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Over the years, the Ada Comstock Scholars Program has assumed a position of national leadership, serving as a model for similar programs all over the country. This success is due to the creative and effective ways in which traditional student services have been modified and new ones have been designed to meet the particular needs of Ada Comstock Scholars.

Ada Comstock Admission Adviser

The Ada Comstock Admission Adviser guides prospective students through the admission process and serves as a resource for Adas throughout their time at Smith.


The orientation process for Ada Comstock Scholars begins with the April reception for newly admitted students, where faculty and administrators answer questions and students are introduced to one another.

Current Ada Comstock Scholars volunteer to be “matched up” with entering students as peer advisers. During the summer, peer advisers contact new students, offering to help smooth the transition by answering questions and providing information.

Special orientation meetings for Ada Comstock Scholars provide important information about registration and campus life.

Academic and Career Advising

Before she selects a major, an Ada Comstock student is assigned a premajor adviser, someone who recognizes the difficulty of scheduling classes if nonacademic responsibilities need to be considered. Once an Ada Comstock Scholar declares her major, she chooses her adviser from within that academic department.

Smith’s academic development office, the Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning, gives academic advice and support to all Smith students and offers special tutorials for Ada Comstock Scholars to review and strengthen their academic skills. In addition, workshops and tutorials are available for students with all levels of computer skills.

The Career Development Office provides many services for students beyond the traditional college age, including individual counseling, workshops and recruiting opportunities. The staff, which serves all Smith students and alumnae throughout their lives, is committed to educating employers about the benefits of hiring women who have returned to school and will reenter the workforce with new skills.

Office of Disability Services

The Office of Disability Services facilitates equal access for students, faculty, and staff with disabilities to programs and activities at Smith College. The office helps arrange accommodations and services for students with documented disabilities.

Accommodations and services are determined on an individual basis and may include books on tape, sign language interpreters, dietary adjustments or extended time for testing. Smith’s strong institutional commitment to providing accommodations and services is balanced with a humanistic approach that enhances independence and recognizes the uniqueness of each Smith student.

Religious Life

The Helen Hills Hills Chapel , Smith's interreligious center, sponsors services, discussion groups and counsel. The chapel offers a peaceful space for reflection and meditation.




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