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Orientation - Saturday, August 31

Students talking in group in Orientation
Don't Miss:
  • Follow-up Course Registration if need-be, 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!

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.

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.

Arboretum Walks in the Crum Woods

1:30 p.m.–2 p.m. in Scott Amphitheater

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

Auxilliary Services Session (90 Minute Sessions)

1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. in Science Center 101

Come and learn about what Auxiliary Services offers you as student at Swarthmore College. The Auxiliary umbrella includes the following office and services at the College: Dining Services, Events Management, Office Services, OneCard, the Post Office, the Swarthmore Campus & Community Store, the Lang Performing Arts Center, and the Inn at Swarthmore*. Two sessions are offered and you only need to attend one session: 1:30– 3:00pm; or 3:00–4:30pm. *will not be presenting during this session

Worthmore Open Hours

2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. in Willets Basement 101

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.–5:00 p.m. Behind McCabe Library (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 2022.  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.

Snacks in Parrish

11 p.m.–1 a.m. in Parrish Hall, Shane Lounge

A late-night snack hosted by the Orientation Committee.