This page includes technology resources for individuals participating in the Swarthmore Summer Scholars Program. For more detailed information about the program, please visit the Summer Scholars Program page. For general information geared towards all new and incoming students please visit our New Students page.

Setting up Your Swarthmore Account

Getting an Account

All students registered for a Swarthmore class are assigned a student ID and username. Accounts are created automatically for new students in the fall and spring. You will be sent instructions for accessing your account upon initial enrollment.

If you do not have a username please contact the Registrar's office ( 

Bryn Mawr College, Haverford College, University of Pennsylvania, and Strath Haven High School students who need to log into Moodle

You must be registered for a Swarthmore course to log into Moodle, and you'll need to use a Swarthmore Account to do so.  After registering for a course, you will receive an email with your username and instructions for setting up your Swarthmore password. If you have not yet registered for a course, but need access to the content, ask your professor about guest access

Account Usage

Your username and password can be used to access most campus digital services, such as:

  • The campus network (Wi-Fi)
  • Google Workspace, including Gmail, Google Drive, Docs, and Sheets
  • mySwarthmore
  • Moodle, Swarthmore's learning management system

For guidelines on responsible conduct while using Swarthmore accounts and services, please review our Acceptable Use Policy for Swarthmore College computer systems and networks.

Setting Your First Password

  1. Visit
  2. Enter your Swarthmore Username (example: jsmith1) and click submit.
  3. Choose to verify your account By providing answers to my secret questions.
  4. Enter your 9 digit student/employee ID Number.
  5. You will now be prompted to configure your personalized secret questions. Close the pop-up message and proceed to answer the default questions. It is best to keep your answers simple, so they are easier to remember. Then click the submit button.
  6. You will now be able to reset your password. Choose Reset my password to continue.
  7. Create a new password based on the rules provided in the right-hand column - you may have to scroll to the right to view. Click submit. View our page on tips for creating strong passwords.
    1. In the event that your password fails to verify, a red 'X' will appear next to the rule(s) that were not satisfied. Make the needed changes and click submit again.
    2. If your password is accepted, you will see a pop-up message confirming that you have successfully reset your password. Click exit to close the session.
  8. You may now close this browser window.

For more information, visit our Resetting Passwords page.

Setting Up Duo Two-Factor Authentication

Swarthmore uses Duo two-factor authentication to help you keep your Swarthmore account secure. This kind of authentication requires something you know (like your account username and password) coupled with something you have (a device registered with the service such as your cell phone). Requiring interaction with a device you have with you ensures that only you are able to access your account, even if your password were to be compromised. For more information about Duo please visit our Getting Started with Duo page. The first time you log into your Swarthmore account you will be prompted to register a device for Duo. For step-by-step instructions on how the registration process works, plus helpful tips for different device types please visit our page on adding and managing devices in Duo.

It is highly recommended that you register more than one device with Duo to make sure you never have an issue logging into your account. 

Accessing Resources from Off-Campus - VPN

Some resources available to students may require Swarthmore VPN to access - especially if you are trying to access them from an off-campus location. Swarthmore provides the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client for all students so these resources can be accessed as needed from anywhere. 

VPN, or Virtual Private Network, also adds a layer of protection to your online activity. If you are going to be learning remotely or need to access sensitive information while using a public WiFi network you can use the Swarthmore VPN to add some extra security. If you would like to learn more about our VPN you can visit the VPN and Off-Campus Access page.

How to Install the Swarthmore VPN

On a computer:

  1. Open a web browser
  2. Go to
  3. Log in using your Swarthmore user name and password
  4. Wait while it checks for Java (may take a minute or so)
  5. If Java detection fails, you will be directed to download and install VPN
  6. Click the AnyConnect VPN link to download and save the file to your computer
  7. Go to the installer that downloaded to your computer, and double-click on it to install

On a mobile device:


Swarthmore provides software for download to assist our students in their learning. You can browse and install available software from our Software Installation page.

Please note that not all software listed on our installation page is available for students to download. Check the Access column - if it lists Students or Everyone it is available for student download. Make sure to also check the Platform column to make sure the software is compatible with your computer's operating system. All of our software is available for use in our public computing spaces on campus.

Microsoft Office

As part of the Summer Scholars Program, you will be given access to the Microsoft Office 365 suite.  For more information on how to access the suite and get it set up properly, please refer to this website (you will need to create your own Microsoft account with your email) Microsoft Office 365 --contact the Service Desk if you need assistance or email us at

Learning Remotely

For those participating in remote classes, you can find more information on available resources by visiting our Learning Remotely resource page, as well as our general remote resources page.

Zoom Video Conferencing

Zoom video conferencing with a pro license is available for all Swarthmore students. You can use this service to attend remote classes, meet with study groups, or virtually attend various campus events. You can access Zoom via the web at or download the desktop or mobile applications. For more information on Zoom please visit our Zoom Video Conferencing page.

LinkedIn Learning

All students also have access to LinkedIn Learning via the college at LinkedIn Learning has a vast library of videos that provide online learning options for various subjects. You can learn more about programs or subjects you are covering in class, learn how to handle stress or better manage your time, and also find tips on writing resumes and preparing for job interviews. You can check out our current collection for students, which includes helpful video resources for learning remotely.

Contact the Help Desk

Below is a list of all of the ways you can contact ITS or find information:

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