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Orientation 2016

Orientation 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 Friday, September 2, 2016. Orientation 2016 will run from:

Friday September 2 through Wednesday September 7
Classes begin on Thursday, 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.


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.

We recognize that it can be helpful to have an idea of what the schedule will be. Although the first draft of the orientation schedule is now available, we will continue to keep the 2015 parent orientation schedule available to give parents an idea of what to expect for the parent experience.