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Applying for Graduate & Professional School

Swarthmore has many resources to help you on your Graduate + Professional School journey.

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Master’s & PhD Programs

Thinking about graduate programs?

Start with our guide Applying for Graduate & Professional School to learn more about exploring programs, preparing your materials and applying.

We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with one of our career advisors to discuss exploring and preparing for graduate program applications. Check out Swarthmore Sample Personal Statements.

You can also explore grant opportunities related to graduate work through the Office of Fellowships & Prizes.

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Pre-Health

If you’re considering a career in medicine or the health professions, Swarthmore’s Health Sciences Office will help you. They can work with you to plan out courses and support you throughout the application process. Learn more with the Applying to Medical School Guide.

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Pre-Law

Those interested in law school should plan to meet with Swarthmore’s pre-law advisor. Start by reviewing Swarthmore’s Guide to Pre-Law Studies and Guide to Applying to Law School.

Slate Hyacinthe ’24, Selma Shaban ’24 to Serve Global Community as Watson Fellows

As a Watson Fellow, Slate Hyacinthe ’24 will travel to Brazil, Kenya, India, and Spain next year for their project, “Ecosystem Restoration Communities.” It’s an exploration with lessons for local governments, but one that goes way beyond policy.

“It’s personal,” …

By Ryan Dougherty
Ryan Dougherty
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Psychology Alumni Panel: 3 Main Takeaways

On March 27th, Swarthmore Psychology alumni and students gathered on Zoom to discuss their path in psychology and their careers after Swarthmore. Alumni panelists were asked what they did during their time at Swarthmore, how to decide on grad school, …

By Sofia Perez Barrios
Sofia Perez Barrios Career Fellow
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Political Science Alumni Career Panel. Hosted by Political Science department and Career Services. Alums shared their career paths and insights, offering valuable advice for students.

No Path is StraightEmbrace Your Curiosity

Swarthmore Prepares You for Your Next Steps

Panelists encouraged students to reach out to them on Linkedin or contact Christina Dahl cdahl1@swarthmore.edu in the Political Science department for their emails.

-Arianna Freeman …

By Jennifer Barrington
Jennifer Barrington Associate Director, Career Education
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William Li ’24 to Explore Global Affairs in China as Schwarzman Scholar

Reflecting on his time at the College, William Li ’24 pinpoints what makes Swarthmore special.

“It’s the commitment to community as the foundation of learning,” says the Honors economics and political science major from Ellicott City, Md.

Li is determined …

By Ryan Dougherty
Ryan Dougherty
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Advice for grad school personal statements

6 Tips for Writing a Graduate School Personal Statement from Indeed.com by Jennifer Herrity.

By Kristie Beucler
Kristie Beucler Associate Director, Career Education
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Swarthmore & External Resources

Sample Personal Statement Law

Harvard Law

The Thrill of the Chase

There was something surreal about the scene.  I was seated in an old, …

Sample Personal Statement MBA

STANFORD MBA  Essay A: What matters most to you, and why?

“Don’t close your eyes.” – It’s a spell that …

Sample Personal Statement Architecture

MIT Architecture 

Please give your reasons for wishing to do graduate work in the field you have chosen. Prepare …

Sample Personal Statement History PhD

University of Pennsylvania Ph.D. History

When, in the summer of 2005, I had the opportunity to pursue historical research on …

Sample Personal Statement Communication

Stanford Ph.D. Communication

One of the most poignant history lessons I have ever learned was taught to me outside of …

Sample Personal Statement English PhD.

Duke Ph.D. English

I vividly recall a conversation I once had with a Chilean friend of mine about why I …

Contact & Location

Phone
(610) 328–8352
Address

500 College Ave.
Parrish Hall 135
Swarthmore, PA 19081

Career Service Hours

Monday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Thursday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Office closed daily from 12–1pm for lunch.