For Prospective Students
Students with disabilities are evaluated for admission according to the same criteria and high standards as all other applicants. Information shared with the Office of Disability Services is confidential and will not be shared with anyone involved in the admissions process.
Smith's philosophy and approach to accommodating students with disabilities is one that emphasizes independence, self-reliance and self-advocacy. While the college has an important role in meeting the needs of students, it is expected that students will take an active role in the accommodation process.
Applying to Smith
Disability Is Not a Consideration in Admission
No inquiries will be made about disability, and your disability need not be disclosed before admission. Disability is not taken into consideration in the process of admission decisions. If you have questions about disability and admission policies, please contact us or the Office of Admission.
Visiting the College
If you plan to be on campus for a visit, it is advisable to set up an appointment. We'd be happy to talk by telephone or meet in person to answer your questions or concerns.
If you would like to arrange a meeting with the admission staff or a tour of the campus and you will need accommodations, such as a sign language interpreter or mobility assistance, please inform the admission staff two weeks in advance so that they may best prepare for your visit.
Considerations in Applying to Smith
Prospective and entering students should begin as soon as possible to prepare for the demands of the reading load at Smith. All students should arrive at college with a reliable and effective method for reading required materials and for pursuing your own research to complete assignments. Strengthening your reading strategies is the first line of defense, but you may need alternatives to reading print. If you do not read standard print or cannot read it effectively enough to keep up with the demands of your courses, your academic success will be compromised.
It is essential to talk with your teachers and/or parents and use other resources within your current school and community to find out what options are available for you. You can sign up for some services on your own and learn how to use technology, reading strategies and outside resources before coming to Smith if at all possible.
Colleges have a responsibility to make their curriculum accessible by providing print alternatives to students who have documented disabilities that significantly impair reading, but learning to use these alternatives independently and effectively may will require training and practice. Professional assessment of your reading challenges may be necessary to determine the best methods for you, and formal documentation of a reading disability will be necessary to receive support services at Smith.
Before admission, students with disabilities may talk or meet with the disability services director to discuss any questions or concerns about disability accommodations or services needed.