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Frequently Asked Questions

Amy Vollmer with Summer Scholars Students

Who can apply to be a Summer Scholar? 

Students can apply to be a Summer Scholar if they have been admitted to Swarthmore, invited by Admissions, and will enroll in the fall semester at Swarthmore.

What are the dates for the Summer Scholars Program?

The Summer Scholars Program takes place July 26 - August 23, 2021 and January 10-17, 2022.

Will I be obligated to attend all weeks of the program?

If you are admitted, we expect you to commit to attending all weeks of our program (including weekends) as well as the week in January prior to the start of spring classes during your first year.

Do I go home and then come back for orientation?

No, the on-campus week will occur before orientation. We suggest treating your S3P move-in day as your Fall Semester move-in day and to bring everything you were planning to move in with you. You will live in your assigned residence hall during the on-campus portion and will not have to move again after the program ends.

Do I pay anything to participate?

If you are selected to participate in the Summer Scholars Program, there is no fee and you will receive a $2,375 as a stipend at the end of the four weeks.

Can any student apply to participate in the Summer Scholars Program?

No, only invited students may apply.

What is the application deadline for the program? How do I apply?

The application deadline for the 2021 program will be announced in the spring to invited students. Applications may be submitted online by invited students.

Who teaches me? Is this program for grades or academic credit?

The faculty for the Swarthmore Summer Scholars Program for the summer of 2020 are shown on our Faculty & Staff page. These faculty are current Swarthmore faculty members who are honored to be part of the program. Grades and credit are not a part of this program as stated in the Academic Program description on this website.