We are currently operating on a hybrid schedule.You can find us in-person in Parrish 135 Mondays through Fridays from 8:30-4:30pm (we are closed from 12-1pm).

Career Fellow Drop-Ins will happen from 1-4:30pm in Singer 141 on Mondays & Thursdays and Parrish 135 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays.

Applying for Graduate & Professional School

The majority of Swarthmore graduates ultimately pursue graduate study. Whether you’re considering programs immediately or down the road, there are lots of resources to help you navigate the process and prepare to present yourself as a compelling candidate.

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Master’s & PhD Programs

Thinking about graduate programs? Start with our Guide to Graduate & Professional School to learn more about exploring programs, asking for letters of recommendation 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. You can also explore grant opportunities related to graduate work through the Office of Fellowships & Prizes.

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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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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.

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.

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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.

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Swarthmore & External Resources

Guide to Applying to Law School
Health Sciences Office
Swarthmore Guide to Applying to Medical School
Swarthmore Guide to Pre-Med Studies
Swarthmore Guide to Pre-Law Studies
Undocu-Grad School Guide

Undocu-friendly grad school guide created by The New York State Youth Leadership Council.

Contact & Location

(610) 328–8352

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.