography to each themed issue.
Swarthmore Anime Club is a student-run organization dedicated to organizing spaces for anime, manga, and light novel fans to gather and engage in activities together. We wish to build a sense of community between anime enthusiasts on campus and provide fans with opportunities to do anime related activities such as viewing films or going to conventions.
The Archery Club is a recreational student activity group that gives students at Swarthmore College the opportunity to learn and practice the sport of archery. We currently hold shooting lessons and events at Middletown Archery twice a week. All students are welcome to join and no prior experience is necessary to participate.
Athletes for Diversity and Inclusion
ADI (Athletics for Diversity and Inclusion) aims to hold space for conversation and action focused on issues of race, gender, class, nationality, and other diverse and intersecting identities within the world of athletics. ADI will accomplish this mission through events, uplifting diverse community members, and acting as a bridge from Athletics to the campus at large in an effort to establish Swarthmore as a place that is dedicated to supporting and advocating for individuals of all backgrounds.
Swarthmore Equestrian club takes students to weekly riding lessons at a local barn. Students will learn to ride and care for horses. The club is open to all students regardless of experience level!
Full of grace and power, the Swarthmore College Club Badminton team dances across the court, challenging University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Drexel University, Haverford College, Bryn Mawr College, Temple University, and other institutions in both collegiate and open tournaments across the Northeast. We practice year round, with our main collegiate competitions occurring in the spring. Players of all skill levels are welcome to join us for practice and tournaments. Come become part of our family!
The club basketball team was founded for three main purposes: 1) to form a non-varsity team that competes with other colleges and universities, 2) to provide resources for basketball players, and 3) to generate interest in basketball and welcome anyone interested in basketball to participate in an organized way. To empower non-profits and social enterprises to achieve their full potential. We are dedicated to providing affordable and high-quality strategic and operational assistance that enables our clients to create meaningful impact in their communities. We are, furthermore, committed to nurturing the next generation of social impact leaders by offering our consultants valuable opportunities for professional development and hands-on experience in the field of consulting and social entrepreneurship.” (www.180dc.org)
We maintain and are responsible for two hives on campus. Our gatherings include hive checks and harvesting honey. We promote the wellbeing and population of bees, as climate change gravely affects their status. We foster a learning environment for those curious or interested in learning about bees and beekeeping!
We are dedicated to building a community among biology students by having fun with all things BIOLOGY! We host a variety of events, ranging from bioethics discussions, lunch with biology department faculty, course-registration advice sessions, nature walks, biology-themed baking nights to various field trips.
The Bird Club is devoted to the recreational observation of wild birds, primarily in the Crum Woods. Other planned activities include guest speakers and field trips outside the Swarthmore area.
We are a club dedicated to offering a safe community and fellowship to the black men and masculine-identifying students of Swarthmore College.
Black in Math/Stat
Mission Statement: Provide resources, support, and mentorship for Black undergraduate students in Mathematics & Statistics.
Provide peer mentors for underclassmen who have an interest in or are already taking math courses (big/little sib?).
Assist underclassmen Black students with navigating being underrepresented in the classroom.
Achieve a quantitative increase of black students in Mathematics/Statistics at Swarthmore College.
Have regular events/meetings for underrepresented students (primarily black) to:
Discover careers in Mathematics & Statistics as well as in other fields that rely on Mathematical formalism.
Connect students with faculty mentors in the Mathematics & Statistics department, possibly pertaining to their interests or simply for the sake of mentorship.
Access a safe space where these students can feel represented in Mathematics & Statistics.
Invite Black Professors from regional Colleges/Universities to speak in the future events.
Black Representation & Inclusion in Mathematics & Statistics and careers requiring Mathematical proficiency.
Develop confidence in the idea of a black student pursuing a career in Mathematics & Statistics.
Bring awareness to the vast and probable untold career paths and applications in Mathematics & Statistics among the black student population.
BOUQUET is a project-oriented student organization at Swarthmore College aiming to explore and promote a more ethical and sustainable mode of fashion. In BOUQUET, creative aesthetics
are an integral part of everyday life. Promoting artist's collaboration, BOUQUET is the conglomerate of "blooming" visuals and ideas. This semester, BOUQUET will focus on fashion image production.
Bowling Club is a space that allows for beginner and amateur bowlers to learn techniques to progress in the sport.
Boy Meets Tractor
Boy Meets Tractor provides a space for students to hone their sketch writing, production, and acting skills. Every semester, we put on a show to share our work with the Swarthmore community. We aim to foster a love of comedy on campus.
C4 is a student-chapter organization of CRCQL (Chester Residents Concerned for Quality Living) dedicated to building alliances between local colleges and CRCQL with the goal of eliminating factors promoting environmental racism in the area. Through these relationships, we collectively spearhead and support initiatives that promote environmental justice in Pennsylvania. Furthermore, we interrogate our own college communities’ complicities and roles in this injustice and implement institutional-level solutions for equitable waste management.
Through community building and engagement, C4 @ Swarthmore—in conjunction with CRCQL—aspires for a clean and livable Chester community, and to garner commitments for zero waste resolutions in all 49 municipalities of Delaware County. C4 mobilizes community and empowers all citizens to contribute to a sustainably just society through education and advocacy. C-4 works to bring forward serious discussions about environmental injustice in pursuit of equity and justice for harmed marginalized communities. We actively engage in direct action and critical systems change to envision solutions to the problems of environmental injustice, racial marginalization and economic exploitation.
This organization is a student-run organization that is dedicated to supporting your film related projects! Whether that be with short film productions, film screenings, or film reviews, the club is dedicated to supporting and providing an avenue for those interested in film at Swarthmore to express their love for the art form.
Co-Ed Club Volleyball
The Coed Volleyball Club Team seeks to provide a fun and competitive environment for those interested in organized volleyball. We will focus on building community through working together, collaborating to improve the individual skills of each team member, and providing a way for non-varsity athletes to P.E. credit. The club is open to everyone, regardless of identity; we encourage individuals of all abilities and skill-levels to come practice and compete. Practices are held 2 to 3 times a week for 2-3 hours of practice.
Swarthmore College Democrats promotes civic participation through voter registration, education, and volunteer opportunities; facilitates campus discourse on current events and political issues; and aims to advance the political prospects of Democratic candidates.
We're the South Asian Student Club, or just "Deshi" for short. We're all about connecting people with South Asian culture, whether you grew up with it or just want to explore something new. We provide means for many festivals to be celebrated such as Diwali, Navratri, Holi, and Eid which are open to everyone. These festivals have an average of over 100 attendees spanning over students, faculty, and staff. In addition to that we host weekly hangouts over tea and south asian snacks which are typically attended by 20 students.
ENLACE is a space for Latinx-identifying students to come together in community and solidarity. We provide social, educational, mentoring, and political opportunities to engage students with the many facets of their Latinidad and to explore their identities.
Ethiopian Eritrean Student Association (EESA)
Swarthmore’s Ethiopian Eritrean Student Association (ESSA) is home to Ethiopian-Eritrean Swarthmore students who are both native-born and diaspora. ESSA hopes to raise awareness about the Ethio-Eritrean culture, people and history. One of ESSA’s missions is to embrace the differences between our cultures and provide a community of support.
Through mobilization around concerns surrounding the FLI experience, the Council will facilitate programs and initiatives that support FLI students. The Council believes in sustainable initiatives that create lasting, long-term structural change. As the Council advocates for the College to meet the needs of FLI students with critical care, they will continue to make change on their end.
Gender Minorities in Mathematics and Statistics (GeMs)
Gender Minorities in Mathematics and Statistics is a Swarthmore student-run club and a registered Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) student chapter. GeMs in Math & Stats’ goal is to provide a welcoming space for students of underrepresented identities interested in math and statistics, and to make the Math/Stat Department more open and accessible to all students by hosting events throughout the semester.
Glass Blowing Club
Glass Blowing Club helps to provide students an opportunity to discuss and explore the fine arts. We take students glassblowing, provide opportunities to learn more about the medium, and help to connect students to professionals who may be interested in learning and doing more. We seek to provide an open, safe, and encouraging environment where each student feels welcome to explore glass blowing and their own creativity.
We provide students the opportunity to play golf at nearby courses and participate in fun events like mini-golf tournaments.
Good Food Project
The Good Food Garden Club is a space to teach students about planting, caring for, and harvesting their own food. We meet at the garden 2-3 times a week to plant new crops, weed our plots, harvest crops, and water the garden. We also use the space to grow ingredients for cooking and foraging events. Most recently, we have hosted an edible flower cookie baking day as well as a foraging/gardening-inspired vegan dinner. Over the summer, student interns take care of the space, working full time during the week to make sure everything looks good and is producing food well.
Google Developers Student Club (DSC)
GDSC works to inform students on campus to new Google Technologies and technologies that they might find useful. We also strive to create solutions to problems within the Swarthmore community through apps and other forms of technology. GDSC mainly focuses on CS-related technologies.
HAN is an organization at Swarthmore that provides a space for students to experience Korean and Korean-American culture and community.
Herbivores is an inclusive space for anyone interested in a plant-based diet. We host group cooking events, clothing swaps, speaker events, and meatless challenges while also engaging in discussions regarding animal rights and environmental/health benefits of veganism and advocating for more plant-based options on campus. Everyone is welcome to join!
Voices, founded in the fall of 2017, is a daily, student-run news and media publication that witnesses, teaches, and listens to the multiple truths of Swarthmore.
i20 is the largest student organization on campus, and serves to meet the needs of the international community at Swarthmore, partnering with the International Students' Center to host events and provide spaces for international students!
Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP)
Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) is an organization dedicated to ending the Israeli Occupation and opposing all forms of anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim, and anti-Arab oppression, as well as organizing for a just peace for all peoples in occupied Palestine and throughout the world. We are both unabashedly Jewish and political in our support for Palestinian rights. Our Judaism is not “neutral” or “apolitical,” and we feel called to come together and say: “Not in our name.” Together we organize and build community around principles of justice and liberation.
Swarthmore Kehilah is a religious, social, and cultural organization that serves the Swarthmore Jewish community and the campus as a whole by fostering engagement with Jewish cultures and religion, connecting students who are interested in Judaism to one another, and providing a space for practicing, exploring, and discovering Judaism and Jewish identity.
Kitao Gallery is a student art collective and exhibition space dedicated to hosting art workshops, socials, open studio hours, and shows. We regularly collaborate with other campus affinity groups to create spaces for fostering community and belonging through creativity.
As Swarthmore's Japanese culture club, Kizuna explores the world of Japanese food, culture, and events! Join our vibrant and inclusive club where we dive deep into all things Japanese. From weekly dinner meetings to amazing culinary experiences in Swarthmore, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and beyond, we offer fun opportunities for everyone to join in.
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 the Swarthmore Computer Science Department and the college do not currently address. In doing so, we are preparing students for engineering beyond academia, by applying classroom concepts to real world challenges. We also hope to provide resources and preparation for hackathon competitions, by hosting our own hackathons and making non-local hackathons more accessible. We believe that in providing more resources for project development, we can encourage more initiative for students in computer science to pursue ideas that address important issues.
The mission of NatroKnots is to ensure that our campus is aware of the deeper prejudices that have been associated with natural/textured hair in order to foster a learning environment for those who do not know and those who unfortunately have experience. We are therefore working towards the expansion of natural hair care products in the campus store and hosting various workshops on different natural hair care techniques and practices.
Founded in 2019, Mei is the first student dance group at Swarthmore College that is focused on learning and appreciating traditional Chinese dance. Through learning both classical and ethnic Chinese dances, we hope to share our passion and garner a greater audience for Chinese dance and culture.
Men’s Club Soccer
This club aims to provide a safe and welcoming environment for students of the college to engage in fun and competitive physical activity through soccer practices and games. It operates as a Coed program encouraging any and all students, regardless of past soccer experience, to join and learn more about the game through their peers.
Swarthmore College’s Rugby (M) Club is a tight-knit team driven by our love for the game and our mission to grow the sport of rugby. Rugby offers a fast-paced and high-energy experience like no other. Our team is open to all, regardless of shape, size, or experience, and we provide a supportive and inclusive environment where you can learn and grow. We practice weekly and compete both locally and regionally year-round. Join us to get to know the sport and build friendships beyond the field. Follow along with the team on Instagram (http://www.instagram.com/swatmrugby/).
Mixed Company (also known as MoCo) is Swarthmore's oldest co-ed a cappella group. Mixed Company performs several times each semester at Swarthmore in a variety of styles.
Mock Trial is a team-based competition that combines elements of law, speech, debate, and theater. Students prepare and try a simulated case before a judge and a jury in tournaments around the country.
We go to Springfield Ice Rink every Thursday and Sunday night to play ice hockey
SwatVotes is a student group dedicated to non-partisan voter education, registration and mobilization at Swarthmore College.
Muslim Student Association
The Muslim Students Association is an open organization that holds various events and provides supports for its members. Events include but are not limited to, regular congregational Jummah prayers, speaker events/panels, outings into Philadelphia, community iftars during Ramadan, and more. The MSA also strives to educate the larger Swarthmore campus about Islam and Muslim life.
Olde Club is a student-run performance space that functions on the belief that live music is an inherently good, beautiful, and human thing that deserves to be cultivated and appreciated at Swarthmore College. In offering an exciting range of live music from the greater Delco and Philly area, as well as performance opportunities for student musicians, Olde Club strives to provide a welcoming space for campus and community members to come together, effectually supporting the local music scene and offering Swarthmore students the opportunity to gain experience working for and in a concert-venue.
Organizing to Redefine “Asian” Activism (ORAA)
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. ORAA is a site of political action in collaboration with other student organizations and the greater-Philadelphia Asian, Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Pacific Islander American (API/A) network. We hold discussion-based meetings and organize larger events such as panels and talks. We discuss issues that cover a broad scope of topics, which include power dynamics, identity, education, politics, current events, and popular culture.
Our Arts Spoken In Soul (O.A.S.IS)
Our Arts Spoken In Soul (O.A.S.IS) is a student-led creative writing club deeply rooted in spoken word poetry performances. As the name suggests, O.A.S.I.S seeks to help cultivate a voice of truth in every creative writer through their arts: spoken word poetry performances, paper poetry workshops, fiction and short story reviews, etc. Through our workshops, open mics, and spoken word events, we intend to explore various writers and their writing styles as a means of contributing to the literary scene at Swarthmore College. We also intend to provide a platform where students majoring in any form of creative writing at Swarthmore can find a family and space of relaxation outside of the classroom and intensive school work. Additionally, through our writing workshops, we aim to have participants learn about artists with marginalized identities who work with different media, and provide a safe space for students to analyze art and explore their identity through exposure to different media and artists who may reflect or resonate with our participants.
Outsiders is Swarthmore's student-run outdoors club; we run hikes, workshops, kayaking trips, and other outdoors activities, including the fall/spring break backpacking trips, and weekly indoor rock climbing trips. Got an outdoors skill you'd like to share with other Swatties or a cool hike you'd like to go on? Go for it -- any Outsiders member is welcome to lead activities!
Peripateo is a journal and blog focused on Christian discourse within academia.
NatroKnots strives to provide community for folks of textured hair on campus to feel educated, welcome, and comfortable in whatever way they choose to present themselves and their hair.
Petey Greene Club
Do you want to tutor incarcerated people? Are you passionate about mass incarceration and education? The Petey Greene Program at Swarthmore College is an expansion of the nationwide organization that works to aid the educational efforts of current and previously incarcerated individuals as well as educating our smaller communities on the effects of mass incarceration. In addition to that, the Swat PGP works to facilitate open discussions of health and social care for those within and affected by the carceral state; this includes topics such as restorative justice, lgbtq+ health, and maternal care.
The Philosophy GeMs (Gender Minorities in Philosophy) is a student-run club at Swarthmore. Our goal is to provide a welcoming space for people of underrepresented gender identities who are interested in philosophy by building community among gender minorities in the philosophy department and providing opportunities for networking and further discussion to members of the club. We meet every week for casual discussions about philosophy and philosophy-related topics, and host social events throughout the semester. Anyone interested in philosophy who identifies as a minority gender in the discipline is welcome; one do not need to be a philosophy major or enrolled in a philosophy class to attend.
The Swarthmore Photography Club is a student-run organization that assists Swarthmore undergraduates in their pursuit of digital and film photography as a hobby. In addition, the club strives to provide every member with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with taking, developing, and editing photographs. The hope is that students involved will gain an appreciation for the art of photography and build skills to capture memories for the rest of their lives.
PsiPhi (Not a Frat)
PsiPhi (Not a Frat) is a student-run organization that provides a social space for students interested in fantasy, science fiction, and other nerdy hobbies. We host various events throughout the year to help our members bond over shared experiences, to introduce our hobbies to other students on campus, and most importantly to have fun. We also maintain our own library (PsiLi) in Parrish Basement, which holds board games and a variety of books, primarily of the science fiction and fantasy genres.
The Swarthmore QuestBridge Chapter is a chapter of the national QuestBridge organization that connects the nation's brightest students from low-income backgrounds with leading institutions of higher education and further opportunities. As the Swarthmore QuestBridge Chapter, we aim to create a community and support for QuestBridge Scholars and fellow FLI students through various levels of engagement. We uphold QuestBridge’s core values as we work on self-engagement toward holistic growth, network engagement with the rest of the FLI community, and civic engagement through outreach and public service.
The Rocket Club facilitates the building of all levels of rockets and monthly trips to launch events. No experience in rocketry necessary!
Redefine Her Street (RHS)
Redefine Her Street (RHS) supports women interested in careers in financial and consulting services through educational resources, community-building practices, mentorship opportunities, and recruiting support.
Rhythm N’ Motion (RnM)
Rhythm N’ Motion was founded by Jumatatu Poe in response to the lack of diversity in dance styles at Swarthmore. Underrepresented dance styles and music are the cornerstone of RnM. All of our pieces are student-choreographed and stem from the African Diaspora, which includes hip hop, rap, umfundalai, voguing, and more. The club has evolved into a Tri-Co performance group, with students from Swarthmore, Bryn Mawr, and Haverford.
Salsa Club provides weekly salsa and bachata lessons from an instructor for all levels. No shoes, partner, or experience needed!
SASA serves a support group function and is aimed at positively affecting the lives of African students on Swarthmore’s campus by creating and sustaining a sense of community among them in the spirit of African unity. Part of SASA’s mission is to enrich the experiences of the general Swarthmore community by fostering a deeper awareness of issues concerning Africa by seeking to initiate and maintain ties with other African groups, especially on Swarthmore’s campus and the tri-co area. SASA is a club dedicated to fostering and sustaining unity among its African student population and establishing opportunities to promote entertaining gatherings, meaningful cooperation and successful solidarity by celebrating, respecting and welcoming the rich diversity of cultures, identities and expressions of love and joy from all regions of the African continent.
Savings, Wealth, Investment, Finance, Trade (SWIFT)
SWIFT ( Savings, Wealth, Investment, Finance, Trade) is an organization dedicated to promoting financial literacy among the Swarthmore and Philadelphia communities. Our goal is to provide the individuals we serve with workshops and resources to help them build healthier personal financial habits.
Sewing, Up-cycling, crocheting, and knitting club (SUCK)
S.U.C.K. is a community of needleworkers at Swarthmore, hosting weekly stitch circles and coordinating group supply orders. The group is open to the entire Swarthmore community regardless of previous experience with fiber arts.
Sexual Health Advocates (SHA)
The Sexual Health Advocates are responsible for keeping dormitories stocked with safer sex supplies and sexual health informational resources. We plan and provide a variety of activities and events to the Swarthmore Community. Most recently, we executed Swarthmore’s first annual Sex Week, hosting activities such as ‘De-Spookifying Sex’ and ‘The Art of Dirty Talk’. We also put on event such as ‘Power Dynamics in Relationships’, 'Navigating Relationships and Asexuality', and 'Sex Toy Bingo'. Our goal with our events is to support conversation, educate, and empower Swatties in all things sex. Our SHAs meet regularly at event planning meetings to discuss and organize future SHA events.
The Shogi Club seeks to provide access and exposure to the Japanese board game Shogi to interested students, faculty, staff, and residents of the Swarthmore area. The Shogi club holds regular meetings once a week, where members play and learn Shogi together.
Swarthmore's Ski Club serves students in making winter sports accessible to all. The club takes students to local mountains to ski, snow-shoe, and cross-country ski. No experience necessary, all students are welcome!
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) aims to empower people of marginalized genders to confidently pursue careers as engineers and leaders. We believe that the best engineering comes from groups who are innovative, diverse, and motivated to make the world better for everyone.
Small Craft Warnings
Small Craft Warnings is Swarthmore College's exclusively in-print literary journal. We publish works of prose, poetry, and artwork by current students on a semesterly basis.
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
This organization is a student-run chapter of the national organization, SHPE. We seek to change lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support, and development. We will follow SHPE’s guiding values of Familia, Service, Education, and Resilience, in order to achieve SHPE’s vision: a world where Hispanics are highly valued and influential as the leading innovators, scientists, mathematicians, and engineers.
The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) is a vibrant and dedicated community committed to fostering the advancement of Hispanic and Latinx students in the fields of engineering and technology. Our chapter strives to empower its members through professional development workshops, networking opportunities, and mentorship programs, all while celebrating the rich cultural heritage of the Hispanic and Latinx community. By collaborating with industry professionals, faculty, and alumni, we aim to bridge the gap between academia and the professional world, ensuring our members are well-equipped for future success.
Speak2Swatties (S2S) is Swarthmore College's mental health student organization. Our mission is to empower Swatties to achieve better self-awareness, prioritize their mental well-being in daily decision-making, and develop skills to support themselves and their relationships. Our club has developed partnerships with CAPS, Student Health and Wellness, the Inclusive Excellence Fellows, and other groups on campus, to develop several large mental health projects and resources. Today, we host our very own student-led mental health podcast on Spotify, organize skill-building and de-stressing events, welcome and share student-written blogs on our website, and strive to create a safe space to discuss mental health challenges via peer support groups on campus. S2S provides a variety of helpful resources on our website, swathealthyminds.wordpress.com, including books, messages of support, and insightful social media accounts.
Squash is Swarthmore's co-ed club squash team. We are a great balance between casual and competitive with no experience required to join. We practice twice a week at the state-of-the-art Arlen Specter U.S. Squash Center in Philly and participate in competitions against teams from across the U.S. in round robins and tournaments, including the CSA National Collegiate Club Team Championships. All of our weekend trips and tournaments are lots of fun and pre-paid! Follow along with the team on Instagram @swatsquash."
Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)
Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) is a student organization 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 efforts of ethnic cleansing, apartheid, occupation, and settler-colonialism. On campus, we organize to end our college's complicity in these systems of oppression through the Boycott Divest Sanctions (BDS) movement.
Students of Caribbean Ancestry (SOCA)
Students of Caribbean Ancestry (SOCA) is an organization dedicated to the cultivation of the culture, language, and historical identities of its members. We strive to maintain a vibrant Caribbean community. Our goals are to increase representation from Caribbean countries, infuse the greater Swarthmore community with a vibrant cultural impact, and create a safe, culturally rich space for all its members.
Swarthmore African-American Student Society (SASS)
Founded in 1969, Swarthmore African-American Student Society (SASS) was created for Black Students, by Black Students. From our founding we have served the Swarthmore Black community, organizing for a safe space, family, and unwavering celebration of Blackness. Focusing on Programming, Events, Advocacy, and more, we bring the Black community together.
Swarthmore Association for Marginalized Students in Economics (SAME)
SAME is a new club for underrepresented and marginalized students who are studying Economics in any capacity at Swarthmore. This club will be a space to study together, talk about gender and racial representation in Economics, and meet new people within the Swarthmore community. Our goal is to provide a space for marginalized students within economics who often face hardship and discrimination. We aim to create an intersectional space for these students to be supported and heard, and host fun events like guest speaker panels, study hall sessions, and create opportunities for marginalized students to become engaged with economics.
Swarthmore Barbell Club
Swarthmore Barbell Club exists to serve the students at Swarthmore who are passionate about physical fitness and learning about Olympic lifting and powerlifting. We encourage collaboration, competition, leadership, and discipline through weightlifting. Each semester students have the opportunity to perform at local competitions and each week we bring in a strength coach to train and teach us. This organization is a student-run organization dedicated to helping Swarthmore students interested in participating in all activities related to lifting. We seek to help Swarthmore students foster their love for physical activity in a safe and productive environment with like-minded people. The goal of this organization is to bring forth an active club on campus where students can learn more about weightlifting. Whether students are beginners, intermediates, or advanced in weight-lifting, power-lifting, bodybuilding, CrossFit, or Olympic lifting, the Swarthmore Barbell Club will serve as a common ground for everyone interested in learning more about the sports related to lifting. Our coaches specialize in Olympic lifting or powerlifting, and students can participate in competitions across the country.
Swarthmore Capoeira is a cultural, dance, and martial-arts organization that seeks to build a community of practitioners of the Afro-Brazilian martial art on campus.
Swarthmore Chabad provides the Swarthmore College community with a Jewish home where all are welcome to explore and celebrate Jewish tradition and identity. We offer weekly Kosher Shabbat dinners at the Swarthmore Chabad house and also enable students to observe Jewish holidays throughout the year. During the week we host laid-back social and cultural events, such as barbeques and game nights, providing students with a Jewish community. In addition, we host Torah studies, facilitate volunteering, and other growth opportunities, both on campus and in the Chabad House. All students are welcome.
Swarthmore Chess Club
Swarthmore's very own chess club. We set up boards for casual games and events.
Swarthmore Chinese Society
Swarthmore Chinese Society aims to connect Chinese students on campus and engage all students who are interested in learning about Chinese culture. We seek to build meaningful connections between members in the Chinese community at Swarthmore, Chinese alumni, and students interested in Chinese culture by hosting various social events centering on traditional Chinese festivals such as Chinese New Year, Mid-autumn Festival, alumni career panels. The organization is a student-run cultural organization that aims to connect Chinese students on campus and engage all students who are interested in learning about Chinese culture. We seek to build meaningful connections between members in the Chinese community at Swarthmore, Chinese alumni, and students interested in Chinese culture by hosting various social events centering on traditional Chinese festivals such as Chinese New Year and Mid-autumn Festival and alumni career panels.
Swat Circus takes weekly trips to the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts to learn a whole variety of new circus skills, from trapeze to trampoline to unicycling to aerial silks and everything in between. We also hold regular sessions on campus to practice acrobatics and juggling.
Swarthmore Conservative Society
The Swarthmore Conservative Society is a coalition of traditionalist conservative students at Swarthmore College. We aim to promote an understanding of and support for right-wing principles within the student body at Swarthmore and engage in debate and dialogue about the meaning, political implications, and social impact of these principles. We hold meetings and events, organize educational efforts, and host guest speakers. The Swarthmore Conservative Society hopes to serve as a resource to all students dissatisfied with Swarthmore’s predominantly left-wing political climate.
Swatcooks aims to provide an inclusive space for those of all skill levels who are interested in expanding their culinary experiences. To facilitate our goal, we will provide the training, assistance and ingredients necessary for our members to thrive and grow. Our hope is to create a fun and relaxed environment for those interested in cooking in order to develop their craft.
SwatDoulas, or Swarthmore Doulas, is a student organization devoted to 1) expanding our own knowledge of reproductive justice and childbirth (physiologically, culturally, and politically), 2) sharing that knowledge with students and community members through outreach and educational programming, and 3) organizing and completing accredited trainings to practice birthwork/doula work. We hold biweekly meetings to plan training events around birthwork, reflect on the education acquired in trainings, screen relevant films, plan community outreach initiatives, discuss books required for doula certification, and support members to locate, begin, and succeed at professional doula work during their time at Swat.
Swarthmore Effective Altruism
Swarthmore Effective Altruism is a club committed to learning about and approaching the most pressing problems of today and tomorrow.
We provide networking support, funding, and artistic support for student theater productions on campus.
Swarthmore Global Surgery (SGS)
Swarthmore Global Surgery (SGS) is a club dedicated to supporting, nurturing, and teaching Swarthmore's future surgical leaders. We host a variety of events that includes suturing workshops, speaker series, and numerous shadowing opportunities. Open to all to have a desire to work in a surgical career, as a medical professional, or simply those who want to join out of interest.
Swarthmore Fencing Club
The Swarthmore College Fencing Team serves to promote and teach the sport of modern competitive fencing on the Swarthmore College campus and in local, regional, and national competition. Team members attend any or all of four weekly practices, approximately eight yearly competitions, and additional training sessions and scrimmages. The Club itself promotes intercollegiate fencing competition by creating opportunities for its members to attend competitions against other colleges and universities and participate in regional and national fencing conferences. To foster team camaraderie and raise morale, the Club hosts several annual team bonding events throughout the year, including the Non-Denominational Gift Exchange in the Fall and the Fencing Banquet and Bonfire in the Spring.
Swarthmore Health Society (SHS)
The Swarthmore Health Society (SHS) is a club dedicated to fostering an inclusive and diverse community of pre-health students at Swarthmore College. Our primary goal is to provide support and guidance to students as they pursue their paths in healthcare. Through mentorship programs, workshops, guest speakers etc. we connect students with valuable resources to broaden their perspective on medicine and how they can choose future opportunities that best align with their interests.
Swarthmore Indigenous Student Association (SISA)
Swarthmore Indigenous Student Association establishes a community for Indigenous Peoples at the College to connect with the wider student body while also honoring specific cultural, historic, and identity differences. Through discussions, lecturers, dinners, and community bonding events, SISA aims to enrich the Indigenous culture while also bridging it with and sharing it with the entirety of Swarthmore students.
Swarthmore International Relations Club
The Swarthmore International Relations Club aims to facilitate foreign policy and global affairs engagement at Swarthmore through discussion and debate. Hosting events such as lectures, debates, and group discussions, we create space for Swatties to grapple with the biggest issues in international affairs. We seek to connect people interested in global affairs, to foster community discussion on campus, and encourage student scholarship in global affairs.
The Swarthmore Judo Club is a group dedicated to teaching and practicing the Japanese art of Judo, a combat martial art / Olympic sport. Judo, 柔道, meaning “the gentle way,” is about using balance and technique to subdue the opponent with no striking, kicking, or weapons of any sort. Whether you are looking to compete, learn self-defense, or are looking for a good workout, all are welcome!
Swat Money Praxis
We are a group of mostly students with wealth and class privilege who want to work to redistribute wealth in meaningful ways to members of our communities and people who are doing work for a more just and equitable world.
Swarthmore Pan-Asian Association (SPAA)
The Swarthmore Pan-Asian Association (SPAA) will serve as a support system to uplift the voices of the Pan-Asian community. It is our goal to celebrate the diversity of Pan-Asian cultures and uphold the values of the various Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) related ethnic groups (ex: Deshi, Kizuna, SCS) via our mental, physical, and financial support. Through SPAA, we hope to not only act as a promotional unit for these groups but also make our collective presence known on campus. Our plans include a monthly newsletter highlighting the events, achievements, writings, and artworks produced by APIDA-identifying students.
Additionally, we hope to carry out events similar to those put on during APIDA Heritage Month such as movie nights, intellectual conversations, Crumb nights, and most importantly, the Cherry Blossom Festival. We also intend to bring in speakers to participate in moderated discussions about the Pan-Asian experience in hopes of inspiring and educating students. SPAA will be an all-inclusive community dedicated to supporting APIDA students, however, its members will not be limited to only APIDA students. It is our intention to form a chartered organization in which the Pan-Asian community can find safety and unity.
Swarthmore Physics Club
We're the Swarthmore Physics Club (or Society of Physics Students), SPS, and we're all about building a community around physics! We're for anyone who's curious about the universe, whether you're majoring in physics or just have a passing interest. We are connected to the national society of physics students organization which rewarded us the 2022-23 “Outstanding SPS chapter award”. All our members can also get free membership to the national society of physics students organization.
Swarthmore Production and Music (SPAM)
SPAM’s regular activities fall under three main categories: (1) music performance–jam sessions, (2) music production/creation, and (3) casual music-related interaction.
Music performance (jam sessions): Each Sunday, club members and non-members gather in the WSRN Big Room on Parrish 4th to play music in a casual setting. Other performance activities include campus-wide productions and a regular karaoke night (members request songs to sing, and a group of student musicians prepare a set of those requests for the evening).
Music production: Each Monday, club members break out into groups and collaborate to write and produce songs. Members learn songwriting skills as well as music production software, e.g. Logic Pro. As club members’ projects develop, members will need studio access to professionally record their music for digital publication.
Casual music-related interaction: Members will meet on a weekly basis and work on music related work. This is a more casual meeting, and is meant to provide people with the opportunity to connect with musicians, and possibly get help on anything music related. This would be run similarly to office hours, with club leaders always being there, and members being able to show up, work, at any time depending on what works best for them.Other activities include club outings for musical events/ concerts/ performances.
Swat Pickleball provides an inclusive and fun environment for pickleball players of all levels to learn, enjoy, and master the world’s fastest growing sport!
Swarthmore College Computer Society (SCCS)
The Swarthmore College Computer Society, or SCCS for short, is a volunteer group offering computing services, tools, toys, and information to the Swarthmore College community. SCCS staff learn extremely practical system administration and software development skill—the stuff you can't learn in a CS lecture. We've been around since 1991 and continue to have fun building and maintaining a variety of useful software tools.
Swarthmore Robotics Club
Swarthmore Robotics Club is a group of students who are interested in exploring robotics at Swarthmore. The community is quite small so there is flexibility in the projects we undertake and each member's opinion is very important.
Swarthmore Sangha is a welcoming community for engaging with Buddhist practices at Swarthmore. The Sanskrit term sangha means “community” and is used to describe groups of monastic and/or lay Buddhist practitioners. In our sangha, we invite all members of the Swarthmore community to engage with Buddhist thoughts, concepts, literature, and the practice of meditation.
We host weekly meetings where members are invited to discuss Buddhist concepts and/or scripture, ask questions about personal and/or spiritual matters, and practice meditation. Each semester, we also provide retreats to expose Swarthmore students to longer-form meditative opportunities and knowledgeable Buddhist practitioners. Swarthmore Sangha seeks to provide a safe space for students to learn about Buddhist concepts, gain support, and grow in their wisdom.
SwatSkates aims to create an inclusive community for ALL people who enjoy doing or want to learn how to do tricks on wheels! Skaters of different identities and skill levels are all welcome: skateboarders, longboarders, quad skaters, inline skaters, scooters, etc. We host weekly meet-ups on-campus and go on field trips to skate parks and roller rinks. Come skate with us!
Swat Smash Club aims to create an inclusive space for students to meet new friends and enjoy playing (or learning to play) Super Smash Bros Ultimate.
Swarthmore Queer Union (SQU)
The Swarthmore Queer Union (SQU) is an organization that seeks to improve the life of queer, trans, and questioning students on campus. SQU is primarily dedicated to creating space for LGBTQ+ students where they can come together to have fun, organize events, advocate for their needs and interests, and succeed in community with their peers. In addition to having weekly hour-long meetings, SQU sponsors speakers, workshops, student/faculty/staff events, and social gatherings throughout the year.
Swarthmore College Quizbowl holds weekly practices, trivia nights, and facilitates trips to intercollegiate quizbowl tournaments.
Swarthmore's Argentine Tango Club. We have weekly group lessons and social dance opportunities.
Swarthmore Tennis Club
The Tennis Club is a sports organization that supports non-varsity tennis players and anyone who is interested in playing tennis at Swarthmore College. The Tennis Club operates on the principles of offering everyone a fair opportunity to play tennis regardless of their background and skill level. Furthermore, the Tennis Club seeks to bridge the gap between the existing exclusivity of the tennis environment at Swarthmore College and make recreational tennis more accessible. Additionally, the Tennis Club works to offer non-varsity players the opportunities to play tennis on a competitive level.
Swaudio is a student organization which supports the visual and audio technical needs of events run by the broader student body at Swarthmore. The roles of the Swaudio team include upkeep of A/V equipment and inventory, working with organizations to advise on and plan technical needs of events, setting up and taking down equipment during events, as well as providing support during live events such as mixing audio and monitoring equipment/stage setups. Members of Swaudio are hired as student workers associated with the Office of Student Engagement.
Swarthmore Swing holds weekly social dances and lessons in Lindy Hop and West Coast swing dance! Our lessons are taught by professional instructors from Philadelphia. Everyone is welcome to join. No experience or partner needed.
Tech For Social Good
Tech For Social Good aims to promote the use of technology for social impact through events, guest lecturers, and programing projects for organizations both on and off campus.
The Orpheus Review
The Orpheus Review is Swarthmore’s first solely music-centered publication, dedicated to covering significant musical acts and developments local and worldwide, through online album and song reviews, feature pieces spanning topics from social media’s impacts on music streaming to long-form music videography, artist interviews, and thematically-curated playlists. Orpheus strives to be a space for any and all students to discuss and write about music, aiming to bring much-needed music journalism and music-related events, such as concerts and streaming parties, to Swarthmore students. Orpheus functions on the belief that anyone who enjoys music is qualified to write about it, privileging a low entry barrier and also upholding music’s powerful capacity to connect people.
The Phoenix is Swarthmore College’s student run, independent newspaper that serves Swarthmore College and the surrounding areas. We publish student work in our News, Opinions, Arts, Sports and Campus Journal sections. Occasionally, we feature guest essays and op-eds from non-campus community members.
Trans at Swat
Trans at Swat aims to build a stronger trans community at Swarthmore College. The group works to promote access to resources and also create a sense of community and belonging. At its core, TaS is a space to support trans students.
The Review is Swarthmore's literary and culture magazine, publishing weekly online and quarterly in-print. Spanning seven sections, the Review is a home for your perspectives and creativity no matter what you have in mind.
Ultimate Frisbee (Men's)
The Earthworms are Swarthmore's Open Ultimate Frisbee team participating in USAU's Division 3 competition. We have regular practices and travel to several tournaments a semester and are committed to building an inclusive environment. No prior experience necessary!
Swarthmore College Womxn’s Rugby is the perfect place to learn about oneself. We're genderqueer and nonbinary affirming and want to make sure all our members feel safe and supported. We provide a safe and nurturing environment to anyone and everyone interested in learning more about the game of rugby - no experience is needed. If you are ever in need of some mental clarity, join in on a practice and experience what rugby has to offer! Follow along with the team on Instagram.
Volunteer Income Tax Associates (VITA)
VITA consists of students assisting eligible tax clients in satisfying their tax responsibilities by providing free tax return preparation.
Vertigo-go is Swarthmore’s best and only improvisational comedy group. We put on six improv shows every year and host events where students can try their hand at improv games. We seek to make the Swarthmore community laugh.
Women’s Ultimate Frisbee (Warmothers)
The Warmothers are Swarthmore’s Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team, open to all skill levels and anyone who feels that the women’s division is the best fit for them. We can be found every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday on Cunningham field, teaching new players and honing our skills. The Warmothers have an active social scene and we travel to participate in tournaments. Follow along with the team on Instagram and Twitter.
Women+ in Computer Science (W+ICS)
Provide a safe, welcoming community to all female-identifying individuals interested in or pursuing Computer Science; provide a space for learning, asking questions and getting academic encouragement; provide professional tools and opportunities to succeed in CS beyond Swarthmore.
For more than 75 years, Swarthmore’s radio station has been licensed by the FCC to broadcast on the airwaves. Since its inception, WSRN's DJs have hosted a variety of shows including interviews, concerts, and scheduled music programs. A lot has changed since the station was first established but it has been able to adapt to and expand on what came before. Disc jockeys now have the ability to play music by simply plugging in their phone or laptop, in addition to the hundreds of CDs and vinyl records that are available in the station’s extensive library. Students can also record their shows, thereby continuing to preserve the rich history of WSRN.
Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA)
YDSA is the student section of the Democratic Socialists of America, the largest socialist organization in the country and a chapter organization. Swarthmore YDSA promotes activism and socialist learning within the interested student body of the college.
We learn and practice traditional Wing Chun kung fu for practical self defense, fitness, and fun. Taught by Sifu Fred Grant, students learn striking, grappling, joint manipulation, and more. Everyone is welcome!
180 Degrees Consulting
The Swarthmore branch of 180 Degrees Consulting aims to serve organizations ranging internationally to within the Swarthmore borough. Our voluntary services employ not-for-profits with solutions or guidance to a wide array of complex problems, while providing club members with hands-on client consulting experience.