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Frequently Asked Questions

Amy Vollmer with Summer Scholars Students

Who can apply to be a Summer Scholar? 

You must be invited to apply to become an S3P Scholar. Eligible applicants will be invited after they have been admitted to Swarthmore, and must matriculate to the college to be accepted into S3P. 

What are the dates for the Summer Scholars Program?

The 2024 Summer Scholars Program will take place July 8 - August 2, 2024 and January 15 - 20, 2025.

How much does the program cost?

S3P is completely FREE. In fact, if you are selected as an S3P Scholar,  you will receive a $2,375 stipend for your full participation in the program.

Is this program for academic credit?

While S3P provides a rigorous academic experience similar to what students will encounter during a real Swarthmore semester, Scholars will not receive course credit or official grades for their participation in S3P. For more information, please visit our Academic Program page.

How do I apply? What is the application deadline?

Students must be invited to apply for S3P, and applications may be submitted online via your admitted student portal. Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm ET on May 15, 2024.

Can international students apply to the Summer Scholars Program?

At this time, international students are not eligible to apply for the program.

Can I have another job or academic commitment during S3P?

Scholars must commit to fully participating in this intensive program, which includes programming in the evenings and on weekends. Scholars may not make other academic or professional commitments for the duration of S3P.

Is there a break between the end of S3P and the start of First-Year Orientation?

Yes, Scholars will return home after the program ends on August 2nd, 2024. This year, First-Year Orientation begins on August 27th, 2024.