Residential life is a huge part of the Swarthmore experience: About 95 percent of students live in College housing each semester. Swat’s residence halls range in size from a cozy nine-person house to a lively 200-person dorm. Most dorms house a diverse mix of students of different class years. Most first-years and sophomores live with roommates, while many juniors and most seniors live in single rooms.
Resident Assistants (RAs) live in every dorm. RAs counsel residents and foster dynamic dorm communities by hosting social events ranging from small gatherings to large-scale barbecues, dorm formals and inter-dorm competitions.