Orientation - Saturday, September 1

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, Eldridge Commons

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 overenrolled), attend this registration session to select additional courses to fill in your schedule.

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.

One Card Program and Campus Safety Discussion - 45-minute session

1:30 p.m.–4:15 p.m. in Science Center 101

Learn about the new One Card and ways to help keep yourself and others safe. Three sessions are offered and you only need to attend one session: 1:30–2:15; 2:30–3:15; or 3:30–4:15. 

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.

Arboretum Walks in the Crum

3:30 p.m.–4 p.m. in Scott Amphitheater

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

Orientation Group Dinner

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

Men’s Soccer Hosts Annual Garnet Soccer Alumni Match

5:00 p.m. in Clothier Field

Root for the soccer team.

Your Role in Sustainability Leadership

4:00 p.m.– 6:00 p.m. in Scheuer Room, Kohlberg Hall

Join an essential, how-to session on the sustainability systems of Swarthmore from proper waste sorting techniques to residential energy conservation strategies. Select one of four, 30-minute workshops to attend at 4, 4:30, 5, or 5:30 pm.

First Collection - MOVED TO SUNDAY, September 3rd

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.