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The summer of 2011 marks the inaugural year of Exploring New England, a Smith summer program in the humanities, extending the benefits of Smith’s strong traditions to girls still in high school. Participants in the summer program are taught by Smith faculty, collaborate with Smith undergraduate interns and have access to all campus facilities. Central to the program is a learning environment that is rich in role models and is hands-on, cooperative, investigative, challenging and a whole lot of fun.

What Your Day Will Look Like

Your typical day at Exploring New England will involve lots of collaboration with Smith faculty, Smith undergraduates who serve as teaching assistants, and other high-achieving teenage girls like you. Your first course meets from July 4–8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with an hour break for lunch, followed by an activity period from 4:15 to 5:30. Your second course meets from July 11–15 with the same daily schedule.

During the day, you’ll move between your classroom and a variety of local sites. On campus, you’ll work in the Smith College Archives—which houses one of the world's largest collections of women's history documents—and the Smith College Museum of Art. You’ll also take fieldtrips to places like Historic Deerfield, the Emily Dickinson House and Old Sturbridge Village, where you’ll gain access to artifacts and documents tourists don’t normally see.

For lunch, you’ll dine with participants from Smith’s other summer programs in campus dining rooms, where you’ll get to know high school students from around the world.

After classes are over, you’ll participate in a variety of fun activities. You might take a lesson in 19th-century dance, engage in the Revolutionary-era ritual of taking tea, or join other Smith summer program students for organized athletic and artistic activities. The cost of all program events, including field trips, are included in your tuition.