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Academic Placement 2021

The following message was sent to students by Dean of Students Tomoko Sakomura on July 14, 2021:


Dear Student,

We look forward to welcoming you to your studies at Swarthmore! I am Dean of Students and Professor of Art History at the College, and today I am writing to share information on academic planning and placement exams. Your next steps are to:

I. New Student Orientation 2021 Moodle Course

The Orientation course will help us learn about you and help you learn about Swarthmore life and academics. Log into Moodle with your Swarthmore network username and password. More content will be available throughout August.

II. Academic Placement Exams

Following the instructions in the Orientation Moodle course, please complete your academic placement exams by August 10. Some placement exams will provide you with an automated score and placement result right away, while other exams require individual review and evaluation by the academic department. If the exam requires review by the department, then please be patient and wait until you hear back. You will receive your placement exam result before advising occurs in late August.

To complete language placement exams, you will need to use your student ID number. As a reminder, your student ID number is: {{Student ID number}}.

If you have a question about a placement exam, contact:

If you might need testing accommodations based on a documented disability or medical condition and you have not already completed the Voluntary Disability Disclosure form (in the New Student forms section in mySwarthmore), then please complete the Voluntary Disability Disclosure form right away. With questions related to disability accommodations, contact Director of Student Disability Services Monica Vance (  

Please direct any other academic-related questions to me at

III. Other Logistical Notes

  • Advising: Academic advising and registration occur in late August, after your arrival on campus. Around August 19th, you will be able to see your advisor’s name in the Degree Audit section of mySwarthmore. 
  • Housing: Information about housing assignments will be shared in August. Please be patient.
  • Survey: In late July or early August, please watch your Swarthmore email account for your invitation to participate in the "CIRP Freshman Survey." The survey asks students about expectations for college, opinions, school activities, and plans for the future. New Swarthmore students have participated in an incoming student survey for over 40 years. It is one of many ways we try to learn more about you, so that we can provide better support. We look forward to hearing from you and your classmates on this important survey. 
  • Log-in Difficulties: Contact the ITS Help Desk at if you have trouble logging into your Swarthmore accounts or if you have computer/internet access issues that make it difficult for you to complete your placement exams.I hope that the summer treats you well, and please reach out if you have questions. 


Dean Tomoko