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First-year students needing extra assistance in developing academic and personal skills for independence are offered the opportunity to participate in Advancing Student Success in Educational Transitions at Smith (ASSETS). ASSETS provides structured support for entering students with learning disabilities or ADD/ADHD to smooth the initial transition from high school to college and to help them develop the independence, self-confidence and skills for academic success.


To participate in ASSETS, students must submit copies of required documentation, including scores and recommendations, by August 20.

Program Goals

Program Components

Orientation Session

This session helps students with learning disabilities or ADD/ADHD and parents understand how to enhance success in the Smith learning environment. It will cover academic requirements and social expectations, Smith academic support and residential programs, disability services and accommodations at Smith, requirements for disability documentation, and student rights and responsibilities.


Student workshops will take place once a week for the first four weeks of the semester; the final one will be held in the last week of October. Presenters will include class deans, disability services staff, learning specialists and other experts in the disability field.

Individualized Consultation with Learning Specialist

Students will be scheduled for a one-hour individualized consultation with Smith's learning specialist to discuss learning challenges and strengths and identify areas to work on individually or through other Smith resources. Students participating in ASSETS will have priority in scheduling additional consultation sessions with the learning specialist.

Peer Mentor Relationships

Several Smith women with disabilities are available as mentors to new students with disabilities. Students participating in ASSETS will be given the option of connecting with a mentor who has a similar disability. This "Sister to Sister" network brings students with various disabilities or significant health conditions together from time to time to share stories, socialize, offer mutual support and encourage creative solutions to academic and other problems.

More Information

For more information or to register, please contact the director of disability services.