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Orientation - Saturday, August 29

Students talking in group in Orientation
The following GENERAL schedule is tentative and based on the 2019 orientation schedule. The schedule will be updated in Summer 2020. 
Don't Miss:
  • Follow-up Course Registration (only if you need to Add more courses), 11:00 - 11:30 a.m., Science Center
  • Interfaith Center Open House, 3:00 - 4:00 p. m., Bond Memorial Hall
  • First Collection (Scott Amphitheater), 6:45 - 8:00 p.m.


7:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m. in Sharples Dining Hall

Visit the Ville

10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Familiarize yourself with the local community during Swarthmore’s weekly farmers market. Participate in a scavenger hunt for a chance to win a $50 bookstore gift card!

OPTIONAL Follow-Up Course Registration

11 a.m.–11:30 a.m. in Science Center

In advance of this meeting, check mySwarthmore to see if your fall course schedule is complete. If you have been “lotteried out” of any of your courses (because the course was over-enrolled), attend this registration session to select additional courses to fill in your schedule or use the Add form in mySwarthmore in advance of optional follow-up course registration.

Find your classrooms and labs

11 a.m.–4 p.m. in academic buildings on campus

To avoid stress or confusion during the first week of classes, find your classrooms and labs today.

Orientation Group Lunch

11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. in Sharples Dining Hall

Matchbox Open House

1 p.m.–4 p.m. in Matchbox

Learn about the Fitness and Wellness Center. Meet the Matchbox staff, view the facility and equipment, and learn about physical education classes and recreational programs.

Men's Soccer vs. Arcadia University

1 p.m. at Clothier Field Stadium

Root for the soccer team as they take on Arcadia University.

Arboretum Walks in the Crum Woods

1:00 p.m.–2 p.m. in Scott Amphitheater

Join a member of the Arboretum staff for a guided tour of the Crum Woods.

Worthmore Open Hours

2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. in Willets Basement

Stop by Swarthmore's free store to pick up items for your dorm room

Interfaith Center Open House

3 p.m.–4 p.m. in Bond Hall

All are invited to meet representatives from all campus religious groups and enjoy refreshments.

Tree Planting and Class Picture

4:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Next to the Barn/Field house (Tree) - In front of AP (Picture)

Join us for planting your class tree!  In the past, class trees have been planted by seniors. But this year YOU will have the opportunity to plant the Class Tree for 2023.  This will allow you to get to know your tree as you continue your Swarthmore experience.

Orientation Group Dinner

4:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. in Sharples Dining Hall

First Collection  

6:45 p.m.–8 p.m. in Scott Amphitheater; rain location: LPAC

Begin the academic year with a tradition that marks the official beginning of every student’s Swarthmore experience. It’s an opportunity to reflect again on the queries posed at our First Gathering and to commit ourselves to engage fully in the community in a manner that opens us to transformation. Share insights, learn from the wisdom of others, pass the light of your candle to your neighbors, and sing the alma mater with your Swarthmore community.

Orientation Play

9 p.m.–11 p.m. in LPAC

Written, directed, and starring Swarthmore students, this performance is a time honored and good natured look at all a first year here can bring.