Welcome Class of 2022 and Transfer Students

The next four years of your life will be a time of incredible intellectual and personal growth. The Dean of Students Divisions staff are facilitators of your transition to the Swarthmore College community and of 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 Dean Karen Henry ‘87, the 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.

In order to complete your health forms, you will need to access the Swarthmore College Student Health Portal through your mySwarthmore account. Click on Worth Health Center, then, click on Student Health Portal. Please complete all of the necessary forms by June 1 and provide the appropriate documents by June 15th in order to receive a residence hall room assignment. Deadline concerns due to scheduling or annual insurance reimbursement can be emailed to health@swarthmore.edu. Please call 610-328-8058 if internet access is not available.

Swarthmore College utilizes an online billing service (E-Bill), which provides secure and convenient access to students and those authorized to access your student account billing. As a Swarthmore student, you are automatically enrolled and will have access to your E-Bill account via mySwarthmore. However, in order for your parent (or other authorized user) to receive this electronic billing information via email, they will need to set-up an E-Bill account.

We encourage you to begin reflecting on a core set of questions, or as we call them in the Quaker tradition, queries that we 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

As we prepare for your arrival, we want to deliver to you some useful and important information. On May 15, we mailed information to all students who were admitted by May 8 and who are coming to Swarthmore for Fall 2018. That info included instructions for how to log into your Swarthmore account for the first time and sett up your new password. (Students admitted later will be mailed information approximately every two weeks.) In addition to delivering information to you, the mailing includes a request for information from you. Much of the information that you will need for arriving and living on campus is contained in this website, so please take time to read through this entire New Students website.

Setting up your Swarthmore email

In particular, one important piece of information contained only in the mailing is all that you need to set up your Swarthmore email and network account, including your user id, temporary password, and instructions. Setting up this account is critical as it will allow you access to the online version of the forms. Also, we will only contact you through your Swarthmore email address for all future correspondence. You should get in the habit of regularly checking your Swarthmore email and to use it to ask questions or share concerns. Email is the College’s primary way of communicating with you.

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

Later in the summer, you will be able to see such things as your placement exam information, check your AP or IB scores, and more. So, be sure to set up your Swarthmore account. A word about placement exams: this portion of the Forms is not available to you right now.  We are working on that part of the site and will contact you by way of your Swarthmore email address when placement information is ready. For now, please take the time to fill out information on housing, academic advising, health insurance, etc. On or after August 1, your housing assignment and roommate information will be available for viewing.

Room Assignments

Room Assignments for first year and transfer students will be sent via email to incoming students on August 1, 2018. 

If you ever have a question or can't find what you need here, please don't hesitate to send an email message to: new_student_question@swarthmore.edu.

We look forward to hearing from you.