Credit is transferred on a course-by-course basis and is valued according to the number of credits granted by the host institution. A 3-credit semester course will be awarded 3 credits at Smith. Credit earned under a quarter credit system is equivalent to two-thirds of a semester credit. Normally, credit will not be decreased from that awarded by the host institution; however, the following exceptions may apply:
- Most physical education courses will be awarded no more than one semester credit with a combined maximum of four Smith and transfer credits allowed toward the degree
- Dance performance courses will be awarded no more than 2 credits with a combined maximum of 12 Smith and transfer credits allowed toward the degree
- No more than 8 semester credits may be transferred for courses in expository writing
- No more than 4 semester credits may be considered for math courses at the pre-calculus level
All completed transfer credit will be evaluated upon admission to the college and recorded once the student enrolls. Any questions or appeals should be submitted to the Office of Admission, Registrar or Class Deans, as appropriate. Students should be prepared to submit relevant course descriptions and/or course syllabi for review.
An overall maximum of 64 total transfer credits may be recorded on the transcript and applied to the degree. Students may accrue a maximum of 12 approved summer school credits, 12 approved interterm credits at Smith College or elsewhere and 16 pre-matriculation credits toward their Smith degree, with an overall maximum of 32 credits of combined summer, interterm, Advanced Placement and other prematriculation credits. Normally, interterm courses transfer for no more than 3 credits. Students may not take more than 4 credits during any one interterm at Smith or elsewhere.
Major and Minor Credit
Courses approved for transfer to Smith College are acceptable toward completion of degree requirements only. Only the appropriate academic departments at Smith may approve courses to satisfy major and minor requirements. Students wishing to use transfer courses towards major or minor requirements must gain approval of the appropriate department through their advisers or department chairs.
Students who plan to major in art must have all studio work reviewed by the Smith Department of Art before major credit will be granted. Portfolios should be presented directly to the department upon arrival/return to campus.
Distribution Requirements for Latin Honors
Students may use transfer credit to fulfill the distribution requirements for latin honors. Upon the initial evaluation of transfer credits, the registrar will determine and assign the appropriate category to each transfer course. Students may apply to have unclassified transfer courses considered for distribution credit.
Although transfer credit may be awarded for the first semester of an introductory language not taught at Smith, Latin Honors distribution is awarded only upon completion of the equivalent of the full year of language study.
AP Credit/College Credit Completed Before Matriculation
Credit may be awarded for Advanced Placement examinations, some foreign diploma programs, and/or college level courses completed while in high school. Such credits are not immediately applied toward the degree and the restrictions governing their use are published in the Smith College Bulletin. Advanced Placement and other prematriculation credits may not be used to fulfill the distribution requirements for Latin Honors. A maximum of one year (32 credits) of any combination of Advanced Placement, foreign high school and/or college credit earned before matriculation may be counted toward the degree.
- Advanced Placement Credit
Smith College participates in the Advanced Placement Program administered by the College Entrance Examination Board. Credits are recorded for scores of 4 or 5 on most Advanced Placement examinations. The credits to be recorded for each examination are determined by the individual department. Further restrictions regarding the transfer and use of Advanced Placement credit are published in the Smith College Bulletin. Students forfeit credit if they choose to take one of the courses at Smith which covers substantially the same material as the Advanced Placement course. In other words, students may not receive credit twice for the same material.
- College Credit Earned Before Matriculation
Beginning with the Class of 2000, Smith College accepts college credit with a grade of B- or better earned at an accredited college or university before matriculation as a first-year student. Such credit must be approved under the guidelines for transferring credit and submitted on an official college or university transcript. Students will need to obtain certification from their former high school that the course was taken on the college/university campus with matriculated degree students and was not required for high school graduation. Certification forms may be obtained from the registrar's office. Summer credits earned before matriculation will be counted in the 12-credit limit of summer credit applicable to the Smith degree.
The college will consider granting credit for academic interterm courses taken at other institutions. The number of credits accepted for each Interterm course (normally up to 3) will be determined by the registrar upon review of the credits assigned by the host institution. Any interterm course designated 4 credits by a host institution must be reviewed by the class deans and the registrar to determine whether it merits an exception to the 3-credit limit. Students may accrue a maximum of 12 approved interterm credits at Smith or elsewhere toward their Smith degree. Students may not take more than 4 credits during any one interterm at Smith or elsewhere. For transfer students, interterm credits completed prior to enrollment at Smith College are included in the 12-credit maximum.
Summer School Credit
Students may accrue a maximum of 12 approved summer school credits toward their Smith degree. Summer school courses must be approved in advance by the class dean. For transfer students, summer school credits completed prior to enrollment at Smith College are included in the 12-credit maximum.
International Baccalaureate and Other Diploma Programs
Credit may be awarded for the International Baccalaureate and 13th year programs outside the United States. The registrar, upon review of the final results, determines the amount of credit.