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For Swarthmore Students: How to Register for Courses at Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and UPenn

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The Swarthmore Tri-College and Penn exchanges are available to enrolled full-time undergraduate degree candidates at Swarthmore for undergraduate courses only. Other students at Swarthmore are not eligible to exchange at Bryn Mawr, Haverford, or UPenn.

Registration for Courses at Bryn Mawr

FALL 2019:

  • ADD/DROP PERIOD FOR SWARTHMORE STUDENTS: Friday, Sept. 13 , 2019

  • BRYN MAWR CLASSES BEGIN: Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019

  • BRYN MAWR CLASSES END: Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019
  • FINAL EXAMS PERIOD: Sunday, Dec. 15 – Friday, Dec. 20, 2019 (ends at 12:30pm)

to register for a course at Bryn Mawr:

  1. Complete the Swarthmore–Bryn Mawr Course Application Form [pdf] also available from the Swarthmore Registrar’s Office.
  2. Secure the appropriate Swarthmore College approving signatures (chair and advisor) on this form.
  3. Bring the form to the Bryn Mawr instructor for approving signature.
  4. Bring completed and signed form to the Swarthmore's Registrar’s Office.

Please note:

  • You must comply with both our Add/Drop deadline and theirs, in effect, whichever is earlier.
  • If you have not properly enrolled at both Bryn Mawr AND Swarthmore, you will not receive a grade for the course.
  • You are not allowed to take a course at these colleges (or elsewhere) that repeats one you have previously taken at Swarthmore without the department specifically approving the repetition in a separate note or letter to be attached to the form.
  • No audits.
  • Subject to BMC approval: Final approval of your registration is up to Bryn Mawr and possibly subject to change according to their procedures.
  • Beginning for Fall 2019 registration Bryn Mawr College Chemistry department will need students to come to the first week of class to try to secure a seat. No forms will be signed prior to the first week of class for any Chemistry classes at Bryn Mawr.
  • Swarthmore students who take courses at Haverford and Bryn Mawr do so under the rules concerning papers, examinations, grading, deadlines for completed work, and so on, that pertain at those colleges (i.e., please be aware that beginning languages at Bryn Mawr and Haverford are yearlong courses; both semesters are required for credit, as is true at Swarthmore). Students should plan ahead so as to manage their work successfully on this basis. Exceptions based on difference of procedures between their regulations or calendar and ours will not be granted. Copies of the honor code of Bryn Mawr and Haverford colleges are available in the Swarthmore Registrar's Office.
  • If you drop, withdraw, or make any changes to your registration or the grading mode of the Bryn Mawr or Haverford course, you must notify by email both the Registrar’s Office at Swarthmore College and the Registrar’s Office at the other school(s).

Advisories:

  • Library Advisory: Swarthmore students taking classes at Bryn Mawr who expect to use their Canaday Library after 6 p.m. or on weekends will need to obtain, in advance, a Bryn Mawr OneCard from the Bryn Mawr OneCard Office. More information regarding this change can be found on the Bryn Mawr IS blog.
  • Transportation Advisory: The three colleges support the Tri-Co Van shuttle service. This is the only transportation Swarthmore makes available to you to attend classes at Bryn Mawr or Haverford. Learn the schedule and use it wisely. If you miss the last shuttle or if shuttle service stops due to inclement weather or emergency, you are advised to seek safe emergency housing through the public safety office of the campus on which you find yourself; to contact your professors as needed to let them know why you are not coming and arrange to make up the work; and to await the next shuttle as it becomes available.

Registration for Courses at Haverford

FALL 2019:

  • HAVERFORD PREREGISTRATION FOR SWARTHMORE STUDENTS: Monday, April 8–Friday, April 19, 2019
    * Swarthmore students must observe the above dates if they hope to be included in the lottery for any Haverford limited-enrollment course that begins in Fall 2019. This rule applies to anyone, regardless of college, who wishes to take a Haverford course.
  • ADD/DROP DEADLINE FOR SWARTHMORE STUDENTS: Friday, Sept. 13, 2019
  • HAVERFORD CLASSES BEGIN: Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019
  • HAVERFORD CLASSES END: Friday, Dec. 16, 2019
  • FINAL EXAMS PERIOD: Monday, Dec. 16–Friday, Dec. 20, 2019

to register for a course at Haverford:

  1. Complete the Swarthmore–Haverford Course Application Form [pdf] also available from the Swarthmore Registrar’s Office.
  2. Secure the appropriate Swarthmore College approving signatures (chair and advisor) on this form.
  3. Submit the completed form to the Swarthmore College Registrar's office.

Please note:

  • You must comply with both our Add/Drop deadline and theirs, in effect, whichever is earlier.
  • Lottery results can be found on the Haverford Registrar webpage. Haverford lotteries courses during the first week of school, not earlier. Don’t count on preregistration alone.
  • If you have not properly enrolled at both Haverford AND Swarthmore, you will not receive a grade for the course.
  • You are not allowed to take a course at these colleges (or elsewhere) that repeats one you have previously taken at Swarthmore without the department specifically approving the repetition in a separate note or letter to be attached to the form.
  • No audits.
  • Subject to Haverford approval: Final approval of your registration is up to Haverford and possibly subject to change according to their procedures.
  • Swarthmore students who take courses at Haverford and Bryn Mawr do so under the rules concerning papers, examinations, grading, deadlines for completed work, and so on, that pertain at those colleges (i.e., please be aware that beginning languages at Bryn Mawr and Haverford are yearlong courses; both semesters are required for credit, as is true at Swarthmore). Students should plan ahead so as to manage their work successfully on this basis. Exceptions based on difference of procedures between their regulations or calendar and ours will not be granted. Copies of the honor code of Bryn Mawr and Haverford colleges are available in the Swarthmore Registrar’s Office.
  • If you drop, withdraw, or make any changes to your registration or the grading mode of the Bryn Mawr or Haverford course, you must notify by email both the Registrar’s Office at Swarthmore College and the Registrar’s Office at the other school(s).

Advisories:

  • Transportation Advisory: The three colleges support the Tri-Co Van shuttle service. This is the only transportation Swarthmore makes available to you to attend classes at Bryn Mawr or Haverford. Learn the schedule and use it wisely. If you miss the last shuttle or if shuttle service stops due to inclement weather or emergency, you are advised to seek safe emergency housing through the public safety office of the campus on which you find yourself; to contact your professors as needed to let them know why you are not coming and arrange to make up the work; and to await the next shuttle as it becomes available.

Registration for Courses at University of Pennsylvania

CAUTIONS about the Penn exchange (also called the Quaker consortium):

  • ELECTIVES: Swarthmore students should expect UPenn courses to be Swarthmore electives.
  • Swarthmore allows only one course at UPenn per semester, limited to undergraduate numbers 499 or below, and subject to UPenn’s approval and UPenn's rules. First semester first-year students are not permitted to take courses at UPenn. See more restrictions, below.
  • Swarthmore students should not expect to take a course at UPenn as a requirement for a Swarthmore major, minor, or program. If it works out to count for one after the fact, then fine, but do not expect this in advance of taking it.
  • Swarthmore students should not expect to use UPenn courses to resolve a course scheduling conflict at Swarthmore.
  • UPenn does not permit Swarthmore students to register for any course at UPenn that is regularly offered at Swarthmore College.
  • Register full-time at Swarthmore College for four courses, and only drop ours after you are completely enrolled in your course at UPenn.
  • At UPenn, faculty permission or grade is NOT sufficient to earn credit. You MUST follow the procedure outlined below to be able to earn credit.
  • If you drop, withdraw, or make any changes to your registration including choosing the Credit/No Credit for a University of Pennsylvania course, you must notify by email the Swarthmore Registrar’s Office.
  • UPenn pass/fail deadline is before Swarthmore’s. Pass/Fail options are approved by UPenn professors and do not come with letter grades, so UPenn passing grades cannot be uncovered later the way Swarthmore CR grades can be.
  • A UPenn Incomplete grade must be completed within the first four weeks of the next semester or the grade will automatically be converted to a grade of “NC.”
  • UPenn can deny any proposed course a Swarthmore student wants to take. Swarthmore always respects UPenn’s decisions as gatekeeper of their courses.
  • Our application form requires that you obtain approval from both your faculty advisor and the Swarthmore department under whose purview the course falls. Approval from the Swarthmore Registrar is based on the course being one that is not available at Swarthmore, is relevant to the student’s overall educational plan, and has been approved by the appropriate department here.
  • Swarthmore students who take courses at UPenn do so under the rules concerning papers, examinations, grading, deadlines for completed work, and so on, that pertain THERE. Exceptions based on differences between their regulations or calendar and ours will not be granted.

NOT PERMITTED IN THE PENN EXCHANGE:

  • Swarthmore does not permit Swarthmore students to register for more than one UPenn course per semester.
  • UPenn does not permit Swarthmore students to register for any courses numbered at the graduate or professional levels (course numbers 500 or above).
  • UPenn does not permit Swarthmore students to register for any course at UPenn that is regularly offered at Swarthmore College.
  • UPenn does not permit Swarthmore students to do independent study at UPenn.
  • UPenn does not permit Swarthmore students to audit courses at UPenn.
  • UPenn does not permit Swarthmore students to use the following UPenn resources. Violation of these policies could result in termination of current registration at UPenn and restriction from further participation in the exchange.
    • UPenn’s Career Services
    • PennLink Recruiting System
    • UPenn’s Student Employment
    • UPenn’s Student Financial Services
    • UPenn’s Student Health Service

PENN’S RULES:

Students taking courses at UPenn do so under the final examination schedule, course deadlines, and academic rules concerning papers, examinations, grading, schedules and deadlines for completed work, and so on, that pertain there. Swarthmore students taking a class through the University of Pennsylvania Quaker Consortium must review UPenn’s Quaker Consortium Student Guide [pdf].

Exceptions based on difference of procedures between other regulations or calendar and ours will not be granted to Swarthmore students.

FALL 2019:

  • UPENN REGISTRATION FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED BY THE SWARTHMORE REGISTRAR'S OFFICE STARTING: Monday, April 15, 2019
  • SWARTHMORE’S UPENN REGISTRATION MUST BE COMPLETED BY: FRIDAY, SEPT. 13, 2019
  • UPENN/SWARTHMORE ADD/DROP DEADLINE: Friday, Sept. 13, 2019
  • UPENN'S CLASSES BEGIN: Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019
  • UPENN'S CLASSES END: Monday, Dec. 9, 2019
  • UPENN’S FINAL EXAMS: Dec. 12, -Dec. 19, 2019. Final exam dates are non-negotiable-- if you can't make them work, don't take the class.

Required registration procedure and links to forms:

  1. Swarthmore students wishing to take a class at the University of Pennsylvania must review UPenn’s Quaker Consortium Student Guide [pdf]. Although UPenn allows two courses per semester, Swarthmore only allows one, course number 499 or below. First semester first-year students are not permitted to take courses at UPenn, and first-years should be very thoughtful about how they want to manage their time if considering taking courses at UPenn their second semester.
  2. Complete the Swarthmore Registration for Courses at UPenn form and submit to the Swarthmore Registrar’s Office.
  3. You will get an email from UPenn on the status of your registration. You must meticulously follow all the instructions in that email, which sometimes contains many steps for you to do. Follow all the instructions in order to be fully registered for credit, including the Student Guide instructions for your PennCard and PennKey setup.

HOUSING:

If you are planning to register for a UPenn course with a start date before our courses, you need to be in contact with the Office of Student Engagement regarding the start date for those courses. Early housing will only be considered if UPenn’s LPS has contacted the Swarthmore Registrar’s Office with enrollment verification. Meals will not be included.

UPENN TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT GUIDELINES:

swarthmore.edu/student-life/university-pennsylvania-student-travel-reimbursement-guidelines