Students in good standing may enroll in most courses offered at Swarthmore College on a space-available basis. This does not generally apply to Honors Seminars. Students are encouraged to declare their intention to enroll in a Swarthmore course at pregistration. Actual registration at Swarthmore does not begin until after Swarthmore's preregistration ends. You may also register at the beginning of each semester.
Step-by-step instructions are available on the Registrar's site.
The registration process for Penn courses is somewhat similar to the process for Swarthmore courses. However, there are important limits on what Penn courses a student may take.
Bryn Mawr students in good standing may register for up to two liberal arts courses a semester in the College of Arts and Sciences or the College of Liberal and Professional Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, on a space-available basis, provided that the course does not focus on material that is covered by courses at Bryn Mawr or Haverford. Scheduling problems are not considered an adequate reason for seeking admission to a course at Penn.
In addition, beginning in Fall 2014, over her time at Bryn Mawr, a student may count towards her degree up to four courses taught outside the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. To ensure that students spend their first two years exploring the liberal arts curriculum, gaining breadth, and preparing for a major, students will enroll in no such courses during the first year of study and no more than one such course in the sophomore year. These courses must be taken during the fall or spring semesters; summer courses are excluded. The total number of Penn courses taken each semester may not exceed two.
Please note that Penn has a different academic calendar than the one used by Bryn Mawr and Haverford. Students are responsible for knowing and abiding by all Penn deadlines. For more information and for the online form, click here.
All students living on campus (at Bryn Mawr or at Haverford) are eligible for reimbursement towards travel expenses for classes taken at Penn. After the end of the third week of classes, Financial Aid will send all students enrolled in Penn courses a copy of the University of Pennsylvania Travel Grant Application. The student must complete and return the application to the second floor of the Benham Gateway Building.
Once the application is received, Financial Aid determines the amount of the travel grant based upon the number of required trips to Philadelphia and whether or not the student is a financial aid recipient. In compliance with University policy, students who are not financial aid recipients receive less. Awards reflect costs of travel on the Norristown High Speed Line (the 100), unless it is necessary to travel after 5:00 pm during the Fall and Winter or after 6:00 pm in the Spring. If students travel during these later hours, eligible students will be reimbursed at the rate of the regional rail.
Questions about Penn travel awards should be referred to Financial Aid at 610-526-5245 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Financial Aid is located on the 2nd floor, Benham Gateway Building.
Classes begin at Penn
Dorms reopen at 9am
Classes begin at Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore
PE registration begins
Confirmation of Registration (first-years)
Labor Day (no classes at Bryn Mawr and Haverford)
Confirmation of Registration (sophomores)
Last day to declare Cr/NC option for first quarter courses (5 pm)
Last day to drop a fifth course at Bryn Mawr and Haverford
Last day to declare Cr/NC option for full semester courses (5 pm)
Fall Break (begins after last class on Oct. 9)
Last day of first quarter courses
Second quarter courses (including PE) begin
Last day to add second quarter courses
Preregistration Advising for Spring
Preregistration Period in BiONiC
Last day to drop second quarter courses
Last day to declare Cr/NC option for second quarter courses (5 p.m.)
Thanksgiving Break (begins after last class on Nov. 25)
Last day of classes at Swarthmore and Penn
Last day of classes: all written work due 5 p.m.
Last day of classes at Haverford and Swarthmore
Examination Period (ends at 12:30 pm on December 18)
Dorms close at 6 pm