The next four years of your life will be a time of incredible intellectual and personal growth. The Dean of Students 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 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, 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:
- Who am I now, and what are my core beliefs and values?
- What qualities and values do I need to develop in order to live in community with others?
- How will I engage with the conflicts and challenges I will experience internally and in relation to others?
- How will I take care of myself and tend to my well-being?
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 email@example.com. 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.