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Orientation Schedule

Orientation First Meeting of the Class of 2019

The Fall 2021 Orientation schedule will continue to be shared throughout August 2021.

Move-in information can be found here.  All information provided below is tentative, and dependent upon the trajectory of the COVID-19 virus. For the most up-to-date information please check the College's COVID19 website.

Tuesday, August 24th

Arrival and Check in

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Your Residence Hall then Parrish Porch
Keys can be picked up at each residence hall from 8 a.m. to noon. After moving into your dorm room, please report to Parrish to pick up your OneCard and Orientation Group information. If your OneCard is not in Parrish please report to the OneCard Office (Parrish 131A) to have one made as soon as possible. From noon to 5 p.m., keys and OneCards will still be available for pickup in Parrish 104.

Voter Registration

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Parrish Tent
Register to Vote locally or in your home district!

PNC Bank Representatives

8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Parrish Tent
For your convenience, PNC Bank will be on campus during move-in to help you open your student checking account. PNC Bank’s Student Virtual Wallet checking account has many great features, including no minimum balance and no monthly fee for six years. PNC’s Swarthmore branch is located right up the street from campus, less than a quarter mile away. To open an account, a student will need two forms of ID and their social security number.

Student Payroll Drop In

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Parrish Tent
If you want to work on campus stop by the large tent outside Parrish and meet with the Student Payroll Office to submit your employment forms (W-4, etc.). Bring with you, the Federally required ID documents as detailed on the Student Employment website.

Campus Community Store Open

8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Campus Community Store
New students, family members, and friends are invited to shop for Bed Bath & Beyond products at this collaborative pop-up.

Campus Tours

9:00 - 10:00, 10:00 - 11:00, & 11:00 -12:00 - Meet on Parrish Lawn
The tours will leave at 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00 a.m. Groups can convene outside of Parrish Hall (look for the red velvet ropes on stanchions)

Meeting for Families of First-Year and Transfer Student Athletes

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Matchbox 3rd Floor
Learn more about Division III and the Swarthmore athletics experience, at this event designed for parents and guardians.

Lunch

11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. - Sharples
Lunch is provided for students and family members.

Orientation Group Kick off

2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Mertz Field
This will be the first opportunity for you to meet the other students in your Orientation Group and your group leaders!

Family Welcome

2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Scott Outdoor Amphitheater
President Valerie Smith, Provost and Dean of the Faculty Sarah Willie-LeBreton, and Vice President for Student Affairs Students Jim Terhune welcome family members to the Swarthmore College community.

Family Farewells

3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. - Science Center Quad
The time has come to say goodbye. This event marks the end of the family portion of orientation. Families are invited to meet President Valerie Smith and other members of the administration and faculty at this informal reception.

New Student Welcome

4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. - Scott Outdoor Amphitheater
Hear from Jim Terhune (Vice President of Student Affairs), Jim Bock (Vice President and Dean of Admissions) who will welcome you to Swarthmore College. Additional student and alumni speakers will also be presenting.

Orientation Group Dinner

5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Sharples

Living on Campus

6:45 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - LPAC Theater
In college learning how to live and learn together in the residence halls is essential to a liberal arts education. The Residential Communities Team and Resident Assistants are here to support you in your journey. Join the Residential Communities Coordinators, Director of Residential Communities, and Resident Assistants to learn more about building dynamic and inclusive residential communities at Swarthmore!

Evening Activity - First Community Meeting

8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. - Your Hall
Take part in your residence hall’s first community meeting. Join up with your orientation group, head back to the hall, and relax!

Ice Cream Socials

10:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. - Various Locations
Join your residential peer leaders and friends in ML Breakfast Room, Mephistos Lounge, Danawell Connector, or Shane Lounge in Parrish Hall for some ice cream and toppings.

Wednesday, August 25th

Breakfast

7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - Sharples

Japanese written exam

9:00 a.m - 9:30 a.m. - Kohlberg 326
Written placement exam in Japanese, for students who are advised to take the exam.

Welcome & Introduction to the Queries

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. - LPAC Theater
The session includes an introduction to the queries by Swarthmore's Dean of First-Year Students Karen Henry '87, and a welcome address from Swarthmore's President Valerie Smith, Dean of Students Tomoko Sakomura, and Associate Professor of Psychology Jedidiah Siev.

Advising and Registration

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. - LPAC Theater
Dean of First-Year Students Karen Henry ’87 moderates this session in which Dean of Students Tomoko Sakomura and Registrar Kristen Smith offer advice on choosing and registering for classes.

Academics Session for Transfer students

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. - Singer Hall Commons
Academic session for new transfer students

Lunch with SAMs

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Sharples
Sharples Dining Hall

Dance Info session

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - LPAC dance studio
Learn about opportunities with the Dance Department.

Japanese language interviews

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Individually scheduled via Zoom
For students who were advised to participate in oral interviews for Japanese language placement.

Swim Test

1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Ware Pool
See your email for your assigned swim test time.

Computer Help

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Parrish Hall - Shane Lounge
ITS helpers will be available to assist with tech support issues in Shane Lounge.

Library Orientation

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - McCabe Library
Get a jump start on finding course books and making sense of college-level research! Sign up for a half-hour workshop at one of the Libraries (McCabe, Cornell, or Underhill). Meet a librarian and a RIA (Research & Information Associate) and walk away with free Library swag!

Chinese language oral interviews (individually scheduled)

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Individually scheduled via Zoom
For students who were advised to participate in oral interviews for Chinese language placement.

Matchbox Open House

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - 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.

Board Games and Speed Friending

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Parrish Beach
Stop by Parrish Beach to bee-friend someone new, have a snack, and cool off in the shade of Parrish Tent to play a board game. We’ll have classics like Monopoly, Sorry, and Operation. We’ll also have some new favorites like Catan, Ticket to Ride, and What do you Meme.

Student Employment Information Session

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Sci 101
Learn about the ins and outs of working on campus.

SAM Drop-In Hours

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Trotter Tent
Get academic advice from Student Academic Mentors (SAMs) on selecting your first classes and ask them questions about planning your course load.

First-Gen and Low-Income (FLI) Student Session

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Upper Tarble
FLI - First Gen and Low Income Student Session.

Music 48 Orientation

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. - Lang Music Building concert hall
Learn about private music lessons for credit. Financial assistance is available to help cover the cost. The Music faculty will also introduce our music ensembles and fall courses.

First Year Worthmore Open Hours

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Willets Basement
Stop by Swarthmore's free store to pick up items for your dorm room

Sustainability Kick Off

4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. - LPAC Theater
Learn about Swarthmore’s sustainability initiatives.

Computer Help

4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Sharples
ITS helpers will be available to assist with tech support issues in Shane Lounge and Sharples Dining Hall (4:30–6:30 p.m.).

Orientation Group Dinner

4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Sharples

The Lang Center Open House

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility
Stop by the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility to learn more about summer internship funding and other engaged scholarship opportunities

Building an Inclusive Community

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - LPAC Theater
Learn the building blocks of Building an Inclusive Community. Explore what it means to be a community and the role you play in fostering an inclusive community at Swarthmore College.

Tour and Discussion at Campus Community Centers

8:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. - Intercultural Center, Black Cultural Center, Women's Resource Center
Head out to the cultural centers to learn more about their initiatives, ways to get involved and opportunities for networking and dialogue.

Silent Disco & Movie

10:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. - Parrish Beach
Which is more fun— dancing in a silent disco or watching one? Come find out! Then dance your way over to watch a movie outside Clothier Hall.

Glow in the Dark Games

10:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. - Mertz Field
If running around in the dark is more your speed, join a glowed-up game of tag or hide-and-seek.

Thursday, August 26th

Breakfast

7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - Sharples

Understanding Your Loans

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - Sci 101
This session is required for any student who will borrow from the Federal Direct Stafford Loans program now or in the future.

Academic Advising Fair

10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. - Outdoors (amid the Science Center, Kohlberg and Singer Halls), rain location: Science Center
Representatives from all academic departments and programs will answer questions and assist with course selection.

Individual Meetings with Academic Advisers

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Schedule Locations with Advisors
Required individual meetings with your adviser happen from 1 to 5 p.m. Stop by your advisor's office (listed in the college online directory) at 11:15 a.m. to schedule an individual meeting. Some advisers use this time for a small-group meeting, leading up to individual meetings in the afternoon.

Orientation Group Lunch

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Sharples

Scott Arboretum Plant Giveaway

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - The Wister Center of Scott Arboretum
While free plants will be available from 1-3pm, to keep the lines short, we suggest that students with last names starting with A-L attend 1-2pm and students with last names starting with M-Z attend 2-3 pm.

Placement: Contemporary Modern Dance & Ballet

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. or 2:05 p.m. - 3:05 p.m. - LPAC 3, Boyer Dance Studio
Students wishing to enroll in Contemporary Modern II, Contemporary Modern III, Modern Repertory, Ballet II, Ballet III, Pointe & Partnering, and/or Ballet Repertory should attend one of two one-hour placement classes. Please arrive five minutes early to fill out a short informational form and come dressed to dance (athletic clothes are fine!). All past experience is welcome."

Swim Test

1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Ware Pool
See your email for your assigned swim test time.

Computer Help

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Parrish Hall - Shane Lounge
ITS helpers will be available to assist with tech support issues in Shane Lounge.

Afternoon Arts & Crafts

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Parrish Tents
Stop by Parrish Tent to hang out with your orientation committee while doing some arts and crafts! We’ll have acrylic paints, beading, nail polish, origami, friendship bracelets, MadLibs, tie dye materials, and more!

Low-key Ultimate Frisbee

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Mertz Field
All experience levels welcome— we’ll explain how it works! Come play part or all of a game of ultimate frisbee!

Library Orientation

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - McCabe Library
Get a jump start on finding course books and making sense of college-level research! Sign up for a half-hour workshop at one of the Libraries (McCabe, Cornell, or Underhill). Meet a librarian and a RIA (Research & Information Associate) and walk away with free Library swag!

Advising Meetings

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Advisor Offices
Required individual meetings with your adviser happen from 1 to 5 p.m., so stop by your adviser's office at 11:15 a.m. to schedule an individual meeting.

SAM drop in hours

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Trotter Tent
Get academic advice from Student Academic Mentors (SAMs) on selecting your first classes and ask them questions about planning your courseload.

Computer Help

4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Sharples
ITS helpers will be available to assist with tech support issues in Shane Lounge and Sharples Dining Hall (4:30–6:30 p.m.).

Orientation Group Dinner

4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Sharples
 

Healthy Connection: Sex, Relationships, and Consent at Swarthmore

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - LPAC Theater
Title IX Coordinator Bindu Jayne will facilitate a discussion around healthy relationships, consent, and boundaries. You will also learn about campus partners and resources available to you as you navigate these issues at Swarthmore.

Philly Foods Night

10:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. - Parrish Beach
Philly is an awesome place for good eats, so the Orientation Committee is bringing you some of the city’s finest culinary treats.

Friday, August 27th

Breakfast

7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - Sharples

Advising meetings

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Advisor Offices
Scheduled, required individual meetings with academic advisers - if you did not meet with your adviser on Thursday or if you have follow-up questions.

Session for Transfer Students and Orientation Sophomores

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. - Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility
Learn about resources available through the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility.

First Year Worthmore Open Hours

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Willets Basement
Stop by Swarthmore's free store to pick up items for your dorm room

Online Course Registration

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - McCabe Library or on your own computer
Student Academic Mentors (SAMs) will be stationed in the residence halls and at public computers across campus to provide assistance in registering for classes.

Lunch

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Sharples

Library Orientation

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - McCabe Library
Get a jump-start on finding course books and making sense of college-level research. Sign up for a half-hour workshop at one of the libraries (McCabe, Cornell, or Underhill). Meet a librarian and a research & information associate, and walk away with free library swag!

Campus Resource and Job Fair

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Parrish Beach
Meet with campus employers and learn about resources available to you at Swarthmore.

Jummah Prayer

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. - Trotter Tent
Join the Muslim Student Association for Friday prayer. All are welcome.

Good Food Garden Open House

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Good Food Garden
Learn about campus vegetable gardening with some morning harvesting, weeding, and pruning! The Good Food Garden located on the corner of Elm and Cedar.

Dinner

4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Sharples

Shabbat Services with Swarthmore Kehilah

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Worth Courtyard
A brief nondenominational Shabbat service and songs. Kehilah, Swarthmore's Jewish student organization, is LGBTQ+-affirming. All are welcome.

Shabbat Dinner with Swarthmore Kehilah

6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. - Worth Courtyard
Shabbat dinner prepared by students. All are welcome.

Alcohol, Other-Drugs, & YOU: Managing the College Effect

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - LPAC Theater
The "college effect" is a research-found phenomenon stating that there is an uptick in alcohol and other drug (AOD) use soon after high school graduation for students who choose to engage with substances. In an attempt to make sure all Swat students are in the driver seat of their behavioral health, this program aims to educate, reduce stigma, and highlight how AOD use/non-use connects to overall well-being.

Open-Mic Night

10:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. - Sharples Patio
Come listen to your fellow Swatties showcase their talents while you enjoy tasty treats!

Saturday, August 28th

Breakfast

7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - Sharples

Follow up Advising Question and Answer

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. - Zoom
Discuss follow up academic questions via Zoom with the department chairs and program coordinators from a range of academic departments and programs.

Visit Ville

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Ville
Familiarize yourself with the local community during Swarthmore’s weekly farmers market.

Find your classrooms and Labs

11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Campus
To avoid stress or confusion during the first week of classes, find your classrooms and labs today.

Lunch

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Sharples Dining Hall

Arboretum Walks in Crum

2:00 - 3:15 p.m. - 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. - Willets Basement
Stop by Swarthmore's free store to pick up items for your dorm room

Class Picture and Tree Planting

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - McGill Walk - Picture Takes Place on Mertz Field
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 2025. This will allow you to get to know your tree as you continue your Swarthmore experience.

Dinner

4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Sharples Dining Hall
 

First Collection

6:45 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Scott Outdoor Amphitheater
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

9:00 p.m.-11p.m. - LPAC Theater
Written, directed, and starring Swarthmore students, this performance is a time honored and good natured look at all a first year here can bring.

Sunday, August 29th

Interfaith Open House

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - IC Dome
All are invited to meet representatives from all campus religious groups and enjoy refreshments.