Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates for the Summer Scholars Program?

The Summer Scholars Program takes place June 23 - July 27, 2018.

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

Yes, we recognize that the continuity of the Summer Scholars Program is part of what makes it a wonderful, exciting opportunity for students. If you are admitted, we expect you to commit to attending all five weeks of the program.

Do I go home and then come back for orientation?

Yes, the Swarthmore Summer Scholars Program is not a substitute for orientation.  

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 $2,375 as a stipend. It will cover your summer earnings for the summer of 2018 and include $75 per week spending money while you are in the five-week session. In addition, room and board costs are included as part of the program.

Do I need to pay for my transportation to and from Swarthmore for the Summer Scholars Program?

No, Swarthmore will cover your transportation costs to participate in the Summer Scholars Program. You will travel to campus for the program, and then back home again for a few weeks before starting your fall semester at Swarthmore.

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 has passed for the 2018 program. Applications could be submitted online or by mail, using the paper application that we was sent to 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 2018 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.

What resources will be available to me after my classes begin in the fall?

In addition to mentoring from your professors in the Summer Scholars Program, Swarthmore provides an array of resources, including tutoring and academic advising, to help all students succeed. We are dedicated to your success!

In addition, many Swarthmore students participate in peer mentoring programs. Students are committed to helping each other do well; here are some examples:

  • Writing Associates: The Writing Associates Program has been active at Swarthmore for more than 25 years. Writing Associates, or WAs, as they are commonly known, are fellow Swatties who have been trained as peer writing coaches. WAs are available to help you with writing projects in all disciplines, whether it's a biology lab report, a religion essay, or a psychology research paper. You can talk to WAs about your projects at any stage of the writing process, from thinking through an outline to polishing a final draft. The Writing Center is open every day.
  • Speaking Associates: Speaking Associates, or SPAs, are Writing Associates who have received additional training in how to deliver oral presentations. If you need help creating visual aids, speaking in front of a group of people, or fielding questions about your work, SPAs can help!
  • Science Associates: Science Associates are advanced biology students who work with other students in small discussion groups. These sessions focus on creating better problem-solving techniques, and snacks are also available!
  • Ninjas: Ninjas are student mentors in the Computer Science Department. If you take a computer science course or lab, ninjas will be there to guide you. Ninjas also hold study sessions to help prepare for tests, work through lab assignments, and share snacks in a friendly, confidence-building environment.
  • Pi-rates: Pi-rates are student assistants in designated first year math classes. They attend class to help guide group work and run evening sessions offering help on homework, and general support.
  • Wizards: Whether you plan to take engineering classes, wizards can show you the ropes. Wizard sessions are held regularly to answer questions and get help with your homework.
  • Student Academic Mentors: No matter where you live on campus, a SAM (Student Academic Mentor) will be one of your neighbors. Every residence hall has SAMs on hand to help you with general college skills like time management, organization, study strategies, and reading techniques. SAMs are also ready to assist you with subject-specific challenges.