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Smith College – Northampton, MA

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About Smith College

Since its founding in 1871, Smith College has provided women of high ability and promise an education of uncompromising quality.  Smith College is the nation’s largest liberal arts college for women with about 2,600 undergraduates in Northampton and 260 studying elsewhere. Smith offers over 50 majors and minors including engineering, approximately 1,000 courses in more than 50 areas, a 9:1student-faculty ratio in addition to a unique range of resources. Students have the opportunity to elect an internship funded by the college, study abroad or participate in a 12 college exchange.  Smith is also a member of the Five College Consortium. The institution continues to create new paths, offering a curriculum based in the humanities, arts and sciences, but with an emphasis on globalism, practical learning and leadership skills, with a diverse and supportive community.



Basic Information
Institution Type Private
School Size Medium (2,000 - 15,000 students)
Setting Rural
Religious Affiliation No Preference or affiliation
Student Body
Acceptance Rate 25% - 50%
Out of State Students 75% - 100%
Single Sex or Co-ed? Women's School
Underrepresented Students 30% - 35%
Accomodations for Students with Disabilities Wheelchair access
Services for the hearing impaired
Services for the learning disabled
Services for students with speech and communication disorders
Services for the visually impaired
Athletics Division III Teams
Applying to Smith College
Average High School GPA N/A
Average SAT: Mathematics N/A
Average SAT: Critical Reading N/A
Average SAT: Writing N/A
Average ACT Composite N/A
Required Tests Neither test is required
Essay Required
Interview Not Required
Financial Information
In-state Tuition Over $40,000
Out-of-state Tuition Over $40,000
Academic Information
Degrees Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science
Masters
Specific Programs Liberal arts/career combination
Research Opportunities
ROTC
Accelerated Study
Student employment services
Double Major
Student designed major
Honors Program
Study abroad
Independent Study
Teacher certification
Internships
Work-study program
View Programs and Majors at Smith College
Summer Enrichment Programs
Enrichment Program Name Field Studies for Sustainable Futures
Web Site http://www.smith.edu/summer/programs_sustainability.php
Description You will be a part of a small community of students interested in moving beyond "green" toward understanding what will be necessary to achieve a truly sustainable future and ensure life on Earth. Much of our explorations will take place outside in the field as we consider sustainable practices that affect our bodies and landscapes. Learning and living together with a group of equally concerned and engaged people, you will explore how the spaces where we live, work and play can be designed to improve rather than denigrate the environment.
Who is eligible for this opportunity? (By anticipated Graduation Date)
High School Students 2016
Undergraduate Students
Is this a residential program? Yes
Start Date Sunday July 5, 2015
End Date Saturday July 18, 2015
Application Process

Students must complete an online application along with an essay, one letter of recommendation, and their high school transcript. 

For more information about how to apply to the Field Studies for Sustainable Futures program, please visit our website.

Application Deadline Wednesday November 30, -0001
Cost $2,900
Are scholarships/stipends available? Yes
If yes, what is the procedure to obtain a scholarship/stipend? Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Submit the 2015 Financial Aid Application (PDF) to apply for financial aid.
Are there any prerequisites? No
If yes, what are they?
Contact Ms. Wendy Martinez, Program Coordinator
Phone: 4135854455
Email: wmartine@smith.edu
Enrichment Program Name Summer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP)
Web Site http://www.smith.edu/summer/programs_ssep.php
Description

The Smith Summer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP) is a four-week residential program for exceptional young women with strong interests in science, engineering and medicine. Each July, select high school students from across the country and abroad come to Smith College to do hands-on research with Smith faculty in the life and physical sciences and in engineering. Girls who will be in high school (grades 9-12) in fall 2015 are eligible to apply for the summer 2015 program. 

Enrollment in the program is limited to ensure the quality of the academic experience. The SSEP has a selective admissions process, based on academic performance in middle or high school, a written essay and a teacher recommendation. The program welcomes applications from students with all levels of previous science training. Students need not have taken advanced science courses but must have a strong record of academic achievement, a high level of motivation and a willingness to explore.

Who is eligible for this opportunity? (By anticipated Graduation Date)
High School Students 2016
Undergraduate Students
Is this a residential program? Yes
Start Date Sunday July 5, 2015
End Date Saturday August 1, 2015
Application Process

SSEP has rolling admissions until April 11, 2015. The final deadline is May 1, 2015. All completed applications received before this date will be evaluated. Applicants are encouraged to apply early as we receive three to four times the number of available spots in the program.SSEP has rolling admissions until April 11, 2015. The final deadline is May 1, 2015. All completed applications received before this date will be evaluated. Applicants are encouraged to apply early as we receive three to four times the number of available spots in the program.

For more information about how to apply to SSEP, please visit our website

Application Deadline Friday May 1, 2015
Cost $5,500
Are scholarships/stipends available? Yes
If yes, what is the procedure to obtain a scholarship/stipend?

Partial to full financial aid is available to a limited number of participants and is awarded solely on the basis of demonstrated financial need. More than half the participants in last year's program received financial aid.

Students requesting financial aid must complete the financial aid application (PDF) and submit it with their completed application materials.

The priority deadline for financial aid is March 1 

Are there any prerequisites? No
If yes, what are they?
Contact Ms. Wendy Martinez, Program Coordinator
Phone: 4135854455
Email: wmartine@smith.edu
Enrichment Program Name Hidden Lives: Discovering Women's History
Web Site http://www.smith.edu/summer/programs_history.php
Description

Archives are filled with secrets. Sometimes they emerge from a letter no one has touched in 100 years. Sometimes they appear in dim photographs unearthed from a jumble of papers. Sometimes they speak from the most personal or mundane of objects: a grocery list, a pair of eyeglasses, a lock of hair.

In Hidden Lives: Discovering Women's History, you will have the exciting opportunity to experience both the Smith and Mount Holyoke archives over the course of two weeks. Both colleges possess fascinating and unique collections that offer rare insights into women's history.

Who is eligible for this opportunity? (By anticipated Graduation Date)
High School Students 2016
Undergraduate Students
Is this a residential program? Yes
Start Date Sunday July 5, 2015
End Date Saturday July 18, 2015
Application Process

Students must complete the online application, as well as submit an essay, one letter of recommendation, and their high school transcript.

For more information about how to apply to the Hidden Lives: Discovering Women's History program, please visit our website 

Application Deadline Friday May 1, 2015
Cost $2,825
Are scholarships/stipends available? Yes
If yes, what is the procedure to obtain a scholarship/stipend? Financial aid is available to those who qualify. To apply for aid, submit the 2015 Financial Aid Application (PDF)
Are there any prerequisites? No
If yes, what are they?
Contact Ms. Wendy Martinez, Program Coordinator
Phone: 4135854455
Email: wmartine@smith.edu
Enrichment Program Name Young Women's Writing Workshop
Web Site http://www.smith.edu/summer/programs_writing.php
Description

With so few writing programs that cater exclusively to high school girls, Smith's Young Women's Writing Workshop allows you to explore your writing in a creative and supportive environment that fosters your love of writing in a variety of mediums.

All of your classes will be in workshop style, which means each class will begin with a short segment that focuses on a single lesson. Then the instructors will check in with you to see what you are working on. Open writing time follows. The class session ends with each writer sharing her progress with the group.

Your professors are all published writers and poets. They will pay special attention to teaching you how to read your work to an audience and how to get published. At the end of the workshop, you will have the start of an online writing portfolio and some professional contacts in the literary world.

Who is eligible for this opportunity? (By anticipated Graduation Date)
High School Students 2016
Undergraduate Students
Is this a residential program? Yes
Start Date Sunday July 5, 2015
End Date Saturday July 18, 2015
Application Process

Students must complete the online application and submit an essay, one letter of recommendation, and their high school transcript.

For more information about how to apply to the Young Women's Writing Workshop, please visit our website 

Application Deadline Friday May 1, 2015
Cost $2,825
Are scholarships/stipends available? Yes
If yes, what is the procedure to obtain a scholarship/stipend? Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Submit the 2015 Financial Aid Application (PDF) to apply for financial aid.
Are there any prerequisites? No
If yes, what are they?
Contact Ms. Wendy Martinez, Program Coordinator
Phone: 4135854455
Email: wmartine@smith.edu
Enrichment Program Name College Admissions Workshop
Web Site http://www.smith.edu/summer/programs_admissions.php
Description

As you start thinking about applying to college, there are clear ways to make your applications—and yourself—stand out. Learn the latest insights and insider expertise from admissions professionals about how to succeed in the application process.

The one-week College Admissions Workshop is designed for rising high school juniors and seniors to give promising young women like you the best practices, guidance and top tips for successfully navigating the college application process. Your instructors are Smith's professional admissions staff, as well as visiting admissions officers from other top-ranked colleges and universities. You will learn how to write a compelling essay, ace a college interview and speak in public with ease and confidence—skills that will help you succeed in getting into college but will also help you succeed in life.

Who is eligible for this opportunity? (By anticipated Graduation Date)
High School Students 2016
Undergraduate Students
Is this a residential program? No
Start Date Sunday July 19, 2015
End Date Saturday July 25, 2015
Application Process

Applicants for this program must be high school girls who are rising juniors and seniors. Please apply using the online application process outlined on our website.

Application Deadline Friday May 1, 2015
Cost $1,650
Are scholarships/stipends available? Yes
If yes, what is the procedure to obtain a scholarship/stipend? There is limited financial aid, and it will only be made available to students who are already enrolled in a two-week precollege program at Smith. To apply for financial aid, please submit the 2015 Financial Aid Application (PDF).
Are there any prerequisites? No
If yes, what are they?
Contact Ms. Wendy Martinez, Program Coordinator
Phone: 4135854455
Email: wmartine@smith.edu
Open Houses
Event Name Spring Preview
Web Site http://www.smith.edu/admission/springpreview
Dates Saturday April 25, 2015
Description


The Office of Admission invites high school sophomores and juniors and their families to join us on Saturday, April 25, 2015 for our spring open house event.

At Spring Preview you will have the opportunity to: 

  • Explore distinctive opportunities at Smith
  • Attend Workshops on the college admission process
  • Tour the campus, visit one of Smith's houses and learn about student life
  • Lunch with members of the Smith community
Application Process We encourage you to take this opportunity to learn more about Smith. Find further information about the day's activities on the schedule of events page or confirm your attendance by using the online registration form. We look forward to seeing you!
Contact Lia Brassord, Senior Assistant Director
Phone: 4135852500
Email: lbrassor@smith.edu
Event Name Summer Preview
Web Site http://www.smith.edu/admission/summerpreview
Dates Friday August 7, 2015
Description

The Office of Admission invites you and your family to spend a day discovering Smith College.  Join us Friday, August 7, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

  • Tour the campus and visit a student house
  • Learn about Smith's distinctive opportunities
  • Lunch with members of the Smith community
Application Process Register online at www.smith.edu/admission/summerpreview/register.php by July 29.  Space is limited.
Contact Ms. Lia Brassord, Senior Assistant Director of Admission
Phone: 4135852523
Email: lbrassor@smith.edu
Event Name Fall Preview I
Web Site http://www.smith.edu/admission/fallpreview1/
Dates Saturday September 26, 2015
Description

The Office of Admission invites you and your family to spend a day discovering Smith College. Join us on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and have a chance to:

  • Explore distinctive academic opportunities at Smith
  • Get advice on financing a Smith education
  • Tour the campus with a student guide
  • Lunch with members of the Smith community

 

Application Process We encourage you to take this opportunity to learn more about Smith. Find further information about the day's activities on the schedule of events page or confirm your attendance by using the online registration form. We look forward to seeing you!
Contact Ms. Deborah Doulette, Associate Director of Admission
Phone: 4135852500
Email: ddoulette@smith.edu
Event Name Women of Distinction
Web Site http://www.smith.edu/admission/wod/
Dates Friday October 16, 2015
Description

The Women of Distinction program for high school seniors highlights the opportunities at Smith College for African American, Asian American, Latina and Native American students. Participants in this three-day program will explore Smith College and determine whether it might be an appropriate college choice for them. Students will live in campus houses, experience the academic and social life at Smith and attend panels and workshops on student life and the college admission process

Application Process Admission to Women of Distinction is a competitive process based on academic and personal qualities. Smith will provide round-trip transportation, meals and accommodations for all selected participants.  More information and online application is available at  http://www.smith.edu/admission/wod .

 


 

Contact Ms. Angela Hui, Assistant Director of Admission
Phone: 4135852523
Email: ahui@smith.edu
Event Name Women of Distinction
Web Site http://www.smith.edu/admission/wod/
Dates Saturday October 17, 2015
Description

The Women of Distinction program for high school seniors highlights the opportunities at Smith College for African American, Asian American, Latina and Native American students. Participants in this three-day program will explore Smith College and determine whether it might be an appropriate college choice for them. Students will live in campus houses, experience the academic and social life at Smith and attend panels and workshops on student life and the college admission process

Application Process Admission to Women of Distinction is a competitive process based on academic and personal qualities. Smith will provide round-trip transportation, meals and accommodations for all selected participants.  More information and online application is available at  http://www.smith.edu/admission/wod .

 


 

Contact Ms. Angela Hui, Assistant Director of Admission
Phone: 4135852523
Email: ahui@smith.edu
Event Name Women of Distinction
Web Site http://www.smith.edu/admission/wod/
Dates Sunday October 18, 2015
Description

The Women of Distinction program for high school seniors highlights the opportunities at Smith College for African American, Asian American, Latina and Native American students. Participants in this three-day program will explore Smith College and determine whether it might be an appropriate college choice for them. Students will live in campus houses, experience the academic and social life at Smith and attend panels and workshops on student life and the college admission process

Application Process Admission to Women of Distinction is a competitive process based on academic and personal qualities. Smith will provide round-trip transportation, meals and accommodations for all selected participants.  More information and online application is available at  http://www.smith.edu/admission/wod .

 


 

Contact Ms. Angela Hui, Assistant Director of Admission
Phone: 4135852523
Email: ahui@smith.edu
Event Name Fall Preview II
Web Site http://www.smith.edu/admission/fallpreview2/
Dates Wednesday November 11, 2015
Description

The Office of Admission invites you and your family to spend a day discovering Smith College. Join us on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 (Veterans Day) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and have a chance to:

  • Explore distinctive academic opportunities at Smith
  • Get advice on financing a Smith education
  • Tour the campus with a student guide
  • Lunch with members of the Smith community

 

Application Process We encourage you to take this opportunity to learn more about Smith. Find further information about the day's activities on the schedule of events page or confirm your attendance by using the online registration form. We look forward to seeing you!
Contact Ms. Deborah Doulette, Assistant Director of Admission
Phone: 4135852500
Email: ddoulette@smith.edu
Scholarships
Scholarship Name Please see descriptions below
Web Site http://www.smith.edu/sfs/aid.php
Application Deadline No Deadline
Description

Merit-based Scholarships

Zollman Scholarship: The Zollman Scholarship is the college's highest academic scholarship. This scholarship of $20,000 per year (limited to $10,000 per semester of enrollment) for four years is awarded to fewer than ten first-year students based on their exceptional promise for Smith. Zollman Scholars are also invited to participate in the STRIDE paid research program.

STRIDE (Student Research in Departments) Scholarships:The STRIDE program offers students with outstanding academic and personal qualifications a close working relationship with a faculty member during their first two years at Smith College. This scholarship of $15,000 per year (limited to $7,500 per semester of enrollment) for four years is awarded to approximately 50 students each year. In addition to the scholarship, students are also given an annual stipend of $2,400 each year for two years that is linked to research with faculty members.

Springfield/Holyoke Partnership: This partnership provides up to four full-tuition scholarships for students from Springfield and Holyoke, Massachusetts public schools. All students who apply to Smith from these schools will be automatically considered. This scholarship is available to U.S. citizens.

Trustee Grant: The trustees of Smith College offer tuition assistance to the daughters of those who are currently residents of Northampton or Hatfield for at least five years, on the condition that the students are of traditional age and enrolled full time at Smith College, and remain residents of Northampton and Hatfield. The Trustee Grant is set at one half of the annual tuition (limited to one half of tuition amount charged per semester).

Application Process There are no additional applications for these scholarships.  Students who apply to Smith will be considered for these scholarships.
Contact Ms. Lia Brassord, Senior Assitant Director of Admission
Phone: 4135852500
Email: lbrassord@smith.edu
Fee Waivers
Fee Waiver Name
Web Site
Application Deadline No Deadline
Description Smith College uses the Common Application exclusively and we strongly recommend that you submit it online. Your application fee of $60 is waived if you apply online.
Application Process
Contact Ms. Lia Brassord, Senior Assistant Director
Phone: 4135852500
Email: lbrassor@smith.edu
Early Admission
Early Admission Name Fall Early Decision or Winter Early Decision
Web Site http://www.smith.edu/admission/firstyear_apply.php
Application Deadline No Deadline
Description

Students can apply to Smith under one of three decision plans: Early Decision Fall, Early Decision Winter and Regular Decision. By applying Early Decision, a student makes a commitment that if she is admitted she will enroll. Students accepted under an Early Decision plan have one month after being notified to inform Smith of their plans to enroll.

Early Decision: Students may apply for fall early decision or winter early decision round. For Early Fall all the application needs to be received no later than November 15 (fall early decision) and for Early Winter no later than January 1 (winter early decision).

 

Application Process

Students must complete an application by the appropriate deadline and submit the application fee or fee waiver. There is no typical applicant to Smith and no typical academic program, but it is strongly recommended that a student prepare for Smith by taking the strongest courses offered by her high school. Where possible this should include: four years of English composition and literature, three years of a foreign language (or two years each of two languages), three years of mathematics, three years of lab science, and two years of history. Beyond meeting the normal requirements, we expect each candidate to pursue in greater depth academic interests of special importance to her.

The Requirement and Deadlines page contains more information.

Contact Ms. Patricia Allen, Admission Counselor
Phone: 4135852500
Email: pallen@smith.edu

 

 
   
 
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