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Orientation - Thursday, August 27

Orientation free plant giveaway
The following GENERAL schedule is tentative and based on the 2019 orientation schedule. The schedule will be updated in Summer 2020. 
Don't Miss:
  • Understanding Your Loans, 9:00 - 9:30 a.m., Lang Concert Hall
  • Advising Fair, 10:00 - 11:15 a.m., Science Center
  • Individual Meetings w/ Academic Advisors, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Coming Full Circle: Sex, Relationships and Consent at Swarthmore, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., LPAC


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

Understanding Your Loans

9 a.m.–9:30 a.m. in Lang Concert Hall

This session is required for any student who will borrow from the Federal Direct Stafford Loans program now or in the future. 

Student Employment Information Session

9:30 a.m.–10 a.m. in Lang Concert Hall

Students share the ins and outs of working on campus, the new campus software JobX, and how to get paid.

Academic Advising Fair

10 a.m.–11:15 a.m. in Science Center

Representatives from all academic departments and programs will answer questions and assist with course selection.

Scheduling Your Academic Adviser Meeting

11:30 a.m.–12 p.m. in adviser’s office

Individual meetings with your adviser happen from 1 to 5 p.m., so stop by 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.

Lunch with Your Orientation Groups

12:00 noon–1:30 p.m. in Sharples Dining Hall (Dining hall opens for lunch at 11:30 am)

Games on Parrish Beach

1 p.m.–4 p.m. on Parrish Beach

Enjoy a summer afternoon filled with lawn games, cold snacks, a watermelon eating contest, and more!

Scott Arboretum Plant Giveaway

1 p.m.–3 p.m. in Wister Center

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.


1 p.m.–4 p.m. in Meet in Parrish Hall, Shane Lounge.

Grab a friend or make a new friend here as you join an Orientation Leader to visit four centers on campus and learn about the many valuable resources they offer. Groups leave at 1:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.

Computer Help

1 p.m.–4 p.m. in 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. (half hour program) in McCabe

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! Sign up for a time!

Individual Meetings with Academic Advisers

1 p.m.–5 p.m. in Adviser’s Office

You must meet with your academic adviser before you register for classes.

SAM Drop-In Hours

2 p.m.–4 p.m. in McCabe Library

Get academic advice from sophomore, junior, and senior SAMs on selecting your first classes and ask them questions about planning your course load.

Job Fair 

2 p.m.–4 p.m. in Sharples Dining Hall

Meet with many on-campus employers about available student positions in their offices/departments and submit your employment forms (W-4, etc.) at this event. Bring with you, the necessary required ID documents as detailed on the Student Employment website. (  Session 1 and Session 2 are identical and this is not a first-come-first-served session. 

Don't Get Locked Out: Keeping Your Accounts Secure!

4:00 p.m.– 5:00 p.m. in Sci 101

Swarthmore now has everyone using DUO to better secure their accounts. Learn what you need to know about DUO and 2-Factor Authentication to make sure you keep access to your Swarthmore account - even if you lose or break your phone.

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

4:00 p.m.– 5:30 p.m. Upper Tarble

Stop by and hear from our first generation upper class students about their experiences and learn how they utilized the important resources available on campus

Computer Help

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

ITS helpers will be available to assist with tech support issues in Sharples Dining Hall.

Orientation Group Dinner

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

Coming Full Circle: Sex, Relationships & Consent at Swarthmore

7 p.m.–8:30 p.m. in Lang Performing Arts Center

As you enter college, it is a time for exploration both inside and outside the classroom. This session will explore introductory concepts in human sexuality, consent, and Title IX at Swarthmore. Violence Prevention Educator, Hillary Grumbine; Title IX Coordinator, Bindu Kolli Jayne; and Title IX project manager, Chelsey Eiel will provide space for discussion, questions, and campus resources.

Community Reflections

8:45 p.m.–9:45 p.m. in Locations Around Campus

Guided discussions will be facilitated by returning students.

Philly SNACKFoods!

10 p.m.–12 a.m. in Parrish Circle East—the Rose Garden and Mccabe Clothier side of Parrish

Philly is an awesome place for good eats, so the Orientation Committee is bringing you some of the city’s finest culinary treats. Then, watch a movie outside McCabe, play flashlight tag on the lawn, or just keep hanging out!