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Office of Academic Success

professor and student talking at the new student advising fair

Department Overview

The Office of Academic Success coordinates advising for students and connects students to academic resources and other services on campus. Our goal is to provide academic advising and resources that will help students to:

  • meet graduation requirements
  • navigate the college and plan for their lives beyond Swarthmore
  • choose courses of study including majors, minors, and Honors
  • prepare for graduate study or careers
  • find appropriate fellowships.

Further, our goal is to provide each student with the advising and resources to obtain a satisfying, enriching, balanced, and transformative liberal arts education.

Academic advising is coordinated through the office in partnership with academic departments and programs. Some learning resources are also coordinated through the office by the deans, Registrar's Office, Student Disability Services, Pre-Med and Pre-Law advising, Fellowships and Prizes, the Student Academic Mentor program, and tutor assignments. Other resources are based in departments (Ninjas, Science Associates, PiRates, Wizards, etc.) and in designated centers and offices on campus (the Writing Center, Career Services).

Most students use one or more of these resources during their time at Swarthmore to enhance their experience, strengthen their performance, or prepare for graduate school or career. As a small, caring institution, we strive to open up advising and resources to all and encourage students to collaborate with trained peer tutors and with professional advisors.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working remotely. The best way to reach us is by emailing us at our individual email addresses.

Office of Academic Success Staff

Tomoko Sakomura

Dean of Students

Professor of Art History



  1. Phone: (610) 328-8119
  2. Parrish 108
Tomoko Sakomura

Mira Baric

Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Students

Dean's Office


  1. Phone: (610) 328-8367
  2. Parrish Hall 108

Karen Henry '87

Dean of First Year Students


  1. Phone: (610) 328-8169
  2. Office: Parrish 130
Karen Henry

Nakia Waters

Program Coordinator FLI

Black Cultural Center

Dean's Office


  1. Phone: (610) 690-5541
  2. Black Cultural Center 303B
  3. Parrish Hall E126

Jana Daly (Judge)

Assistant Registrar

Registrar's Office


  1. Phone: (610) 328-7832
  2. Parrish Hall 124

Jenna Hunt

Assistant Registrar

Registrar's Office


  1. Phone: (610) 328-8298

Liz Derickson '01

Associate Dean of Academic Success


  1. Phone: (610) 328-8475
  2. Parrish Hall 109
Liz Derickson

Monica Vance

Director of Student Disability Services

Dean's Office


  1. Phone: (610) 328-7358
  2. Fax: (610) 690-3350
  3. Parrish Hall West 113
professional photo of Monica L. Vance

Melissa Mandos

Fellowships and Prizes Advisor, SAM (Student Academic Mentor) Program Director


  1. Phone: (610) 328-8363
  2. Parrish 115
Melissa Mandos

Gigi Simeone

Health Sciences/Pre Law Advisor


  1. Phone: (610) 328-8589
  2. Parrish West 125
Gigi Simeone

Jennifer Lenway, MSW

Administrative Assistant for Health Sciences and Pre-Law Advising


  1. Phone: (610) 328-8356
  2. Parrish 121