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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 2023 Summer Scholars Program will take place July 31 - August 11, 2023 (virtually), August 14 - 28, 2023 (on-campus) and January 14 - 21, 2024 (on-campus). 

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.

Can international students apply to the Summer Scholars Program?

No, international students cannot apply to the program.  At this time the Summer Scholars Program overlaps with International Student Orientation, which students are required to attend.

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. We do not recommend making other academic or professional commitments during S3P.

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

No, New Student Orientation will begin the day after S3P ends. During S3P, Scholars will live in their fall housing assignments so that they are fully moved in when New Student Orientation begins.

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

The deadline to apply for the 2023 program is Monday, May 15th at 11:59pm ET. Applications may be submitted online by invited students only.

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.