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Orientation 2015

orientation schedule now availableOrientation is an important start to your Smith journey! The week before the start of classes, all new students—first-year transfer, visiting and exchange students, as well as Ada Comstock Scholars—gather to learn about the college and get to know each other. All new students are expected to participate fully in the entire Orientation program. Arrival will be 8:30 am - 12:30 pm on Wednesday, September 2, 2015. Orientation 2015 will run from:

Wednesday September 2 through Monday September 7
Classes begin on Tuesday, September 8

What to Expect

We strive to make Orientation fun and relaxing. Expect to meet interesting and diverse members of the Smith community, including other new students, returning students, faculty, staff and administrators. You will also meet with your faculty adviser and receive valuable information to help you succeed here. By participating in a small orientation group based on interests, you will find others who share your pursuits.

Summer Reading

All new students are required to participate in a summer reading project before coming to Smith in the fall; during orientation they will join in discussion groups and other activities involving the reading, often including a presentation by the author.

Mailing Packages to Smith

You should have received green mailing stickers in your Student Affairs summer mailing packet back in July/early August (the same packet with the Making the Most of Smith booklet). If you put one of your green stickers on a package that you mail to the college prior to your arrival on Wednesday, September 2nd, UPS will hold the package for you at Central Check-In so that you can pick it up when you arrive. If you have any questions about mailing packages or anything mail related, please contact Mail Services at (413) 585- 4156 or mailservices@smith.edu.

Class of 2019 T-shirt

Want to show some class pride as soon as you arrive? Your Academic and Campus Life mailing contains details about ordering the class t-shirt. We know some of you want a look at that shirt before you buy, and here it is:
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While the orientation schedule is quite fluid until midsummer, we recognize that students and their parents will need this information as early as possible. Although we make every effort to ensure that the schedule is as accurate as possible, as with any large event, last-minute changes beyond our control may occur. You will receive the final schedule at Central Check-In. The first public draft is now available.