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Frequently Asked Questions

We're so glad you're coming to Smith! As you finish high school, use this page to help you learn more about Bridge Preorientation and how to apply.

Who is eligible to participate in Bridge?

Bridge is open to first-year and transfer students of color who are residents of the United States.

Why should I participate in Bridge?

Bridge will give you a chance to find mentors, friends, resources and a community—all before other students even arrive on campus. It bridges the gap of familiarity between the old and the new, helping new students find a home at Smith.

Will I participate in the on-campus New Student Orientation program if I attend Bridge?

Yes! Bridge will end in time for you to move into your permanent house so you will not miss any of the exciting events planned during New Student Orientation.

What about my parents?

Your parents are welcome to drop you off on campus for the start of Bridge and attend the Parent's Reception. There will not be any other activities for parents. However, parents are welcome to meet up with you on the first day of New Student Orientation, as there will be a few sessions planned for parents.

What are my options if I wanted to arrive early to campus?

We understand that for some people it will be hard to arrive on campus the day of Bridge check-in; however we are unfortunately unable to provide housing before then. Please check the Smith College Web site, Visiting Smith for a list of local accommodations.

What are the Bridge fees?

The Bridge Program has a $30 fee, which covers housing, meals, materials and more. After your acceptance to the program you will need to send a check or money order for $30.

Is there any financial aid for the program fee?

If the Bridge program fee is beyond your financial means, please refer to the Application page for more information.