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Orientation Schedule

Large group of students sitting in the college's amphitheater holding candles at night time collection.

Orientation is August 29 through September 3. The full schedule will be available closer to the start of Orientation through our Swarthmore app. 

Glance at move in day (August 29th):

Residence Hall move in opens at 8am

Student Meet Up at 2:30

Family Welcome at 2:45

Family Farewells at 3:30

Student Orientation Kick Off at 4:30


We will share more detailed information as soon as we can. For now, here is a general tentative time line:

  • Mid-May: We will email you with info on how to set up your Swarthmore email account and network access, and how to complete new student forms in mySwarthmore - your online hub for student life.
  • June 1: Your new student forms (like the Advising questionnaire) are due in mySwarthmore.
  • Late June: Your final high school transcripts are due to the Admissions Office.
  • Mid-July: We plan to email you with info on how to complete academic placement exams online. Housing assignments will be shared with you via our Housing Portal in mySwarthmore.
  • Early-mid August: Your academic placement exams are due.
  • August 29: New Student Move-In Day.
  • August 29 through September 3: In-person New Student Orientation on campus. Academic advising and course registration.