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Athletics and Recreation
Smith College fields 14 varsity intercollegiate teams: basketball, crew, cross-country, field hockey, lacrosse, riding, skiing, soccer, softball, squash, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field and volleyball. Intramural and club sport activities are also supported through the athletic department.

Campus Center and Office of Student Engagement
The Campus Center is the hub of the campus for many students. The Café is a casual place to meet and socialize and offers excellent food. The activities, services and facilities--such as employment opportunities and internships--help students develop socially, encourage them to take on leadership roles, pursue intellectual activities and develop a sense of social responsibility and community.

The Lazarus Center a.k.a. Career Development Office (CDO)
The Lazarus Center prepares students for meaningful undergraduate and post-graduate opportunities, helping them to develop career decision-making skills to use during college and throughout life. The office provides individualized advising and access to extensive industry programs, career resources, jobs and internships, alumnae networking, graduate school information, recruiting, and career fairs.

Wurtele Center for Work and Life (CWL)
The Wurtele Center for Work and Life introduces the concept that a "life well-lived" is not just about doing academic work or building a high-powered career or even all about service. Linking programming on leadership, work preparation and wellness practices, the Center provides a context where students can forge their own path to leadership and work, discover opportunities for renewal and reflection, and explore concepts of fulfillment uniquely suited to them.

Class Deans
The class deans are concerned with the academic progress of students. The deans focus on academic matters that are most important to the students in each class, ranging from course selection and registration, grades, credit shortages and choosing a major, to studying abroad, honors and independent study, summer school credit and leaves of absence. Each class dean provides information, advice and guidance about academic programs and procedures.

The Center for Community Collaboration (CCC)
The CCC engages Smith students in a wide range of meaningful community projects and leadership training that enhances the educational experience and meets community-identified needs. Opportunities for long-term placement, internships and short-term projects are available. Through partnering with agencies in the area, students can work with adults, children, the disabled and refugees; and work in hospitals, schools, jails and shelters.

Counseling Service
The Counseling Service provides students with an opportunity to explore their concerns and problems with a professional psychotherapist in a confidential setting. Counseling is available to Smith students during the academic year.

Dean of the College
The Dean of the College has oversight for all aspects of student academic and residential life, working with class deans, the dean of students, and faculty to develop and administer policies and regulations designed to ensure a student's life is well-balanced and productive. The Dean of the College holds weekly walk-in hours for students; students may also make an appointment to see the dean.

Dean of Students
The Dean of Students oversees the departments that support students' residential lives, including: Residence Life, Office of Multicultural Affairs, International Students Office, Health and Counseling Services, Wellness Education and the Campus Center. Students may meet with the dean during walk-in hours or by appointment.

Dining Services
Dining Services provides students and guests with nutritious, high-quality food. With 15 dining rooms on campus, Dining Services offers many menu options and plenty of flexibility and variety, including kosher and halal menus well as vegan and vegetarian. They will make every effort to accommodate special dietary needs whenever possible.

Disability Services
The Office of Disability Services facilitates the provision of services to students with documented disabilities. A student may voluntarily register with the office by completing a disability identification form and providing documentation of her disabilities, which will then be assessed by the college.

First-Year Experience
While the first-year experience begins at the student's first introduction to the college, the mission of the First-Year Experience Program at Smith College is to introduce students to the rich academic, cultural, social, and residential life of the college through a series of events and opportunities that will enable them to engage as productive and successful members of the Smith community.

Five Colleges, Inc.
This is a nonprofit consortium of Smith, Amherst, Mount Holyoke and Hampshire Colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, established in 1965 to enhance the educational and cultural objectives of its member institutions. Students from any of the member institutions may take classes at all the schools as schedules permit. The schools are linked by the public bus system; students ride for free among the five schools.

Global Studies Center

The Lewis Global Studies Center integrates and promotes opportunities for the critical study of global issues internationally and within the United States in order to advance the college's mission to prepare women for global leadership. The center engages Smith students, faculty and staff in international and intercultural studies and cultivates an understanding of the global context of a Smith education.

Health Services
Health Services offers confidential medical care and counseling services. Health Services provides primary medical care for acute and chronic illnesses, as well as a full range of preventive health care. There is no charge for office visits regardless of your daughter's health insurance coverage.

Information Technology Services
Information Technology Services (ITS) provides academic and administrative computing resources to the college, including networked computer labs for student use. In addition, ITS operates the Smith College Computer Store, where students may purchase personal computers, software and supplies.

International Students and Scholars Office
The International Students and Scholars Office supports the educational, cultural and social life of international students in a number of ways, including providing workshops on immigration and other travel issues, by assisting students with their finances and by providing housing during major holidays for those who do not leave campus. The office also provides counseling and assistance for graduate school and advises on work opportunities after graduation. There is a five-day comprehensive International Students Preorientation (ISP) for all new entering international students.

International Study
Located within the Global Studies Center, the Office for International Study organizes and oversees the study abroad programs, through Smith College Junior Year Abroad programs and other approved study abroad programs. The office maintains extensive resources to help guide students through the selection and application process and prepares them for departure and for living abroad.

Institutional Diversity and Equity
The Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity is charged with advancing diversity at Smith College by initiating and implementing programs in the areas of institutional diversity and affirmative action. In addition, the office serves the community through administration of the college's Civil Rights Grievances Procedure, assisting in resolving individual and community concerns.

Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning
The Jacobson Center offers several services aimed at enabling students to make the most of their educations, including writing counseling; the opportunity to use student tutors or serve as a student tutor; and workshops on time management, study skills, and other academic issues. They also offer the support to faculty in a variety of ways, such as writing and teaching colloquia, a library of materials about teaching and learning, and individual consultation on classroom issues.

Libraries
The Smith College libraries offer collections in multiple formats, access to information worldwide, and services responsive to users' needs. In recognition of Smith's commitment to women's experience, the libraries also collect, preserve, and provide access to unique archival materials that record the history of women.

Office of Multicultural Affairs
The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) serves as a source of guidance and advocacy for students of color, while promoting an understanding of cultural diversity for the Smith community as a whole. The OMA offers a range of activities that encourage exploration on identity, culture and heritage, beginning with the first-year Bridge pre-orientation program.

Campus Police
The Campus Police protect the people and property of the Smith College community. As a part of the larger college community, Campus Police strive to foster an environment where all are made welcome and where all rights are preserved.

Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty
The Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty is the central office for academic affairs. The staff works closely with faculty, the dean of the college, faculty committees and academic departments in developing academic programs of study and overseeing tenure and promotion of faculty.

Quantitative Learning Center
The Quantitative Learning Center ("Q Center") supports students doing quantitative work across the curriculum. Located in the second floor of Neilson Library, the Center offers tutoring, workshops and class study sessions outside the regular classroom.

Office of the Registrar
The Office of the Registrar maintains the permanent academic records of all students. In addition, the office is responsible for organizing course registration and classroom scheduling, maintaining transcripts, overseeing transfer credit, issuing diplomas and producing the Schedule of Classes.

Religion and Spiritual Life
The Helen Hills Hills Chapel is a place of inter-religious cooperation where religious and social concerns of many traditions find expression. Our program in religious life and community service extends the academic mission of the college beyond the classroom to promote ethical inquiry, religious learning, spiritual growth, and community engagement. The local religious congregations, listed on the website, welcome students.

Residence Life
The Office of Residential Life supports students' growth and fosters the connections between life inside and outside the classroom. Through programming and training programs, Residence Life staff offers students opportunities to be involved in the community, provides opportunities for learning conflict resolution, and challenges students to think more openly about their world.

Student Government Association (SGA)
The SGA oversees student organizations. Each student is a member of the association at large, which elects officers. The officers represent the view of the student body to the trustees, the administration and various college committees.

Student Financial Services
The Office of Student Financial Services administers all aspects of student financing services, including financial aid, financing options, payment plans, health insurance and billing. The office also offers financial advice to help all families manage the cost of college, whether or not they qualify for aid.

Sustainability
The Center for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability (CEEDS), including The Green Team, is a coalition of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to fostering sustainability at Smith. They work to educate and support the campus community and the college's sustainability committee in the efficient use of finite natural resources. The Center oversees the Ada and Archibald MacLeish Field Station.

Transportation
The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) operates buses in Hampshire County which connect the hilltowns to Northampton, Easthampton, Hadley, and Amherst. It also runs buses that connect the five colleges; students traveling within the five colleges ride for free.

Wellness
The Office of Wellness Education supports students in making healthful decisions with respect to alcohol and other drugs, sex, interpersonal relationships, stress, nutrition and fitness, and personal growth. Through educational programming, policy advocacy, peer support training, and collaboration with many offices on campus, the Wellness Office helps to create a campus environment where intellectual growth and achievement are accompanied by student wellbeing and personal growth.