Connecting the Liberal Arts
Swarthmore is extending the power of the liberal arts by bridging and coupling disciplines and by connecting the classroom to the world. We will strengthen our position as a leading liberal arts college by endowing new professorships, underwriting faculty research, and creating opportunities for learning beyond the classroom. The goal for connecting the liberal arts is $100 million.
Beyond the Classroom: Talia Borofsky ’18
Talia discusses her summer research project "Do Brains and Bees Think Alike?" and the unexpected ups and downs of animal research.
Faculty Research at Swarthmore
From Old English poetry to gene expression in Arabidopsis, Swarthmore faculty are engaging in diverse areas of research and scholarship.
"The beauty of looking at something so well-known and seemingly overexamined is that if you come at it from a different angle, you might find that we actually know very little about it." — Associate Professor of Music Barbara Milewski, who won an NEH grant to study an iconic post-World War II Polish film.
Politics of Punishment
Professor Keith Reeves ’88’s course, taught simultaneously to Swarthmore students and to State Correctional Institution inmates in Chester, Pa., grounds the intellectual discussion of incarceration in reality.
Alfred H. and Peggi Bloom Professor of English Literature Craig Williamson’s most recent book, The Complete Old English Poems, is a culmination of his life's work. It translates 31,000 lines of Old English poetry into modern, strong-stress, alliterative verse.
Associate Professor of Biology Nick Kaplinsky needed a microscope to heat-shock and image plants, but building one from new parts would have cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Instead, he built one himself with repurposed parts and a 3-D printer.
Connecting the Classroom to the World: Learning and Living Abroad
Almost 50 years after his junior year abroad in England, Joe Kelly '71 credits that experience—and the scholarship that made it possible—with putting his life "on a course that was incredibly rich and fulfilling.”
"We are overwhelmingly confident that our son, Drew, will look back on his decision to attend Swarthmore as being among the best and most important decisions our family has ever made. The College's educational style goes beyond presenting facts to teaching young people how to think and to solve problems across disciplines." —Andy & Susan Langan P’17, Co-Chairs, Parents Council
"The liberal arts is a profoundly optimistic way to view the world. I think it sets you up for a lifetime of engaging with the world and with other people in a really meaningful way." –Bobby Zipp '18
Building an Inclusive Community
Swarthmore is committed to fostering an environment in which all students can flourish and engage with ideas and experiences that differ from their own. We will invest in need-blind admissions; financial aid in the form of grants rather than loans; and expanded student support services. Additionally, we will build the capacity of the Dean’s Discretionary Fund, which helps low-income students meet unanticipated expenses such as out of pocket medical expenses, travel for family emergencies or interviews, and costs associated with unpaid internships. The goal for building an inclusive community is $130 million.
"Being at Swarthmore is such an enriching experience where I don’t feel like my socioeconomic background matters or holds me back. I can't describe the feeling of being able to pursue my dreams in a place where I get to be part of an actual community." — Alejandra Sandoval '20, Marion L. Dannenberg Scholar, from Gadsden, AZ
"Neither of my parents graduated from elementary school because they needed to work to help their families economically. I grew up in a household where I experienced the hardship of barely making ends meet. I saw my mother's shoulders slump when she'd come home after a long day working at the fields. I've experienced hardships, but I've been lucky enough to have had the help to pay for my college education."
"The Dean's Discretionary Fund is an investment in our students and an on-the-ground expression of our support for them. This support follows through on our responsibility to do everything that we can to give our students the tools they need to thrive." —Jane Lang '67
"I would not be able to attend this wonderful college if financial aid did not exist. Not only was Swarthmore my number one choice academically and socially, it was also the school that was best able to support my family and me financially." —Michael Davinroy ’19, Frederick J. Wiest Jr. '37 and Elizabeth S. Wiest '38 Scholar, from Freeburg, IL
"I feel so lucky to be able to attend this school and receive all the opportunity that comes with attending it. I have been able to push myself academically and as a person while studying and living here. I feel as if attending Swarthmore has allowed my mind and my expectations for myself to expand. I am constantly amazed at how every class I take at Swarthmore seems to help me grow as a person."
Creating Vital Spaces
Swarthmore is well-known for its beautiful campus. New structures such as the Biology-Engineering-Psychology building and renovated spaces such as the James Hormel-Michael Nguyen Intercultural Center in Sproul Observatory will enhance the academic mission and inspire and support healthy and productive co-curricular activities. The goal for creating vital spaces is $150 million.
"This project is revolutionary for Swarthmore. This will be the first time these three disciplines will cohabitate." — Carr Everbach, Chair of Engineering
Completed in 2014, the Matchbox demonstrates the College’s commitment to fitness and wellness initiatives that benefit the entire campus community.