Skip to main content

New Students

Welcome, Class of 2024 and Transfer Students

New Student Orientation

Department Overview

The next four years of your life will be a time of incredible intellectual and personal growth. The Student Affairs Division staff facilitate your transition to the Swarthmore College community and your successful journey to graduation. We want to help you take full advantage of the opportunities that you will find here. To that end, the Division Directory will tell you a bit about who we are. You should make particular note of Karen Henry ’87, dean of the first-year class, and Jennifer Marks-Gold, assistant dean and director of the international student programs.

Please read the information on this website, and be sure to complete the required Forms by the deadlines.

We encourage you to begin reflecting on a core set of questions, which are known as "queries" in the Quaker tradition. These queries form the foundation of your New Student Orientation and your college experience:

  • Given this time of uncertainty, what have I learned about myself? What have I lost and what have I gained? How can I bring those experiences and perspectives to this new experience?  
  • What is my role and position in systems that perpetuate racial injustice? 
  • What does it mean to live in community with others? What are my personal responsibilities to the Swarthmore community? How do I contribute to the common good?

Mid-May Mailing

On May 18, we emailed information to all students who are admitted by May 8 and who are enrolling at Swarthmore for the Fall semester. That info included instructions on how to log into your mySwarthmore account and set up your Swarthmore email account. (Students admitted later will be e-mailed information approximately every two weeks.) 

Setting up your Swarthmore email account is essential. You should get in the habit of regularly checking your Swarthmore email and using it to ask questions or share concerns. Email is the College’s primary way of communicating with you. If you have a question or can't find what you need here, please email We look forward to hearing from you.

Fall 2020 Update

On June 30, President Valerie Smith shared an update about plans for Fall 2020. All new students (first-year students and new transfer students) have the option to come to campus for the Fall 2020 semester. For more details, please see the message from President Valerie Smith. Additional details about New Student Orientation and move-in are forthcoming.

Follow these links to read about the Acceptable Use Policy and the Copyright Policy.