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Summer Scholars Program

Summer Scholars

Department Overview

Swarthmore is committed to expanding access to learning, no matter what type of educational background you have.

The Swarthmore Summer Scholars Program (S3P) affirms our dedication to providing resources and support for all students. If you are the first in your family to attend college, come from a low-income background, or belong to a traditionally underrepresented group, and have a self-described interest in STEM fields, our Summer Scholars Program could be a great match for you. All costs are covered for participants, including tuition, room and board, transportation, and books.

Many students are intellectually ready, but may be academically underprepared, for the rigors of education in the STEM (Science, Technology, Education, Math) fields. The goal of the Summer Scholars Program is to support you as you begin your studies at Swarthmore. This invitation-only, competitive-entry program provides sixteen students with a full academic immersion experience during four weeks of the summer following your senior year of high school, and one additional week during January of your first year at Swarthmore. If you participate in the Summer Scholars Program, you will acclimate more rapidly to college life, develop a familiarity with the type of coursework expected at Swarthmore, and benefit from the unique opportunity to get to know some of your professors before fall classes begin.

Faculty who teach in the Summer Scholars Program will continue to work with you for the duration of your time at Swarthmore, in both formal and informal settings. You will be matched to a professor and receive mentoring during all four years of your academic career at the College. This extension of the program provides you with an invaluable opportunity to receive guidance specific to your individual background, areas of challenge, and plans for the future.

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"S3P has shown me that I will be challenged at Swarthmore, but with the support of the college community, I will be the first person in my family to graduate from college." 
- Summer Scholar, Class of 2022

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Expanding Access

Providing access to students for whom college may be a novel culture goes hand-in-hand with making sure students feel at home at Swarthmore once they're here. Read first-person stories from faculty and staff members who reflect on their experiences as first-generation and low-income students, which drives their dedication to today's students.

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