Due to the pandemic and the schedule discrepancy between the Bi-Co and Swarthmore College for Spring 2021, the program will not offer courses in Philadelphia or recruit a student cohort. The program will offer co-curricular programming for students enrolled in Philly-focused courses.
Students who will be sophomores, juniors, and seniors in fall 2020 and who are in good academic standing are eligible to apply for this non-residential, academic program.
Students take the required core course and select at least one of two electives.
In addition to the courses, involvement in the program includes participation in several monthly Philadelphia-based activities–some academic in nature, some connected to areas of social justice, inquiry, and some simply fun. The program will include an orientation session, a mid-semester gathering, and a closing dinner. Students will need to be able to return to campus two days prior to the start of the semester to complete a required pre-program orientation.
Costs for travel to classes will be covered for all students taking Tri-Co Philly classes. Expenses related to the program’s co- and extracurricular programming also will be covered for students accepted into the program.
Before You Apply
Prior to applying to the program students must:
- Attend a mandatory information session. Please contact Calista Cleary, Program Director, if you are unable to attend an information session at one of the three campuses.
- Consult their academic advisor regarding whether participation in the program fits into their overall academic plans.
When You Apply
The student application deadline is Monday, April 27 by 5p.m. (extended deadline). Incomplete or late submissions cannot be considered.
After You Apply
Students who applied by April 10 will be notified by Monday, April 20 by 5 p.m. whether they have been accepted or wait listed for the program. Students who applied by April 27 will be notified by April 29 whether they have been accepted or wait listed for the program. If eligible applicants exceed the number of spaces in the program, decisions will be based on strength of applications, with preferences to juniors.
If accepted, students who applied by the April 10 deadline must confirm their intention to participate in the program no later than Thursday, April 23 by 5p.m. If accepted, students who applied by the April 27 deadline must confirm their intention to participate in the program no later than Thursday, April 30 by 5 p.m. If any accepted student(s) decline or do not confirm their intention to participate, available spaces will be assigned to the next student(s) on the waitlist.
If wait listed for the program, students who applied by April 10 must confirm their interest in remaining on the waitlist by no later than Friday, April 24 by 5p.m. Students who applied by the April 27 deadline must confirm their interest in remaining on the waitlist by Monday, May 4. Waitlisted students will be notified as soon as a space becomes available.
The registrars will enroll accepted students automatically in Tri-Co Philly courses following application review, any lotteries and confirmation of student acceptances. All students must confer with their home registrars to confirm their preregistration.
Students who do not want to enroll in the program—two courses and additional activities—may still be able to register for one of the elective courses.