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Swarthmore in Love

Hundreds have met their match at Swarthmore — it’s called the ‘Quaker Matchbox’ for a reason. So this Valentine’s Day, we asked for heartwarming stories of the alumni who met their special someone because of Swarthmore. And our Matchbox Couples did not disappoint. Alumni who hail from near and far shared their first encounters, with some even recalling the unique experience of crossing paths during the annual Pterodactyl Hunt.

Click on the pictures below and read more about how our alumni first met their significant others, as told in their own words. Happy Valentine’s Day!

The Matchbox Couple stories featured here were self-submitted to the Communications Office following social media solicitations in both 2023 and 2024. If you would like to submit your Matchbox Couple story for a future post, email

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