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New Students

Welcome, Class of 2022 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 Dean of Students Division staff members 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 Dean’s 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.

The information on this website includes a description of required forms that you must complete in order for us to help you get off to a good start. Please read that information very carefully.

We encourage you to begin reflecting on a core set of questions—or, as we call them in the Quaker tradition, queries—that will form the foundation of your New Student Orientation and your time at the College:

  • Who am I now, and what are my core beliefs and values?
  • How open am I to being transformed by this community?
  • How will I engage with the conflicts and challenges I will experience internally and in relation to others?
  • Can I see asking for help as a strength? How will I take care of myself and tend to my well-being?
  • Do I understand that I will make mistakes but my mistakes do not make me a failure? 

Mid-May Mailing

On May 15, we mail information to all students who were admitted by May 8 and who are coming to Swarthmore for the Fall semester. That info includes instructions on how to log into your mySwarthmore account and set up your Swarthmore email account. (Students admitted later will be 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 use it to ask questions or share concerns. Email is the College’s primary way of communicating with you.

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Room Assignments

Room assignments for first-year and transfer students will be sent via Swarthmore email to incoming students on August 1. 

If you have a question or can't find what you need here, please don't hesitate to email

We look forward to hearing from you.