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All Swarthmore faculty, staff, and students have a basic Zoom account for web videoconferencing— video web-conferencing— just go to Sign in with your Swarthmore College username and password. You can use Zoom to have an audio or video chat with anybody else and you can invite up 49 other people into a meeting for a total of 50 people on one call. The only limit to a basic account is that you’re limited to 40 minutes per call. (To hold a meeting longer than 40 minutes, you need a Pro account—read on!)

Why Zoom?

Over the past few years, Media Services has seen a boom in requests for support for web-based video and audio conferencing services (such as Skype, Google Hangouts, WebEx, and GoToMeeting.) While these tools are handy, we haven’t always been satisfied with their quality or ease of use.


Zoom is a great way to carry on and include colleagues in meetings when they’re out of the office. Some departments already use it for conducting initial rounds of interviews with job applicants. It’s also a great extension of College efforts to reduce the environmental impacts of some travel.

I’m interested! Now what do I do?

From a Mac or PC, log in into the basic Zoom account at using your Swarthmore username and password. If you would like to start using Zoom for College business, contact Media Services ( We can upgrade your basic account to a Pro account, which has no time limits on meetings. Media Services can also set you up with supplemental web cameras, headphones, and microphones.