Welcome Class of 2021 and Transfer Students

Dean Liz Braun

Welcome to Swarthmore! On August 29, I will have a chance to speak with you to tell you in person how pleased my colleagues and I are that you have chosen Swarthmore, and what a wise and wonderful choice you have made.

The next four years of your life will be a time of incredible intellectual and personal growth. My colleagues and I, the Dean of Students Division, see our role as facilitators of your transition to the Swarthmore College community, as well as your successful journey to graduation; we want to help you take full advantage of the opportunities 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 Dean Karen Henry ‘87, the Dean of the First-year Class.

The information on this website includes several forms that are critical for you to review and complete in order for us to help you get off to a good start. The website includes a checklist of all the forms and their due dates. Please look at all of this 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 and upload 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 phone 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.

Please also use this New Student website as a resource. There is information on it about everything from what to bring with you to how to think about your course selection. You should get in the habit of regularly checking your Swarthmore email and to use it to ask for help if you have questions or concerns; email is the College’s primary way of communicating with you.

I want to 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? 

Best wishes for a wonderful summer. All of us in the Dean’s Division look forward to meeting you on the 29th of August. We all have a sense of anticipation and excitement, which we hope you share, as we approach the beginning of a new chapter in your life.

Liz Braun
Dean of Students

Mid-May Mailing

As we prepare for your arrival, we want to deliver to you some useful and important information. On Monday, May 15, to all students admitted before May 8 who are coming in the Fall of 2017, we are sending information on logging into your Swarthmore account for the first time and setting up your new password. (Students admitted later will be mailed information about every two weeks.) In addition to delivering information to you, there is a request for information from you. Much of the information you will need for arriving and living on campus is contained in this website, so please take some time to read through everything here.

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.

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.

We prefer you complete the forms by June 1, 2017 (other than the health forms and any disability documentation, which are due by June 15), when possible.

Over the month of May, this site will grow to include all the information we hope you will need to ensure that you arrive to campus in August ready to join the Swarthmore community. If you ever have a question, can't find what you need here, or have a concern, please don't hesitate to send email to: new_student_question@swarthmore.edu.

We look forward to hearing from you.