Smith College, the nation's first women's college with an engineering program, has partnered with Princeton University to establish an exchange program for junior-year students that will expose students from both schools to vastly different learning environments and better prepare women to enter and succeed in the field of engineering.
At Princeton, Smith students will be exposed to an engineering community that includes about 750 undergraduates (of about 4,600 total) 500 graduate students and 130 faculty members across six engineering departments: chemical engineering; civil and environmental engineering; computer science; electrical engineering; mechanical and aerospace engineering; and pperations research and financial engineering. The course offerings, research facilities and independent research opportunities are extensive.
At Smith, Princeton students will have an opportunity to live and study in a community where small classes afford extensive opportunities for close contact and collaboration with faculty and peers in a curriculum that stresses integration with the liberal arts, and where 100 percent of the engineering students and over 60 percent of the faculty are women. The Picker Engineering Program has special strengths in biomedical engineering and engineering for sustainability.
Program of Study
Students will exchange in the spring semester of their junior year. The typical load is four courses at both institutions, though a course load of up to five can be accommodated. Students can choose from any of the courses offered at both institutions. Typically, a program of study would comprise two or three technical courses, junior independent work or a junior project course, and no more than one course in the humanities. Students are encouraged to carry out an independent research project during the term. Programs of study will be approved by advisers at Princeton and Smith.
Independent Research Project
A visiting Smith student will be a member of the department that matches best with her primary interests. Those Smith students who choose to do an independent research project and who earn a semester average of a B+ or better will be invited to continue their independent research project into the summer between their junior and senior years so as to complete a substantial piece of research.
The summer component of the visiting student's research program would be supported by a stipend from the faculty member with whom the research is conducted. All visiting Princeton students will be a part of the Picker Engineering Program and are welcome to contact a faculty member directly if they are interested in pursuing an independent research project.
Students may be directed to the appropriate faculty members at Princeton or Smith to further explore research opportunities.
Prior to applying for admission to the program, students must discuss the course and research opportunities with her academic adviser or department representative, the program assistant of the Picker Engineering Program at Smith, or the associate dean for Undergraduate Affairs of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton.
More information, including the application, is located on our Forms page.
Applications from Smith students must be submitted by February 1 of the year before the intended exchange. If accepted, the Smith student must submit a leave of absence form to the junior class dean by December 1.
Visiting the Campus
A visit to the other campus in the fall term of the junior year will help facilitate exploring potential independent research projects and courses to be taken.
Tuition & Fees
Smith College students accepted for the Smith-Princeton Exchange Program are charged their normal home college tuition and fees. These costs are paid to Smith College. Students on financial aid normally receive their regular assistance while on the exchange program.
Room & Board
Housing is in Princeton University dormitories for juniors and seniors. Room and board charges will be paid directly to Princeton University.
Several dining options exist, including purchase of a Princeton University dining contract, independent self-catering, and a possible membership in an eating club.
Students provide their own transportation to and from Princeton.
Members of undergraduate engineering societies and departmental organizations play an active role in welcoming visiting students and involving them in the engineering community and undergraduate life at the exchange college or university.
With the exception of varsity intercollegiate athletics, which are bound by strict NCAA rules, visiting Smith students are welcome to explore participation in all types of extracurricular activities that interest them.
Residential life at Smith is considered an important part of a traditional-aged student's education. Smith is committed to a co-curricular environment that enhances and enriches the academic program: residential living is an integral part of that education.
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