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The 2011 Summer Program in the Humanities is open to academically talented girls who will enter grades 9, 10, 11 or 12 in fall 2011. Enrollment in the program is limited to 13 to ensure the quality of the academic experience. The program has a selective admissions process, based on academic performance in middle and/or high school, a written essay and a teacher recommendation. Students should have a strong record of academic achievement, a high level of motivation and a willingness to explore.

Applying to the Program

As of May 20, 2011, we still have a few spaces open in the program. We recommend that you apply as soon as possible.

Applications to Exploring New England will not be reviewed until all materials are received. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all materials necessary for a complete application (see list below) are received by our office. Please feel free to contact our office to ensure that your application is complete.

To apply to Exploring New England 2011, please mail the following:

  1. Exploring New England Application Form (PDF)
  2. Your written essay (1-2 typed, double-spaced pages) — see essay instructions on the Exploring New England Application Form
  3. A current school transcript — you may send this with your application materials or request that your school mail it separately
  4. Teacher Recommendation Form (PDF) — please give the form (along with a stamped envelope addressed to our office) to a teacher in the humanities (such as a history, social studies or English teacher) who knows you well. Have your teacher complete the form and mail it to us separately.
  5. If you will be applying for need-based financial aid, please also submit the Financial Aid Form (see below).

Please submit your completed application to:

Jennifer Hall-Witt, Ph.D., Director
Exploring New England
Wright Hall 114
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Telephone: (413) 585-3569
Fax: (413) 585-3389
E-mail: ene@smith.edu

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for Exploring New England 2011 is $1,600. We now have financial aid and will offer both merit-based and need-based grants. You do not need to apply for a merit-based grant; to request a need-based grant, please complete the form below:

Financial Aid Application Form (PDF)

Your tuition includes lunch, entrance fees to museums, activity fees and all other expenses related to the program.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

Smith College is committed to maintaining a diverse community in an atmosphere of mutual respect and appreciation of differences. Smith College does not discriminate in its educational and employment policies on the bases of race, color, creed, religion, national/ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, or with regard to the bases outlined in the Veterans Readjustment Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Smith’s admission policies and practices are guided by the same principle, concerning women applying to the undergraduate program and all applicants to the graduate programs. For more information, please contact the adviser for equity complaints, College Hall 103, (413) 585-2141, or visit www.smith.edu/diversity.